It is early in the week, so while these bets are not final, with countless storylines, here are some early Week 2 leans.
Packers -1 vs. Vikings
The Vikings are the better team. At the end of the day, they will be one of the two finalists in the NFC and potentially in the Super Bowl. But with the line low at -1 (because of the injury to Aaron Rodgers), give me the Packers. Certainly if Rodgers is deemed out, this line will shift to Minnesota as the favorite, but after his heroics in the opener against the Bears, I will risk some $$ on the fact Rodgers plays and gets the win.
Eagles -3 @ Buccaneers
I am not a Ryan Fitzmagic believer and never will be. The Eagles are leaps and bounds better than the Saints on defense and unlike their last opponent, the Bucs will not sneak up on the defending champs. Expect Nick Foles to have a better afternoon, as the Falcons defense is stingy and we know what Drew Brees did in the loss last weekend. No Wentz and Jeffrey scare me, but expect a huge afternoon for Ertz, Wallace and Ajayi.
Rams -12.5 vs. Cardinals
The Cardinals looked like a Pop Warner team in their opener against Washington at home. No weapons outside of Larry Fitzgerald (who is past his prime) and David Johnson, who cannot do it alone. The Rams are loaded on both sides of the ball and should roll in their first divisional game of 2018.
Patriots -1.5 @ Jaguars
The Jaguars will be amped up for the AFC Title game rematch, but considering the health of Leonard Fournette, not to mention the lackluster play of the offense in general, how are the Jaguars going to muster enough points to win? I like the fact the Pats now have game tape of how Bortles attacked their defense and their stout defense tried to defend Brady. Yes no Edelman (who was not there last year), but with the addition of the explosive Sony Michel this week seeming likely, I like the Pats to win a close, low-scoring game.
Chiefs @ Steelers over 52.5
After what I saw from the Chiefs in San Diego and what the Steelers are capable of doing, I think this total is low and likely to go over easily. A 34-31 final is what I would predict, as the Chiefs defense is still a work in progress, while the Steelers just gave up 21 points to the Browns. Nail this number before it goes higher.
Check back later in the week when we pick all of the games with scores.
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