Early Betting Lines on NFL Weeks 1 Through 16

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It's always good to get in on something at the beginning, at the ground floor. In the world of sports wagering, for bettors equally long on hubris and illness (gambling is a sickness, my friends), some betting outlets realize that no time is too soon to put out lines on NFL games.

The draft just ended about ten days ago, rookies are just now showing up to minicamp and there are several "name" free agents still on the street. But if there's a line on something, rest assured 1) people will think they know more than the oddsmakers, and 2) they will subsequently bet it.

With that in mind, here come the NFL betting lines on every game for Weeks 1 through 16 lines, courtesy of cantorgaming.com, but first my cautionary look back to the previous season that I will give you annually when I do this post:

Here are the Week 1 lines for the 2012 season as of May 12:

2012 WEEK 1 Dallas Cowboys at New York Giants -3 Indianapolis Colts at Chicago Bears -9.5 Philadelphia Eagles -7 at Cleveland Browns New England Patriots -6.5 at Tennessee Titans Atlanta Falcons at Kansas City Chiefs pick 'em Jacksonville Jaguars at Minnesota Vikings -4 Washington Redskins at New Orleans Saints -9.5 Buffalo Bills at New York Jets -5 St. Louis Rams at Detroit Lions -9.5 Miami Dolphins at Houston Texans -6.5 San Francisco 49ers at Green Bay Packers -6.5 Seattle Seahawks at Arizona Cardinals -2 Carolina Panthers -3 at Tampa Bay Buccanneers Pittsburgh Steelers at Denver Broncos -2 Cincinnati Bengals at Baltimore Ravens -6.5 San Diego Chargers at Oakland Raiders pick 'em

Think about how the 2012 season unfolded and how what looked like easy money in May 2012 wound up either changing over the summer or manifesting itself as folly over the course of the season. Biggest examples:

-- The Texans line moved from -6.5 to -13 by Week 1, so if you locked in at Texans -6.5 during the summer (which I kind of recommended you do at that time), you killed it.

-- New England actually moved from -6.5 to -4.5 by the time the season started. They won by three touchdowns.

-- The Lions were favored by 9 points over the Rams at the beginning of the season. By about a month into the season, we realized the Lions shouldn't be favored by nine points over anybody. Of course, if you had followed the trend of "double-digit win teams who were sub-.500 the year before" backsliding 90 percent of the time you'd know the Lions were a bunch of phonies.

(NOTE: Potential 2013 phonies? The Colts, the Redskins, the Vikings.)

-- The Eagles were a touchdown favorite on the road. Let that sink in.

-- Also, Falcons and Chiefs. PIck 'em.

Those are just a few of the "hindsight is 20-20" specials from last season. So with that in mind, here are the Week 1 lines for 2013, with your Houston Texans in BOLD:

WEEK 1 Baltimore Ravens at Denver Broncos (-7, -120) New England Patriots (-7) at Buffalo Bills Tennessee Titans at Pittsburgh Steelers (-7) Atlanta Falcons at New Orleans Saints (-1.5) Tampa Bay Buccaneers (-1.5) at New York Jets Kansas City Chiefs (-3) at Jacksonville Jaguars Cincinnati Bengals at Chicago Bears (-3, -115) Miami Dolphins (-1.5) at Cleveland Browns Seattle Seahawks (-3.5) at Carolina Panthers Minnesota Vikings at Detroit Lions (-2.5) Oakland Raiders at Indianapolis Colts (-7, -105) Arizona Cardinals at St. Louis Rams (-4.5) Green Bay Packers at San Francisco 49ers (-4) New York Giants at Dallas Cowboys (-2.5) Philadelphia Eagles at Washington Redskins (-4.5) Houston Texans (-3) at San Diego Chargers

Now, if you remember, last year I gave you only the Texans lines for weeks 2 through 16. I made you work to get the rest of the games. Well, guess what? This year, I'm going to give you every line for Weeks 1 through 16! Like one of those firecracker stands where they say "Buy 1, get 15 FREE!" (which, call me crazy, feels like an unsustainable business model).

Here are Weeks 2 through 16 lines with a few random thoughts afterwards (Again, Texans games in BOLD.):

WEEK 2 New York Jets at New England Patriots (-8) St. Louis Rams at Atlanta Falcons (-7) Carolina Panthers (-1) at Buffalo Bills Minnesota Vikings at Chicago Bears (-2.5) Washington Redskins at Green Bay Packers (-4.5) Miami Dolphins at Indianapolis Colts (PK) Dallas Cowboys (-1.5) at Kansas City Chiefs Cleveland Browns at Baltimore Ravens (-7.5) Tennessee Titans at Houston Texans (-7.5) San Diego Chargers at Philadelphia Eagles (-2.5) Detroit Lions (-2.5) at Arizona Cardinals New Orleans Saints (-1.5, -115) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers Jacksonville Jaguars at Oakland Raiders (-3, -115) Denver Broncos (-1) at New York Giants San Francisco 49ers at Seattle Seahawks (-2.5) Pittsburgh Steelers at Cincinnati Bengals (-1)

