Submitted by Jim Hurley on Saturday, September 9, 2017 at 11:47 AM
Heck, the main headline for NFL Week 1 could already be written ... Tom Brady and the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots already lost! Now - following on the heels of Kansas City's stunneroo 42-27 win in Foxboro -- we're gonna see how many other outright upsets on are the NFL Week 1 menu. We'll zip through a few of Sunday's key games in a moment but now hear this:
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NFL WEEK 1
On Sunday, it's ...
OAKLAND at TENNESSEE - 1 p.m. ET, CBS
Lots of folks all hyped up to hear the stylings of new #1 game analyst Tony Romo - quick frankly, it doesn't mean bupkus to us! - but the real drama is on the field where two quarterbacks that went down with broken legs on the very same day last December 24th are out to prove they're "back". If Titans' slinger Marcus Mariota wants to aid-and-abet his cause, then his rushing yards will be key here, especially on third-down plays where either his receivers can't get open or protection breaks down. On the flip side, Raiders' QB Derek Carr - now the highest-paid player in all the NFL - needs to get some real wide-out help should WR Amari Cooper (knee) be limited or else out here.
SEATTLE at GREEN BAY - 4:25 p.m. ET, Fox
Don't sleep on the fact that last year the GB Packers slammed the Seattle Seahawks 38-10 at Lambeau Field: Now, Pete Carroll's crew goes into cheese country with bad intentions but remember there's a new LT after the season-ending preseason injury to George Fant and those Michael Bennett off-the-field "distractions" may not help the cause either. The Pack's added pieces to QB Aaron Rodgers' pass-catching stable with the "other" Bennett - TE Martellus Bennett - looking to be a key figure here. If Rodgers can dent the middle of the "Legion of Doom" secondary here with some chain-moving plays to his new target, it could spell doom for the 'Hawks once again. Note the "totals" price has gone up a couple of points (from 49 to 51) the past few days.
On Sunday night, it's ...
NEW YORK GIANTS at DALLAS - 8:30 p.m. ET, NBC
If you've lost track, this is the fifth time in six years that Giants-Cowboys have opened up their season against one another (BTW, third year in a row it's been played in Arlington) - and for all the hoopla that surrounds both NFC East teams it's worth noting they've combined for a single playoff win during the past handful of years (see Dallas 24, Detroit 20 in an NFC Wild Card Game in 2014).
The Cowboys had plenty of drama this past summer regarding second-year star RB Ezekiel Elliott but the kid's playing here while it's not certain the G-men will have the services of their top playmaker as WR Odell Beckham, Jr. continues to rehab an ailing ankle. If you like to get into scenarios where some unlikely figure makes a starring role, then consider a couple of defenders: Dallas rookie DE Taco Charlton could be more than just a pass rusher as his preseason showed he could set the edge against enemy rushers while Giants' CB Janoris "Jackrabbit" Jenkins must prove he's up to silencing WR Dez Bryant here.
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On Saturday night, it's ...
#5 OKLAHOMA (1-0) at #2 OHIO STATE (1-0) - 7:30 p.m. ET, ABC
Call it revenge in the highest order for the fifth-ranked Oklahoma Sooners: The Big 12 team was humbled at home 45-24 last September by a rather young/brash bunch of Ohio State Buckeyes ... and Oklahoma has not lost since.
Meanwhile, no denying that Urban Meyer's current club has some major work to do on the defensive side of the football one week after Indiana QB Richard Lagow sliced-and-diced the 'Eyes with 420 passing yards - will we see a great improvement here against perennial Heisman Trophy candidate QB Baker Mayfield who was picked twice (one of 'em was returned for a touchdown) in that 3-TD loss?
If true freshman running back J.K. Dobbins (181 yards rushing last week in his college debut against the IU Hoosiers) is a ground-churner here, than Mayfield and Company could be headed for its first loss in nearly a year.
Current Line: Ohio State (- 7.5) and 64.5 points
Spread Stats - Ohio State is a sub-par 13-14 ATS (against the spread) as betting favorites since the start of the 2015 campaign and the Buckeyes enter this prime-time tilt at an ugly 5-11 spreadwise as hosts since late '14. Oklahoma actually heads into this one on a five-game spread winning streak dating back to last year and the OU Sooners are a collective 5-4-1 ATS as underdo sides the past 10 years.
NOTE: Catch our Monday Night Football Previews - that's New Orleans at Minnesota and the Los Angeles Chargers at Denver - in the next edition of Jim Sez.