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|PENN STATE at IOWA…James Franklin on 12-1 spread run, five straight covers away from Happy Valley. .
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|PENN STATE at IOWA…James Franklin on 12-1 spread run, five straight covers away from Happy Valley. .
HOUSTON at CINCINNATI (NFL, 8:30 p.m. ET)
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Edge: BENGALS COVER 5.5.
SUNDAY, SEP. 17 TENNESSEE at JACKSONVILLE (CBS, 1:00 p.m. ET)
Jags “over” 15-8 since late 2015. Both vs. Titans “over” LY. Jags “over” 10-4 last 14 at home. Jags have won and covered last three at home vs. Titans. Edge: Jacksonville based on total trends to win and cover
CLEVELAND at BALTIMORE (CBS, 1:00 p.m. ET)
Cleveland improved at QB and D, Ravens win game Edge: Ravens win and cover.
BUFFALO at CAROLINA (CBS, 1:00 p.m. ET)
Bills were “over” 12-4 last season. Panthers 3-7-1 as chalk LY. Edge: to Carolina who wants the world to forget last season.
NEW ENGLAND at NEW ORLEANS (CBS, 1:00 p.m. ET)
Saints 9-2 last 11 as a dog and are 5-0 as home dog since 2015. New England bounces back with a big win but Saints cover the spread. Edge: Saints and “over,” based on team and “totals” trends.
ARIZONA at INDIANAPOLIS (FOX, 1:00 p.m. ET)
Arians 17-7 vs. line away his first three seasons with Cards but 3-6 since LY. Both teams in trouble I take Arizona to cover and win. Tech Edge: Cards and “over,” based on team and “totals” trends.
PHILADELPHIA at KANSAS CITY (FOX, 1:00 p.m. ET)
Birds only 2-6 vs. line away LY, and dropped both vs. line in second of back-to-backs away. Reid only 6-10 as Arrowhead chalk past two seasons, also “under” 8-16 last three seasons at home. If KC had Berry I give them a double digit win. Tech Edge: KC wins the game. I won’t wager on the spread but if forced Philly can cover.
MINNESOTA at PITTSBURGH (FOX, 1:00 p.m. ET)
Vikes were 1-5 vs. line last six away LY, also dipped to 3-3 as a dog after 7-1 mark in role previous year. Tomlin 23-16 0 at home. Edge to Minnesota wins on the road. Mild upset but to the rookies, it will be an epic upset.
CHICAGO at TAMPA BAY (FOX, 1:00 p.m. ET)
Bears 2-6 vs. line away LY after 5-2-1 for Fox in 2015, though Fox only 6-9-1 vs. line each of past two seasons. Bucs only 6-10 vs. line at home since 2015 and 2-8 as Raymond James chalk since 2014.
Edge: Tampa double digit win.
MIAMI at L.A. CHARGERS (CBS, 4:05 p.m. ET)
At Qualcomm, Bolts were just 8-16 vs. spread past three seasons and lost at home vs. Dolphins LY, 31-24. If Bolts chalk note 7-12 mark in role since 2014. Miami closed reg. season on 7-3-1 spread run Edge: Dolphins, and “over,” based on team and “totals” trends.
N.Y. JETS at OAKLAND (CBS, 4:05 p.m. ET)
Jets 4-8-2 vs. spread last 13 away. Also “under” 10-2 last 11 away. Tech Edge: Raiders blow out the Jets 38-14
WASHINGTON at L.A. RAMS (FOX, 4:25 p.m. ET)
Skins 9-2 vs. line last 11 on road, also “over” 17-4 last 21 since late 2015. Edge: Rams surprise playoff team. Double digit Rams win.
DALLAS at DENVER (FOX, 4:25 p.m. ET)
Dallas “under” 6-2 away LY and “under” 16-8-1 last 25 reg.-season games. Edge: Dallas gets the win a field goal game. Get it now odds might jump.
