Underdogs are usually safe bets in Week 1

Updated: September 11, 2003, 10:57 AM ET
By Hank Goldberg | NFL Insider

Giving up points in the NFL is always a scary proposition, but it's particularly been a bad idea early. The last two seasons have seen underdogs go 11-5 against the number in the opening week.
Hank Goldberg is an NFL reporter on a variety of ESPN programs. He first joined ESPN2 as football analyst on SportsNight when the new network launched Oct. 1, 1993. He has also been a frequent contributor on ESPN Radio since June 1992.

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