NFL Straight Bet – Week 1 – Pick 1: Green Bay vs. Jacksonville

NFL Straight Bet – Week 1 – Pick 1: Green Bay vs. Jacksonville

Take Green Bay at -4.5 away vs. Jacksonville

The Breakdown:

Green Bay starts their season on the road after posting a 10-6 record last season and falling in a heartbreaker OT loss to Arizona in the divisional playoffs. Jacksonville looks to get its season started on the right foot after a disappointing 2015 campaign where they went 5-11. Despite losing his best receiver in Jordy Nelson, Aaron Rodgers still managed to rank in the top 10 in many offensive categories including total QBR and TD/INT ratio. Now that he’s got his #1 receiver back, Jared Cook at TE, a slimmer Eddie Lacy in the backfield their offense should be firing on all cylinders. Combine that with their defensive core lead by Clay Mathews that rank in the top 10 in points allowed in 2015 and it spells trouble for any opponent. Jacksonville has continued to grow on both sides of the ball, but there are still some issue areas to work out including their -10 turnover differential in 2015. Jacksonville will probably find themselves with a better record than 5-11 at the end of this season, but don’t expect them to pull out a miracle and take down a top 5 team like Green Bay here. Green Bay should win by at least a TD in the opener even with the road disadvantage.

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