My name is Cathal, and I am a huge NFL fan! I’ve been sending my tips to the guys at AccuTipster for a couple of weeks now and done quite well, with 6/7 last weekend on handicap markets. Anyway – these are my picks for the next round of games:
Cincinnati Bengals -3 @ 4/5 (NAP)
San Diego arguably put in the most impressive offensive performance rallying from a 21-3 deficit agaisnt the Lions to rack up 30 unanswered points. Even without the suspended Antonia Gates there is a plethora of targets for Philip Rivers to get the ball too. However they shouldn’t find the scoring as easy against an extreme physical Bengals defence. On the other side while the Chargers main concern will be trying to stop AJ Green, the emergence of Tyler Eifert will be another headache. The former first round pick has long been touted as a future star and finally had his coming out party with over 100yds and 2 TDs last weekend.
While both teams will be confident after opening weekend victories and it should be a close game a line of the Bengals minus 3 points is begging to be backed.
Baltimore Ravens -6.5 @ 21/20 (NB)
Moving on from two team who won impressively on opening weekend to two who suffered crushing defeats. The Oakland raider gave up almost 400yds in the first game under new Coach Jake DelRio. To compound matters they lost 3 starters in defence to injury in Woodson, Allen and Wilson while QB Derek Carr is also a doubt. Regardless of whether it’s Carr or Matt McGloin who gets the start at QB against the Ravens it’s hard to see either having much success.
The Ravens themselves have some injury woes losing one of the best defensive players in the league Terrell Suggs to a torn Achilles. Even without Suggs though the Ravens are a fearsome defensive unit and expect Elvis Dumervil who set a franchise record of 17 sacks last season to step up. While offensively last week they were non existent there is no better cure for a stuttering offence than a trip to the Oakland Raiders. I fully expect a Ravens victory and an impressive one at that. Incidentally the sides have met 7 times in the past with Baltimore winning 6.
Green Bay Packers -3 @ 5/6
Sunday’s late game looks the pick of the bunch this week with a repeat of last years NFC championship game between the Seattle Seahawks and the Green Bay Packers. The Seahawks still reeling from last February’s Super Bowl defeat to the Patriots suffered an overtime defeat to the Rams and now travel to Green Bay hoping to avoid going 0-2. The addition of Jimmy Graham has given them a shiny new toy on offence but are badly missing pro bowl safety Kam Chancellor who sits out for a second week due to a contract holdout.
The Packers have lost star receiver Jordy Nelson for the season meaning Randall Cobb and Davante Adams have moved up the depth chart while former packer James Jones has rejoined and showed he still has a connection with QB Aaron Rodgers hauling in two touchdown grabs.
Last year Green Bay won all 9 games at Lambeau Field including the playoffs and have won the last 5 against the Seahawks here.
New Orleans Saints -10 @ 20/21
I feel that the best days of this New Orleans Saints regime are behind them and I wouldn’t expect to see them around at the business end of the season. The defence looked horrible in the defeat on the road to Arizona and the tension was clear to see between head coach Sean Payton and his defensive coach Rob Ryan. Drew Bree though is still for my money an elite QB and will continue to put up big numbers especially at home in the Superdome.
Tampa meanwhile crashed to a 42-14 defeat to Tennessee. Rookie QB, James Winston had his first pass in the NFL intercepted for a defensive Touchdown and it didn’t get much better after that. Against a high powered offends like the Saints he’s probably going to have to throw early and often to try and keep Tampa in touch and I expect a few more errors to be made.
I think the Saints will cover the 10 point handicap but this is my least favourite pick since 50% of games in the NFL are decided by a touchdown of less I normally prefer to steer clear of double digit handicaps.
All the best