SAN FRANCISCO at SEATTLE (FOX, 4:25 p.m. ET)
Seattle has won last seven SU in series (6-1 vs. line) and has won and covered six straight at home vs. Niners. SF “over” 7-2 last nine away. Edge: Seahawks
GREEN BAY at ATLANTA (NBC, 8:30 p.m. ET)
Pack 4-2 as dog LY but just 1-8 in role previous three years. Falcons did not look good. Revenge game for GB Edge: “Over” and slight to Pack, based on “totals” and team trends.
MONDAY, SEP. 18 DETROIT at N.Y. GIANTS (ESPN, 8:30 p.m. ET)
Eli 8-3 vs. line last 11 in 2016, though lost opener, and Giants now “under” 13-4 in reg season since LY (5-3 at home LY). G-Men, however, just 2-9-1 vs. line in the game immediately follow Dallas. If Beckham plays NYG
Edge: “high scoring game and Detroit cover.
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KANSAS CITY at NEW ENGLAND (NBC, 8:30 p.m. ET) Edge KC. KC to upset Patriots.
Tech Edge: KC cover based on trends
SUNDAY, SEP. 10 N.Y. JETS at BUFFALO (CBS, 1:00 p.m. ET)
McDermott Bills debut! Jets won and covered both vs. Bills LY but had dropped previous five in series. Jets “under” 5-2 last 7 away LY. Bills were “over” 12-4 in 2016, though series “under” 4-1 last five.
Tech Edge: Bills slight edge to cover due to QB woes with Jets
ATLANTA at CHICAGO (FOX, 1:00 p.m. ET) Falcons 7-1 vs. line away LY also “over” 16-3 in 2016. Tech Edge: “Over” and slight to Falcons, based on “totals” and team trends.
JACKSONVILLE at HOUSTON (CBS, 1:00 p.m. ET) Texans has won last 6 SU in series (4-2 vs. line in those games). O’Brien 9-2-1 as home chalk past two seasons. “Over’s” 4-1 last five in series, and Jags “over” 15-7 last 22 since late 2015. It’s done or dies at QB position for Jacksonville … Tech Edge: “Over” and Jaguars cover.
PHILADELPHIA at WASHINGTON (FOX, 1:00 p.m. ET) Skins won the last five and covered last six in series. ““ `
Tech Edge: “Over” and Redskins to cover.
ARIZONA at DETROIT (FOX, 1:00 p.m. ET)
Cards have won SU last seven vs. Lions since 2007, covering six of those. Arians 3-0 SU and vs. line against Detroit.
Tech Edge: Detroit decent home team. Arizona is getting older and little slower. Detroit gets the upset win.
OAKLAND at TENNESSEE (CBS, 1:00 p.m. ET)
Raiders 6-2 vs. line on the road in reg season LY, now 9-2 last 11 in the role. Oakland won and covered at Titans last 2 years. Raiders “over” 27-13-1 last 41 since mid-2014
Over” and Raiders, based on “totals” and team trends.
TAMPA BAY at MIAMI (FOX, 1:00 p.m. ET) Bucs 6-2 vs. line away LY, though Dolphins 2-1 as a home dog. Tech Edge: Under and Tampa win
BALTIMORE at CINCINNATI (CBS, 1:00 p.m. ET) . Marvin Lewis 5-2 SU and vs. line last seven vs. Harbaugh. Ravens only 2-6 vs. points away LY. `Tech Edge: to Bengals as how the series as gone. Throw out trends I call for Ravens cover possible upset.
PITTSBURGH at CLEVELAND (CBS, 1:00 p.m. ET) Steel has won SU last four meetings and is 6-3 vs. spread last nine vs. Browns. Hue Jackson just 1-7 as home dog in Brownies debut LY, and Cleveland 9-22-1 vs. spread last two seasons. Steel 12-6 vs. spread last 18 on reg season road. “Under” 10-2 last 12 in series. Browns “under” 9-2 last 11 at home. Tech Edge: Over Steelers slight edge to cover but it won’t be easy. Browns improved team
INDIANAPOLIS at L.A. RAMS (CBS, 4:05 p.m. ET)McVay LA debut! Colts “over” 9-2 last 11 away. Rams only 1-5-1 vs. line at Coliseum LY, 1-10-1 last 12 vs. line to close season. Tech Edge: Rams tend to start season good and struggle from week 3. Indy Qb woes injured starter try rams and cover.
