Submitted by Jim Hurley on Saturday, September 8, 2018 at 12:00 AM
NFL WEEK 1 –
ON A BATCH OF SUNDAY SHOWDOWNS
Here’s something that may surprise you:
Last year in NFL Week 1 play there were only three games that finished with a one-score margin of victory … something is telling us there’s gonna be a whole lot more “close calls” in the opening week of NFL play this time around.
Heck, already we had that down-to-the-wire finish the other night when the defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles nipped the Atlanta Falcons 18-12 and just go ahead and look at the pointspreads for the remainder of this NFL Week 1 card and you’ll see there are 13 Las Vegas price tags where the number is 7 points or less. So, hang on to your hat and get ready to win all the close ones. Here’s the lowdown …
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NFL WEEK 1
On Sunday, it’s …
PITTSBURGH at CLEVELAND – 1 p.m. ET, CBS
No RB Le’Veon Bell here for the Steelers (he’s really persona non grata in this locker room now!) but now the question is can the “Hard Knocks” Browns take full advantage of that absence? Worth telling y’all that the Steelers have failed to cover six of their last eight divisional games dating back to late 2016.
JACKSONVILLE at NEW YORK GIANTS – 1 p.m. ET, Fox
Gotta hand it to Giants’ WR Odell Beckham Jr. who hasn’t “taken the cheese” – remember mouthy Jaguars CB Jalen Ramsey has tried to stir the pot all week long and Beckham hasn’t bit but now let’s see who talks the bigger game here. The Giants – off that dysfunctional 3-13 SU (straight-up) season a year ago – promise that Beckham won’t be a one-man gang here as rookie RB Saquon Barkley gets 20-or-more touches. Note that J’ville has failed to cover four of its last five season openers nand last year the Jaguars finished 2-3 spreadwise when laying road points.
HOUSTON at NEW ENGLAND – 1 p.m. ET, CBS
Can’t tell you how many “in-the-know” people have chimed in and said the Patriots are gonna lose this game outright – maybe that’s wishful thinking on their parts although Bill Belichick’s crew did get crushed by 15 points at home in last year’s opener against Kansas City. Expect Pats’ QB Tom Brady (4,577 yards passing and 32 TDs last year) to step up in the pocket here when he feels the oncoming charge of J.J. Watt and Jadeveon Clowney and the real question is does NE have enough downfield weapons for Brady to work with in 2018? Hey, Texans are a crummy 9-17 ATS (against the spread) as underdogs since late 2015 season.
KANSAS CITY at LOS ANGELES CHARGERS – 4:05 p.m. ET, CBS
If you’ve been reading / listening to all the NFL previews the past couple of weeks then you know that “everyone” loves this year’s Chargers but keep in mind they are without pass-rushing star DE Joey Bosa here and protecting 37-year-old QB Philip Rivers won’t always be easy against a Chiefs’ team that promises to be better than 24th in the league in sacks. Hey, KayCee is 10-2 spreadwise in divisional games the past two years.
DALLAS at CAROLINA – 4:25 p.m. ET, Fox
The bad news for the Cowboys is that C Travis Frederick is out and there’s a scarcity of quality pass-catchers on this here-and-now roster … the good news is that Carolina’s O-line is a much bigger mess after a slew of preseason injuries has caused a major makeover. If the Dallas pass rush can hemi in Panthers’ QB Cam Newton here, then we could witness a road upset and note the ‘Boys haven’t won as a road dog since the middle of 2016. Overall, Dallas went just 3-6-1 ATS outside the NFC East last year.
On Sunday night …
CHICAGO at GREEN BAY – 8:20 p.m. ET, NBC
Gonna be hard for Packers’ QB Aaron Rodgers to lug around his super-sized wallet while going up against a new-look Bears bunch … just kidding, of course! Still, it will be interesting to see when Chicago utilized new pass-rushing fiend Khalil Mack against Rodgers here – Chicago’s brand-new acquisition will get on the field for plenty of third-down plays but he can expect double-coverage at every turn. Note that the Packers have won 15 of their 19 games SU against the Bears in the Rodgers Era and they’re favored by a full TD price here. For you pointspread folks, note that Chicago is 12-22-2 spreadwise in NFC North games dating back to the 2012 season. Ugh!
NOTE: Catch all the College Football and NFL Week 1 re-caps in the next edition of Jim Sez.