Week One Recap: I went 3-2 last week, thanks to wins from the Eagles, Rams and a comeback cover by the Chargers on Monday Night Football. The Seahawks losing because of their offensive line was not a huge surprise, but I expected the Titans to put up a lot more points against the Raiders defense. Let’s see if I can keep my record above .500 as we head into week two…
Arizona -6.5 at Indianapolis
Losing David Johnson is a tough blow for their offense, but the Cardinals should not have a problem moving the ball against a defense that made Jared Goff look good. The Colts got embarrassed in Los Angeles last week, and as long as Andrew Luck is out, they might have the worst roster in the NFL. Whether they start Scott Tolzien or Jacoby Brissett, I don’t think either QB is good enough to overcome that putrid offensive line. I think the Cardinals are going to win this one easily, 27-16.
New Orleans +6.5 vs. New England
The Patriots are always dangerous with a long week to prepare, but I’m not sure their defense is good enough to lay this many points on the road. Kansas City exposed a lot of weaknesses against Belichick’s defense last week, and New England might be without Dont’a Hightower for this game. Tom Brady is going to be highly motivated to win this week, but I just don’t see the Patriots covering that spread in New Orleans. I’ll take the Patriots to win in a shootout, 34-30.
Minnesota +5.5 at Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh’s offense struggled in Cleveland last week, as they managed to score only 21 points. Going up against a talented Vikings defense in week two, I think their struggles could continue. Not only is the Minnesota defense good, but their offense was impressive too. Granted, they were playing the Saints, but I still loved what I saw from Sam Bradford and Dalvin Cook. I’m going to be bold with this pick and take the Vikings to upset the Steelers, 26-23.
Tampa Bay -6.5 vs. Chicago
I get Tampa Bay at home with an extra week of rest and laying less than a touchdown? I’ll take it. Not only do the Bucs have a significantly better roster, but they are also the healthier team. Both Kyle Long and Jordan Howard have reportedly been limited at the Bears’ practices this week due to injuries. Additionally, Tampa Bay’s defense will be going up against their former teammate in Mike Glennon, which is a matchup I’m sure they are looking forward to. I expect the Buccaneers to win their opener comfortably, 28-14.
Dallas -2.5 at Denver
With Ezekiel Elliot likely avoiding a suspension throughout the entire season, the Cowboys are poised to be one of the best teams in the league. Not only did their offense impress last week against the Giants, but I thought their defense played really well. With Sean Lee and a healthy Jaylon Smith, the Cowboys LB duo might be one of the most talented in the NFL. Playing in Denver is difficult, but I think the Cowboys are good enough to cover the 2.5 point spread. Dallas wins 21-16.
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