Just a few picks to get the first week off to a (hopefully) winning start
Hawaii +20 vs Cal in Australia. Early money has been on Hawaii. They return most of a bad football team from last year and a new coach hopes to give them a shot in the arm. Goff is gone and one would look for Cal to regress to the bottom half of the Pac-12. Marshawn Lynch has been spotted working out with Cal, but he's out of eligibility. So why do I like Hawaii? Just a hunch, but I think Hawaii is going to play like they have nothing to lose and keep it within 17. Cal 42 - 27
Tennessee -20 vs Appalachian State in Knoxville, Tn. I'm on the Tennessee bandwagon to compete for the SEC East title and they get a good test out of the gate in App State. App State will be a contender in the Sunbelt conference, but they are clearly out-manned here. Tennessee returns a lot of their key people on both sides of the ball and will turn the corner this year and win the close games they lost last year. App State also returns a number of starters, but they lose all conference performers at C, LT and DE. Both teams return experienced QBs, but App State needs to run the ball and be on schedule to compete, but I see them off schedule most of the game and in 3rd and more than 4 a lot. Tennessee will get some turnovers as well.
Tenn. 52 - 17
Arizona St -9.5 - On a roll and there is no room for error as the showdown with Arizona looms large. Mannion is a good QB for the Beavers and will be on an NFL roster someday. Shutting him down is key.
Georgia Tech +3 - A number of respected sources say the Yellow Jackets win this one outright.
Following the early steam here. May take the other the side if it moves close to 7.
Browns emptied the tank last week vs Bengals on national tv. Let down spot here against Texans.
Back to back blowout losses on the road, last vs the hated Packers and they are favored at home where they have not won a game all year? The better team is favored (Chicago) and will win.
Big bad Broncos come to town off blowout win against the Raiders. Rams were leading the Cardinals in the 4th qtr before the wheels came off. Taking the double digit home dog who plays on the synthetic surface vs the big chalk who plays on grass.
Coming off a bye and facing the lowly Raiders. This is a "get right" game for the Chargers and they need this one to stay in the playoff hunt. Chargers huge here.
Giants either win big or lose big. Most will be on SF after they hung on to beat the Saints in the Superdome. Giants have been in this spot before and have snuck into the playoffs. Not sure if history repeats itself, but I see a bounce back effort here. 1 PM east coast kickoff and home playing surface won't hurt the Giants.
Not often do the Saints lose at home, but Drew Brees hasn't been playing like himself all year. Turnovers have hurt this team much like Phillip Rivers and San Diego a couple years ago. Bengals come to town after a physical and mental beating by the Browns. Not sure where the Bengals heads will be, but I'm confident the Saints right the ship in this spot against an out of conference foe at home.
I've had the pleasure of communicating with a few of you on here over the last couple of weeks and I have come to a few conclusions about it all.
1. I'm the most honest person I know. Sometimes I may be wrong or I may be right, but what you get will be the truth. I have only 2 things in this world, my word and my balls and I don't break them for anyone.
2. Everyone on here is out to screw everyone else.
3. Everyone talks garbage about everyone else.
4. The amount people say they wager is inflated.
5. Their win-loss records are inflated.
There are exceptions to this and I don't mean to offend those who do not fall into those 5 buckets, however, I'm done with the BS that goes on here. This is my last post until my faith is restored in the integrity of those who troll this site.
All plays 1 unit
Saints Under 47.5
Dolphins Under 45.5