NFL Week One
No doubt about it:
The National Football League loves what it's come to call "competitive balance" and gotta admit that this here-and-now NFL Week 1 card is chock full of games that figure to go right down to the proverbial wire.
Consider that 10 of the 15 games remaining on this NFL Week 1 card - that's Sunday and Monday action combined - sport Las Vegas betting lines of three points or less and the only underdogs of more than 3 points right now are San Diego, Chicago, San Diego, Jacksonville and ... drum roll ... New England (yes, minus Mr. Tom Brady, of course).
NFL WEEK 1
Here's our Sunday Night showdown preview ...
NEW ENGLAND at ARIZONA -- 8:30 p.m. ET, NBC
Last year's conference runners-up battle it out in the desert with the aforementioned Mr. Brady out-of-sight (but hardly out-of-mind) here and everyone's wondering if Patriots QB Jimmy Garoppolo can be a prime-time star for the 7-point road dogs ... or will the Cardinals who finished last year 13-3 SU (straight-up) with 6,533 offensive yards gained bring the power here with QB Carson Palmer trying very hard to forget his lousy showing in last year's NFC Championship Game loss in Carolina.
It's official that New England TE Rob Gronkowski (hamstring) is out for this season-opening tilt and so Garoppolo might well be playing this one with one hand tied behind his back but expect the Pats' game plan to include lots of tosses thrown in the direction of new TE Martellus Bennett who might wind up being a real fantasy league star here.
On the flip side, the Cards last year were the league's second-ranked passing attack (averaged a whopping 288.5 aerial yards per outing) and rumor has it Palmer would like to make sure a handful of pass-catchers stay busy but we're paying particular attention to WR Michael Floyd who last year nabbed 16 receptions of 20-plus yards while he scored just 6 TDs. Floyd will likely have to contend with New England's once-upon-a-time Super Bowl hero CB Malcolm Butler - the winner of this hand-check battle could be the winner of this uber-important Week 1 game ... you heard it here first!
In other NFL Week 1 News/Notes ...
Lots of talk that the New York Jets face the toughest schedule the first six weeks of the season with the Week 1 home opener versus Cincinnati followed by a Thursday Nite game in Buffalo, a road game in Kansas City, a home tilt against Seattle and then road games at Pittsburgh and at Arizona with the latter a Monday Night Football affair. Hey, if the Jets want to show they are for real following last year's 10-6 SU season then beating a banged-up Bengals team is a must. We'll be watching closely to see if CB Darrelle Revis has "lost a step" here against wide-out A.J. Green (knee) who is reportedly far from 100 percent ...
Finally, so what rookie NFL head coach has the toughest Week 1 game?
Tampa Bay's Dirk Koetter is in Atlanta with the Falcons a 2.5-point fav; there's Cleveland Hue Jackson going head-to-head with fellow first-timer Doug Pederson with the host Eagles a mere 3-point favorite at press time; New York Giants' boss Ben McAdoo goes into Dallas for the opener in what's a pick 'em affair right now; San Francisco's Chip Kelly hosts the 2.5-point favored Los Angeles Rams come Monday night but the booby prize goes to Miami Dolphins' head coach Adam Gase - how about a Week 1 trip into noisy Seattle where "knockout pool" folks the land over are calling for the Fish to lose. Now that would qualify as a Week 1 shocker, eh?
100-Unit NFL Kickoff Classic Wins In Blowout Sunday And Follows Up 200-Unit College Classic Last Week When Nebraska Crushed Fresno State 43-10
This is no knock on bookmakers who always get my respect - and I must credit them for making me win with underdog Denver this past Thursday - but they are dead wrong on one of today's NFL games and have set the stage for my highrollers club to hit them broadside with a 100-unit play on what is obviously one of the most under-rated teams in the league. This is the first year I have kicked off the NFL with what will be heretofore always be known as my 100-unit NFL Kickoff Classic. I have opened the college season for the past several years with my 200-unit College Blowout Kickoff Classic (I won this year's game last Saturday as Nebraska (-29) buried Fresno State 43-10). And now I add the NFL to the same status,. The team I am releasing today has 95% of the edges it takes to dominate to win and you can cash a big ticket on this game today for just $50, charged to your major credit card. Better yet join my Personal Best Football Club for highrollers (those betting at least an average of $1,000 per game) for the entire season and save a fortune.
For the record my highrollers are 2-0 on the season with these games. 2-0, Up 250 Units Last Week
9/4…50 Units…Texas (+4.5) 50, Notre Dame 47 (2 Overtimes) (Won)
9/3…200 Units…Nebraska (-29) 43, Fresno State 10 (Won)
Nationally Televised Sunday Night Winner Closes 3-0 NFL Day
New England Was Favored In 17-of-18 Games Last Season And Opens Tonight At Arizona As 6.5 Underdog But Can They Still Pull Off Upset Without QB Brady? Few teams in NFL history have pulled off surprising wins as many times as have the New England Patriots - a team that keeps find ways to win when the odds say they are almost certain to lose. This thought brings us to tonight's nationally-televised (NBC) game that finds the Patriots 6.5 underdogs at the Arizona Cardinals.
The reason for this situation has everything to do with the suspension of superstar quarterback Tom Brady (a foolish 4-game suspension for the evils of so-called DeflateGate) who has started every Patriots game since 2001. Third-year backup Jimmy Garoppolo (2nd round pick out of Eastern Illinois) will start in Brady's place and it must be noted he has seen but mop-up action in his short career.
Does this mean coach Bill Belichick, one of the all-time reigning geniuses of football, can pull another miracle out of the hat? I have the answer to that question and will be releasing this Sunday night affair as my top Best Bets Football Club play at 15 units. You can get the cash with me on this game, plus receiver two other releases, for just $15, charged to your major credit card.