Submitted by Jim Hurley on Saturday, September 7, 2019 at 12:00 AM
NFL WEEK 1 –
LET’S CATCH UP WITH
SUNDAY’S MONSTER CARD
The beat goes on here in NFL Week 1 play … and, don’t worry, not every game out there is gonna be 10-3 (see Green Bay over Chicago this past Thursday night)!
In fact, there’s a plethora of great games / great storylines on tap for Sunday’s NFL Week 1 action and we’ll dig into ‘em in a moment but first this key reminder:
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NFL WEEK 1
On Sunday, it’s …
ATLANTA at MINNESOTA – 1 p.m. ET, Fox
Last year both of these NFC squads fell short of getting into the post-season and so Week 1 carries extra-important weight here – The visiting Falcons believe the return of former offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter is gonna rejuvenate an attack that averaged 25.9 points per game (10th in NFL last season) but left far too many points on the field. If QB Matt Ryan can figure out this Minnesota defense that collected 50 sacks a year ago (third-best in the league) then it’s Atlanta that’ll get the early leg up.
Spread Note – Atlanta is an ugly 5-13 ATS (against the spread) away the past two seasons.
TENNESSEE at CLEVELAND – 1 p.m. ET, CBS
Have you ever seen a 7-8-1 SU (straight-up) squad ever get this much preseason “pub” in your life? Sure, the Browns could be a feel-good story in the league where they play for pay except for the fact QB Baker Mayfield, the always-injured WR Odell Beckham, Jr. and mates are way too cocky for their own good. Here, the Browns are listed as a 5.5-point betting favorite against a Titans’ crew that prefers the smash-mouth style of play – RB Derrick Henry rushed for 1,059 yards with 12 TDs last year, fantasy geeks! – and keep in mind Tennessee brings back nine starters from last year’s “D”.
Spread Note – Cleveland is just 12-19-1 versus the vig in non-divisional games the past three years.
NEW YORK GIANTS at DALLAS – 4:25 p.m. ET, Fox
In case you’re keeping track, this is the fifth time in the last seven years we’ve witnessed a Giants vs. Cowboys tilt in Week 1 … but there’s more questions than answers heading into this clash at “Jerry’s World” as Dallas RB Ezekiel Elliott will be stepping on stage after just inking a $60 million deal mid-week while all the reports circulate around Giants’ QB Eli Manning. Folks, the two-time Super Bowl MVP won’t be losing his job anytime soon to Duke rookie Daniel Jones, so just calm down. One key here: Giants TE Evan Engram appears to be the team’s biggest downfield threat – can he hold onto a couple of long Manning chucks or will he suffer from the drops as has been the case the last two years?
Spread Note – The Cowboys have won / covered the last four games in this NFC East rivalry and note the NY Giants have failed to cover six of their last eight season-opening games.
On Sunday night, it’s …
PITTSBURGH at NEW ENGLAND – 8:20 p.m. ET, NBC
The numbers don’t lie: The New England Patriots have won three of their six Super Bowl titles the past five years; the Pittsburgh Steelers – who’ve also copped six SB crowns in their rich history – hasn’t been in a Super Bowl since the 2010 campaign. Now, the Pats – a 5.5-point betting favorite here – look to 42-year-old QB icon Tom Brady to get N’England off and runnin’ in 2019 but pay special attention to the Pat running game that ranked fifth in the league last year (averaged 127.3 ypg) as Sony Michel / James White / rookie Damien Harris could be the real show-stealers here. One Steelers note: Will PK Chris Boswell (only 13-of-20 FGs last year before getting hurt) return to his former Pro Bowl form?
Spread Note – The Patriots are an amazing 36-17-2 versus the vig as betting favs the past three seasons; meanwhile, the Steelers went 5-0 ATS as underdog sides last season.
NOTE: Catch all the College Football and NFL Week 1 re-caps plus the Monday Night Football twin-bill previews in the next edition of Jim Sez.