BetOpenly Week 1 NFL Picks

by Billy Muzio, TREVOR TIPTON and Ahaan Rungta · Betting & Props

This is the first in a weekly series that will feature betting picks from BetOpenly. This article features an explanation of what the platform is and how to use it. There will also be some BetOpenly Week 1 NFL Picks as well!

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Trevor’s Picks

Tyler Lockett Sea Over 56.5 Receiving Yards 

Tyler Lockett is a two-time Pro Bowl receiver who has averaged 72.1 receiving yards per game over the past three seasons. He is a dangerous deep threat who can also make plays after the catch. In his last game against the Rams, Lockett caught nine passes for 128 yards and a touchdown. The Rams no longer have a good defense, which we will break down below. 

Here are some specific reasons why I think Lockett will have a big game:

  • The Seahawks have said publicly they are committed to throwing the ball more this season. 
  • Lockett is a matchup nightmare for the Rams’ cornerbacks. He is too fast for the slower corners and too big for the smaller corners.
  • The Los Angeles Rams team is currently starting eight new members on this defense, which projects one of the worst secondaries this season. They have eight un-tested rookies/UDFA’s and late-round picks. 
  • The Rams have a good pass rush but are also susceptible to giving up big plays down the field. Lockett is a big-play threat and will have a chance to make some big plays against the Rams.

Rachaad White Over 46 Rushing Yards 

Rachaad White is the starting running back for the Buccaneers in Week 1, and he is a talented player who has the potential to break off big plays. He is a patient runner who can find the holes in the defense and has good speed and elusiveness. The Vikings have a decent rushing defense, but they could be better. This could give White some opportunities to get extra yards after contact.

Here are some additional reasons why White could rush for over 46 yards this week:

  • He is their bell cow back, and we project him for 14 carries for 65 yards.
  • The Vikings allowed 123.1 yards per game last season and were also one of the most penalized defenses in the league.
  • The Vikings have a new defensive coordinator in Ed Donatell, known for his aggressive style. This could lead to more opportunities for White to break off big runs.

Ahaan’s Picks

Seahawks -5.5

The Rams will be without their No. 1 wide receiver, Cooper Kupp, and have been one of the most inefficient offenses in the NFL in the Matthew Stafford era on snaps where Kupp is off the field. Their defense also took a massive hit this offseason, losing safeties Taylor Rapp and Nick Scott, interior defenders A’Shawn Robinson and Greg Gaines, and cornerback Troy Hill.

On the other hand, the Seahawks took a major step forward this offseason after a solid season from Geno Smith, where he ranked No. 8 in the NFL in adjusted yards per attempt and No. 4 in true completion percentage. Seattle added depth at every defensive position as well and counter the Rams’ one strength (Aaron Donald) with a top-ten offensive line. The Seahawks should expose the Rams’ declining roster early and use their strong rushing duo of Kenneth Walker III and Zach Charbonnet to control the tempo of the game and hold a big lead.

David Njoku over 35.5 receiving yards

In Deshaun Watson’s six games last year, he was one of the least efficient quarterbacks in the NFL. Still, in the five games that David Njoku played as well, the athletic tight end averaged 32.8 receiving yards per game. Now, he gets a game script and matchup to maximize his volume. Vegas has this game projected at 48.5 total points and a 2.5-point spread in favor of the Cincinnati Bengals, suggesting the Browns will need to pass the ball to keep pace with their division rivals. Additionally, the Bengals allowed the seventh-most receiving yards per game to tight ends last year and the most significant changes they made to their defense core were drafting edge rusher Myles Murphy and cornerback DJ Turner. That should force Watson to have to look to Njoku as a safety valve instead of force the ball to his top wideouts like Amari Cooper.

Billy’s Picks

Philidelphia Eagles

According to sports book odds, the Eagles are favored to beat the Patriots. Even though the Patriots boast a strong defense, the Eagles’ offense, led by Jalen Hurts, has showcased the ability to score against any team. The Patriots’ offense, which hasn’t been at its peak, may face challenges against the Eagles.

Note: The images above compare a parlay made on DraftKings vs a similar parlay that was made on BetOpenly. 

With New England relying heavily on their defense this season, the dynamic Eagles offense will likely pose a significant challenge for them as they kick off the season.

Los Andeles Chargers -2.5

Oddsmakers give the Los Angeles Chargers a -3 edge against the Miami Dolphins. Last season saw the Dolphins slowed by injuries to their quarterback, Tua Tagovailoa. Now, with Tua fit and firepower from Hill and Waddle, they’re set for a robust onset. The Chargers, shaking off a wild card upset, have backed Justin Herbert with a hefty salary and kept Austin Ekeler onboard. A key figure is Kellen Moore, previously the Cowboys’ offensive coordinator from 2019-22. Under Moore, the Cowboys topped the NFL in offense in 2021, boasting stellar numbers in total and scoring offense. Across his four-year tenure as coordinator, Dallas averaged second in total offense and points, showcasing both strong passing and rushing ranks. As the Chargers face the Dolphins, Moore’s strategic prowess could be game-changing.