By Bob Gaughan
Weekly Record 0-0-1, Overall Record 3-3
MR. Over/Under: Carolina/Atlanta Under 44.5
Week 2 is one of the 3 hardest weeks to pick against then odds, in the NFL, because the Vegas odds makers have a tendency to over compensate from the results of week one, which can be deceiving. Is Tampa’s offense really that good? Is New Orleans defense really that bad? And what about those J-E-T-S? I do think the Rams are really good and I wouldn’t be afraid to give the 12 points against the Cardinals, which is the biggest spread of the week, but one other game caught my eye.
Last year, in both games the Falcons and Panthers went under with totals of 37 in Carolina and 32 in Atlanta. Last week the two teams combined scored 28 points. This is a divisional game, so I expect each team to play tight. Take the under 44 1/2
Man in Stripes: New England Pk over Jacksonville
Tom Brady vs Blake Bortles. You can’t be serious right? Enough said. I don’t have to give any points. I know the Jags defense is great, but these are the games early in the year that Brady and Belichick feed off of. New England gets enough offense and the Jags have trouble moving the ball. I’ll take the Pats in a pick’em game. Good Luck!!
Mono: Syracuse +3 over Florida State
Florida State hasn’t looked good in either game they have played. They barely got by Samford at home last week. The program not even close to where it was under Jimbo Fisher. Willie Taggert after two games is in trouble. Syracuse is very strong offensively with QB Eric Dungey. Dungey has picked up right where he left off last year. SU has posted scores off 55 and 62 points in their first two games. I have to take the free field goal with the well-coached program at home. Syracuse has a history of taking down a big fish at the Carrier dome.
Slick: Steelers -4 over KC
The Chiefs defense is bad. Phillip Rivers last week threw for over 400 yards and he was quoted as saying he should have thrown for over 600 yards. I see Big Ben feasting on this secondary after having five turnovers last week. Antonio Brown and Ju Ju Schuster have big games as well. Chiefs may score some but won’t keep up with a mad Steelers team at home.
Mr. Brutal: Toledo +11 over Miami Florida
Toledo was winning 16-10 at halftime last year in Miami. Turnovers turned the tide in the second half. But Toledo showed they have the physical ability to play with the Hurricanes. I give Miami credit for going to the Glass Bowl. The Glass Bowl is sold out. Miami is a little down after a horrible performance against LSU.
Bob Gaughan: New England Pick over Jacksonville (Double down)
I’m not a fan of Jacksonville this year. I think they got a ton of breaks last year by playing Indy without Luck and the Texans without Watson. Blake Bortles is horrible. This line is down because the Jaguars played the Pats so tough in the AFC title game. I watched the Patriots game last week and I believe the Pats defense is better than it was last year. I get the much better team and have to lay under a field goal. I love it!