Is it going to be a rough road for the New England Patriots this season, in the midst of what could be a long murder story involving former tight end Aaron Hernandez? Maybe so, and customers at BetAnySports who make it their business to follow the latest NFL odds realize that it could have an impact not only on the future props regarding the Patriots, but also the first game coming out of the chute. That’s when they will be laying points in Buffalo against the Bills.
The Miami Dolphins lacked explosiveness in the receiver corps last season, but they have gotten some help for second-year quarterback Ryan Tannehill. In Week 1 they’ll play the Cleveland Browns, who have changed coaches yet again.
Let’s take a look at Week 1 games involving these AFC East teams, as we include the advance NFL odds in our analysis. Both games are scheduled for Sunday, September 8
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New England Patriots (-7.5) at Buffalo Bills
1 PM ET – Ralph Wilson Stadium, Orchard Park, NY
Naturally, there is going to be some question about the Patriots’ off-season controversy with Aaron Hernandez, etc. That shouldn’t be much of a worry for Pats’ backers. Bill Belichick will simply change things up in the offense, taking some of the emphasis off the tight ends. There is no one particularly notable at the position, and the possibility that Tim Tebow might see some time there is being talked about. No, Wes Welker is not around to lend a hand any more, but Danny Amendola is not a bad imitation. He was on his way to having a monster year for the Rams in 2012 before running into injury problems.
The Bills (who are +6500 to win the AFC East in the NFL odds at BetAnySports) have a new coach (Doug Marrone) and a fascination with the size and athletic ability of E.J. Manuel. There would be no other reason for them to have drafted the former Florida State quarterback in the middle of the first round. Manuel is raw at best, but it will be interesting to see who emerges out of training camp the starter. Kevin Kolb is the veteran who was acquired in the off-season, but he isn’t explosive in the least. If they hand the reins over to Manuel this line will move upward, so keep a very close eye on which way the wind is blowing in the Buffalo training camp.
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Miami Dolphins at Cleveland Browns (pick)
1 PM ET – Cleveland Browns Stadium, Cleveland
There was a star-studded rookie quarterback class last season, but Ryan Tannehill and Brandon Weeden missed out on it. The Dolphins are mindful of the fact that Tannehill did not have a lot of experience playing quarterback in college, so they look at him still being on a learning curve. The Browns are understandably a little less patient with Weeden, who is 29 years old. And so they have Jason Campbell lined up just in case. But whoever is under center had better be able to throw the ball down the field to deal with the system that is in place under head coach Rob Chudzinski and offensive coordinator Norv Turner.
Tannehill is likely to throw the ball down the field a lot more, now that Mike Wallace has been acquired via free agency. The former Pittsburgh receiver has averaged over 17 yards a catch, and that provides something the Dolphins (+110 to register more than eight wins in NFL odds at BetAnySports) did not have last season. Weeden was often tentative last season, and Miami is intent on putting on a furious pass rush with first-round draft choice Dion Jordan joining Cameron Wake in that pursuit. What we also wonder about with the Browns is whether Trent Richardson is going to get worn out before his time.
Here are the rest of the NFL odds for Week 1 (Sunday game unless otherwise indicated):
Baltimore Ravens at Denver Broncos (-10) (Thursday night game)
Tennessee Titans at Pittsburgh Steelers (-7.5)
Atlanta Falcons at New Orleans Saints (-2.5)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New York Jets (pick)
Kansas City Chiefs (-3) at Jacksonville Jaguars
Cincinnati Bengals at Chicago Bears (-3)
Seattle Seahawks (-3) at Carolina Panthers
Minnesota Vikings at Detroit Lions (-3)
Oakland Raiders at Indianapolis Colts (-7.5)
Arizona Cardinals at St. Louis Rams (-7)
Green Bay Packers at San Francisco 49ers (-5.5)
New York Giants at Dallas Cowboys (-2.5)
Philadelphia Eagles at Washington Redskins (4.5) (Monday night game)
Houston Texans (-2.5) at San Diego Chargers (Monday night game)
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