- The San Francisco 49ers will be a popular choice when facing the Detroit Lions.
- The Los Angeles Rams against the Chicago Bears will likely be among the most picked teams.
- A riskier pick would be choosing either the Jacksonville Jaguars or Houston Texans who play one another.
LAS VEGAS – With the start of the NFL season less than a week away, it’s time to start thinking about Week 1 survivor picks. Should a top team be used early or saved for later?
San Francisco 49ers Vs. Detroit Lions
The Detroit Lions will be among the most faded teams in the NFL for the 2021 season, which makes the San Francisco 49ers a safe pick for survivor pools in Week 1, but also likely a common one. Sports gambling sites have set the 49ers betting line in a spot that ties them as the biggest favorites of the week.
49ers Vs. Lions Spread Odds
- San Francisco 49ers -7.5 -105
- Detroit Lions +7.5 -115
The 49ers may be making the switch to Trey Lance at quarterback at some point in the season and some individuals might feel less confident in the team once he takes over. This would mean picking San Francisco early in the season may not be the worst move to make.
Los Angeles Rams Vs. Chicago Bears
On the other side of things, NFL betting fans may feel more confident going against the Chicago Bears while Andy Dalton still has the starting job. This would bring the Los Angeles Rams to the table as a viable Week 1 survivor option. They’re also amongst the biggest favorites of the week.
Rams Vs. Bears Spread Odds
- Los Angeles Rams -7.5 -105
- Chicago Bears +7.5 -115
The Los Angeles offense is supposed to take a big leap forward with Matthew Stafford running the show. This will surely be one of the most popular Week 1 survivor bets.
Houston Texans Vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
Those looking for a high-risk, high-reward pick for the first week should take a side between the Houston Texans and Jacksonville Jaguars. Neither team is expected to be too good but that means this week could be one of the few times either side has actual survivor pool value.
Jaguars Vs. Texans Moneyline Odds
- Jacksonville Jaguars -150
- Houston Texans +130
On one side, the Texans are heavily projected to be the worst team in the league by online sportsbooks and on the other is Trevor Lawrence and Urban Meyer are both making their NFL debuts and doing so on the road.
It’s not a recommended move, but saving all of the good teams for later in the year would provide a big advantage if a player is able to pick the right winner in this game.