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Best bets on Week 1 NFL games

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It's Week 1 of the NFL season, and Warren Sharp has you covered with comprehensive betting previews for all of Sunday's games outside the late game.

Note: All odds courtesy of the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook as of Thursday evening.


Pittsburgh Steelers (-4) at Cleveland Browns

Total: 44
PickCenter public consensus pick: 60 percent Pittsburgh

Sharp's take: Without Le'Veon Bell, the Steelers shouldn't pretend James Conner can carry the load, and instead, should rely more on Ben Roethlisberger. After all, in last year's lone game that Bell played the Browns, he ran the ball only 10 times for 32 yards, gaining 3.2 yards per carry with a 20 percent success rate. The Browns' run defense last year ranked No. 4 in efficiency while the pass defense was 27th. As such, the Steelers should choose to attack the defense with their multitude of passing game weapons.

On the other side of the ball, the Browns' offense is totally revamped with Tyrod Taylor and Jarvis Landry. The passing game should be far more stable. And the Steelers' defense was a major problem ever since Ryan Shazier left; the Browns' rushing attack should be able to take advantage of that weakness.

In terms of intangibles, the Steelers