September 8, 2013 in Sports

NFL Week 1

 

AMERICAN CONFERENCE

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NATIONAL CONFERENCE

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Thursday’s results

Denver 49, Baltimore 27

Today’s games

FALCONS at SAINTS

Time: 10 a.m.

Line: Saints by 3; O/U: 54

Outlook: Welcome back, Sean Payton! We missed you last season, but not as much as your Saints, who went 7-9. A huge divisional game in Week 1, and maybe the best game of the weekend. The Saints are 11-3 vs. the Falcons since Payton took over in 2006.

The pick: Saints

BENGALS at BEARS

Time: 10 a.m. TV: CBS

Line: Bears by 3; O/U: 42

Outlook: I’m hoping my newfound admiration for the Bengals after watching HBO’s “Hard Knocks” doesn’t influence my picks. (Disclaimer: It already has. I picked the Bengals to reach the AFC Championship Game the other day in Newsday’s NFL preview section). The Bengals were 5-1 against the spread last season when they were underdogs of four points or less.

The pick: Bengals

PATRIOTS at BILLS

Time: 10 a.m.

Line: Patriots by 10; O/U: 50 1/2

Outlook: The Patriots have had some major off-the-field issues, but they’re still the Pats and they always seem to handle their business when it comes to on-the-field issues. That’s especially true in Buffalo: The Pats have covered 13 of their last 15 games there.

The pick: Patriots

TITANS at STEELERS

Time: 10 a.m.

Line: Steelers by 7; O/U: 42 1/2

Outlook: The Titans were 2-6 against the spread on the road last season, but I think they’ll keep this one close enough against the Steelers, who ended last season 2-4-1 against the spread in their final seven home games.

The pick: Titans

BUCCANEERS at JETS

Time: 10 a.m.

Line: Bucs by 3; O/U: 40 1/2

Outlook: Is there any better team to write about in New York than the Jets? I think not! Trade their best player (Darrelle Revis) to Tampa Bay in April? Check. Draft a QB (Geno Smith) in the second round? Check. Allow your possible starting QB (Mark Sanchez) to get hurt in the fourth quarter of a meaningless preseason game? Check. I think Revis - who promised to “spill the beans” on the Jets’ offensive tendencies - leads a Bucs team that went 10-5-1 against the spread in 2012 to a season-opening road win.

The pick: Bucs

CHIEFS at JAGUARS

Time: 10 a.m.

Line: Chiefs by 4; O/U: 42 1/2

Outlook: The Chiefs, under new coach Andy Reid, must improve on the road – they’re 27-53 overall since 2003. They get a cupcake here against the Jags, who could very well be the NFL’s worst team.

The pick: Chiefs

DOLPHINS at BROWNS

Time: 10 a.m.

Line: Browns by 1; O/U: 41

Outlook: The Fins are 5-15-3 in their last 23 September games, but I expect good things from Miami this season. Worth a play here.

The pick: Dolphins

VIKINGS at LIONS

Time: 10 a.m.

Line: Lions by 4; O/U: 46 1/2

Outlook: The key number here is 2,000. In fact, after Vikings RB Adrian Peterson rushed for 2,097 yards last season, he now has his sights set on … wait for it … 2,500! Another key number: The Vikings are 5-2-1 against the spread in their last eight games in Motown.

The pick: Vikings

RAIDERS at COLTS

Time: 10 a.m.

Line: Colts by 10; O/U: 46 1/2

Outlook: It doesn’t really matter who starts at quarterback for the Raiders. Why? Because Indy has covered its last six home games.

The pick: Colts

PACKERS at 49ERS

Time: 1:25 p.m. TV: Fox 28

Line: 49ers by 4 1/2; O/U: 48 1/2

Outlook: Packers linebacker Clay Matthews talked about putting hits “as early and often” on read-option QBs like San Fran’s Colin Kaepernick. Now, 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh is talking to the NFL to ensure his prized QB won’t become a target. Sorry, coach, he probably is. San Fran is 13-5-1 against the spread at home since 2011, including the playoffs.

The pick: 49ers

CARDINALS at RAMS

Time: 1:25 p.m.

Line: Rams by 4 1/2; O/U: 41 1/2

Outlook: The Rams were 11-5 against the spread last season, but Arizona has won 7 of 8 in St. Louis. Look for Carson Palmer- to-Larry Fitzgerald to have a big season.

The pick: Cardinals

GIANTS at DALLAS

Time: 5:30 p.m. TV: NBC

Line: Cowboys by 3; O/U: 49 1/2

Outlook: Unlike their New York counterparts, the Giants are boring, solid and professional. Just the way Tom Coughlin likes it. Justin Tuck and Big Blue don’t get intimidated by playing at Jerry’s House. Maybe they like the way they look on the big screen! The Giants have won five of their last six in Dallas, including all four in the new stadium.

The pick: Giants

EAGLES at REDSKINS

Monday: 4 p.m. TV: ESPN

Line: Redskins by 3 1/2; O/U: 52

Outlook: In my best Jerry Seinfeld voice: “Whaatt’s the deeaall with QBs in D.C.? Do Robert Griffin III and coach Mike Shanahan even like each other? The ‘Skins hold more news conferences than the nearby White House. As for Philly, as much as everyone is excited about new Iggles coach Chip Kelly’s no-huddle offense, I’m just as terrified by his no-tackle defense.

The pick: Redskins

TEXANS at CHARGERS

Monday: 7:15 p.m. TV: ESPN

Line: Texans by 4 1/2; O/U: 44 1/2

Outlook: San Diego has a new coach, GM and offensive coordinator, but that won’t help against Houston.

The pick: Texans

John Boell, Newsday

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