SEATTLE at GREEN BAY (FOX, 4:25 p.m. ET) Home team 4-0 SU and vs. line in series since 2012. But Carroll 10-3-2 as reg.-season dog since 2013. Pack “over” 13-6 in 2016, and 14-7-2 as regular season home chalk since 2014.Tech Edge: Seattle running game is key and placing GB in 3rd down passing situations. My call Seattle upset. Big win double digits
Carolina at SAN FRANCISCO (FOX, 4:25 p.m. ET) Shanahan SF debut! Panthers 0-7-1 last eight as chalk away from Charlotte.
Tech Edge: 49ers, based on team trends. I’m calling a big game from Carolina O line…take pints and Carolina
N.Y. GIANTS at DALLAS (NBC, 8:30 p.m. ET) Eli won and covered both vs. Dallas LY, and 5-2-1 vs. line last eight at Arlington. Eli has now covered last five vs. Dallas as well. NYG 8-3 vs. spread last 11 regular season LY. Dallas “under” 15-8-1 last 24 Tech Edge: Giants and “under,” based on series and “totals” trends. Giants need Beckham the game was a good call for upset right now sticking to Giants cover
NEW ORLEANS at MINNESOTA (ESPN, 7:10 p.m. ET) Saints is 15-6 last 21 on board and 10-1 last 11 as a dog. Also 9-1 vs. points last ten on road. Vikings dropped 7 of last 11 vs. number in 2016. Tech Edge: Saints, based on team trends. Saints were down recent years due to injuries and poor D play. I like them to win this game and cover. Saints win.
L.A. CHARGERS at DENVER (ESPN, 10:20 p.m. ET) Lynn and Joseph debuts! Bolts dropped last five vs. line LY as they were about to bolt SD. LAC 18-8-1 as road dog from 2012-15 but only 3-3 LY Tech Edge: LA Chargers is a team with potential playoff aspirations. They can make a big splash this year if they can stay away from injuries and get running game going. I like them here Denver done nothing to improve the team.
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|Upset of week straight wins Stanford, Western Michigan, Oklahoma if they get running game, UL-LAFAYETTE and Houston Cougars|
|TULANE at NAVY…Ugh! Mids 12-3 vs. spread last 15 at Annapolis, 4-2 laying DD since 2015. nAVY HOT TEAM TO START SEASON||Navy, based on team trends.|
|WESTERN KENTUCKY at ILLINOIS…Ugh! Illini just 3-7 vs. spread last 10 at home, 4-8 vs. spread last 12 vs. non-Big Ten. Tops entered 2017 on 12-5-1 spread uptick.||Western Kentucky, WIN Illinois COVER|
|UTSA at BAYLOR…Roadrunners covered 5 of last 6 in 2016 and were 4-2 as road dog. Also 5-2 vs. line last 7 vs. non-CUSA BCS-level foes. Rhule was 7-2 as chalk LY for Temple, but just 7-8 in role prior. Baylor only 9-9 as Waco chalk past three seasons.||Slight to UTSA, based on team trends.|
|HAWAII at UCLA…Mora 5-13 as home chalk since 2014, 2-10 last 12 laying DD. Also 2-11-1 last 14 vs. non-Pac 12. Rainbow Warriors 5-2 as away dog since last season.||UCLA covers 21 anything close to 24.5 try Hawaii|
