NFLbets hesitantly makes two picks on Sunday games – so please bet responsibly

Saturday, 08 September 2018 16:42 EST

All right, NFLbets did warn you not to bet NFL football in week 1 of this season or any season, but, hey, who can resist the call of the sportsbook on the NFL schedule’s first weekend?

So, all right, we’ve told you why you should take the Cleveland Browns (no kidding) +4½ vs the Pittsburgh Steelers, we’ll give you two more tips for a Sunday game below. And despite NFLbets’ extreme reluctance to put money down in week 1, we’ll have our Pick of the Week before the Monday night games.

Please bet responsibly, as they say, with NFLbets’ week 1 best bets. LIkesay, bet less if you must at all.

Best bet #1: Carolina Panthers -3 vs Dallas

Carolina Panthers cheerleader MykaylaFace it: The Cowboys may have the worst WR corps in the NFL this season, and that alone could make Panthers -3 a worthy bet against Dallas. The Panthers defense ranked 5th against the run and 7th overall in the DVOA metric in 2017, and plugging in free-agent acquisition DT Dontari Poe will only help them at the point of attack; this team could be as well prepared to handle the beastly Ezekiel Elliott as any the Cowboys face in ’18.

In addition, the Panthers may be uniquely qualified to contain the improvisational Dak Prescott, thanks to access to Dak’s prototype himself, Cam Newton, for weeks uninterrupted.

And speaking of Newton, count NFLbets as among those expecting a(nother) big year from Newton, if based solely on the blissful silence emanating from Panthers training camp from between Cam and new Carolina offensive coordinator Norv Turner. Now, Norv may be a crummy head coach, but the harmony with Newton alone says volumes about his expertise as OC.

We haven’t even started on that shaky Dallas secondary. The point: Take the Carolina Panthers -3 vs Dallas.

Best bet #2: Seattle Seahawks at Denver Broncos, under 42 points

. Tyler Lockett has re-signed and Brandon Marshall is aboard, so yeah. Further, the Seahawks have switched up a running game which was bottom-10 in rushing yardage and second to last in rushing TDs by going back with seventh-round draft pick Chris Carson, who lasted four games last season before going down to injury, and backing him with 2018 first-rounders Rashaad Penny – so nothing like a two-headed monster of X-factors…

But hey, Sebastian Janikowski!

Facing the Seahawks is the Rocky Mountain altitude, what could be the NFL’s best outside pass rush with Von Miller and Bradley Chubb spearheading, and Case Keenum at quarterback. The final scores of the two Seahwaks openers were 17-9 and 12-10. This feels like one of those.Take the under on an O/U of 42.