Submitted by Jim Hurley on Monday, September 10, 2018 at 12:00 AM
NFL WEEK 1 UPDATE –
WE LOOK BACK AT PACKERS’
SCINTILLATING COMEBACK WIN AT LAMBEAU
(AND THE EFFECT IT WILL HAVE ON THE BEARS)
PLUS LOOK AHEAD TO TONIGHT’S MNF TWIN-BILL
Please don’t sit there and tell us you currently have big NFL wagers on the likes of New Orleans, Pittsburgh and/or Chicago in “over” wins-for-the-season, okay?
The fact of the matter is NFL Week 1 was extremely painful for anyone in that boat to say nothing of the fact that Bears’ fans can’t be blamed for feeling sick to their collective stomachs following last night’s 24-23 loss-but-cover at 7-point favorite Green Bay.
Sure, following that epic Green Bay comeback starring the one-and-only QB Aaron Rodgers – gee, was he really that hurt to be carted off at halftime? – all anyone at NBC wanted to talk about was the Packers’ 21-point fourth quarter and that amazing “W” but what effect will the season-opening loss have on the Bears?
NBC analyst Cris Collinsworth called it “devastating” on one hand – and then said by mid-week the Bears would “get over it” and realize they had played a strong game at Lambeau Field but ask us and we think this loss likely sticks with Chicago for a loooong time so if you do have the Bears “over 6.5” wins for the 2018 season then you might want to reach for another antacid!
Just consider that at intermission the Bears led 17-0 and their offense showed imagination, the defense showed a killer instinct and the above-mentioned Rodgers sure as heck looked as if he was gone for the night and possibly lost for the season with a knee injury. Hope you didn’t hit the clicker at about 10 p.m. Eastern time!
Meanwhile, the proverbial bottom line is that late last week we warned you that we’d likely see a whole slew of “one-score” games in the opening week of NFL play and – if you included Philadelphia’s 18-12 triumph last Thursday night against Atlanta – then note we’ve already had nine one-score games (after having just three of ‘em in NFL Week 1 last year) and there’s still a pair of Monday Night Football games to be played … our Jim Sez previews are straight ahead.
Consider that NFL Week 1 already produced outright upset wins by Tampa Bay (+ 10) over New Orleans, Kansas City (+ 3.5) over the Los Angeles Chargers and Washington (+ 2) over Arizona and that aforementioned 21-21 tie between Pittsburgh (- 3.5) and Cleveland proved to be uber-dramatic even if it was often painful to watch (see five Steelers’ turnovers and the rain didn’t cause all of ‘em!).
Hey, you can’t be blamed for letting out a big yawn when it comes to the three TD passes thrown by New England’s Tom Brady or the pair of scoring strikes thrown by Minnesota’s new kid-on-the-block QB Kirk Cousins in respective wins/cover against Houston and San Francisco – after all, these guys were supposed to do that, right – but when you start to think of players in this NFL who help to “move the number” then from this point forward you may want to remember the likes of Tampa Bay WR Mike Evans (7 receptions for 147 yards and one TD against the Saints) and Kansas City’s do-it-all WR/PR Tyreek Hill who scored three TDs including a dazzling 91-yard punt return for six points against the overrated Chargers.
P.S., If you simply wish to be a numbers-cruncher at day’s end, then take note NFL Week 1 Betting Favorites registered a modest 6-5-1 ATS (against the spread) record on the first Sunday of the season plus chuck in the marathon Pick ‘Em game between Tennessee at Miami.
Now hear this …
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NFL WEEK 1
Tonight, it’s …
NEW YORK JETS at DETROIT -- 7:10 p.m. ET, ESPN
All the buzz surrounding this game has to do with Jets’ rookie QB Sam Darnold who at 21 years, 97 days will be the youngest starting signal-caller in league history but the flip side of his story is Darnold’s going up against defensive-minded / new Lions’ head coach Matt Patricia and you can bet your last dime that the Motowners will throw the “kitchen sink” at the former USC star here. Please note the Jets’ O-line ranks among the worst in the NFL and so Darnold better learn how to duck in a hurry. Pointspread factoid: Detroit is a solid 6-2 ATS in season-opening games the past eight years.
LOS ANGELES RAMS at OAKLAND – 10:20 p.m. ET, ESPN
Hey, “Chucky” is back in the Bay Area as prodigal son head coach Jon Gruden has given Raiders Nation some hope – but new old Raiders/ new Bears’ pass rusher Khalil Mack is long gone and so you’ve seen this Las Vegas price tag jump from Rams minus a single point all the way to – 4.5 points at last check … maybe Mack isn’t technically “worth” 3.5 points but when you toss in the glowing reports regarding the new Rams’ CBs (that’s Aqib Talib and Marcus Peters) and positive vibes regarding third-year QB Jared Goff then you can see why the money’s been all on the Rams in recent days. Pointspread note: Oakland is an ugly 8-13-1 versus the vig as hosts since the start of the 2015 campaign.
NOTE: Catch our College Football Top 10 and much more in the next edition of Jim Sez.