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MNF Odds: Niners Set to Take on Vikings

Two teams heading in opposite directions will meet at Levi's Stadium in the second game of the NFL's season-opening doubleheader on Monday Night Football as the San Francisco 49ers host the Minnesota Vikings looking to break a six-game losing streak against the spread.

The 49ers were a total disaster last year, going 8-8 straight-up and 5-11 versus the number. They started playing poorly following rumors that head coach Jim Harbaugh was leaving to lead his alma mater, the Michigan Wolverines.

That obviously became a reality, and now new head coach Jim Tomsula inherits a squad void of two of its top two tacklers, both of whom retired due to injuries in Patrick Willis and Chris Borland.

San Francisco is also without running back Frank Gore, who signed with the Indianapolis Colts in the offseason. Meanwhile, Minnesota gets back one of the franchise's best players of all time, running back Adrian Peterson, who missed most of last season due to a personal-conduct suspension.

The Vikings were much-improved in 2014 under first-year head coach Mike Zimmer and hope to take the next step by posting a winning record after going 7-9 straight-up but an impressive 10-6 against the spread, including 5-1 in the last six.

The Minnesota Vikings will try to spoil to the party on Monday; they are 10-6 ATS against the spread this season, while the San Francisco 49ers are 5-11 ATS. Minnesota is 6-10 on the over under betting totals; San Francisco is 5-11.

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Nover: 49ers Experience Big Line Moves

The San Francisco 49ers had an offseason from hell losing key players from their defense and offensive line. New coach Jim Tomsula couldn't have been dealt a worse hand taking over from Jim Harbaugh.

This has resulted in a historic downward line movement in San Francisco's regular-season over/under win total. The 49ers opened as high a 8 1/2 victories at some bet shops. They are now down to as low as six victories.

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Giants on an ATS Skid vs Rival Cowboys

The New York Giants will try to snap a four-game series losing streak against the Dallas Cowboys and cover the spread for the fourth time in five games overall when they visit Arlington for a key NFC East matchup in the season opener on Sunday Night Football.

The Giants are also 1-3 against the spread in the past four meetings after going 6-2 straight-up and ATS in the previous eight games between the teams.

The Cowboys are coming off their first NFC East title since 2009 and have also seen the OVER cash in the last five meetings along with 10 of the past 12. Dallas, though, lost NFL rushing leader DeMarco Murray to the Philadelphia Eagles, another division rival hoping to top both teams in 2015.

New York won the NFC East once during that stretch as well, taking it in 2011 with a 9-7 mark en route to becoming the first team with less than 10 wins to become Super Bowl champion. The Giants are hoping to rebound from a pair of losing seasons and also went 7-9 ATS last year.

The Dallas Cowboys currently sport a record of 13-5, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 11-7 ATS. The New York Giants are 6-10 and 7-9 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Dallas Cowboys post a 9-8-1 over under record this season, while the New York Giants have gone 10-6 against the number.

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Packers are Road Chalk vs Bears Sunday

The Green Bay Packers are among the favorites to win Super Bowl 50 despite losing wide receiver Jordy Nelson to a season-ending knee injury, and they will begin their run against the Chicago Bears as solid road chalk in their season opener on the road Sunday at Soldier Field.

The Packers are 11/2 to win the Super Bowl and started last year 0-2-1 against the spread before covering their next four games en route to winning the NFC North for the fourth straight year.

They swept the Bears and covered both meetings as well, including a 55-14 rout at Lambeau Field that spelled the beginning of the end for former Chicago head coach Marc Trestman.

John Fox replaces Trestman and will be tasked with trying to help the Bears beat Green Bay for the first time since 2013. That road win was the first for Chicago in the series since 2010, as the Packers are 9-1 in the past 10 meetings and have covered eight of the last nine.

Supporters of the Green Bay Packers have seen them go 13-5 and 10-7-1 ATS so far this season, while the Chicago Bears are at 5-11 and 7-9 ATS. In totals betting, the Bears are 8-8, while the Packers are 12-6.

