The time has finally come for the NFL to play Week 1 and kickoff the 2015 regular season. Road favorites are trending this weekend.

By Robby Sabo

1authorrob3 - NFL Week 1 Schedule & Matchups; PredictionsChristmas in September? It’s hardly been a phrase uttered on an annual basis, yet football fans feel the presence of the fat, jolly Santa Claus himself at this very moment.

The NFL is back and Week 1 is only a few hours away from kicking off.

Looking at the schedule, an overwhelming feeling of anxiety can quickly hit. Usually there will be a few sure things. And when think of sure things, we think of home favorites.

2015 brings a different look to the table as many of the favorites are traveling to different cities. The sheer amount of home dogs can make many pull their hair out when choosing who to go with in your survivor pool.

Spreads

MatchupTime (ET)SpreadPrediction
Sunday, September 13
Seattle at St. Louis1 p.m.SEA -4.5Seattle
Green Bay at Chicago1 p.m.GB -3.5Green Bay
Kansas City at Houston1 p.m.HOU -2.5Houston
Cleveland at New York Jets1 p.m.NYJ -2.5New York Jets
Miami at Washington1 p.m.MIA -1.5Miami
Carolina at Jacksonville1 p.m.CAR -2.5Jacksonville
Indianapolis at Buffalo1 p.m.IND -2.5Buffalo
Detroit at San Diego4:05 p.m.SD -2San Diego
New Orleans at Arizona4:05 p.m.AZ -3New Orleans
Cincinnati at Oakland4:25 p.m.CIN -3Oakland
Baltimore at Denver4:25 p.m.DEN -4Baltimore
Tennessee at Tampa Bay4:25 p.m.TB -2.5Tampa Bay
New York Giants at Dallas8:30 p.m.DAL -5Dallas
Monday, September 14
Philadelphia at Atlanta7:10 p.m.PHI -1Atlanta
Minnesota at San Francisco10:20 p.m.SF -4.5Minnesota

*Spreads Courtesy of OddsShark

The theme following the day will be a ton of usually losing teams starting off 1-0. This will include the Raiders, Jags and Falcons.

The surprise pick of the day will go to the Buffalo Bills. While Andrew Luck is the best player in the league, the Colts front office did him a real injustice this past offseason by bringing in the veteran skill position player instead of building the offensive and defensive lines further.

Luck is a blessing and a curse. While he’s phenomenal, he also masks a team’s deficiencies to a point that a general manager gets fooled in thinking his personnel is better than it is. They had no business being in the AFC Championship Game last season. That was all Luck.

TV Schedule, Tickets

Monday, September 14
MATCHUPTIME  (ET)NAT TVLOCATIONTICKETS

Philadelphia

Atlanta

6:55 PMespn red@2x - NFL Week 1 Schedule & Matchups; Predictions
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Georgia Dome, Atlanta2,883 tickets available from $60

Minnesota

San Francisco

10:15 PMespn red@2x - NFL Week 1 Schedule & Matchups; Predictions
logo watchespn@2x - NFL Week 1 Schedule & Matchups; Predictions
Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara1,974 tickets available from $107

*Table Courtesy of ESPN

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