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NFL 2021 Week 1 Schedule
Nothing matches the excitement ahead of the NFL 2021 Week 1 schedule. It’s been an offseason of change, with contenders addressing weaknesses and numerous young quarterbacks on rebuilding teams. There are high hopes for this season.
The reigning champion Buccaneers get things underway on Thursday 9th September against Dallas. It’s then a packed slate on Sunday before the Ravens and Raiders go toe-to-toe in Monday Night Football.
NFL 2021 Week 1 Schedule – Top Picks
Let’s take a look at some of the best games in the first week of the 2021 NFL season.
Dallas Cowboys @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
As the favourites in the NFC, the Buccaneers’ NFL 2021 Week 1 schedule sees them host a Cowboys team looking to bounce back. Dak Prescott is returning for Dallas, and they looked to address their woeful 2020 defence in the draft.
The Cowboys’ win total is set at 9.5. Many books favour them to win their division. After struggling so much defensively last season, though, this is a brutal test for them in the season opener. It’s no surprise to see them as 6.5-point underdogs on the road.
Tampa did well to retain most of their veterans. They should have too much for a Dallas team who might need a few weeks to find their rhythm.
Pick: Buccaneers -6.5 Result:
New York Jets @ Carolina Panthers
This season’s schedule is about development for these two teams. It’s still an important season, however, as both franchises look to rebuild around new quarterbacks. Sam Darnold is in line to start his Panthers career against his former team. Rookie Zach Wilson should make his Jets debut in Carolina.
The Panthers are favoured by 3.5 points. Their defense was around average last season, and they can hope for an uptick in that department in 2021. Aided by the return of Christian McCaffrey, Carolina will like their chances in front of their home crowd.
New York, once again, is in the depths of a rebuild. They’ve got their work cut out.
Pick: Carolina Panthers -3.5 Result:
Pittsburgh Steelers @ Buffalo Bills
Pittsburgh were dominant throughout the first part of last season. A late slump resulted in a 12-4 record. Buffalo edged past them to notch a 13-3 finish in 2020, and they come into the new season as one of the Super Bowl favourites.
Stefon Diggs led the league in receiving yards, forming an unstoppable partnership with Josh Allen. In contrast, there are plenty of questions about Pittsburgh’s offence. Ben Roethlisberger has looked old at times in the last couple of seasons, and they don’t have the same firepower as Buffalo.
The Bills are seven-point favourites. The Chiefs were the only team to beat them at Bills Stadium, and they were 11-point winners against the Steelers. If anything, the gap between the two has got bigger since then.
Pick: Bills -7 Result:
Cleveland Browns @ Kansas City Chiefs
It’s the Super Bowl favourite Kansas City Chiefs against a Cleveland team with big ideas. The Browns won a playoff game for the first time since 1994 earlier this year, and they have Odell Beckham Jr back for the 2021 campaign.
Kansas City’s offensive line let them down in the Super Bowl. They will hope to have fixed that with their offseason acquisitions. The Browns represent an immediate test of the Chiefs’ O-line – Cleveland ranked eighth in hurry rate last season.
Out as six-point underdogs, there’s value in backing the Browns to keep this close. Cleveland is set up to take another step forward in 2021, and the Chiefs might still be playing through some rust.
Pick: Browns +6 Result:
NFL 2021 – WEEK 1 HIGHLIGHTS
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