|CENTRAL MICHIGAN at KANSAS…After scare in opener, CMU now on 2-9 spread skid since early 2016. Also 1-5 vs. line last six away from Mt. Pleasant. If KU a home dog note 3-0-1 mark in role for Beaty LY.||Central Mich lose game but cover|
|NEBRASKA at OREGON…Riley faced Ducks many times at Eugene while at OSU. Riley 10-7-1 vs. line since late 2015 Oregon is improving should get win not cover close game possible upset
|Slight to Nebraska cover|
|MIAMI-FL. at ARKANSAS STATE…Richt 5-1 as chalk away from home with Canes LY. Miami also||Miami, based on team trends.|
|SAN JOSE STATE at TEXAS…Note that Tom Herman teams just 1-7-1 vs. spread last nine on board, and 3-9-1 as home chalk. SJSU on 3-13 slump as road dog since 2014 but covered first two TY.||Texas will need a win coach job on line very soon. maybe a Texas cover 28 alot to ask|
|TCU at ARKANSAS…Frogs 3-10 vs. line LY, Kenny Hill now on 4-14 spread skid in last 18 games. Arkansas cover TCU may win take cover||Arkansas, based on recent TCU woes.|
|UL-LAFAYETTE at TULSA…Golden Hurricane 4-2 vs. line at home LY. Tulsa also 3-0 vs. line at home under Montgomery vs. non-AAC foes.||UL-LAFAYETTE, based on team trends.|
|MARSHALL at NC STATE…Doeren has been a pretty good bully the past two seasons, with a 7-2 mark as DD chalk. Pack now 13-5 last 18 as chalk overall. Herd slipped to 4-8 spread mark LY.||N.C. State, based on team trends.|
|TOLEDO at NEVADA…Jay Norvell home debut! If getting double digits, note Wolf Pack 10-3 vs. number its last 13 in that role. Aside from 3-0 mark in 2015 in Campbell’s LY, Rockets 3-6 as visiting chalk since 2012. Rockets also covered just 2 of last 9 in 2016.||Toledo|
|ULM at FLORIDA STATE… With Jimbo off of a SU loss, note 4-1 spread mark last five in role. But Jimbo only 5-5 laying DD the past two seasons. Matt Viator now 6-3 as DD dog for ULM after cover in opener.||Slight to ULM, based on team trends.|
|SOUTH CAROLINA at MISSOURI…Muschamp 2-4 vs. line as visitor LY, Cocks just 5-10 in role Carolina improved played a tough game last week. They could upset.if spread goes to 3.5 try Carolina||Mizzou, based on team trends. watch line +4.0 try South Carolina|
|NORTH TEXAS at SMU…SMU has won and covered the last two years since the UNT 43-6 rout in 2014 that ended June Jones’ Mustang era. Littrell 3-2 as road dog in Mean Geen debut LY, though dropped last three vs. line as visitor after covering first three. Chad Morris 5-1 as chalk with SMU since 2015.||SMU, based on recent series trends.|
|AUBURN at CLEMSON…Malzahn has dropped last six vs. line LY and is 2-5 as visiting dog the past three seasons. Auburn now on 12-26 spread downturn (though 7-6 LY). Malzahn 4-8 last 12 as dog. Dabo only 15-13-1 vs. line since 2015 but has covered last eight vs. BCS-level non-ACC foes.||Clemson win no wager on spread slight to Auburn|
|GEORGIA at NOTRE DAME…Brian Kelly just 3-5 last eight vs. spread at South Bend. Also 2-5 vs.
