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Chargers vs Raiders MNF Odds

With the AFC West expected to be a wide-open race this year, the San Diego Chargers and the Oakland Raiders play a key game Monday night to wrap up the first week of the season at the O.co Coliseum.

And if recent history in an indicator of future results, this game will go over the total. The past five meetings here all played OVER. [ Check out fun Monday Night Football Props ]

Plenty of question marks surround both of these teams (who are both coming off of 8-8 seasons), and this game is also too close to call as San Diego is just a slight favorite at -1 at Sportsbook.ag.

Oakland and San Diego have split their last six games 3-3, but Oakland has covered the spread in five of those six games. [ Pick this game in your NFL bankroll contest - sign up now, never too late to join and win ]

There Raiders have been a Monday Night Football underdog seven straight times and they are 2-5 ATS in that timeframe.

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Bengals vs Ravens: Week 1 Pick

The Baltimore Ravens and Cincinnati Bengals will battle for early NFC North supremacy at M&T Bank Stadium in the first game of Monday Night’s doubleheader.

After falling short of the Super Bowl with a loss to New England last year, Ray Lewis and the Ravens will try to kick 2011 off on the right foot with a win as a 6-point favorite at Sportsbook.ag.

The last six games between these two teams have been split 3-3, but Cincinnati has the upper hand with an ATS record of 7-3-1 ATS in 11 games vs Baltimore. The Ravens have been good in Week 1, going 5-1 ATS lately.

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Best Sportsbook Bonus Offers

The start of football season is always a huge rush of hype and odds to bet on and the debate over which are the best sportsbook bonuses.

This year, some of the usual players have stepped away from the space but others have raised the ante in the battle to earn your sportsbook business. We take a look at some of the biggest ones among those providing their odds to OddsShark.com.

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Steelers Broncos Week 1 Pick

Peyton Manning makes his return to the NFL Sunday with the Denver Broncos as they host the Pittsburgh Steelers at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.

And Bronco bettors are hoping that this reverses a trend that has seen Denver put up the worst ATS record as a home favorite over the past six seasons. And at just 5-24-1 ATS, Denver has been by far the worst home bet as a favorite.

Manning’s Broncos were a 1.5-point favorite at Sportsbook.ag going up against the Steelers and their elite defense. Pittsburgh finished last season 12-4 straight up but just 7-9 ATS, finishing the regular season 1-4 ATS before losing outright to Denver in the playoffs. (Play NFL bankroll contest for a share of $5K in prizes! Join now for FREE!)

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Free NFL Contest: Bankroll Game

NFL pick em action returns in 2012 with a free bankroll contest that rewards winners with a share of $5,000 in prizes.

The NFL Bankroll game, sponsored by TopBet, gives contestants $1,000 in free cash and challenges them to build the biggest bankroll.

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Worst Week 1 NFL Bets

Patriot lovers have won their past seven Week 1 bets on their favorite, but not by wagering on the point spread.

Editor note: This trend was reported incorrectly. The trend is the Patriots have played six straight OVERs in games played in the month of September. They have played three straight Week 1 OVERs and 12 of their past 16 season openers played OVER the total. Apologies on the mistake. The offending party has been flogged and beaten...

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Titans vs Patriots Pick and Preview

The New England Patriots hope to start another march to the Super Bowl this Sunday facing the Tennessee Titans at LP Field.

Coming off of a 13-3 regular season and a trip to the Super Bowl, Tom Brady and the Patriots are expected to take care of business as a 6-point road favorite (and growing at Bovada) Sunday.

Since 1998, New England is 5-1 SU and 4-2 ATS in six meetings with the Titans. But New England's main Week 1 appeal has been as an OVER bet - they have played OVER the total in six straight September games and 12 of the past 16 season openers (best OVER line, check out Bovada)

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Saints Redskins Odds Preview

The Washington Redskins make a trip to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome to take on the New Orleans Saints Sunday and they do so as heavy Week 1 road underdogs.

Robert Griffin III makes his highly anticipated NFL debut, but he’ll have his work cut out for him as a 9-point underdog at Bovada going up against Drew Brees and the high-octane Saints offense.

The total has gone OVER in each of New Orleans’ last five games and in five of Washington’s last seven.

Will Washington's OVER pattern continue with RG3 running the show? Historically, the Redskins are a Week 1 UNDER play (7-2 past 9 season openers).

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49ers vs Packers: Week 1 Pick

Last year’s top two seeds in the NFC meet in week one this year as the San Francisco 49ers head to Lambeau Field to take on the Green Bay Packers.

Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers are 21-2 straight up over their last 23 games, and will look to add another game to the win column Sunday as a 5.5-point favorite at Bovada.

In the last 10 meetings between these two teams, Green Bay is 9-1 straight up and 7-1-2 ATS.

And both have been solid Week 1 plays with the Packers winning and covering five in a row and the 49ers at 6-2-1 ATS past nine seasons.

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Seahawks vs Cardinals Betting Preview

Two NFC West rivals collide this Sunday when the Seattle Seahawks visit the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium.

And if you think Seattle's past September performance will repeat itself in 2012, you will bet against them and bet OVER the total.

The Seahawks have OVER is 11 of their past 12 September games and they are just 1-8 ATS in their past nine September road games.

After beating out top free agent Matt Flynn for the job, rookie quarterback Russell Wilson will make the start for Seattle as the Seahawks are a 3-point road favorite at TopBet.

Seattle was a perfect 4-0 this preseason both straight up and ATS while Arizona went just 1-4 SU and 0-5 ATS.

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