SHOHOLA, PA – Out of the gate with a 3-1 record is a good feeling, as San Fran was the only red mark last week. But I’m not resting on the quick start as I aim for perfection with today’s gems. Strap in, here are Cheesy Bruin’s Free NFL Picks, News & Nuggets… Week II.
There’s always an overreaction to what happens in the opening week of football like no other sport. The betting public often gets suckered in to bad reads off of one game. Here’s one I’m reading based on the point spread and it’s a bit of a surprise. The Minnesota Vikings laid an egg last week as Head Coach Mike Zimmer, a defense based mind, saw his charges shredded to bits by the pitch and catch duo of Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers and Davante Adams. The Vikes never abandoned the run as we saw the same philosophy used last year after Angry Ward’s favorite QB Kirk Cousins struggled early in the season. This doesn’t bode well if a team is chasing points and coaches don’t make the proper adjustments. It seems as though the Vegas linesmakers think less of Minnesota as they are underdogs to an Indy team who lost outright as a home field touchdown favorite to Jacksonville. Ol’ Man Rivers is a risk at this final juncture point of his career and the line of field goal favorites is all the ammo we need to make this wager. The Pick? INDIANAPOLIS COLTS -3 over Minnesota Vikings
How must the Houston Texans have felt to see their schedule’s first two games and the quarterbacks they’d face? Patrick Lavon Mahomes II in the league curtain raiser and Lamar Demeatrice Jackson Jr. to follow. Last week, KayCee didn’t break much of a sweat in thrashing the Texans and similarly the Ravens coasted to a thirty-two point win against the Browns. Here’s what the Texans have going for them today and it really isn’t much to rest on: extra preparation time which they’ll need every bit of in planning for the Baltimore offense and the label of home underdogs, even if there are no fans in the stadiums across the league. We’re getting a hefty seven here and that’s just too much to pass up this early. The Pick? HOUSTON TEXANS +7 over Baltimore Ravens
In watching the second game of last Monday Night’s doubleheader, Tennessee had little trouble moving the ball against a stout and very game Denver defense. Stephen Gostkowski cost his mates ten points on missed kicks and burned gambler’s money who failed to cover the three points on his failures. The Titans also gave up some chunk plays and there were also some near misses by the young Broncos offense. The Jaguars somehow function on offense with zero big names headlining it and I see that defense as very suspect. The handicap is low enough where I can see us sneaking over and cashing a ticket here. The Pick? TENNESSEE TITANS/Jacksonville Jaguars OVER 44
I’m taking a knee on this one. This game will suck from a Cowboys standpoint. I guarantee it! The Pick? Atlanta/DALLAS UNDER 54
That’s all for today, leave your two bits below and come back tomorrow for the J-E-T-S fan living in Bills territory, Junoir Blaber.