Welcome back! We are now into the second Sunday of the season. We’ve seen a lot from each team (other than the Dolphins and Buccaneers). The season opened off with a huge upset in New England along with a handful of ugly games. Lets not waste anymore time.
Cleveland Browns at Baltimore Ravens, 1p (Ravens -7.5, O/U: 39)
The Browns kept up with the Steelers and gave everyone a show. It’s a shame it was a sham. This franchise is willing to allow some of their best players uproot and leave which spells bad things for the future. Ravens defense looked extremely well on the road against the hapless Bengals, who after Thursday night, have yet to score a touchdown after 2 home games. Ravens roll. Ravens win in the over, 27-13.
Buffalo Bills at Carolina Panthers, 1p (Panthers -7, O/U: 43)
The Bills looked rough against the heir apparent, NFL’s predicted worst team, the Jets. Panthers went across the country to whip up on the 49ers in a mostly empty stadium in the bay area. McCoy will have a hard time averaging 4 yards per carry in this one. Cam was held back last week but expect Riverboat Ron to let him loose in front of the home crowd. Panthers win handedly, 31-17
Arizona Cardinals at Indianapolis Colts, 1p ( Colts +7, O/U: 44)
With the Cardinals loss of David Johnson, it takes a huge chunk of their yardage and touchdowns away for 2 – 3 months. The Colts are without Luck again and the Colts couldn’t look worse without one player especially with it being the most important position on the field. Palmer still has his areal weapons and that is where the Cardinals will focus their offense while they will run the ball by comity in the backfield. Take the Cards to win in the over, 35-10.
Tennessee Titans at Jacksonville Jaguars, 1p (Jaguars +1.5, O/U: 41.5)
The Titans had a toughie at home last week with Carr and the Raiders in town. The Titans have a sneaky good team with a lot of youth that are rearing to explode as another top contender. The Jaguars played a great game against Houston in a shocker of an upset. 10 sacks against 2 quarterbacks made the Jags defense look amazing. Hard to bet against a legit home dog but I’m doing it here. Titans win a close one in the over, 23-19.
Philadelphia Eagles at Kansas City Chiefs, 1p (Chiefs -5.5, O/U: 47.5)
Chiefs are coming off a massive effort in a shocking upset on opening night in New England. After that effort, they’ve had a few extra days in between games for rest. Hunt, Smith and Hill all played out of their minds and expect that to continue but on a smaller scale, in front of one of the loudest stadiums in the league. Wentz and the Eagles went into FedEx field and spanked the Redskins. Wentz showed nerves of steel and looks to have be the best QB of last years draft by a mile. With the addition of Jeffrey, it seems to have sparked Agholor to find his hands in the off season. My worry with the Eagles is their run game but we have yet to really see them have a run heavy game plan. Eagles keep it close but the Chiefs win in the under, 24-21.
New England Patriots at New Orleans Saints, 1p (Saints +6, O/U: 57)
I’m sure you all heard about the bludgeoning at home the Patriots took on the opening night all week and how it was a shock to everyone. Well, you just heard it again, and only because we haven’t been able to say that too much in the last 17 years. so you’re damn right we’re gonna celebrate it. Not much else to say is that it’s safe to bet the Patriots ATS and they’ll more than likely win you about 60% of the spreads throughout the season. One thing you can always bank on is that they ALWAYS follow up an embarrassment with an explosive win the next week. Expect the Pats to have the foot on the Saints’ throats. Saints looked bad against the Vikes and only gave AP 9 snaps. Pats ROLL in this one and I wouldn’t be shocked if they covered the O/U themselves, 38-20.
Minnesota Vikings at Pittsburgh Steelers, 1p (Steelers -6, O/U: 44.5)
The Vikings looked spectacular last week at home against the Saints. Bradford showed how deadly accurate he can be even standing in the pocket, taking shots. He wasn’t the only Viking that was the talk of the twin cities, Dalvin Cook set a new rookie rushing record for rushing yards in a Vikings rookie running back debut. The Steelers had a tough fight from the Browns in Cleveland. Coming home will most certainty bring a different energy to this team as they historically do far better at home. Bell was held back a bit due to being a holdout all pre season. Both defenses will show up, causing great battles for field position. Steelers win in a raucous Heinz Field, in the under, 24-14 .
