by Bob Gaughan, Buffalo Sports Page
Last Year Record 12-6-3, Overall Record 72-50-3
Man in Stripes
Western Michigan +16.5 over Michigan State
In life there are about three certainties: death, taxes and Sparty doesn’t cover early. Under Mark Dantonio over the last 7 years MSU is 4-17-1 in the first three games of the year. They slept walk last week through a 28-7 win over a bad Tulsa team as a 24 point favorite. They only gained 305 yards. WMU can score with a good QB in Joe Wassink. They will spread MSU out and put pressure on their defense. Broncos are one of the better teams in the MAC and they come to play against an interstate rival.
Bills +3 over Jets
I’m buying into the hometown hype. Bills defense is for real especially with Edmunds as a stud in the middle. He’s going to make a name for himself throughout the league this year. I have a tough time believing that Le’Veon Bell will be the same player in week 1 after a long layoff. He’s not the same guy that amassed over 300 yards in Buffalo in 2017. The Jets offensive line is not nearly as good as the Steelers. I expect Josh Allen and the offense to do just enough. Bills defense will hold Jets under 20.
Eagles -9.5 over Redskins
The Redskins have a ton of problems. They might be the worst team in football.
Skins go with Case Keenum over Dwayne Haskins to start. Just a matter of time before he is replaced. Keenum is playing behind a poor offensive line without Trent Williams. Eagles are 4-0 against the spread against Washington in their last four meetings. Eagles are one of the best teams in the league. Carson Wentz leads a Philly offense that is loaded with talent. I feel this is a spread that would be much higher if it weren’t in week one. The spread started at eight and is going up and up.
Keep things simple in week one going with one of the best at home over one of the worst.