With Week One now in the books, we are reminded how difficult the NFL landscape can be to predict, especially in the midst of a pandemic. As we head into Week Two, a little more clarity should be gained after a full week of action in the books.
With that considered, there is some Week Two action that is sure to get the juices flowing. On top of this week’s “Locks”, here’s one game you need to make sure to avoid at all costs.
LOCKS OF THE WEEK
Kansas City Chiefs (-8.5) at Los Angeles Chargers: O/U 48.5
As long as Tyrod Taylor mans the helm for the Chargers offense, stagnation should be expected on the scoreboard. Their 16-13 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals didn’t do much to change that assumption.
Even with a talented defense behind them, keeping Mahomes and company in check is going to be a tall order. Expect the usual fireworks from the Chiefs with an uninspiring Los Angeles unit that will fail to keep pace, 8.5 points does appear daunting in a vacuum. Once the snowball starts rolling for the Chiefs, that will also quickly change.
It’s time to smash the Chiefs to cover, which could end up being an easy cover by the end of the contest. The over under is a bit more of a wildcard. With the uncertainty of the Chargers offense, steer clear.
Minnesota Vikings at Indianapolis Colts (-3): O/U 48.5
The Vikings and Colts did not get off to the start that either would have imagined in Week One. The good news is that the losing streak is guaranteed to end for one of these squads.
The Colts obviously have the home field advantage in their favor but is that really even an advantage during the pandemic? The Colts performance during Week One against the Jacksonville Jaguars was pretty concerning.
With inconsistencies on both sides of the ball, look for the Vikings to not only cover the three points but to win outright. As far as over/under is concerned, it’s another tough play. If you are dead set, the under seems a lot more reasonable in this early season matchup.
New England at Seattle (-4.5): O/U 45
It was uncertain what we would see from the New England Patriots in their first game in the post Tom Brady era. With Cam Newton and a creative running scheme, New England was able to put together a solid victory over the rebuilding Dolphins in Week One.
On the flip side, the off-season hype train the Seahawks have been riding was vindicated with their 38-25 victory over the Atlanta Falcons this past week. With two teams that are used to winning, this game could be a bit of a wildcard. 4.5 points is a lot of points against the Patriots, especially with the style they play; heavy rushing attack and solid defense.
The Seahawks experienced a Week One explosion offensively, leaning heavily on Russell Wilson and the passing attack. That should not be nearly as successful a proposition against the vaunted Patriots pass defense. Stay away from this game at all costs.
Enjoy your earnings my friends! We will be back Week Three to get the bank accounts right. For now, I hope you are ready for some football!