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Place your bets: LVH releases odds for Week 1 of NFL; Ravens big underdogs at Denver

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Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco (5) is lifted into the air by teammates after defeating the San Francisco 49ers 34-31 in the NFL Super Bowl XLVII football game, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Bill Haber)

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Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis and quarterback Joe Flacco celebrate their 34-31 win against the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013. Launch slideshow »

The Baltimore Ravens have gone from NFL champions to the largest betting underdogs in Las Vegas.

The NFL schedule for next season was finalized Thursday and within 24 hours, the LVH was the first Nevada sports book to release odds.

The Ravens are 8.5-point underdogs against the host Denver Broncos Sept. 5 in the first game of the season. Baltimore, of course, used a late Hail Mary pass completion to defeat Denver 38-35 in last year’s playoffs on the way to the Super Bowl.

This is likely the first time the defending Super Bowl champs are the largest underdog in the first week of the upcoming season.

Lines in other games of note during the opening week include: the San Francisco 49ers laying 5.5 points against the visiting Green Bay Packers and the host Dallas Cowboys favored by 2.5 points against the New York Giants. Also, the Pittsburgh Steelers (-6.5 against Tennessee) and the New England Patriots (-7 at the Buffalo Bills) as near-touchdown favorites.

Here are the complete odds for Week 1 with the home team listed second. Betting limits are $5,000 for sides, $1,000 on totals.

Thursday, Sept. 5 :

Ravens

Broncos -8.5 TOTAL 49.5

Sunday, Sept. 8 :

Patriots -7 TOTAL 53

Bills

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Titans

Steelers -6.5 TOTAL 43.5

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Falcons

Saints -2.5 TOTAL 54

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Bucs

Jets -1 TOTAL 41

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Chiefs -2.5 TOTAL 41

Jaguars

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Bengals

Bears -3.5 TOTAL 45.5

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Dolphins -1 TOTAL 42

Browns

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Seahawks -3.5 TOTAL 45.5

Panthers

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Vikings

Lions -3 TOTAL 47

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Raiders

Colts -7 TOTAL 49

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Cardinals

Rams -6 TOTAL 41

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Packers

49ers -5.5 TOTAL 50.5

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Giants

Cowboys -2.5 TOTAL 49

Monday, Sept. 9 :

Eagles

Redskins -5.5 TOTAL 51

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Texans -3.5 TOTAL 47

Chargers

Ray Brewer can be reached at 990-2662 or [email protected]. Follow Ray on Twitter at twitter.com/raybrewer21.

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