Week 1 of the NFL regular season has been full of surprises. That should make for some tasty football picks in Week 2. Will the New England Patriots be among them?
How was your weekend? We hope you were able to enjoy the football, wherever you happen to be – and whatever the results were. Let’s take a gander at the Week 2 college football picks we made here at the ranch, plus that Thursday night NFL game between the New England Patriots and the Kansas City Chiefs:
- Kansas City (+10, –125) at New England: WIN
- Ohio (+5) at Purdue: LOSS Houston (–1) at Arizona: WIN
- East Carolina (+24.5) at West Virginia: LOSS All right, we’ll call it a draw.
That was the most likely result from our four picks. Both Ohio and East Carolina got their butts kicked, but we got in at a good price, so it is what it is. Arizona did us a solid by dropping another game as a home dog; head coach Rich Rodriguez is now 10-20 ATS in this situation. And how about those Patriots? That defense looked very suspect indeed after LB Dont’a Hightower left the game with a knee injury. It’s only a minor MCL sprain, though. He might be back for Week 2.
Kansas City Shuffle
Speaking of Week 2, this is a special time in the NFL season: Time to take advantage of everyone who over-reacts to the events from Week 1. The early lines have yet to hit the NFL odds board as we go to press, but we’re already pointing the spotlight at New England’s game this Sunday (1:00 p.m. ET, CBS) against the New Orleans Saints. The Saints will be playing on a short week after visiting the Minnesota Vikings Monday night (7:10 p.m. ET, ESPN), while Hightower and the Patriots have all that extra time to recuperate after Thursday’s loss.
This was a very strange game from a Patriots standpoint. They’re the first and only defending Super Bowl champions to lose their Thursday opener in 12 games. Kansas City’s 537 total yards were the most given up by New England under head coach Bill Belichick. And this was the first time the Pats had lost a home game they were leading by at least four points in the fourth quarter since 2001. They were 113-0 SU before that.
We’ll be able to get a better look at this matchup after the lines come out and the Saints have played their Monday nighter. Until then, keep the Patriots in mind for Week 2, watch those opening lines carefully, and may the prolate spheroid be with you.