With the NFL schedule being released this week, it’s not too early to look at the early returns for the opening lines of the first week match-ups in the NFL.

The season will open with the Pittsburgh Steelers traveling to New England. According to Oddsshark.com, the Patriots are a 6.5 point favorite. Despite winning the Super Bowl last year, the Patriots started out last season on such a bad note that many had predicted the team had finally lost out on its common theme of winning.

The Pats were 2-2, which included a loss at Miami, a 16-9 win against Oakland, and a thrashing on Monday Night Football against Kansas City. To start the 2014 season, the Pats were 1-3 against the spread.

The Steelers will enter the contest after losing in the first round of the playoffs against the Ravens. The Steelers also experienced a rocky beginning last year to the beginning of the season, which included a loss to Tampa Bay.

Other first week games include:

Seattle at St. Louis (+4.5)

Green Bay at Chicago (+3.5)

Kansas City at Houston (-2.5)

Cleveland at New York Jets (-2.5)

Miami at Washington (+1.5)

Carolina at Jacksonville (+2.5)

Indianapolis at Buffalo (+2.5)

Detroit at San Diego (-2)

New Orleans at Arizona (-3)

Cincinnati at Oakland (+3)

Baltimore at Denver (-4)

Tennessee at Tamp Bay (-2.5)

New York Giants at Dallas (-5)

Philadelphia at Atlanta (+1)

Minnesota at San Francisco (-4.5)

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