Place Your Bets: Week 1

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

1. Tennessee (+3.5) at Kansas City — The Chiefs were one of the surprise teams in the league last year, but showed their true colors of being very mediocre late in the year. They benefited from a soft schedule and will not be ready for what's coming with the Titans. Expect a low-scoring game and one Tennesse probably wins straight up.

2. Minnesota at St. Louis (-3.5) — I'm here to tell you, the Rams aren't going to see a significant drop-off at quarterback after losing Sam Bradford with a preseason, season-ending knee injury. Not that Shaun Hill is an absolute world-beater or anything, but much to the chagrin of Sooners fans out there, Bradford ain't either.

3. Carolina at Tampa Bay (-2.0) — This almost seems like too easy to pick, one of those where something is bound to go wrong. But Carolina goes to Tampa to open the season as many peoples' pick to be one of the biggest disappointments of the season. There are always a handful of teams who stumble from the previous year's performance, and the Panthers look to be one for 2014.

4. Indianapolis at Denver (-7.5) — Hey, so we have a Peyton Manning-Andrew Luck matchup, and it's in Denver in primetime. Manning is always a monster in season openers, and expect much more of the same against the team that gave up on him a few years back. Wes Welker is out because of suspension, but SMU great Emmanuel Sanders should fill that role just fine for Manning. The Broncos will roll.

5. San Francisco (-5.0) at Dallas — This game is interesting. Both defenses are wounded, and both offenses appear to be just fine despite both struggling in the preseason. But here's the thing: the 49ers' defense is very good, just battling injuries and missing some starters. The Cowboys' defense was awful before injuries, and is now missing some key players, so expect them to be even worse than the bad Niners defense. Colin Kaepernick and Frank Gore should both have field days.

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