Football Betting: NFL joins the NCAA on the gridiron

College football enters the second week of its campaign while the National Football League gets its season started this week as football betting opportunities begin to explode at the sportsbooks. And it all gets underway on Thursday Night Football as the Denver Broncos welcome the Baltimore Ravens to Mile High.

Kickoff for the Ravens vs. Broncos matchup on NBC on Thursday night will be at 8:30pm ET, and even though Baltimore won last year's Super Bowl they're still pegged as the underdog on the NFL betting lines at the sportsbooks for the contest. In fact the Broncos, a Super Bowl favorite at many shops, are one of the biggest favorites for Week 1 of the NFL season at around -9.

Baltimore beat Denver 38-35 when they met in the playoffs last season, and they've covered the spread on the NFL betting lines at the sportsbooks in three of their last four games against the Broncos.

The second NFL primetime game of the week is then the Giants at Dallas at AT&T Stadium on Sunday night on NBC, with New York having dominated Dallas at 7-3 both SU and ATS in the last 10 games between the two teams. For Sunday night the Cowboys are pegged as 3-point home favorites on the NFL odds.

Another NFC matchup of note for this week has Atlanta at New Orleans on Sunday afternoon, with the Falcons managing to pick up just one SU and one ATS victory over their last five games against the Saints. Drew Brees and company, who are looking for a rebound season in 2013, are 3-point favorites for their Sunday game against Atlanta.

Green Bay is also at San Francisco on Sunday afternoon, with the Packers losing twice to the Niners both SU and ATS last season - including a defeat in the playoffs. That broke up an 8-0 SU and 6-1-1 ATS run on the NFL betting lines at the sportsbooks for the Packers against the Niners. San Francisco is a 4.5-point favorite for Sunday.

Monday Night Football for Week 1 is then Philadelphia at Washington followed by Houston at San Diego. The Redskins are 3-point favorites for their contest, while the Texans are giving 3.5 point against the Chargers for Monday night.

On the college gridiron the Week 2 contests to watch on Saturday this week are South Carolina at Georgia and Notre Dame at Michigan.

The Bulldogs, who lost in Week 1 against Clemson, also fell 35-7 on the road against South Carolina last season as a slight underdog on the college football betting lines. The Fighting Irish held off Michigan by a score of 13-6 as a home favorite when those schools met on the gridiron last season.

Other notable college football matchups on tap for this week include Florida at Miami, San Diego State at Ohio State, Oregon at Virginia, Texas at BYU, Sam Houston State at Texas A&M, West Virginia at Oklahoma, Washington State at USC, and San Jose State at Stanford.


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