NFL-Week 1- Sunday football-Showtime continues

Falcons (-7, 49 ½) at Bears – 1:00 PM EST

Atlanta
Preseason Record: 0-4 SU, 0-4 ATS
2016 Record: 11-5 SU, 10-6 ATS
Season Win Total: 9 ½ (Over -110)

Atlanta opens up its NFC title defense at Soldier Field, as a Super Bowl championship slipped through the Falcons’ hands in February’s overtime defeat to the Patriots. Since 1998, only one NFC team has played in consecutive Super Bowls (Seattle 2013-14), so the task isn’t daunting for Atlanta, but it won’t be easy. What also isn’t easy is motivation for Super Bowl losers in their season opener as those squads own a dreadful 5-13 SU and 3-15 ATS record since 1999.

Chicago
Preseason Record: 2-2 SU, 2-2 ATS
2016 Record: 3-13 SU, 7-9 ATS
Season Win Total: 5 ½ (Under -125)

The Bears go into the season with questions at the quarterback position. Offseason acquisition Mike Glennon gets the start ahead of second overall pick Mitchell Trubisky as Chicago’s offense looks for a boost after being held to 17 points of fewer 10 times last season. The Bears actually closed 2016 on a 4-1 ATS run at home, including underdog covers against Green Bay, Tennessee, and Minnesota. Chicago has won each of the past two meetings with Atlanta, as the Bears destroyed the Falcons on opening day in 2011 by a 30-12 count.

Best Bet: Chicago +7

Eagles (-1, 48) at Redskins – 1:00 PM EST

Philadelphia
Preseason Record: 2-2 SU, 2-2 ATS
2016 Record: 7-9 SU, 8-8 ATS
Season Win Total: 8 ½ (Over -120)

Philadelphia flew out of the gate in Carson Wentz’s rookie season by starting 3-0, capped off by a blowout home win over Pittsburgh. However, the Eagles picked up only four victories the rest of the season, while losing their final seven games away from Lincoln Financial Field. Philadelphia heads to the Nation’s Capital with double-revenge on its mind after getting swept by Washington last season, as the Eagles have dropped five straight matchups with the Redskins.

Washington
Preseason Record: 2-2 SU, 2-2 ATS
2016 Record: 8-7-1 SU, 10-6 ATS
Season Win Total: 7 ½ (Under -150)

After losing their first two games last season, the Redskins ran off four straight victories. However, Washington fell short of the postseason by losing four of its final six contests. There should be plenty of points scored at FedEx Field as both meetings in 2016 finished OVER the total, while Washington went 6-2 to the OVER at home last season. In two victories against the Eagles last season, the Redskins held Philadelphia’s offense to only one touchdown.

Best Bet: Washington +1

Cardinals (-1, 48 ½) at Lions – 1:00 PM EST

Arizona
Preseason Record: 2-3 SU, 2-3 ATS
2016 Record: 7-8-1 SU, 6-10 ATS
Season Win Total: 8 ½ (Over -140)

Following an NFC championship appearance in 2015, the Cardinals took a step back in 2016 by posting a 7-8-1 record and missing the playoffs. Arizona finished last season on a high note with victories at Seattle and San Francisco, but the Cardinals went 3-5 on the highway. The Cardinals have owned the Lions over the years by winning seven straight meetings dating back to 2006, while manhandling Detroit at Ford Field in 2015 in a 42-17 blowout.

Detroit
Preseason Record: 2-2 SU, 2-2 ATS
2016 Record: 9-7 SU, 8-8 ATS
Season Win Total: 7 ½ (Under -170)

The Lions inked quarterback Matthew Stafford to a brand new deal, while hoping that can propel Detroit to consecutive playoff appearances for the first time since 1994 and 1995. Detroit sputtered at the end of last season with three consecutive losses before bowing out to Seattle in the Wild Card round. What helped the Lions reach the playoffs was five wins by three points each, as Detroit put together a solid 6-2 record at Ford Field.

