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Bucs @ Saints
Tom Brady’s retirement lasted a Biblical 40 days, and if he was wandering around on a mountain waiting for the 10 Commandments of football, the first one would probably be Thou Shalt Not Retire Without Beating The Saints As A Buccaneer.
Brady is a shocking 0-4 against New Orleans since going to Tampa, mostly do to being pressured more than Giselle at a contract meeting. But if there’s one thing that can stop pressure, it’s running the football, which Leonard Fournette did last week for 127 yards. And the Falcons did last week for over 200 yards against the Saints.
This game will come down to which defense can make that game-changing play and stop the run. The Bucs run defense looks better than the Saints, and God took a rib from Saints running back Alvin Kamara, so I’m backing Moses.
My pick: Bucs -2.5
Texans @ Broncos
A pair of wacky Week 1 results is giving us this gift from the gambling Gods, as Denver returns to Mile High after going sleepless in Seattle.
Without that loss to the Seahawks and the Texans surprising tie against the Colts, I’d expect this line to be closer to -13, so I’m Russell Wilson TikTok dancing myself to the window for this -10 point line. The Broncos since 2000 are 19-3 straight up and 14-4-4 against the spread in home openers.
Denver clearly has the superior talent on both sides of the ball, a new superstar quarterback, and a ravenous home crowd ready to watch their team execute like they were expected to coming into this season. Don’t overthink it.
My pick: Broncos -10
Vikings @ Eagles
The purple Packer eaters come to town after embarrassing Aaron Rodgers & company last week, and we’re lucky enough to get Kirk Cousins on Monday Night Football! Hopefully the Eagles booked the Boomtown Rats for the halftime show, cause this guy is the worst under Monday night lights, with a 2-9 record.
Unfortunately for us, the rest of the team is so good it all cancels out. Justin Jefferson is nearly impossible to cover, Dalvin Cook is a force at running back and the coach’s name is no longer Mike Zimmer.
Another unfortunate fact for the Eagles is much like Hollywood, our sequels usually suck! We are somehow 0-5 both straight up AND against the spread in Week 2, over the past five years. I wish this was our bye.
My pick: Vikings +2