|Irish win Georgia covers.|
|MISSISSIPPI STATE at LA TECH…La Tech 9-3 last 12 as dog for Skip Holtz, while Dan Mullen just 4-8 last 12 as chalk. State wins game but Tech covers||Louisiana Tech, based on team trends.|
|OKLAHOMA at OHIO STATE…Sooners only 4-4 in rare road dog role since 2011, including a beating absorbed at home as short dog LY vs. Buckeyes. Though OU 11-4 vs. spread last 15 as visitor (all Stoops). Revenge factor Sooners look sharper early in season||Slight to Oklahoma cover based on team trends.|
|MEMPHIS at UCF…Memphis on 3-8 spread tumble since early LY. Mike Norvell 1-3 as dog in 2016. It seems UCF always beat up on Memphis some things never change||UCF, based on team trends.|
|STANFORD at SOUTHERN CAL…David Shaw 8-2-1 as the dog with Tree. Stanford 14-2-1 vs. spread last 17 away from Farm. Stanford comes in under radar wins a close game.||Stanford, based on series trends. it go either way|
|UNLV at IDAHO…||Idaho,
|MINNESOTA at OREGON STATE…
|SAN DIEGO STATE at ARIZONA STATE.||Arizona State, based on team trends.|
|UTAH at BYU…Utes entered this season 12-4 vs. spread as visitor since 2014. Utes have now beaten BYU SU last six meetings dating to 2010. Cougs only 7-10 as home chalk since 2014.||BYU HOME COVER. and losing streak ends|
|HOUSTON at ARIZONA…Now the Cougs’ opener. UH was just 1-7-1 vs.||Slight to houston based on team trends.|
|BOISE STATE at WASHINGTON STATE…||State wins Boise slight to cover .|
Remember to be smart and leave your heart on the floor. Washington is travelling across the country to play Rutgers. Washington is the better team but the time zone and lack of a power game will play a disadvantage. Wager on Rutgers to cover the spread and small amount possible upset. Last year Rutgers finished 2-12 and Washington finished 12-2 with a final four appearance. Last year Washington prevailed 48-13 however, this is the reason why you come to the crystal cave. Rutgers to obviously cover 28 points at least takes the points
The Navy Midshipmen and the Florida Atlantic Owls will both be trying to pick up a win on Friday when they battle at FAU Stadium. Odds makers opened the Midshipmen as -18-point favourites versus the Owls, while the game’s total opened at 68. Florida Atlantic was a 77-56 loser in its last match on the road against Blue Raiders. They failed to cover the +17-point spread as underdogs, while the total score of 133 sent OVER bettors to the payout window. Navy was a 48-45 loser in their most recent outing at home against Bulldogs. They covered the +7.5-point spread as underdogs, while the total score (93) made winners of OVER bettors. Lane Kiffin, the new coach and he, brought some talent from the transfer, junior college or recruiting. Last year Navy finished 9-5 and FAU 3-8. I feel FAU new coach has enough in the tank to solve a wishbone. Stop the run and keep the wishbone on the bench and you win the game. 38-28…..FAU another upset based on FAU being able to sustain long drives. Take the cover points FAU +10 Wager 20 on FAU win
Boston College Eagles and the NIU Huskies will both be gunning for a victory on Friday when they meet at Huskies Stadium. Odds makers opened the Eagles as -2-point favourites versus the Huskies, while the game’s total opened at 10. NIU was a 31-21 winner in their most recent outing on the road against Golden Flashes. BC beat NIU 17-14 ……I expect similar game and close score BC 24-20
The Wyoming Cowboys and the Iowa Hawkeyes will both be looking to go 1-0 on the season when they meet at Kinnick Stadium on Saturday. Odds makers opened the Hawkeyes as -13-point favourites versus the Cowboys, while the game’s total opened at 53.5. Iowa was a 30-3 loser in its last match at home against Gators. They failed to cover the +1-point spread as underdogs, while the total score of 33 sent UNDER bettors to the payout window. Last time out for Wyoming, they were a 24-21 loser as they battled Cougars at home. Wyoming covered in the match as a +9.5-point underdog; I believe Wyoming got too much imagination on 0 and Iowa is a very much a team who wants to bruise out a win. I like Wyoming in this game. Take all those points on Wyoming. Wyoming +12/5 A possible upset, however, I cannot pull the trigger on a win 24-23 either way.
Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium has a Week 1 contest on tap for Saturday as the Maryland Terrapins, and the Texas Longhorns play their season openers. Odds makers opened the Longhorns as -17.5-point favourites versus the Terrapins, while the game’s total opened at 55.5. Texas lost its last outing, a 31-9 result against Horned Frogs on November 25. Texas failed to cover in that game as a -3-point favourite; while the 40 combined points took the game UNDER the total. Maryland was a 36-30 loser in their most recent outing on the road against Eagles. They failed to cover the -1.5-point spread as favourites, while the total score (66) made winners of OVER bettors. I want those points. Take Maryland to cover. The fans at AT&T Stadium will be treated to a game between the Michigan Wolverines and the Florida Gators when they take their seats on Saturday. Odds makers opened the Wolverines as -3-point favourites versus the Gators, while the game’s total opened at 48. Florida was a 30-3 winner in its last match on the road against Hawkeyes. They covered the -1-point spread as favourites, while the total score of 33 sent UNDER bettors to the payout window. Michigan was a 33-32 loser in their most recent outing on the road against Seminoles. They failed to cover the -6.5-point spread as favourites, while the total scores (65) made winners of OVER bettors Florida missing a few key player s due to suspension. Michigan got a coaching edge and toughness. That said SEC is a stronger conference. Take the points Florida + 5 I liked them to win outright 24-20 until I heard starting RB suspended. Take the points and SEC …..
The South Carolina Gamecocks and the NC State Wolf pack will both be gunning for a victory on Saturday when they meet at Bank of America Stadium. Odds makers opened the Gamecocks as -4-point favourites versus the Wolf pack, while the game’s total opened at 47. In their last action, NC State was a 41-17 winner on the road against Commodores. They covered the -5.5-point spread as favourites, while the combined score (58) was profitable news for OVER bettors. South Carolina was a 46-39 loser in their most recent outing at home against Bulls. They covered the +10.5-point spread as underdogs, while the total score (85) made winners of OVER bettors. NC State is favoured tonight by 5.5. They have trouble with SEC …Give my South Carolina and +5.5 points. South Carolina to cover I won’t bet the game due to NC state big play potential and heroics against top flight talent. (you’re looking some value take South Carolina). My prediction NC State 34-30
I like UTEP to cover Oklahoma who as to break in new receivers and running backs. UTEP keeps it close for half and Sooners pull away to 24 point victory final score 43-17 Another scenario Oklahoma fans shit bricks as the team pulls out a 24-17 victory. That said take the points +43 and UTEP.
Let’s finish this off with no song and dance. Temple covers +19.0, BYU covers +16.0, West Virginia might upset Virginia Tech take my points +4.0 Texas AM as a chance against UCLA. UCLA QB is superior, but it’s the SEC macho spirit take the points Texas AM + 4 Tennessee to beat GT and cover -3 Colorado State as a game under the belt and home field. I wager 30 on the upset. And 50 on the cover, Marshall for win and cover over Miami Ohio. I’m going to box Coastal Carolina game with Mass. Vanderbilt should beat up on Middle Tennessee. I don’t see why odds maker has this close game -3.5 take Vanderbilt to cover -3.5, BYU to cover LSU +13.5 as an underdog. The big game between Alabama and FSU……..??? I favour Tide on offence and the QB edge, RB and receiver edge to the TIDE. FSU has a solid D. No call edge to Alabama and FSU cover. Utah State to cover 28 points against Wisconsin and a possible upset 34-23
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The AFC West is a division of the National Football League (NFL)’s American Football Conference (AFC) The division represented the AFC sixteen times beginning with Super Bowl where Kansas City Chiefs lost to Green Bay 35-10. The Denver Broncos and Oakland Raiders lead the conference with three super bowl victories. The Chiefs won one in 1970 defeating Minnesota Vikings 23-7. The Chargers lost in Super Bowl XXIX, their lone Super Bowl appearance. The division formed in 1960. The original AFL West had four members –the Dallas Texans (who moved to KC and became the Chiefs in 1963), Denver Broncos, Los Angeles Chargers (who moved to San Diego in 1961) and Oakland Raiders. In 1970 as part of the new NFL’s two-conference, six-division alignment, the AFL West entered the merged league more or less intact as the AFC West. For example, the Los Angeles Chargers moved to San Diego in 1961 only to move back in 2017–until stadium ready in Vegas. Seattle Seahawks moved into AFC West from the NFC West division (1977 Season). In 2002 they moved back to the NFC West. The Kansas City Chief and Oakland Raiders are co favourites to win the division. I give the edge to Oakland barring injury to QB.
