NFL Week 1 Picks Bengals vs. Patriots NFL Predictions & Vegas Odds: A four-star NFL week 1 picks match-up in week one of the NFL predictions season is in store between two teams with aspirations of great things in the AFC as the Bengals travel to New England looking for respect vs. the Patriots. The Patriots continue to get respect from Las Vegas as the Vegas NFL odds have New England as a 5-point favorite as the home team. The Bengals, though, have excelled against the spread (ATS) when playing as a road underdog, going 4-2 in 2009. The Patriots were 8-7 overall ATS, 5-3 at home. These two teams last played in 2007 and the Bengals have not beaten the Pats since 2001, in Foxboro.
Two years removed from his devastating leg injury, Tom Brady is back. With a healthy Brady, the Patriots can put points on the board, and averaged more than 25 points per NFL picks contest a year ago. Brady will have his buddy Wes Welker back for this NFL picks contest, though the slot receiver has admitted that he is not 100% recovered from his injury suffered in the season finale. Even a Welker at half-speed will be an advantage for the Pats. Randy Moss is back this NFL picks season for perhaps a final go-around in New England and he will test the Bengals defense. Another key receiver is Julian Edelman, who played well in a limited role. Behind an offensive line that had some new parts, the Pats struggled running the ball and will again turn to the disappointing Laurence Maroney and veteran Fred Taylor. Look out for Taylor vs. the Bengals rush defense. With fresh legs early in the NFL picks season, he might have a big game.
The Bengals will look to stop the pass first in Sunday's NFL week 1 picks matchu-up and you will see multiple DBs on the field against the Pats’ spread offense. Cincinnati has the secondary to match-up well against Brady and the boys. Johnathan Joseph and Leon Hall have developed into shutdown corners and they’ll match-up against Moss and Edelman on the outside. We’ll see Roy L. Williams is the big hitter in the middle that the team has lacked over the years. The New York Jets tore-up the Bengals front seven in the playoffs and expect the Pats to run right at the likes of Tank Johnson, Domata Peko, and linebackers Keith Rivers and Rey Maualuga. The USC grads at linebacker hold the key to stopping the Patriots running backs from getting free and gouging the defense out of passing formations.
This NFL week 1 picks battle has all the makings of a shoot-out, with both teams regularly scoring twenty or more points. The Pats have struggled against high-powered offenses in the past and this could be another long day at the office for both defenses.
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