WEEK 3 Kansas City Chiefs at Philadelphia Eagles (-3) Green Bay Packers at Cincinnati Bengals (PK) St. Louis Rams at Dallas Cowboys (-4.5) San Diego Chargers (-2.5) at Tennessee Titans Cleveland Browns at Minnesota Vikings (-6.5) Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New England Patriots (-7.5) Arizona Cardinals at New Orleans Saints (-7.5, -115) Detroit Lions at Washington Redskins (-2.5) New York Giants (-1) at Carolina Panthers Houston Texans at Baltimore Ravens (-3.5) Atlanta Falcons (-1) at Miami Dolphins Buffalo Bills at New York Jets (-3.5) Indianapolis Colts at San Francisco 49ers (-7.5) Jacksonville Jaguars at Seattle Seahawks (-14) Chicago Bears at Pittsburgh Steelers (-2.5) Oakland Raiders at Denver Broncos (-13.5)

WEEK 4 San Francisco 49ers (-4) at St. Louis Rams Baltimore Ravens (-4) at Buffalo Bills Cincinnati Bengals (-3) at Cleveland Browns Chicago Bears at Detroit Lions (-1) New York Giants (-1.5) at Kansas City Chiefs Pittsburgh Steelers (-1.5) at Minnesota Vikings [London, England] Arizona Cardinals at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (-4.5) Indianapolis Colts (-3.5) at Jacksonville Jaguars Seattle Seahawks (-1) at Houston Texans New York Jets (-1, -105) at Tennessee Titans Philadelphia Eagles at Denver Broncos (-7.5) Dallas Cowboys at San Diego Chargers (-1) Washington Redskins (-4) at Oakland Raiders New England Patriots at Atlanta Falcons (PK) Miami Dolphins at New Orleans Saints (-4.5, -115)

WEEK 5 Buffalo Bills at Cleveland Browns (-1.5) New Orleans Saints at Chicago Bears (-1) New England Patriots (-1.5) at Cincinnati Bengals Jacksonville Jaguars at St. Louis Rams (-6.5) Baltimore Ravens (-1) at Miami Dolphins Philadelphia Eagles at New York Giants (-4) Detroit Lions at Green Bay Packers (-4.5, -115) Kansas City Chiefs at Tennessee Titans (PK) Seattle Seahawks (-4) at Indianapolis Colts Carolina Panthers (-1.5) at Arizona Cardinals Denver Broncos (-2.5) at Dallas Cowboys San Diego Chargers (-2.5, -115) at Oakland Raiders Houston Texans at San Francisco 49ers (-5.5) New York Jets at Atlanta Falcons (-7, -105)

WEEK 6 New York Giants at Chicago Bears (-2.5) Cincinnati Bengals (-2.5) at Buffalo Bills Detroit Lions (-1) at Cleveland Browns Oakland Raiders at Kansas City Chiefs (-4.5) Carolina Panthers at Minnesota Vikings (-2.5, -115) Philadelphia Eagles at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (-1.5, -115) Green Bay Packers at Baltimore Ravens (-1) St. Louis Rams at Houston Texans (-4.5) Pittsburgh Steelers (-1.5, -115) at New York Jets Jacksonville Jaguars at Denver Broncos (-14, -105) Tennessee Titans at Seattle Seahawks (-11) New Orleans Saints at New England Patriots (-4, -115) Arizona Cardinals at San Francisco 49ers (-10) Washington Redskins at Dallas Cowboys (-1.5, -115) Indianapolis Colts at San Diego Chargers (-2.5)

WEEK 7 Seattle Seahawks (-6) at Arizona Cardinals Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Atlanta Falcons (-6) Cincinnati Bengals at Detroit Lions (-1.5) Houston Texans (-2.5) at Kansas City Chiefs Buffalo Bills at Miami Dolphins (-4) New England Patriots (-4) at New York Jets Dallas Cowboys at Philadelphia Eagles (PK) Chicago Bears at Washington Redskins (-1.5) St. Louis Rams at Carolina Panthers (-3.5) San Diego Chargers (-3.5) at Jacksonville Jaguars San Francisco 49ers (-7) at Tennessee Titans Baltimore Ravens at Pittsburgh Steelers (-1.5) Cleveland Browns at Green Bay Packers (-7.5) Denver Broncos (-3.5) at Indianapolis Colts Minnesota Vikings at New York Giants (-3)