The Oakland Raiders is my pick to finish first. Oakland e teams as youth and experience. Last year is the first time since 2002 that the team finished above 500. However, the season is a disappointment in that they could not go to war in the playoffs with starting QB. Derek Carr broke his leg on December 24th during a 33-25 win against the Colts. They lost final two games of the season and an AFC wild card playoff to Houston. I pick the Raiders because to win the division and challenge Pittsburgh and New England for AFC supremacy due to top rated offence and improving D. They coaxed Marshawn Lynch out of 1-year retirement. They have a massive O-line with such powerhouses as left tackle Donald Penn, guard Kelechi Osemele, and pro bowl centre Rodney Hudson. I must not forget guard Rodney Hudson an alternate for pro bowl team. The Raiders did well in the draft, they took 6’6”, 343 pound OT David Sharpe out of Florida. The Raiders will improve on 26th rank D which had not played that bad. Surprisingly D coordinator Ken Norton kept his job, but not all the control in that San Diego D guru got lured to the Raiders. Yes, the Raiders will use Pagano experience. On special teams, they signed Cordelle Patterson from Minnesota. My final analysis is the Raiders finishing 12-4 to 13-3. Good enough for first place. However, the D will have to improve if they hope to reach the super bowl finals.
My pick to finish second the Kansas City Chiefs is a team who will need to develop more explosions on offence and less methodical ball control play. The team’s centres around Alex Smith who has led them to a 41-20 record the past four years. Travis Kelce is the leading receiver and goes to the guy at clutch times. The running game is decent but lacks explosion. The receiver position is something of concern due to the style of O the Chiefs run. If the coaches develop deep ball plays for wideouts, it is going to present new problems for teams around the league. The Chiefs got some speed in back up Tyreek Hill, and Jeremey Maclin hopes to return to his dominant self. On D Kansas City is always stacked the strong point of Reid team. The strong point is the cornerbacks Berry and Peters. My final analysis is a 2nd place finish possibly with an 11-5 or 12-4 record. Kansas City is a well-coached team that could repeat as the division champs.
San Diego is my call for 3rd place because of the offence. I hope they can stay healthy to show the league the potential. QB Philip Rivers, the old man, leads the show. Clemson wide receiver Mike Williams’ is a nice addition and RB Melvin Gordon, Kenyon Barner and Walt Derek provides stability. Mike Williams will start at wide out with Keenan Allen who has returned from injury. The D showed signs of taking a step forward. Joey Bosa is going to be a force to deal with for the next 5 or more years. Bosa is the defensive rookie of the year who received honours after recording 10.5 sacks in 12 games. Bosa held out of training camp last season, so we expect big things in a full season. The Chargers return to LA after 50 odd years. It’s going to be tough due to a top 5 schedule rated in toughness. To open the season, they have a winnable game in Denver. I see the Chargers going 3-5 during the first half of season. These Chargers are capable of 7-9 or 8—8. It’s going to an upset or two for a 10-6 wild card season. It’s possible, but more likely the team will finish at 500.
The Denver Broncos is my pick to finish in the basement. Von Miller is the best player on the team year in year out. Not so long ago this team was a super bowl champion and contender every year. Denver should be worried about the starting QB. The battle is between Trevor Siemian and Paxton Lynch. The RB tandem is getting old. Davontae Booker is the man of the future whose future is now. C.J Anderson is a four-year starter with adequate numbers at RB. My final analysis is the Broncos will be a competitive team that is tough to beat. However, the lack of fire power at QB and wide out is a major concern. Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders may be too old to produce big numbers at wide out. The Broncos drafted undersized, unproven wideouts. Most sports books rate the draft an A. I rate their draft a D or lower. Don’t be surprised to see Denver starting the season 0-4 or 1-3 I see them at 1-7 at the halfway y point. A rebuilding year I hope the Broncos realise. I surprised they never sought help at QB. Denver will end up 5-11 or 6-10. It will take a miracle to win ten games.