Bears, Browns, Patriots highlight favourites on NFL Week 1 odds

Chicago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky (10) passes during the first half of an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018, in Chicago. (Nam Y. Huh/AP)

The 2019 NFL season kicks off Thursday with the Chicago Bears hosting the Green Bay Packers as three-point favourites on the NFL odds at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

Chicago is coming off its most successful season in over a decade, racking up a 12-4 record to claim top spot in the NFC North, but takes a five-game straight-up losing streak in Week 1 contests into Thursday night’s matchup at Soldier Field.

That run of season-opening futility includes a 24-23 loss in Green Bay to open the 2018 campaign. However, the Bears later rebounded to post a 24-17 win over the Packers as 5.5-point home chalk in Week 15, halting an 0-8 SU slide when facing Green Bay on home turf.

The Packers return to action looking to reverse their fortunes after a dismal 2018 season. Green Bay closed out the campaign with a 6-9-1 record, and out of the playoff picture for a second straight year. The Packers have been a massive disappointment on the road during that stretch, going 1-9 SU over their past 10 contests away from Lambeau Field, while covering the spread just twice during that stretch, according to the OddsShark NFL Database.

Elsewhere on the Week 1 NFL odds, the Cleveland Browns return to action with high expectations as they host the Tennessee Titans as 5.5-point chalk.

The Indianapolis Colts begin the post-Andrew Luck era in Los Angeles, where they face the Chargers as 6.5-point underdogs, while the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots make their season debut on Sunday Night Football, facing the Pittsburgh Steelers as 5.5-point home favourites.

Powered by an offence led by quarterback Baker Mayfield and receiver Odell Beckham Jr., the Browns aim to build on a respectable 7-8-1 campaign, and have emerged as a +1400 wager on the Super Bowl odds.

The Titans closed out 2018 on a 4-1 SU run to fall one game shy of a return to playoff action, and now open the new season lagging at +5000 on the Super Bowl betting lines.

With Jacoby Brissett poised to take over under centre in Indianapolis after inking a two-year, $30 million contract, the Colts will be aiming to silence the naysayers after tumbling from +1600 to +5000 on the Super Bowl odds in the wake of Luck’s retirement announcement.

And the Chargers also face an uphill battle to win hearts and minds despite racking up a 12-4 record last season. Los Angeles remains a strong -230 favourite to make the playoffs, but sports -105 odds of winning UNDER 10 games on the NFL season props.

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