NFL Odds: Week 1 Thursday NFL Picks New Orleans vs. Green Bay

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The NFL betting slate is officially here once again! The New Orleans Saints will take on the Green Bay Packers in a duel between the last two Super Bowl winners. Check out how we see this one shaking out on Thursday Night’s NFL football odds!

Week 1 NFL Matchup: New Orleans Saints @ Green Bay Packers
Date: Thursday, September 8th, 8:30 ET
Location: Lambeau Field, Green Bay, WI
College Football Lines: Packers -4
Over/Under 47.5
Week 1 NFL TV Schedule: NBC

Saints Notes: QB Drew Brees and company were embarrassed off of the field the last time we saw them against the Seattle Seahawks, and you can bet that that is something that has been sitting with this team for the entire offseason. Still, this offense has the potential to be amazing this year, especially if RB Mark Ingram ends up being that featured running back that this team has badly needed for years. The defense is still questionable though, and there was really nothing done in the offseason that makes us think that this unit is going to be any better this year than it was a season ago.

Packers Notes: It’s banner hanging night in Green Bay, and that means that Title Town is about to get yet another title banner to wave in historic Lambeau Field. QB Aaron Rodgers actually might have a better offense this year than he did a season ago thanks to the fact that TE Jermichael Finley and RB Ryan Grant are back. The defense might be taking a small step backwards, but we know that Defensive Coordinator Dom Capers isn’t letting up no matter who is on the field.

The Final Word: The Saints are good enough to win this game, but this is just too bad of a spot for them to walk into. Green Bay is 20-8-1 ATS in its last 29 games overall and is 7-2 ATS in its last nine games as a favorite. New Orleans isn’t quite catching enough points in this one. Expect to see the Pack win by a TD.
Week 1 NFL Pick: Green Bay Packers -4.5

NFL Football Prediction: Green Bay 31 -New Orleans 23

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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