Football will be here before you know it, so let's skip over the preseason for a second and look ahead to Week 1. Are the NFL odds offering up anything enticing for the first week?
The biggest favorites of the week are the New Orleans Saints, Detroit Lions and Chicago Bears.
The Saints will be happy to have Drew Brees content and ready to lead the offense as they open the season at home to Robert Griffin III and the Washington Redskins. New Orleans is currently favored by 11 points.
For Detroit, they'll host Sam Bradford and the St. Louis Rams as 10-point chalk in the odds. The Lions were one of the pleasant surprises of 2011, but can they maintain that high level?
The Bears should be in for a very successful season and it helps that they get to start out against the weakest team in the entire league. They've opened as 11-point favorites over the Indianapolis Colts, who are in straight up rebuilding mode.
If you're looking for the best games of the week, look no further than Green Bay's meeting with the San Francisco 49ers at Lambeau Field.
Aaron Rodgers was unstoppable last season, especially at home, but the 49ers had arguably the best defense in the league. Something's got to give in Week 1.
Another great matchup sees Peyton Manning open his Denver account with a tough home game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. The odds are at a PK right now, showcasing just how close this one should be. We'll see just how healthy Manning really is as he tries to beat the most physical defense in the NFL.
Dallas/New York and Baltimore/Cincinnati should also be hard-fought contests.
At last football has returned and we can't wait to see what ends up happening this season.
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