Patriots, Packers home favorites for Week 6, Broncos are road chalk

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With Tom Brady back, the New England Patriots will try to get back to their winning ways at home against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 6 of the NFL season.

The Patriots are listed as 8.5-point favorites against the Bengals, with a total of 47, at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. New England, minus Brady, lost to Buffalo in their previous outing at Gillette Stadium. The Patriots are 9-0 straight-up and 7-2 against the spread in their last nine home games after a loss at home.

The Green Bay Packers are four-point home favorites against the Dallas Cowboys. The total is 47. The Packers are 9-2-1 ATS in their last 12 games in October. The Cowboys are 0-5-1 ATS in their last six games against teams with winning records.

The Houston Texans are favored by three points against the Indianapolis Colts in the Sunday Night Football matchup. The total is 46. The Texans are 7-2 SU and ATS in their last nine games at home. The Colts are 5-1-1 ATS in their last seven games against the Texans.

No longer undefeated, the Denver Broncos are three-point road favorites against the San Diego Chargers. The total is 45.5 for their Thursday Night Football matchup. The Broncos are 14-2 SU in their last 16 games after a loss. The Chargers are 0-9 SU in their last nine games against teams with winning records.

The Philadelphia Eagles are favored by 2.5 points against the host Washington Redskins. The total is 45. The Eagles are 0-4 ATS in their last four games against the Redskins. The Redskins are 7-1 SU and ATS in their last eight games as an underdog.

The Oakland Raiders are one-point favorites against the Kansas City Chiefs. The total is 46.5. The Chiefs are 10-3 SU and ATS in their last 13 road games against the Raiders. Oakland is 3-6-1 ATS in its last 10 October home games according to the OddsShark NFL Database.

The Seattle Seahawks are favored by six points against the Atlanta Falcons. The total is 46. The Falcons, who just beat the Broncos, are 7-1 SU and ATS in their last eight games after winning as an underdog. The Seahawks are 3-12 ATS in their last 15 games in Week 6.

Despite a three-game skid, the New York Giants are favored by three points against the Baltimore Ravens. The total is 43.5. The Giants are 8-1 ATS in their last nine games at home after consecutive ATS losses at home. The Ravens, who lost in Washington in Week 5, are 14-6 SU in their last 20 games after losing as a favorite.

And the Arizona Cardinals are favored by 7.5 points against the New York Jets in the Monday Night Football betting matchup. The total is 47. The Jets, who have lost twice in a row, are 1-5-1 ATS in their last seven games after an ATS loss, and with just one win on the season their postseason expectancy has plummetted from 31.8% to 4.2% since the start of the season according to website PredictionMachine.com.

Defending champion Patriots among early NFL Week 1 betting favorites

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With the completion of the NFL draft, it’s a bit easier to get a handle on how teams will come out of the gate when the regular season begins in early September.

The Week 1 slate of games begins with the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots listed as 7.5-point favorites against the Kansas City Chiefs at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. Tom Brady and the Patriots are 8-2 straight-up and 6-2-2 against the spread in their last 10 home games where they were favored by at least 6.5 points.

New England is 9-1 SU and 5-4-1 ATS in their last 10 home games played in September. The Chiefs are 4-1 ATS in their last five games as a road underdog.

The Dallas Cowboys are favored by 5.5 points against the New York Giants in the first Sunday Night Football matchup of the season. Dallas is 3-7 ATS in its last 10 games against the Giants when it was favored. The total has gone under in eight of the teams’ last 10 matchups in Dallas, according to the OddsShark NFL Database.

The Atlanta Falcons, the defending NFC champion, are favored by 6.5 points on the road against the Chicago Bears in Week 1. Atlanta is 7-3 SU and 5-5 ATS in its last 10 games as a road favorite. Since 2009, the Bears are 2-6 SU as a home underdog of 4.0 or more points.

The Detroit Lions are 2.5-point favorites against the Arizona Cardinals. Arizona is 5-2 ATS in its last seven road games in September. Detroit is 8-2 SU and 5-5 ATS in its last 10 home games as a favorite of 4.0 or fewer points.

The Tennessee Titans host the Oakland Raiders in a pick’em. Oakland is 8-2 ATS in its last 10 regular-season road games. Tennessee is 3-6-1 ATS in its last 10 conference home games.

The Washington Redskins are 2.5-point favorites on the NFL point spreads for Week 1 against the Philadelphia Eagles. Philadelphia is 0-3 ATS in its last three games as an underdog of 3.0 or fewer points. Washington is 4-6 SU in its last 10 divisional home games.

The Green Bay Packers are listed as three-point favorites against the Seattle Seahawks. Seattle is 2-8 both SU and ATS in its last 10 road games in September. Green Bay is 7-0 SU and 5-1-1 ATS in its last seven home games against Seattle.

The Minnesota Vikings, who could potentially be facing their former star running back Adrian Peterson, are 3.5-point favorites against the New Orleans Saints in a Week 1 Monday Night Football matchup. Minnesota is 8-2 ATS in its last 10 home games. New Orleans is 6-3-1 ATS in its last 10 conference road games.

And the Denver Broncos are four-point favorites against the Los Angeles Chargers in the second Monday Night Football matchup of opening week. Los Angeles (formerly San Diego) is 1-9 SU in its last 10 divisional road games. Denver is 3-6-1 ATS in its last 10 home games against the Chargers at sports betting sites.

NFL must play its cards right when it comes to Las Vegas

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It’s official.

The NFL has approved the relocation of the Oakland Raiders to Las Vegas, and with the move comes the pressure the league must now face in a city that embraces its gambling and vibrant nightlife.

Not only could this cause problems for the league, which has been outspoken against gambling on sports, but it could impact its players, who now have to deal with being in and around gambling year round.

With so many questions, the NFL must embrace these realities of being a part of Sin City in the future.

PFT’s Mike Florio breaks down the NFL’s future in Sin City in the video above from the owners’ meetings in Arizona.