A fantastic start to the new NFL season last week on AccuTipster with a perfect 3/3 record for the week. The New York Giants, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Houston Texans (-4.5) combined to give us a 6/1 treble winner and hopefully boost your bankroll for the season ahead! Incidentally it was also a good start for anyone following our season long bets. Let’s try and replicate that in week 2 with another treble! This week’s schedule is dominated by a number of fierce divisional rivalries and it’s with one of those we’ll start.
Green Bay Packers -2 @ 20/21 Vs Minnesota Vikings (NAP, 1.30am)
Having relinquished their NFC North title to the Vikings last year, the Packers will be eager to take back the top spot they had won four seasons on the trot. They made the perfect start last weekend coming through a close encounter against the Jaguars. Given that this is to be the first game played in the Vikings new state of the art stadium, Green Bay would love to play the role of party poopers.
Recent history will be on their side. They have won 5 of the last 6 meetings between these side in Minnesota and 10 of the last 13 overall. For the Vikings the big question this week has been who is going to make the start at Quarterback after Teddy Bridgewater was lost for the season and Sam Bradford hastily brought in from the Eagles for the hefty price of a 1st round draft pick. Veteran Shaun Hill took the reins but could succumb to Bradford this week after he has had some time to learn the playbook. Bradford may offer a little more of a passing threat if he gets the start but the reality is this Vikings team are about two things, Defence and Adrian Peterson.
The defence did it job last week looking every bit the talented unit that they are. Peterson though was strangely subdued gaining just 31yards in 19 rushing attempts. The Packers have had good success at slowing down AP in the past and if he can’t put up a big bounceback performance here the Vikings chances will take a serious dent.
This will be the classic offence versus defence scenario and while Minnesota’s D were dominant last week, the difference between facing Mariota and Rodgers is night and day. Aaron Rodgers wasn’t given much leeway last week and threw for under 200 yards but still managed to pull off a couple of mind boggling plays to snatch the win. Ultimately he has the composure and big game ability that will lead the Packers to victory here and cover a slender 2 point spread.
Jacksonville Jaguars +3 @ 10/11 Vs San Diego Chargers (9.25pm)
Both these sides come into this game having lost their season opener but the San Diego Chargers will still be wondering how. Entering the fourth quarter they led the Kansas City Chiefs but yet somehow still managed to lose the game. To add insult to injury (or should that be injury to insult!), star receiver Keenan Allen tore his ACL during the game and is gone for the season. It’s no coincidence that things started going wrong in this game for the Chargers when Allen left the field. Up until then he had been the target for over 60% of Phillip Rivers passes so filling his role on the team will be a big ask.
In contrast the Jaguars will feel much better about their own opening day loss. They went toe to toe with the Packers for the entire game and while in the end they didn’t get enough pressure on Rodgers to prevent him making the big plays, Rivers is much less elusive. They have a talented offence with Blake Bortles, who threw the 2nd most touchdowns in the NFL last season having big targets in Robinson, Hurns and Thomas. The offseason has been spent attempting to fix some of the problems in defence and the signs were there last week that this could be a side capable of giving the Jags their first winning season since 2007.
Jacksonville does have a woeful recent record against San Diego as well as a very poor record in games played on the west coast. However I think last week’s events may have knocked the stuffing out of this Chargers team while the Jags will be buoyed. I like them to win this game outright but given the fact that they are getting three on the handicap I’m going to err on the side of caution and take the points.
New York Giants -4 @ 20/21 vs New Orleans Saints (6pm)
Last season these two played out one of the most memorable NFL games for many years with Drew Brees throwing a record 7 TD passes and Eli Manning 6 in a 52-49 Saints victory. That was one of the many close defeats last year that prompted the Giants to spend big on improving their defensive unit in the offseason and there were definite signs of improvement last week. However this Saints defence is still atrocious and Eli Manning should be able to pick it apart at will. Brees and the Saints offence will of course put up points themselves making this a fun game to watch. However id expected this line to creep up to closer to 7 and since it has remained at 4 I’ll happily take the Giants minus the points.
Surprisingly the only member of the Giants receiving corps held out of the endzone last weekend was Odell Beckham Jr. Last season he caught three TD passes in this game. I’ll be backing him at odds of 16/5 to score 2 or more this time and 16/1 that he gets the hat trick of TDs.
My preferred double is the combo of Green Bay and Jacksonville while adding the Giants to the mix brings this up to a 6/1 treble.
Best of luck,