Sunday, March 9, 2014
BRONCOS (1-0) AT GIANTS (0-1), 4:25 p.m.
Outlook: It's the Manning Bowl. Peyton (462 yards, 7 TDs) is coming off a phenomenal opener even for him. Eli's lot in life is to throw for 450 yards and 4 TDs and be the "other" guy. Big Bro is 2-0 in Manning Bowls and should make it three here. The line seems a bit fat, though. An outright upset would not shock; I'll take Biggies with the points. After all, I hear Archie has ordered a close game.
The pick: Broncos, 30-27
49ERS (1-0) AT SEAHAWKS (1-0), 8:30 p.m.
Outlook: "AAAWWWK!" shouts the Upset Bird. Picking a defending Super Bowl finalist might not even seem an upset to many of you, but consider that Seattle was 8-0 at home last season and won the most recent meeting with the Niners 42-13. I'm riding Tats Kaepernick. "This game could only be better if you put a Manning in it," notes U-Bird.
The pick: 49ers, 27-24
JAGUARS (0-1) AT RAIDERS (0-1), 4:25 p.m.
Outlook: I'd call this a game only a mother would love, but I understand most players' moms won't be watching. Chad Henne starts at QB for Jax because Blaine Gabbert is beset by both a lack of talent and 15 stitches in his hand. This is like upgrading your meal from Spam to liverwurst. I have little faith in Terrelle Pryor or Oakland, either, but the Jaguars are the worst team in NFL until you hear otherwise.
The pick: Raiders, 20-13
RAMS (1-0) AT FALCONS (0-1), 1 p.m.
Outlook: This game involves the top three overall picks of the 2008 draft in Jake Long, Chris Long and Matt Ryan. One of them will be on the winning team. Also notable, Steven Jackson will face his longtime former team. Give me Birds but STL to keep it close.
The pick: Falcons, 24-20
PANTHERS (0-1) AT BILLS (0-1), 1 p.m.
Outlook: Upset. Liking the home 'dog here, in the assumption Buffs will give the same effort that nearly stunned New England a week ago. Carolina seldom a good road team, and E.J. Manual shows some good signs. Venue pick.
The pick: Bills, 19-16
VIKINGS (0-1) AT BEARS (1-0), 1 p.m.
Outlook: Chitown has won six of past seven in this divisional grudge and seems an easy choice, but don't discount Minny. Adrian Peterson has averaged 148.1 yards in his past seven division games, and Jay Cutler's propensity for chaos still exists. Like Purples getting almost a touchdown.
The pick: Bears, 24-20
REDSKINS (0-1) AT PACKERS (0-1), 1 p.m.
Outlook: This has the potential to be a big, interesting matchup if you think Robert Griffin III and the (offensively Unmentionable Nicknames) have it in them to bounce back from their Monday night fizzle. The thing is, Pack is in bounceback mode, too. Washers stay close, but Aaron Rodgers is on a 19-1 run at Lambeau.
The pick: Packers, 31-24
COWBOYS (1-0) AT CHIEFS (1-0), 1 p.m.
Outlook: Betting line might seem odd but isn't. Cowboys face letdown after prime-time beating Giants, and Chiefs get home-opening goose. Plus, Andy Reid was 17-12 vs. Dallas with Philly, which counts. So I get the line. I just hunch the 'Boys are going to turn it upside down. Upset.
The pick: Cowboys, 28-23
BROWNS (0-1) AT RAVENS (0-1), 1 p.m.
Outlook: Ravens have won 10 in a row in this lopsided series, and the Super Bowl champs will be amped for this home opener after being denied the home field by the Orioles last week in that embarrassing show against Denver. Axiom: A team that can't beat Miami at home can't win in Baltimore.
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