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Place Your Bets: Week 1

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If you live in Nevada, Oregon, Montana or Delaware, you're in luck. Otherwise, go to Canada or Europe, or those rogues in New Jersey and get your bet on for the NFL weekend! All games are Sunday unless otherwise noted.

1. Atlanta at New Orleans (-3.5) — Sean Payton is back with the Saints, and the New Orleans offense led by Drew Brees should once again flourish. The Falcons are several folks' pick to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl after playing in the NFC Championship a year ago, but not this guy's. Playing at home in the opener, the Superdome will be rocking, and the Saints' offense should do the same.

2. Tampa Bay (-3.5) at New York Jets — The Jets are just a huge mess. Geno Smith will be the starting quarterback, and he couldn't even sustain a successful season in college last year. It's going to be ugly for the Jets. Tampa Bay has one of the game's best young running backs in Doug Martin and a defense that was near impossible to run against last year. That should limit the one "strength" the Jets might have in Chris Ivory and Bilal Powell.

3. Cincinnati (+3.5) at Chicago — Maybe it's the "Hard Knocks" hype thanks to the HBO show that makes every team look good, but the Bengals have legit weapons and a third-year quarterback in Andy Dalton looking to move up the ladder to elite status this year. He has explosive wide receiver A.J. Green at his disposal, a running game and a loaded, opportunistic defense. Jay Cutler will find some way to fail.

4. Seattle at Carolina (+3.5) — The Seahawks are a favorite to win the Super Bowl, and they should be. But Cam Newton is a transcendent player at quarterback for the Panthers, and this game includes the dangerous West Coast team playing on the East Coast, and in the opener, no less. This game should be a dogfight and it seems like a good place to take a home underdog.

5. New York Giants at Dallas (-3.5) — This game just sets up all too well for the Cowboys. The Giants' secondary is in shambles, and Tony Romo, Dez Bryant and Miles Austin should have a field day. Sure, the Cowboys have never beaten the Giants in AT&T Stadium, but there's a first for everything, and this weekend will be it.

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