Chicago Bears at Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1p (Buccaneers -6.5, O/U: 43.5)
Bears pushed the Falcons to the brink last week, mostly thanks to rookie Tarik Cohen taking over for injured Jeremy Langford. Glennon isn’t playing with tons of weapons at receiver but stayed fairly consistent but that won’t last for long and not against he Buccs front 7. We haven’t seen the Buccs play yet and that will definitely be to their advantage. Buccs come out flying and win in the over, 27-20.
Miami Dolphins at Los Angeles Chargers, 4:05p (Chargers -3.5, O/U: 45.5)
The Chargers looked like the Chargers of old last week, competitive all game long but couldn’t finish. Granted they had a tough road game against a tough defense and it showed. They weren’t able to push the ball down the field through the air much and Melvin Gordon only averaged a measly 3 yards per carry. The Dolphins are another team that we haven’t seen yet and the advantage they had all week was that due to Hurricane Irma, they went out to the west coast early. With the addition of Cutler while Tannehill is out, the Dolphins upgrade at quarterback (I feel). Lastly, the Chargers are in LA now and playing in a soccer stadium. Good luck with that. Smoking Jay Cutler comes to town with the Fins and steals one in a soccer stadium in the under, 21-20.
New York Jets at Oakland Raiders, 4:05p (Raiders -13.5, O/U: 43.5)
Not much to say here. Jets seem to be purposely tanking by allowing key players to leave through free agency and trading them away for pennies on the dollar. Raiders beat a great young team in the Titans, in their house. I’m almost tempted to say 13.5 isn’t enough of a spread. Beast Mode is back and showed off his power, and he still has IT! Raiders win in blowout fashion, in the over, 35-13.
Dallas Cowboys at Denver Broncos, 4:25p (Broncos +2.5, O/U: 43)
The Cowboys offense proved they could handle a tough defense and still pull out a great win. They moved the ball against the Giants between the 20’s pretty good, which will be key in this game. The Broncos still have to deal with Siemian being an average quarterback, which hurts their air game. Look for CJ Anderson to have a few more carries as he and Charles combined to average 4 yards per carry against a solid defensive front. In another tough matchup today, I usually don’t like to predict that road favorites will win but take the Boys in the under, 21-17.
Washington Redskins at Los Angeles Rams, 4:25p (Rams-2.5, O/U: 45.5)
The Redskins got embarrassed at home by the Eagles last week. Cousins will finally show that he is not worth a franchise tag, ever. This is mostly due to his weapons leaving town (Garcon/Jackson). The Redskins lack a running game to take pressure off of Cousins but they are negligible when rotating. Rams and Goff really took it to the Luckless Colts at home, with a less than stellar home crowd turnout. Redskins defense gets to Goff unlike the Colts were able to do. Rams rushing offense had a lackluster showing of about a 2 yard per carry average. Redskins keep it close on the road and win in the under, 24-20.
San Francisco 49ers at Seattle Seahawks, 4:25p (Seahawks -14, O/U: 41.5)
In a divisional matchup, the 49ers head into a dangerous Seattle fan base that rivals the best in the league. They allowed the Panthers to come into their house and throw them around, allowing them to control the clock with a steady dose of rushes. Hoyer and the offense couldn’t get anything going and Hoyer is their quarterback. Seattle had a tough first game going to Green Bay and couldn’t get too much going. Seattle will look to redeem itself by embarrassing their rivals. Seattle gets a boost from their 12th man and rolls in the under as the 49ers won’t score much, 27-10.
Green Bay Packers at Atlanta Falcons, 8:30p (Falcons -3, O/U: 56)
Green Bay faced Seattle last week in their season opener at home and put up solid numbers but couldn’t get their point total to reflect the yardage they put up. The Falcons did extremely well against the Packers last year on their way to the Super Bowl. 7 combined TD’s through the air by both Rodgers and Ryan. The Packers rushing game was not established quite yet while Devonta Freeman was held to 3.2 yards per carry. Last week the Falcons were pushed to the brink last week as the Bears tried to mount a 4th quarter comeback. Packers now have Ty Montgomery solidified as the starter which should be a difference maker. Packers win in the under, 31-24.
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