Bengals at Jets (2.5)
The line for this game has stayed at 2.5 points all week which is surprising since the Jets are the home team. The Bengals are without Tyler Eifert and Vontaze Burfict which is part of the reason I like the Jets with the points in this game. We picked this game in our weekly picks segment, and we both liked the Jets as an outright underdog home winner. If the spread is too risky for you consider the over/under which holds at 42 points. I think this has a 21-14 type feel to it.
Patriots at Cardinals (-6)
We all know the Pats will be without Tom Brady which is a huge task going on the road in Week 1 especially against Arizona. Defensive end Rob Ninkovich will also miss this game as he’s injured and serving a 4 game suspension as well. The Cards and Pats struck a deal in the offseason sending Chandler Jones to Arizona providing a much needed pass rusher. I think the Cards aerial attack will be too much for the New England defense to keep up with in the Sunday Night Football opener. Rob Gronkowski is also battling an injury although I expect him to suit up this weekend.
Chargers (6.5) at Chiefs
The line started off at 7 points for this AFC West battle then dropped to 6.5 by midweek. San Diego does have to travel from the West Coast time zone and prepare for an early kickoff at Arrowhead which is one of the tougher places in the league to play let alone win. However, I like the timing of this game for the Chargers who catch the Chiefs early on before they start clicking. Jamaal Charles remains unlikely to play as he’s coming off an ACL tear, and defensive standout Justin Houston will miss the game as well. Division games are typically closer point margins especially earlier in the season so I like the Chargers getting the points in this one.
Arkansas at TCU (-7.5)
Each week I’ll throw in a college play in addition to the three NFL picks. The college board is pretty light this week as this is one of the more well-known games. Arkansas barely skated by last week at home against Louisiana Tech as a multiple touchdown favorite. TCU meanwhile had their hands full with South Dakota State coming from behind to win 59-41 at home. The Horned Frogs defense was supposed to be the strength of the team, but gave up close to 500 yards last week against an FCS opponent. I like them to bounce back into form this week against Arkansas who has a quarterback making his first road start. TCU quarterback Kenny Hill will also build upon his Week 1 performance. TCU laying the 7.5 points in this one.
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