Week Two Predictions

gettyimages-632414240As far as predictions, week one was tough sledding as I went sub .500 straight up, and had a poor week against the spread. It is one of the tougher weeks of the year to predict, so I’m hoping to get back on track. A trend I saw being discussed in recent days about week one games was the overall offensive struggles. More than usual, it seems there was more sloppy play in the first weekend of games. Two factors in this could be due to the now limited amount of practice time, and fear of injury leading to some players only taking 30 to 40 snaps if that in the preseason. Offensive efficiency should improve league wide, but that is a trend worth monitoring.

Last week: 7-8

Last week against the spread: 5-10

Game of the weak: Cardinals vs Colts: Are we sure the Cardinals are as safe a bet to bounce back as we thought a week ago? Even before David Johnson went down with an injury that would keep him out an extended period, Carson Palmer in week one had his share of struggles and was facing pressure constantly thanks to the offensive line. The good news for the Cardinals is they now get a Colts team who will be having newly acquired Jacoby Brissett take over for Scott Tolzien at quarterback. While I feel Brissett could develop into a solid option eventually, the Colts knew Andrew Luck needed his shoulder procedure done. Bringing in a higher quality backup should of been a free agency priority rather than facing this situation which due to a lack of system familiarity could be unfair to Brissett. Cardinals 26 Colts (+7.5) 17

Game of the week: Packers vs Falcons: Not only is this an NFC title game rematch, but by now you probably know this is the Falcons’ first regular season appearance in their new stadium which by all accounts looks awesome. On top of that, this matchup has two premier quarterbacks in Aaron Rodgers and Matt Ryan facing off and can’t forget that Julio Jones has saved some of his best performances for the Packers up to this point. While we knew losing Kyle Shanahan would be a big blow for the Falcons, I’m interested to see how Steve Sarkisian calls the shots in this one as the offense didn’t seem fully up to the high bar set in 2016. Packers 27 Falcons (-3.5) 23

Browns 14 Ravens (-8.5) 24

Eagles 17 Chiefs (-5.5) 23

Patriots 33 Saints (+6.5) 24

Titans 16 Jaguars (+1.5) 20

Vikings 20 Steelers (-6.5) 27

Bills 14 Panthers (-7.5) 23

Bears 16 Buccaneers (-7.5) 24

Jets 14 Raiders (-13.5) 28

Dolphins 20 Chargers (-4.5) 24

Redskins 21 Rams (-2.5) 24

Cowboys 20 Broncos (+2.5) 21

49ers 13 Seahawks (-13.5) 30

Lions 17 Giants (-3.5) 21

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