WEEK 8 Carolina Panthers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (-1.5) Dallas Cowboys at Detroit Lions (-1) Cleveland Browns at Kansas City Chiefs (-2.5) Miami Dolphins at New England Patriots (-7) Buffalo Bills at New Orleans Saints (-6.5) San Francisco 49ers (-10.5) at Jacksonville Jaguars [London, England] New York Giants at Philadelphia Eagles (PK) Pittsburgh Steelers (-4.5) at Oakland Raiders New York Jets at Cincinnati Bengals (-4.5) Washington Redskins at Denver Broncos (-6) Atlanta Falcons (-4) at Arizona Cardinals Green Bay Packers (-1) at Minnesota Vikings Seattle Seahawks (-4) at St. Louis Rams

WEEK 9 Cincinnati Bengals at Miami Dolphins (-1) Kansas City Chiefs at Buffalo Bills (-1.5) San Diego Chargers at Washington Redskins (-3.5) Atlanta Falcons (-1) at Carolina Panthers Minnesota Vikings at Dallas Cowboys (-1.5) Tennessee Titans at St. Louis Rams (-4.5) New Orleans Saints (-1.5) at New York Jets Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Seattle Seahawks (-7) Philadelphia Eagles (-1.5) at Oakland Raiders Pittsburgh Steelers at New England Patriots (-4) Baltimore Ravens (-3.5) at Cleveland Browns Indianapolis Colts at Houston Texans (-4.5) Chicago Bears at Green Bay Packers (-4)

WEEK 10 Washington Redskins at Minnesota Vikings (-1.5) Seattle Seahawks at Atlanta Falcons (PK) Detroit Lions at Chicago Bears (-3) Philadelphia Eagles at Green Bay Packers (-7, -105) Jacksonville Jaguars at Tennessee Titans (-3.5) St. Louis Rams at Indianapolis Colts (-2.5) Oakland Raiders at New York Giants (-9) Buffalo Bills at Pittsburgh Steelers (-7) Cincinnati Bengals at Baltimore Ravens (-3) Carolina Panthers at San Francisco 49ers (-6) Denver Broncos (-3) at San Diego Chargers Houston Texans (-3) at Arizona Cardinals Dallas Cowboys at New Orleans Saints (-4) Miami Dolphins at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (-1.5)

WEEK 11 Indianapolis Colts (-1) at Tennessee Titans New York Jets at Buffalo Bills (-1.5) Baltimore Ravens at Chicago Bears (PK) Cleveland Browns at Cincinnati Bengals (-6) Atlanta Falcons (-1) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers Arizona Cardinals at Jacksonville Jaguars (PK) Oakland Raiders at Houston Texans (-7.5) San Diego Chargers at Miami Dolphins (-3) Washington Redskins at Philadelphia Eagles (PK) Detroit Lions at Pittsburgh Steelers (-3.5) Kansas City Chiefs at Denver Broncos (-7.5) Minnesota Vikings at Seattle Seahawks (-6) San Francisco 49ers at New Orleans Saints (PK) Green Bay Packers at New York Giants (PK) New England Patriots (-3) at Carolina Panthers

WEEK 12 New Orleans Saints at Atlanta Falcons (-2.5, -115) Pittsburgh Steelers (-3) at Cleveland Browns Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Detroit Lions (-3.5) Minnesota Vikings at Green Bay Packers (-4.5) San Diego Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs (-1) Chicago Bears (-1) at St. Louis Rams Carolina Panthers at Miami Dolphins (-1.5) New York Jets at Baltimore Ravens (-6) Jacksonville Jaguars at Houston Texans (-10) Indianapolis Colts at Arizona Cardinals (PK) Tennessee Titans at Oakland Raiders (-1) Dallas Cowboys at New York Giants (-2.5, -115) Denver Broncos at New England Patriots (-1.5) San Francisco 49ers (-1.5) at Washington Redskins

WEEK 13 Green Bay Packers (-1.5) at Detroit Lions Oakland Raiders at Dallas Cowboys (-7) Pittsburgh Steelers at Baltimore Ravens (-2.5) Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Carolina Panthers (-3) Jacksonville Jaguars at Cleveland Browns (-4.5) Tennessee Titans at Indianapolis Colts (-4.5) Denver Broncos (-4) at Kansas City Chiefs Chicago Bears at Minnesota Vikings (-1.5) Miami Dolphins at New York Jets (-1) Arizona Cardinals at Philadelphia Eagles (-4) Atlanta Falcons (-3) at Buffalo Bills [Toronto, Ontario] St. Louis Rams at San Francisco 49ers (-7.5) New England Patriots at Houston Texans (PK) Cincinnati Bengals at San Diego Chargers (PK) New York Giants at Washington Redskins (-1.5) New Orleans Saints at Seattle Seahawks (-3.5)

