The NFL season is here, folks. Let me the first to say “Thank the Lord”. It couldn’t get here fast enough. Time to start breaking down the games, looking at the odds, and giving the best angles and plays for each week of NFL action. Each and every day at NY Betting News, we will analyze at least one NFL game, giving you the best play for that specific contest. Each Friday, I will provide you with my three best plays for the weekend action, including a New York game, and Sunday morning I will provide with you with the three to five best prop bets for the games for the day. I will always break down the Thursday and Monday night games as well. The odds we use are from FanDuel Sportsbook. and DraftKings Sportsbook. With all that in mind, here is the suggested play for Week 1 of the NFL season:
Detroit Lions -2.5 at Arizona Cardinals
FanDuel Sportsbook Odds: Det -2.5
DraftKings Sportsbook Odds: Det -2.5
The Kliff Klingsbury era begins in Arizona in Week 1 when the Cardinals host the Lions in a matchup of two teams who both missed the playoffs in 2018. The Cardinals have an entire new makeover, not just with a new coach, but the top pick in the NFL Draft, Kyler Murray, which changes the offensive strategy the Cardinals will employ. They’ve also littered Larry Fitzgerald and Christian Kirk with an array of rookie receivers, such as Andy Isabella, KeeSean Johnson, and Hakeem Butler. It’s a very young team. A year ago, the Lions beat the Cardinals 17-3 in Glendale behind a brilliant defensive performance from Matt Patricia’s squad, combined with a putrid offensive performance from the Cards. The Lions come in to Patricia’s year still loaded with playmakers on the offensive side of the ball and will turn to Kerryon Johnson as the bellcow running back in his sophomore season. The Lions also drafted Iows star Tight End T.J. Hockenson to go along with a receiving corps that includes Marvin Jones, Jr. and Kenny Golladay.
Rookie quarterbacks are 10-12 in their debut games since 2008. However, quarterbacks who have went No. 1 overall since 2008 are 0-5. This is a Cardinals team that is going to take time to develop. You have a new coach who is completely new to the NFL and a rookie quarterback who has to adapt to a whole new style of play. The NFL is not the Big 12, nor is it preseason, and I believe Murray will learn that quickly in week 1. The Lions went 6-10 a year ago but ended the season with an impressive 31-0 win at Green Bay and have a veteran quarterback, Matthew Stafford, to lead a more experienced group of players compared around him to Arizona. The Lions are more poised to improve upon last year’s record while I think Arizona will have some growing pains the first half of the season.
Prediction: Lions 27, Cardinals 13 (Lions -2.5 is your winner)