This is my 27th calendar year picking NFL games in The Post’s Bettor’s Guide, and ideal at the begin, I’m going to lay it on the line — the New York Jets’ offensive line.
Joe Douglas promised Mike and Chris Darnold that he would secure their son, Sam. This previous offseason, the Jets GM revamped the offensive line to the tune of 4 new starters — signing George Fant, Connor McGovern and Greg Van Roten as cost-free brokers and drafting 6-foot-seven, 363-pound mountain Mekhi Becton.
The tough portion for the Jets as they enter their opener Sunday at Buffalo is that this new purchase of beef has experienced tiny possibility to marinate. There were being no OTAs or minicamp, and no preseason games. The very good news is that it won’t be tough for this offensive line to be an advancement over the last a person.
I have preferred what I have observed from Darnold in is very first two seasons — when he’s experienced time to run. He has adequate help in Le’Veon Bell, Breshad Perriman, Jamison Crowder and other folks if the line can hold up against the likes of Ed Oliver, Jerry Hughes and Trent Murphy.
The In excess of/Under of 39¹/₂ is the cheapest on the board, which tells me the oddsmakers might not consider a great deal of the Charges offense. And there will be no enthusiasts in the seats, no Charges Mafia. This appears to be a spread the Jets can go over — if the offensive line makes it possible for.
The pick: Jets, +6¹/₂.
NFL picks for 7 days one
(house teams in CAPS)
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (-6¹/₂) over Miami Dolphins
Nice to be in a position to get the Patriots at house at fewer than a landing. Intrigued by what Cam Newton can deliver to the desk, and this group will be searching to establish it can get without the need of Tom Brady.
Cleveland Browns (+7¹/₂) over BALTIMORE RAVENS
Another new coach for the Browns! But it’s possible Kevin Stefanski will be the solution after the failures of Hue Jackson and Freddie Kitchens. He has a ton of talent and is value a shot at a lot more than a landing.
Las Vegas Raiders (-3) over CAROLINA PANTHERS
This line has gotten uncomfortably high, and certainly, I’m fading a debuting head coach after backing a person in the match just above. But rely me as skeptical of higher education-person Matt Rhule coming in off no preseason in the very first match after the Cam Newton era.
ATLANTA FALCONS (+2¹/₂) over Seattle Seahawks
If a improve of scenery can rejuvenate Todd Gurley, the Falcons could enhance from seven-9. The Julio Jones-Calvin Ridley combo is fantastic, and Matt Ryan really should however have a little something left. It’ll be attention-grabbing to see Jamal Adams in neon eco-friendly trim.
WASHINGTON Football Workforce (+5¹/₂) over Philadelphia Eagles
In The Post’s preview part, I predicted Under 5 on the Washington Football Team’s get total. This actually does show up to be a educate wreck of a season forward. But with Chase Younger joining Jonathan Allen, this group could have a very good protection. And I odor a rat below. As VSiN’s Place Unfold Weekly factors out, there is been reverse line movement toward Washington despite a vast majority of bets backing the Eagles.
DETROIT LIONS (-3) over Chicago Bears
Anticipating a much better season from the Lions if Matthew Stafford can remain nutritious. He threw for 2,499 yards in eight games. Mindful on this a person, as the line is “right there” and there are dueling accidents of problem with Detroit WR Kenny Golladay (hamstring) and Chicago LB Khalil Mack (knee).
Indianapolis Colts (-seven ¹/₂) over JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS
Philip Rivers is no dummy, as he relocated to a new house powering the most effective offensive line in the NFL, according to Pro Football Focus. The Jaguars have lose so a great deal talent in the previous couple of decades, the most up-to-date staying Leonard Fournette and Yannick Ngakoue.
Environmentally friendly Bay Packers (+2¹/₂) over MINNESOTA VIKINGS
U.S. Lender Stadium is a person that figures to be a tiny fewer challenging without the need of enthusiasts accomplishing the Skol chant. The Vikings will skip Stefon Diggs, and I’m contemplating Aaron Rodgers was enthusiastic by the Packers’ drafting of Jordan Adore in the very first round.
CINCINNATI BENGALS (+3) over Los Angeles Chargers
Happy to acquire a opportunity on Joe Burrow in his debut as a house ’dog. He has some good weapons in Cincinnati, and the Chargers are in uncharted territory after fourteen seasons with Philip Rivers as the starter.
Arizona Cardinals (+6 ¹/₂) over SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS
Niners won by three and 10 factors in 2019’s matchups. Inclined to ante up to see what Kyler Murray can do with DeAndre Hopkins, and just how very good Isaiah Simmons is.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (+3¹/₂) over NEW ORLEANS SAINTS
Tom Brady picked a new group that is loaded with offensive weapons and probably would have won a ton a lot more experienced Jameis Winston not thrown thirty interceptions last season. Good matchup with Drew Brees. The Superdome is another location regarded for loud enthusiasts who will not be there.
Dallas Cowboys (-2¹/₂) over LOS ANGELES RAMS
The Rams open beautiful SoFi Stadium without the need of enthusiasts, which is a shame, and they also have not experienced a opportunity to enjoy even a preseason match there. Anticipating a huge season from $31.four million gentleman Dak Prescott, who provides CeeDee Lamb to a massive-time assault.
Monday Night Football
Pittsburgh Steelers (-6) over NEW YORK GIANTS: Joe Choose really should be an advancement on Ben McAdoo and Pat Shurmur, but gentleman this is a difficult introduction for a very first-time head coach, with a modest spread, to boot. The Giants D will have to have to come across anyone who can harass Ben Roethlisberger.
Tennessee Titans (-2) over DENVER BRONCOS: Von Miller’s injury just right before the begin of the season is a tough a person for the Broncos. With LB Bradley Chubb also hurting, appears like a bad matchup against Derrick Henry and the rugged Titans.
Ideal bets: Titans, Bengals, Cowboys
Lock of the week: Titans (Locks seven-thirteen in 2019)
Thursday: Chiefs (W)