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N.F.L. Week 1 Predictions: Our Picks Against the Spread


Pittsburgh Steelers at Cincinnati Bengals, 1:00 p.m., CBS

Line: Bengals -6.5 | Total: 44.5

Cincinnati won each meetings last season, blowing out Pittsburgh, 41-10, of their second meeting during Week 12. The Steelers have had offensive line issues within the preseason, however the Bengals have only considered one of their offensive line starters getting back from last season. In a battle of defenses, the Steelers must have a bonus in 2021’s defensive player of the yr, T.J. Watt. Pick: Steelers +6.5

Philadelphia Eagles at Detroit Lions, 1 p.m., Fox

Line: Eagles -4 | Total: 49

The Lions had considered one of the worst defenses within the N.F.L. last season but upgraded that unit with the No. 2 overall draft pick, which they used on the University of Michigan folk hero and defensive end Aidan Hutchinson. Detroit finished a terrible 2021 season with a 3-13-1 record, however the team was surprisingly among the best against the spread at 11-6. Not against the Eagles, nonetheless, which beat the brakes off the Lions, 44-6, in Week 8.

Detroit has attracted 61 percent of the motion as 4-point home underdogs. Most books have moved them to +3.5, but some are still hanging the 4. Pick: Lions +4

Latest England Patriots at Miami Dolphins, 1 p.m., CBS

Line: Dolphins -3.5 | Total: 47

The Dolphins are favored against the Patriots for the primary time since 2013. An enormous factor: Miami’s expectations for Tyreek Hill, whom the team added this off-season in a deal that made him the N.F.L.’s highest-paid receiver.

The markets are heavily behind Miami, but Bill Belichick remains to be the N.F.L.’s Emperor Palpatine. Pick: Patriots +3.5

Baltimore Ravens at Jets, 1 p.m., CBS

Line: Ravens -7 | Total: 45

Last yr, the Ravens endured a Job-like season of setbacks and injuries. This yr, the team and its quarterback, Lamar Jackson, in a contract yr, have rather a lot to prove. The Jets’ defense made some upgrades, including by adding the fourth overall 2022 draft pick, Sauce Gardner at cornerback. Coach Robert Saleh announced on Wednesday that the Jets will start Joe Flacco, who looked awful within the preseason. Flacco’s former team should win, however the Ravens are laying a touchdown to a house team seeking to stunt. Pick: Jets +7

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