Football Spread Picks: Steelers-Patriots, LA Tech-WKY Gamblers Picking Favorites

Week 1 of NFL betting picks is here with the Pittsburgh Steelers at the New England Patriots on Thursday Night Football. Sharp players are also highly intrigued by Louisiana Tech at Western Kentucky.

As the public is wont to do, bettors prefer the favorite and the over. Las Vegas sportsbooks sees 66 percent of against the spread wagers opening night are on the Patriots, who are laying seven-points with a total of 51.5. The over is the preferred selection of 69 percent of wagers at Las Vegas and offshore bookmakers.

“Will Deflategate be a distraction or rallying cry,” MasterLockLine CEO Cy McCormick wonders in reference to the well-publicized overturned suspension and scandal involving Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.

Simultaneously Louisiana Tech will be at Western Kentucky. After opening up as a two-point underdog, Louisiana Tech is now the road favorite by 1.5. However that is because of large money bets, not number of bets as only 54 percent of wagers are on LA Tech. Reverse line movement is on the total. A stunning 80 percent of bets are on the over, yet the total has plummeted from 67 to just 61. 

Weather should not be a factor in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Though there will be thunderstorms during the day, it will end by game time. In Foxboro, Massachusetts light rain is expected but winds will not exceed 6 mph.

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Some key intel on the NFL game is that Pittsburgh is without injured Maurkice Pouncey and suspended LeVeon Bell and Martavis Bryant. Bryant as a rookie had 26 receptions last season while Bell rushed for 1,361 yards and 8 TDs.

Tonight’s best sports handicapper picks are from Joe Duffy’s Picks. Duffy is 17-5 with all football plays in both college football and preseason. Check out the football only pick packs. We have the Thursday Night Football NFL side and total, plus Saturday, Sunday, and Monday action led by three football Wise Guys at

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