NFL Odds: Week 1 Monday Night Football Picks (NE/MIA, OAK/DEN)

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The NFL betting slate is officially here once again! There are a two pack of games this week on the Monday Night Football Odds, and here at Cappers Info, we have all of our picks for the big games!

Week 1 NFL Matchup: New England Patriots @ Miami Dolphins
Date: Monday, September 12th, 7:00 ET
Location: Sun Life Stadium, Miami, FL
NFL Week 1 Lines: New England -7
Over/Under 45.5
Week 1 NFL TV Schedule: ESPN

Patriots Notes: The Pats might have put up 79 points in two games last year against Miami, but we have to remember that 28 of those points came directly from either the defense or special teams. It seems rather unlikely that that will be the case once again. QB Tom Brady didn’t crack the 200 yard barrier passing in either game, and a lot of that could be a testament to the Miami secondary. This year should be interesting though, with WR Chad Ochocinco aboard, as Brady probably has the most talented target that he has had since the team traded WR Randy Moss last year to the Minnesota Vikings. DT Albert Haynesworth, the other big offseason acquisition for the team, is listed as questionable with an illness, leading a list of 13 players that are officially on New England’s injury report.

Dolphins Notes: It’s hard to say that this game will truly define the season, but the possibility is definitely there for that for the Fins. They’re not likely going to end up being all that great this season, but Head Coach Tony Sparano and QB Chad Henne probably have to lead them to the playoffs for either to keep their jobs. Don’t be so certain that that will be the case. Defensively, Miami has a lot of work to do to keep the Brady Bunch out of the end zone, but the key will be improved play on special teams. RB Daniel Thomas might not play this week, which is going to leave the running game to just RB Reggie Bush and RB Larry Johnson.

The Final Word: Though this is a series in which the Dolphins have historically really been slaughtered, this game means too much for them to get blown away. Getting a TD is a ton in this league, especially for home teams. We’ll take our chances that Miami can at least stick inside of the number, though we don’t see how it can win the game.

Week 1 NFL Pick: Miami Dolphins +7

NFL Football Prediction: New England 27 – Miami 21

Week 1 NFL Matchup: Oakland Raiders @ Denver Broncos
Date: Monday, September 12th, 10:15 ET
Location: Mile High Stadium, Denver, CO
NFL Week 1 Lines: Denver -3
Over/Under 40.5
Week 1 NFL TV Schedule: ESPN

Raiders Notes: Did you know that the Raiders went a perfect 6-0 last year in division play, and that they were the only team that could say that were perfect in their own division? QB Jason Campbell has to get used to another offense this year with Head Coach Hue Jackson taking over, but that’s nothing new to him; he only seems like he switches offenses each and every single season. However, Oakland is definitely one of the up and coming teams in the league, but losing DB Nnamdi Asomugha in the offseason certainly hurt. Getting these speedy wide outs involved is going to be the key to victory this year, but the question is whether Campbell is going to be able to get the job done.

Broncos Notes: It’s a new year for the Broncos, and thank goodness! They had one of the worst defenses in the league last season, but that should all be helped out by the additions of LBs Von Miller (draft) and Elvis Dumervil (back from injury). Head Coach John Fox also brings in a new tough mentality, and he should be using that tough mental game to get the ball into the hands of RB Knowshon Moreno more often. WR Brandon Lloyd was one of the top receivers in the game last year with his connection with QB Kyle Orton, and though we don’t think that he’ll put up the same type of numbers once again this year, we do think that he has some legitimate potential.

The Final Word: It’s time for Oakland’s “reign of terror” in the AFC West to be stopped. It’s a new era of football in the Mile High City, and we tend to believe that it gets off to a good start in what will surprisingly be a pretty darn good end to Week 1 NFL football betting action.

Week 1 NFL Pick: Denver Broncos -3

NFL Football Prediction: Denver 21 -Oakland 17

Lou Palumbo is the founder and part owner of the Sports Handicapping Community. He's been writing and posting free picks and sports handicapping strategies on the Cappersinfo forums and website for 15 years now. He enjoys handicapping just as much as he did from the very first day he built the original Cappersinfo website.

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