The 2015 NFL season will begin on Thursday night when the New England Patriots host the Pittsburgh Steelers. Even though both teams are considered to be among the top contenders in the AFC, the first contest of Week 1 features the biggest betting line on the schedule.
Now that Tom Brady’s suspension has been nullified and he’ll be on the field to start the year, New England is favored by seven points over Pittsburgh. No other team this week is giving their opponent more than 6.5 points, though the Steelers were just 2.5-point underdogs when it looked like Brady might be forced to sit.
While no betting line is more than seven points, only one is less than two points. The Houston Texans are the smallest favorites in Week 1, giving the Kansas City Chiefs just one point. The Chiefs were the only team to finish the preseason undefeated.
Half of the road teams are favored in Week 1, including both games on “Monday Night Football.” The first week will conclude with a double-header. The Philadelphia Eagles are giving the Atlanta Falcons three points, and the San Francisco 49ers are underdogs to the Minnesota Vikings.
Minnesota is just one of two teams that is favored, even though their opponent had a better record last season. The other instance comes when the New York Jets host the Cleveland Browns. The Browns finished last in the AFC North last season, but they managed to win seven games in a division that saw three teams make the playoffs. The Jets went 4-12 in 2014.
Cleveland vs. New York has the week’s smallest over/under at 40 points. Philadelphia vs. Atlanta is projected to be the highest-scoring game on the schedule.
Below are the complete betting lines for all the Week 1 games, including the point spreads and totals. These are the consensus odds from multiple sportsbooks in Las Vegas, via vegasinsider.com.
Pittsburgh Steelers (+7) at New England Patriots, 52
Green Bay Packers (-6.5) at Chicago Bears, 50
Kansas City Chiefs (+1) at Houston Texans, 40.5
Cleveland Browns (+3) at New York Jets, 40
Indianapolis Colts (-2.5) at Buffalo Bills, 46
Miami Dolphins (-4) at Washington Redskins, 43
Carolina Panthers (-3) at Jacksonville Jaguars, 41
Seattle Seahawks (-4) at St. Louis Rams, 41
New Orleans Saints (+2.5) at Arizona Cardinals, 48
Detroit Lions (+3) at San Diego Chargers, 45.5
Tennessee Titans (+3) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 41.5
Cincinnati Bengals (-3.5) at Oakland Raiders, 43.5
Baltimore Ravens (+4.5) at Denver Broncos, 49
New York Giants (+6) at Dallas Cowboys, 51.5
Philadelphia Eagles (-3) at Atlanta Falcons, 55.5
Minnesota Vikings (-2.5) at San Francisco 49ers, 41.5