Time to get this thing started with a coast to coast double-header tonight in the Monday Night Opener. Pack and Rams were my 2 big plays yet somehow I didn't even look at my sheet and put down Arizona and San Diego as I had highlighted. Went with dog-meat Skins, who dominated yet choked away a win to Miami and inept Raiders who got smoked at home by the Bengals as 2 other dogs on Sunday. It was all about the Favs as Vegas and Nunzio took big time baths with 9 favorites and only 4 dogs covering the number. 2-2 Sunday, followed by 1-0-1 Thursday night puts me at 3-2-1 as I got suckered by dogs!
All eyes on Sam Bradford and the Eagles new offense tonight. Bird gang is stacked with weapons and Chip Kelly has proven he can take any good player and make them excel in this scheme of speed and skill.
Atlanta has a defensive guru in Dan Quinn as the new head coach and he has a Seattle pedigree, but so did Gus Bradley 3 years ago when he went to Jacksonville and is still trying to put something together with the Jags. The OVER of 56 looks like a sure thing with 2 offenses that can score. Who will get the bigger plays on defense and special teams tonight? Birds special teams were the best in the NFL and don't look like they've lost much with all of the changes.
Matt Ryan will face some Eagles front 7 heat and his ability to get the ball to Julio Jones and Roddy White will tell the tale for the underdog Falcons who are 7-0 in home openers with Matty "Ice", yet on MNF, a lame 1-6. Is is the bright lights? Bradford has a ton of weapons too, and I expect a lot of Jordan Matthews and a solid mix of run/pass by Chip's offense tonight, which btw, is 3-and-0 on Monday Night Football.
Not just because I'm a homer, but I think Philly showed how quickly the new pieces fit together during training camp and the limited pre-season snaps from the first teamers, so I think they'll be clicking and the speed will be tough for the Falcons D to handle. Take the EAGLES and lay the 3.
In the late game, the Niners undoubtedly has the biggest shake up of coaching staff and roster of any team in the NFL. Minnesota is now a trendy playoff pick with Adrian Peterson back and Teddy Bridgewater quickly removing the stench of Christian Ponder from the Twin Cities. SF didn't look great in pre-season and Colin Kaepernick must still carry the load for the offense, but it's that Niner defense that seems to be the hardest hit part of this recent NFC West power. Like Dallas, the new Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara hasn't been much of an advantage after it's first season at 4-4, but I smelling a home team win, or at minimum a cover of the 2 1/2 pt .. Take the DOG 49'ers with the pts.