NFL Picks - Football Biggest Mismatches In Week 2

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Swinging Johnson

Saturday, September 17, 2016 8:04 PM UTC

Saturday, Sep. 17, 2016 8:04 PM UTC

The NFL odds makers have made more than a few teams on the Week 2 slate fairly sizeable favorites. Let’s take a look at these matches and see if there is any value on either the chalk or the underdog.

Dolphins vs. Patriots (-6 ½)
There is never much to glean neither from Patriots’ coach Bill Belichick’s press conferences nor, for that matter, his charges. It’s all plain vanilla and the rabid Boston press corps openly jokes about the lack of information or bulletin board material that stems from the local franchise. But Belichick has openly stated that the Week 17 loss last season in Miami that gave  the Broncos home field advantage through the conference playoffs still stings and that his team will be reminded early and often this week of just how poorly he coached and they played. That’s about as provocative as you will hear the New England head coach and despite their heady road win last week in the desert, I suspect they will be ready to harpoon their share of Dolphins this week.Lean with Patriots -6 ½ at Heritage.

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Ravens (-6 ½) vs. Browns
The NFL odds makers have tagged the Baltimore Ravens between six and seven point road favorites depending upon where you shop for your best sports betting sites. Much of that has everything to do with the fact that Cleveland has become a natural fade for the betting public at large as opposed to any ominous threat that this season’s edition of the Ravens actually poses. RG3 appears to be already done – surprise, surprise – and Josh McCown will now take the helm under center.

The Browns may have lost badly to the visiting Eagles and their highly touted No. 2 overall pick Carson Wentz but there were several mistakes that the club made in their opener that made the 29-10 score look worse than it actually was. Let’s give the Browns a little love in our NFL picks with Josh McCown now pulling the trigger against a Baltimore team that managed just 13 points in their season debut win over Buffalo. Lean with Browns +7 (-115) at Bovada.

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49’ers vs. Panthers (-14)
Apparently the oddsmakers are not impressed with San Francisco’s opening week shutout over the Rams. The 49’ers have drawn more notoriety from their backup quarterback and his kneel-down anthem routine than for anything they have accomplished on the field. Nevertheless, they put together four long drives all resulting in touchdowns under the steady hand of Blaine Gabbert, resulting in a 28-0 blanking of LA.

Conversely, the Panthers came within a game winning field goal of upending last season’s Super Bowl adversaries but alas, Graham Gano’s last ditch bid sailed wide left and the Broncos won yet again. The storyline here is that Cam Newton and the Panthers will be very ticked off by the whole thing and will take it out on what is ostensibly a poor team in the 49’ers. But how poor are they? After all, they defeated the Rams 28-0 and certainly looked better than anyone expected. This game is a pass for me but if I have to lean, I’ll lean left – Left Coast that is with San Francisco. Lean with 49’ers +14 (-120) at 5Dimes.

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Colts vs. Broncos (-6 ½)
The Broncos are coming off a huge win over the Carolina Panthers and now must prepare for Andrew Luck and a Colts’ team that has defeated Denver in their last two appearances. But is this a trap game where Denver must come off the euphoria of defeating their Super Bowl nemesis and then pack up and move on to meet a dangerous Bengals team in their own backyard?

It is not as if the Broncos are facing an ailing Andrew Luck either. The Colts’ QB enjoyed a marvelous day passing for 387 yards and four TD strikes despite losing a 39-35 heartbreaker to the Lions. Of course Indianapolis still has the same old defensive woes but they face a Broncos team known primarily, okay make that exclusively, a bone-crushing defense. This season’s Denver offense bears no resemblance to the storied Peyton Manning juggernauts of years’ past. If you want to give me a prolific Colts’ offense with close to a touchdown, I’ll take it. Lean with Colts +6 ½ at Heritage.

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