Wow. Not to toot my own horn but I did AMAZING last week. Too bad the only game I bet was the Lions game (8 units = $200). I originally was on the Texans last week before being talked out by Ian Hanes, our local Texans anaylst. I went 12-3 with my picks and also won my weekly pick-em pool. We're on to week 3!
Opening line: Ravens, -3.5 points
Pick: Jaguars, +3.5
Ravens will be without starting running back Terrance West and All-World guard Marshall Yanda. With that offensive line already decimated, me thinks this is the week the Ravens start playing down to their actual level.
Opening line: Panthers, -5 points
Pick: Saints, +5
*Extermely Stephen A voice* Disrespecktful! *Back to Austin voice* The Panthers are actually bad. Like really bad. Like, bottom 10 bad. Which is not a surprise, considering Carolina picked in the top 10 in this years draft. Meanwhile, New Orleans has had some tough games but they will be alright with an elite offense and a maturing defense. Bang on the Saints this week.
Opening line: Steelers, -7 points
Pick: Steelers -7
As long as the Bears keep starting Mike Glennon, they won't have any success in the W/L column. Steelers on the other hand have decimated bad teams the last 2 weeks and will look to keep their momentum alive in Chi town.
Opening line: Dolphins, -6 points
Pick: Dolphins -6
Will this be the week New York wins a game? Nope.
Opening line: Broncos, -3 points
Pick: Broncos -3
Uhhh what? Handicappers have been bad this season if a schmuck like me keeps beating the lines. Broncos just DESTROYED a talented cowboys team at full health. What do you think they'll do to a injury riddled Bills team with significantly less talent?
Opening line: Patriots, -13 points
Pick: Patriots -13
Despite the many injuries the team has suffered, Tom Brady leads the best team in football against a team that barely beat the Bengals. Patriots will be at home and Texans will be starting Deshaun Watson.
Opening line: Off Board
This line will not be posted until Sam Bradfords status is known. I'd lean Bucs either way.
Opening line: Browns, -1.5 point
Pick: Browns -1.5
Oh how the mighty have fallen. 2 years from a potential AFC championship berth, the Colts are home underdogs to the lowly browns. While mainstream media seems infatuated with Jacoby Brisket, I will stick with Deshone Kizer: QB2.
Opening line: Giants, -6 points
Pick: Giants -6
A week after their offensive line was exposed at home in primetime, the Giants travel to the City of Brotherly Love, where they will go against Jim Schwartz high powered defense. I am fading this game, as I think this is exactly the kind of game the Giants win due to their talent on both sides of the ball.
Opening line: Falcons, -3 points
Pick: Lions +3
More home underdogs. Falcons are a week removed from beating last years NFC North champion in dominant fashion. However in the process they lost start pass rusher Vic Beasely and starting right tackle Ryan Schreader. Also, I'm extremely biased. Look for the Lions here to win at home.
Opening line: Seahawks, -2.5 points
Pick: Titans +2.5
After watching the tape last week, I came to the conclusion the Mariota is NOT actually good. At least, not yet. Mariota has no velocity to his throws. That being said, the Seahawks are a train wreck and are on the road this week against a tough offense and defense.
Opening line: Chiefs, -3 points
Pick: Chiefs -3
Are the Chiefs the best team in football? No. But they look down right dominant against good teams this season. Alex Smith is playing actually good, and Kareem Hunt looks like a true diamond in the rough. Plus, LAC will be without their top cornerback this week.
Opening line: Packers, -8.5 points
Pick: Packers -8.5
Aaron Rodgers vs one of the worst teams in football. I'll take discount double check.
Opening line: Raiders, -3 points
Pick: Raiders -3
Usually I fade west coast teams traveling east. However, this is a Sunday Night game, which negates the travel difference. Raiders are very, very good and the Redskins just lost to the Rams. I'm on the Raiders until they prove me wrong.
Opening line: Cowboys, -3 points
Pick: Cowboys -3
I don't think that the Cardinals are as bad as everybody thinks they are. Arizona has played on the East coast so far in both games at 1:00 which is 10:00AM Western time. Carson Palmer has actually been good this season, it's the absence of David Johnson that hurts this offense. Cardinals draw the short straw with the Cowboys coming off of a loss, and should lose this game handidly.