Sports Betting Week: Patriots, Seahawks Week 1 NFL Odds Favorites

The NFL regular season kicks off on Thursday night with the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots playing host to the Pittsburgh Steelers as 7.5-point betting favorites at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

And Tom Brady's suspension being struck down by the courts has had a dramatic impact on that game line, with New England improving from a slim three-point favorite following news last week that his four-game ban had been nullified.

New England enters Thursday night's Steelers vs. Patriots betting matchup at Gillette Stadium riding a three-game SU win streak dating back to last year's playoffs, and are 3-1 SU and ATS in their past four home dates with Pittsburgh.

The Steelers will be looking to build on a solid 11-5 season in 2014, earning them the AFC North crown, and are a strong 4-1 SU and ATS in their last five outings.

In other Week 1 NFL betting action the NFC champion Seattle Seahawks travel to St. Louis to take on the Rams as 4-point favorites, while Jameis Winston and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers welcome Marcus Mariota and the Tennessee Titans as 3-point favorites.

The opening edition of Monday Night Football features a pair of games, with the Atlanta Falcons hosting the Philadelphia Eagles as 3-point underdogs, while the San Francisco 49ers are 2.5-point underdogs against the Minnesota Vikings.

This week's baseball schedule is marked by key divisional battles. The New York Mets can further damage the playoff hopes of the Washington Nationals when the clubs continue their current three-game series on Tuesday.

The Mets recorded an 8-5 win over Washington on Monday to increase their lead atop the NL East standings to five games ahead of the second-place Nationals.

The loss was Washington's fourth straight to the Mets according to the OddsShark MLB Database and ended the Nationals' five-game win streak. However, the clubs have opened with equal -105 moneyline odds head of Tuesday's matchup at Nationals Park.

As well, the battle for top spot in the AL East will continue when the Toronto Blue Jays travel to the Bronx for a three-game weekend set against the New York Yankees.

The Blue Jays are an impressive 28-8 in their past 36 games but have been unable to shake the Yankees, who have moved to within a half game of Toronto in the AL East standings with eight wins in their past 10 contests.

Despite their close battle in the standings the Blue Jays remain -300 betting favorites to win their first AL East division title since 1993, with the Yankees trailing at +200.


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