Best Bet: Arizona -1

Raiders at Titans (-2, 50 ½) – 1:00 PM EST

Oakland
Preseason Record: 0-4 SU, 0-4 ATS
2016 Record: 12-4 SU, 6-10 ATS
Season Win Total: 9 ½ (Under -130)

The Raiders were cruising to an AFC West title and a potential showdown with the Patriots for the AFC championship. Those dreams were shattered along with Derek Carr’s leg in a late-season injury that put the Oakland quarterback out of commission for the playoffs. In spite of getting ousted by Houston in the Wild Card round, the Raiders posted a 12-4 record to go along with a 6-2 mark away from the Coliseum. Oakland limited Tennessee to its lowest point total of the season in 2016 by knocking off the Titans, 17-10 last September.

Tennessee
Preseason Record: 1-3 SU, 1-3 ATS
2016 Record: 9-7 SU, 7-9 ATS
Season Win Total: 9 (Under -115)

Tennessee has high expectations placed on them entering Marcus Mariota’s third season at quarterback. The Titans closed 2016 strong by winning four of their final five games to finish at 9-7, the franchise’s first winning season since 2011. Tennessee is hosting Oakland for the third straight season, as the Titans have lost the last two seasons by a combined 10 points to the Raiders. Since Mariota took over at quarterback, the Titans have compiled a 3-4-1 ATS record as a home favorite.

Best Bet: Oakland +2

Ravens at Bengals (-3, 42 ½) – 1:00 PM EST

Baltimore
Preseason Record: 4-0 SU, 4-0 ATS
2016 Record: 8-8 SU, 7-9 ATS
Season Win Total: 8 ½ (Under -145)

These AFC North rivals are hooking up on opening day for the first time since 2014 as the Ravens look to avenge a 23-16 home defeat. Baltimore is fresh off a perfect preseason, but the Ravens didn’t get a lot of work out of quarterback Joe Flacco. He is expected to play on Sunday after missing most of the preseason with a back injury, while Baltimore shoots for its first road victory since Week 3 last season at Jacksonville. The Ravens dropped their final six road contests in 2016, including a 27-10 drubbing in Week 17 at Cincinnati.

Cincinnati
Preseason Record: 1-3 SU, 2-2 ATS
2016 Record: 6-9-1 SU, 7-9 ATS
Season Win Total: 8 ½ (Under -135)

The Bengals won the division two seasons ago, but fell backwards in 2016 by winning just six games, while picking up consecutive victories only one time. Cincinnati is riding a three-game hot streak in season openers, while playing Week 1 at Paul Brown Stadium for the first time since 2009. The Bengals haven’t lost at home to the Ravens since 2012, while the home team owns an 8-2 record in the series in the last 10 matchups.

Best Bet: Cincinnati -3

Seahawks at Packers (-3, 50 ½) – 4:25 PM EST

Seattle
Preseason Record: 4-0 SU, 4-0 ATS
2016 Record: 10-5-1 SU, 8-8 ATS
Season Win Total: 10 ½ (Over -125)

Seattle rallied to stun Green Bay in the NFC championship in 2014 before losing in the Super Bowl to New England on the final play. The Seahawks haven’t made a Super Bowl since but have qualified for the postseason each of the past five seasons. The last two seasons the Seahawks have come up short against the Packers at Lambeau Field, including a 38-10 drubbing to Green Bay last December as a three-point road favorite.

Green Bay
Preseason Record: 1-3 SU, 2-2 ATS
2016 Record: 10-6 SU, 9-6-1 ATS
Season Win Total: 10 ½ (Under -140)

The Packers made it all the way to the NFC title game last season before getting blitzed by the Falcons. Hopes are still high for a Super Bowl appearance in Titletown this season as the Packers won seven of nine games at Lambeau Field in 2016. The Packers overcame a November swoon in which they dropped four straight games to finish the regular season with six straight victories before playoff triumphs over the Giants and Cowboys prior to the Atlanta loss in the championship.

Best Bet: Seattle +3

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