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Pigskin point spreads: Las Vegas sports book posts odds on NFL’s Week 1

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Seattle Seahawks’ Malcolm Smith (53) returns an interception from Denver Broncos’ Peyton Manning 69 yards for a touchdown during the first half of the NFL Super Bowl XLVIII football game Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

NFL fans are in for one heck of an opening week, according to the Las Vegas odds.

Within an hour of the NFL releasing its 2014 schedule, the LVH Superbook posted betting lines for all 16 Week 1 games. The closely contested point spreads likely have all football enthusiasts salivating for the Sept. 4 start to the season, where the defending Super Bowl champion Seahawks lay five points against the Packers.

The average line is just minus-4.5 for the entire Week 1 card, an entire point lower than the NFL average. Only one game — the Jaguars getting 11 points at the Eagles — has a spread of more than a touchdown.

Home teams are favored in 13 of the 16 matchups. The exceptions are the Panthers giving the Buccaneers two points, the Patriots laying 3.5 at the Dolphins and the 49ers coming in at minus-3.5 at the Cowboys.

The closest line belongs to an NFC South division rivalry, where the Falcons are minus-2 hosting the Saints.

Check out all of the NFL Week 1 lines below.

Green Bay Packers plus-5 at Seattle Seahawks; over/under: 45

New Orleans Saints plus-2 at Atlanta Falcons; over/under: 52

Minnesota Vikings plus-5 at St. Louis Rams; over/under: 46

Cleveland Browns plus-5 at Pittsburgh Steelers; over/under: 41

Jacksonville Jaguars plus-11 at Philadelphia Eagles; over/under: 52.5

Oakland Raiders plus-4.5 at New York Jets; over/under: 39.5

Cincinnati Bengals plus-2.5 at Baltimore Ravens; over/under: 43.5

Buffalo Bills plus-6.5 at Chicago Bears; over/under: 49

Washington Redskins plus-2.5 at Houston Texans; over/under: 46.5

Tennessee Titans plus-5.5 at Kansas City Chiefs; over/under: 44

New England Patriots minus-3.5 at Miami Dolphins; over/under: 47

Carolina Panthers minus-2.5 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers; over/under: 40.5

San Francisco 49ers minus-3.5 at Dallas Cowboys; over/under: 48.5

Indianapolis Colts plus-7 at Denver Broncos; over/under: 55.5

New York Giants plus-4 at Detroit Lions; over/under: 45.5

San Diego Chargers plus-3.5 at Arizona Cardinals; over/under: 44.5

Case Keefer can be reached at 948-2790 or [email protected]. Follow Case on Twitter at twitter.com/casekeefer.

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