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    NFL Lines 1-4 (05/08/13)

    John Ewing, Director of Research and Analytics
    By John Ewing

    Cantor Gaming has released their point spreads for the 2013 NFL season. Below we look at some of the notable games from each of the first four weeks.

    Cantor Gaming released their lines for Week 1 through Week 16 (lines are not posted for Week 17 because there is uncertainty in player participation) and as such we look at some of the notable games in this year’s NFL schedule. Below we review Week 1 through Week 4 with the rest of the schedule coming in succession.

    Week 1

    Baltimore Ravens (+7) @ Denver Broncos

    The opening game of the NFL season will feature the Ravens becoming the first defending Super Bowl Champion to begin the season on the road. Baltimore is not getting much respect as underdogs of more than a touchdown. Baltimore won as 9.5 point dogs in the Divisional Round but that was with Ray Lewis, Ed Reed, and Anquan Boldin.

    Philadelphia Eagles (+4.5) @ Washington Redskins

    Robert Griffin III could miss the season opener and the Redskins are still 6.5 point favorites against the Eagles on Monday Night Football. Chip Kelly will have his work cut out for him in his NFL debut.

    New York Giants (+2.5) @ Dallas Cowboys

    A rematch of last year’s opener in which the defending Super Bowl Champion Giants were favored by 4 points and lost to the Cowboys 24-17. Tony Romo threw 2 TDs to Kevin Ogletree who was promptly picked up in every fantasy league only to be dropped a week later after tallying one reception and no touchdowns.

    Rest of the lines for Week 1.

    Visiting Team Visiting Line Home Team Home Line
    Ravens 7 Broncos -7
    Patriots -7 Bills 7
    Titans 7 Steelers -7
    Falcons 1.5 Saints -1.5
    Buccaneers -1.5 Jets 1.5
    Chiefs -3 Jaguars 3
    Bengals 3 Bears -3
    Dolphins -1.5 Browns 1.5
    Seahawks -3.5 Panthers 3.5
    Vikings 2.5 Lions -2.5
    Raiders 7 Colts -7
    Cardinals 4.5 Rams -4.5
    Packers 4 49ers -4
    Giants 2.5 Cowboys -2.5
    Eagles 4.5 Redskins -4.5
    Texans -3 Chargers 3

    Week 2

    San Francisco 49ers (+2.5) @ Seattle Seahawks

    Arguably the two best teams in the NFC square off. Seattle added versatile playmaker Percy Harvin, while San Francisco picked up physical receiver Anquan Boldin. The teams split their two matchups last season but Kaepernick only played in the second game.

    New York Jets (+8) @ New England Patriots

    The Jets most likely don't know if it will be Mark Sanchez, David Garrard, Greg McElroy, Matt Simms, or Geno Smith starting in this Week 2 matchup. The Patriots won both contest last year, by 3 in OT and then by 30 in New York.

    Pittsburgh Steelers (+1) @ Cincinnati Bengals

    Key early matchup in tight AFC North that saw the Steelers go 3-3 in the Division and 3-5 on the road. Cincinnati is 1-5 in their last six games against Pittsburgh.

    Rest of the lines for Week 2.

    Visiting Team Visiting Line Home Team Home Line
    Jets 8 Patriots -8
    Rams 7 Falcons -7
    Panthers -1 Bills 1
    Vikings 2.5 Bears -2.5
    Redskins 4.5 Packers -4.5
    Dolphins PK Colts PK
    Cowboys -1.5 Chiefs 1.5
    Browns 7.5 Ravens -7.5
    Titans 7.5 Texans -7.5
    Chargers 2.5 Eagles -2.5
    Lions -2.5 Cardinals 2.5
    Saints -1.5 Buccaneers 1.5
    Jaguars 3 Raiders -3
    Broncos -1 Giants 1
    49ers 2.5 Seahawks -2.5
    Steelers 1 Bengals -1

    Week 3

    Chicago Bears (+2.5) @ Pittsburgh Steelers

    The first matchup between these franchises since 2009; a 17-14 victory for Chicago. The Bears will be without Brian Urlacher for the first time since they drafted him 9th overall in 2000. New coach Marc Trestman also replaces Lovie Smith after 9 seasons.

    Kansas City Chiefs (+3) @ Philadelphia Eagles

    The longest-tenured head coach (14 years) in the NFL prior to his release, Andy Reid returns to Philadelphia for the first time after being fired. The Chiefs look to build upon a 2-14 season that saw them send 6 players to the Pro Bowl.

    Jacksonville Jaguars (+14) @ Seattle Seahawks

    Only one of two games all season to feature a team favored by 14 points. The other matchup - Jags (+14) @ Broncos. Jacksonville lost eight games last year by more than two touchdowns.

    Rest of the lines for Week 3.

    Visiting Team Visiting Line Home Team Home Line
    Chiefs 3 Eagles -3
    Packers PL Bengals PK
    Rams 4.5 Cowboys -4.5
    Chargers -2.5 Titans 2.5
    Browns 6.5 Vikings -6.5
    Buccaneers -6.5 Patriots 6.5
    Cardinals 7.5 Saints -7.5
    Lions 2.5 Redskins -2.5
    Giants -1 Panthers 1
    Texans 3.5 Ravens -3.5
    Falcons -1 Dolphins 1
    Bills 3.5 Jets -3.5
    Colts 7.5 49ers -7.5
    Jaguars 14 Seahawks -14
    Bears 2.5 Steelers -2.5
    Raiders 13.5 Broncos -13.5

    Week 4

    Pittsburgh Steelers (-1.5) vs. Minnesota Vikings (In London)

    This is the first of two games to be played in Wembley Stadium this season. This game will feature Adrian Peterson, who came within nine yards of breaking the single-season rushing record in 2012, against the Steelers defense (2nd against the run last year).

    San Francisco 49ers (-4) @ St. Louis Rams

    The first of two matchups between these franchises, St. Louis went 1-0-1 against San Francisco last season. The tie was the first in the NFL since 2008. This is also the game in which Alex Smith got concussed; as a result it opened the door for Colin Kaepernick.

    New England Patriots (PK) @ Atlanta Falcons

    Two of the playoffs' top seeds from last year meet and Cantor is saying the Patriots are the better team, as the line is a pick'em. Traditionally home field is worth three points. New England is never listed as an underdog this season. This is the first matchup between these franchises since 2009, a 26-10 victory for New England.

    Rest of the lines for Week 4.

    Visiting Team Visiting Line Home Team Home Line
    49ers -4 Rams 4
    Ravens -4 Bills 4
    Bengals -3 Browns 3
    Bears 1 Lions -1
    Giants -1.5 Chiefs 1.5
    Steelers -1.5 Vikings 1.5
    Cardinals 4.5 Buccaneers -4.5
    Colts -3.5 Jaguars 3.5
    Seahawks -1 Texans 1
    Jets -1 Titans 1
    Eagles 7.5 Broncos -7.5
    Cowboys 1 Chargers -1
    Redskins -4 Raiders 4
    Patriots PK Falcons PK
    Dolphins 4.5 Saints -4.5

     

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