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Ravens Road Underdogs Against Broncos

A rematch of the NFL season opener from two years ago will take place on Sunday when the Baltimore Ravens visit the Denver Broncos as small underdogs and look to cover the spread in their third straight game overall.

The Broncos avenged a playoff loss to the Ravens in that game by crushing them 49-27 as 7.5-point favorites and went on to lose the Super Bowl that year.

Baltimore had won three of the previous four meetings both straight-up and against the spread before that, including a 38-35 overtime victory at Denver that helped propel the team to its second Super Bowl in 2013.

Both teams have seen some major changes on offense, as Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning no longer has tight end Julius Thomas around while Joe Flacco is breaking in an entirely new receiving corps since the Ravens won the Super Bowl.

Defensively, Denver and Baltimore should also each be improved. The OVER cashed in seven of the first nine games for the Broncos last season, with Manning needing to post big numbers in order to make up for a mediocre defense.

The Denver Broncos are 12-5 so far on the season, and 8-9 ATS vs the point spread. The Baltimore Ravens, meanwhile, are 11-7 and 10-8 ATS. Those over under betting have seen Denver go 10-7 and the Baltimore Ravens go 8-9-1 on the totals.

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Colts Betting Favorites in Buffalo vs Bills

High expectations will follow the Indianapolis Colts to Buffalo as they open the season away from home against the Bills and try to cover the spread for the fourth time in five games. The exception for the Colts during that stretch was a 45-7 road loss to the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship Game as 7-point road underdogs.

Indianapolis is the 3/1 favorite to win the AFC over the defending Super Bowl champion Patriots, and the opener could go a long way to showing how good this team can be this season.

With the addition of a pair of veteran offensive weapons in running back Frank Gore and wide receiver Andre Johnson, the Colts have given quarterback Andrew Luck exactly what he needs to get to the big game.

But Buffalo has one of the best defenses in the NFL, and new head coach Rex Ryan will be motivated to try to shut down Indy's offense in his first game there, as the team goes for its sixth cover in seven games dating back to last year.

Buffalo battles the Indianapolis Colts, currently with a 13-6 mark (12-6-1 ATS). The over under records, important for totals betting, are 3-13 for the Bills and 9-10 for the Colts.

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Week 1: Peterson Props and DFS Odds

Adrian Peterson will take the field on Monday night for the first time in a year, and the sportsbooks are featuring the Minnesota Vikings running back in plenty of prop wagers.

For starters, Peterson has been listed at +180 to score more Week 1 fantasy points than the Green Bay Packers' Eddie Lacy (+150) and the Seattle Seahawks' Marshawn Lynch (+180) at Bovada.

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NFL Week 1 Expert Betting Odds Picks

IK Enemkpali did the Jets a favor when he broke Geno Smith's jaw. That forced the Jets to name Ryan Fitzpatrick as their starting quarterback. It's a factor why I like the Jets to cover three points against the Browns.

Fitzpatrick and Cleveland quarterback Josh McCown are journeymen. Each, though, has proven functional when equipped with weapons. The Jets have much better skill position players than Cleveland with Chris Ivory, Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker.

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Nover: Regular Season Win Total Picks

If you don't mind tying up your bankroll for five months, wagering NFL over/under regular season win totals can prove profitable. These three I like. Lines courtesy of Bovada.

Tennessee Titans Over 5 1/2 wins

The Titans struggled through three quarterbacks in going 2-14 last year.

Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt now has a potential franchise quarterback, Marcus Mariota. Dick LeBeau brings credibility to the defensive coaching staff.  

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NFL Prop Odds: Winless or Undefeated

Only one team in NFL history has gone 0-16 in the regular season, and only one team has gone 16-0. Despite both of those things happening the same amount of times in history, a team going winless this season is listed at +2000 odds at Bovada compared to a team going 16-0 that is on the board at +2500 odds.

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