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NFL Week 1: Expect Plenty of Offenses to Go South

Some NFL teams could struggle to score points in Week 1 of the NFL, including the league’s featured game in Brazil.

Week 1 sees many low-scoring teams in action, and the matchup between the Green Bay Packers vs Philadelphia Eagles could be a kickathon in different conditions than they’re used to.

NFL Week 1: Expect Plenty of Offenses to Go South
Jalen Hurts #1 of the Philadelphia Eagles | Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images/AFP

We look at which games will be low-scoring affairs, and where bettors can cash with NFL odds.

 

Eagles to be Grounded vs Packers in Opener

We can’t envision much offense being played in the Packers-Eagles season opener in Brazil.

Travel could add fatigue to the players, and they’re not used to the sticky conditions in South America, so the 48½ total seems too high.

Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts isn’t the best downfield passer, so the Eagles’ offense can use a lot of the clock to score points.

Opposing quarterback Jordan Love had only two 300-yard passing games last season, so he could play with caution in the opening few weeks.

We’re not overlooking that 73 points were scored when these teams met in 2022. However, only 36 points were scored when they met in 2020.

Conditions are different this time around, and after a disappointing season, the Eagles could take a few weeks to find full flight.

 

 

Defense Rules, Steelers-Falcons to Struggle Offensively

Defense is a big part of the Pittsburgh Steelers, and it’s usually a tight, low-scoring game against the Atlanta Falcons.

Despite playing in the Georgia Dome, the visiting Steelers could struggle on offense and they don’t mind kicking their way to victory.

When they met in 2022, the final score was 19-16 to the Steelers, and touchdowns were limited during that game.

We expect something similar in Week 1, and we expect the Steelers in particular to need time to figure out their offense.

Russell Wilson hasn’t been at his best since leaving Seattle, and while we like some of what we saw in Denver, he might need time to gel with his new teammates.

Steelers cornerback Patrick Peterson is happy to have Wilson on the roster.

“It was always a quarterback cycle that he had to go through,” Peterson said. “And I even texted him (coach Mike Tomlin), you know, right after they signed Russell. I said, ‘Now you finally got you a quarterback that has credibility.’ A guy who’s going to be in the lineup that you can count on being in the lineup week in and week out.”

However, despite the confidence of his teammates, we can’t see Wilson or new Falcons QB Kirk Cousins having breakout games in Week.

The line is 43 points, and we would be comfortable backing the line around 40.

 

Patriots vs. Bengals: New QB = No Points

There have been some high-scoring games involving the Bengals vs Patriots, but the majority of those came with Tom Brady at quarterback.

Brady left in 2020, and the Patriots’ offense has struggling mightily since, which isn’t surprising.

New England doesn’t have a quality quarterback, and we don’t think rookie Drake Maye is the answer to the offense’s problems.

The Patriots are also no longer coached by Bill Belichick, and say what you want about Belichick, he got the best out of quality QBs.

The Bengals have a capable offense, but they are slow starters, which makes the 42½-point line attractive to bettors.

We expect them to play cautiously in the season opener, and it could be one of the lowest scoring Week 1 games.

There could be more punts than scoring opportunities, and we predict a score line around 17-13, which sees the under cash with ease.

Bet on the under 42½ line before bettors catch on to the low line.

 

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