Week 1 of the NFL betting slate wraps up with a Monday Night Football doubleheader as the Atlanta Falcons host the Philadelphia Eagles and the San Francisco 49ers get a visit from the Minnesota Vikings.
The Eagles opened as a 1-point favorite on the road in Atlanta but that line has climbed to a field goal spread at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. The total opened at 53.5 points, but has climbed to as high as 56 at some sportsbooks. The OddsShark Computer predicts a Falcons loss but cover, with the Eagles winning 29.3 to 26.8.
The Eagles were 10-6 against the spread and straight up in 2014, but failed to cover in three of their final four games. They are 5-2 against the spread in their last seven games at Atlanta. The Falcons were 6-10 straight up in 2014, but 7-9 against the spread. The Falcons have won their last four straight outright against the NFC East.
The Eagles' injury report includes tight end Zach Ertz listed as questionable. He was limited the first two practices this week, but a full participant on Saturday, and is expected to play. The Falcons will be without returner Devin Hester and outside linebacker Brooks Reed. Wide receiver Roddy White and running back Devonta Freeman are listed as probable, and both are expected to play.
The 49ers opened as 4.5-point favorites when the line was set in April. Since then the team has dealt with retirements and releases, while the Vikings confirmed the return of Adrian Peterson. This has resulted in the line pushing the Vikings to favored by 2 points at the sportsbooks. The total opened at 42 points, and has settled at 41.5. The computer predicts the 49ers winning outright, 21.5-20.3.
The Vikings finished last season 8-2 against the spread in their final 10 games. They have also won five of the last six SU over the 49ers. The 49ers dropped their final five home games ATS last season. The total has gone under in four of the last five games between these teams according to the OddsShark NFL Database.
The Vikings placed center John Sullivan on injured reserve with the return designation earlier this week due to a back injury. Earlier in August, they placed right tackle Phil Loadholt on IR with a torn Achilles. They have shifted Joe Berger in at center, inserted T.J. Clemmings in at right tackle, and shifted Michael Harris in at right guard.
The 49ers' injury report includes Tramaine Brock with a hamstring injury. He is listed as probable and is expected to play.