Ty James’ Week 1 NFL Locks
The NFL season is finally underway - and we got a pretty entertaining game from Lambeau Field last night. The Packers won, and covered the spread - no shock there - many of us know that the Pack is usually MONEY at home. The game also easily went OVER the total.
If you have no idea what I'm talking about - good for you! But if you know exactly what I'm talking about - there's a good chance that, like me, you like to place an occasional wager....or four, on football.
Don't be ashamed, it's as American as Apple Pie and Independence Day. And thanks to the internet, it's as easy as having a password. There is some serious money to be made every weekend. Every Friday during football season - I'll tell you where to find some of it!
Of course, everyone has an opinion, I always say. Mine are based on more than 30 years of observing pro football fairly intensely. Over the last 5 seasons, I've picked "winners" @ 62% of the time during the regular season. Not spectacular - but that's steadily, and consistently, making money!
Let's get the season started right, BABY! Here goes for week 1:
1) COLTS (+9) at Texans -- Peyton Manning is gone for a while, but you know what? The Colts knew this was coming - and Kerry Collins should be ready to go. These teams usually, and historically, play very close games. Last year in this game, Arian Foster went nuts for over 200 yards and 3 TD's. But he might not even play due to injury - and I doubt that either team will be able to run the ball much at all. Advantage Colts. Don't forget, Kerry Collins is no stranger when it comes to beating the Texans. Indy has owned this division for a while, and will certainly NOT get blown out in this spot. Another year of high expectations for Houston, will they finally deliver? I'm taking the 'wait and see' attitude. A Colts win would not be shocking, by any means, and I love all those points. 26-24 Texans, sounds about right.
2) CARDINALS (-7) vs. Panthers -- Kevin Kold is taking over as the QB in Arizona - and he could not have asked for a better week 1 match-up. The Cards "O" should be pretty good this year, whereas the Panthers "O" will certainly suffer from some growing pains. Cam Newton looked OK in the pre-season, but he is a 'turnover waiting to happen' on every snap. Historically, NFL QB's win only @ 15% of their first NFL starts. That's a fact. The Arizona offense will eventually get going - the same cannot be said for Carolina. The Cards take care of the football, and win, 23-3.
3) N.Y. GIANTS ( -3) at Redskins -- With all the happenings in Philly and in Dallas, the Giants have become a bit forgotten in the NFC East. They will be plenty motivated to pound a Redskins team, that they have dominated in recent years. Rex Grossman at QB, Tim Hightower at RB, and.......well, it doesn't even matter that the receivers are bad, because they won't see the ball anyway - "Rex Grossman at QB" kinda says it all! Eli Manning will have the Giants well-balanced offense ready to rock - while the NYG "D" will have no problem shutting down the punchless 'Skins. It's gonna be a long year for football fans in our nation's capital. And the Giants will take no mercy on their long time rivals, to be sure. Giants run it up, 38-10.