WEEK 14 Houston Texans (-4.5) at Jacksonville Jaguars Indianapolis Colts at Cincinnati Bengals (-4.5) Buffalo Bills at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (-3) Kansas City Chiefs at Washington Redskins (-4.5) Minnesota Vikings at Baltimore Ravens (-3.5) Cleveland Browns at New England Patriots (-8.5) Carolina Panthers at New Orleans Saints (-3.5) Oakland Raiders at New York Jets (-6) Detroit Lions at Philadelphia Eagles (-1) Miami Dolphins at Pittsburgh Steelers (-3.5) Tennessee Titans at Denver Broncos (-10) New York Giants at San Diego Chargers (PK) Seattle Seahawks at San Francisco 49ers (-2.5) St. Louis Rams at Arizona Cardinals (PK) Atlanta Falcons at Green Bay Packers (-3) Dallas Cowboys at Chicago Bears (-3)

WEEK 15 San Diego Chargers at Denver Broncos (-6.5) Washington Redskins at Atlanta Falcons (-3) Chicago Bears (-1.5) at Cleveland Browns Arizona Cardinals at Tennessee Titans (-1) Houston Texans at Indianapolis Colts (PK) New Orleans Saints (-1.5) at St. Louis Rams New England Patriots (-2) at Miami Dolphins Philadelphia Eagles at Minnesota Vikings (-3.5) Seattle Seahawks (-1) at New York Giants Buffalo Bills (-1) at Jacksonville Jaguars San Francisco 49ers (-3) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers New York Jets at Carolina Panthers (-3) Kansas City Chiefs at Oakland Raiders (PK) Green Bay Packers (-1) at Dallas Cowboys Cincinnati Bengals at Pittsburgh Steelers (-2.5) Baltimore Ravens at Detroit Lions (PK)

WEEK 16 Miami Dolphins at Buffalo Bills (PK) Minnesota Vikings at Cincinnati Bengals (-2.5) Indianapolis Colts at Kansas City Chiefs (-1) Tampa Bay Buccaneers at St. Louis Rams (-1) Cleveland Browns at New York Jets (-3) Chicago Bears at Philadelphia Eagles (PK) Dallas Cowboys at Washington Redskins (-2.5) New Orleans Saints at Carolina Panthers (PK) Tennessee Titans at Jacksonville Jaguars (PK) Denver Broncos at Houston Texans (PK) Arizona Cardinals at Seattle Seahawks (-8.5) New York Giants at Detroit Lions (-1.5) Pittsburgh Steelers at Green Bay Packers (-3) Oakland Raiders at San Diego Chargers (-4.5) New England Patriots at Baltimore Ravens (PK) Atlanta Falcons at San Francisco 49ers (-3.5)

WEEK 17 No lines available at this time.

A few random thoughts:

-- Week 1 games that I LOVE: Tampa Bay laying a mere 1.5 against the Jets (Jets have 3-13 written all over them), New England laying a touchdown in Buffalo (where they routinely win by multiple touchdowns), and Kansas City laying a field goal in Jacksonville (the worst team in the league on every level, including fan support). -- Speaking of Jacksonville and being crappy, the Jaguars are one of two teams (Arizona is the other) that isn't favored in a single game all season. Of the fifteen games that have a spread, they are underdogs in thirteen and the other two (Arizona, Tennessee, both at home) are a Pick 'Em.

-- On the other end of the spectrum, there are two teams that are not an underdog in a single game all season, as of May 7, 2013: Denver (14 favorites, 1 Pick 'Em) and New England (12 favorites, 3 Pick 'Em).

-- Speaking of Denver, they are such prohibitive favorites all season at home that their closest spread in a home game is -6 against the Redskins, and they are double-digit favorites in three games.

-- San Francisco and Seattle are forecasted identically, both favored in 13 games, underdog in one, with one Pick 'Em.

-- The Texans are favored in 9 games, underdogs in 3 games, and a Pick 'Em in the other 3, compared to last season at this time when they were 9-4-2. So from purely a "number of games favored" standpoint, the view of Vegas on the Texans hasn't changed much. The one big difference this time this year compared to 2012 is that the Texans are double-digit favorites in only one game (-10 vs Jacksonville at home, Week 12), as opposed to three games last season.

-- Finally, if you're looking for a sneaky team to be one of this season's "horrible to playoffs in one season" teams (There's at least one every year.), how about the Chiefs? New coach, new quarterback, great home field advantage...and Vegas is somewhat hip to them. The Chiefs are favored in 5 games, underdogs in eight games, and a Pick 'Em in two games. But in the eight games in which they are underdogs, it's by a total of 26 points (a little over a field goal per game). And in the six games that aren't against the Broncos, the total spread is 14.5 points (under a field goal per game!).

(h/t to R.J. Bell of pregame.com and Joe Fortenbaugh of National Football Post.)

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