Jim Mancari, ContributorWeek 1 felt like I got punched in the face four straight times. That’s right, an 0-4 week to start the season!
The Patriots should have buried the Bills, the Buccaneers had so many chances against the Jets, the Vikings kept the game close until the end and the Giants gave the game to the Cowboys.
Here are this week’s picks. I’ll be using the point spreads from Yahoo! Sports. Feel free to include your picks for these or any other of the week’s games in the comments section. Good luck!
Week 1 Record: 0-4
Overall Record: 0-4
St. Louis Rams (+6.5) at Atlanta Falcons
The Falcons had the misfortune of playing the Saints in head coach Sean Payton’s first game back from his one-year suspension. There was no way New Orleans was losing that game. I expect Atlanta to quickly rebound from that loss in their home-opener against the Rams.
Miami Dolphins (+2.5) at Indianapolis Colts
The Dolphins’ score from last week would seem like the team played much better than they actually did. And even so, they played the Browns! The Colts meanwhile are coming off a late-game comeback, and their “Luck” doesn’t seem to be running out. Give me the Colts at home to win by at least a field goal.
San Francisco 49ers (+2.5) at Seattle Seahawks
After the game the 49ers played last weekend, there is really only one way to fathom how they could possibly be an underdog in Week 2: playing the Seahawks in Seattle. The Seahawks thrive on their home turf, but they’ll be tested right away against the mighty 49ers. Many NFL pundits are picking Seattle to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl. Let’s not get too ahead of ourselves, but I’m feeling a tight defensive battle that the Seahawks win.
Denver Broncos (-4.5) at New York Giants
I’ll admit that I pretty much pick the Giants every week. But I cannot in my right mind go with Big Blue this weekend. Even if Peyton Manning has half the effort this week, it would probably still be enough to be the Giants. What I want to see is for the Giants to play a competitive game with as few mistakes as possible. If that means the Giants win and I lose the pick, that would honestly be fine with me. But I’m expecting Denver to get the win by at least a touchdown.
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