Handicapping Week 2

Excellent week 1, we finished last week 4-1 and if you follow me on twitter (@cfd356) you put a cherry on top with a win on MNF by taking the Ravens and giving up the 6 points. We’ll try to keep your account moving in the right direction this week. 

Dallas Cowboys -3 vs. Seattle Seahawks

Wilson faces an improved Cowboys secondary this week.

Key to this game:

The Seahawks have a big, physical secondary that matches up well against the Cowboys receivers and a run defense that held the Cardinals to 43 yards. Despite that Dallas will find a way to move the ball, and the Seahawks will finds yards hard to come by as the young Russell Wilson struggles against an improved Cowboy secondary.

Take Dallas and give the 3 points. 

New Orleans Saints -3 vs. Carolina Panthers

Who IS this RGIII guy?

Key to this game:

Drew Brees and the Saints got beat out of the gate badly against the Redskins last week, and the Panthers looked like they were still playing a preseason game against the Tampa Bay Bucs. New Orleans has too much talent to start the season 0-2 and my preseason prediction of a sophomore slump for Cam Newton is off to a nice start.

Take ‘Nawlins and give the 3 points. 

Baltimore Ravens +3 vs. Philadelphia Eagles 

Better than all of the Browns ‘backers combined.

Key to this game:

The Ravens looked dominant in week 1, and the Eagles needed a last minute touchdown to beat the Cleveland Browns. The Ravens defense will cause fits for the under-sized Eagle receiving corp, and they have the athleticism to keep Vick and McCoy in check. I’m confident in this bet regardless, but really like it if Maclin doesn’t play with his hip pointer injury.

Take the Ravens and take the 3 points. 

Oakland Raiders vs. Miami Dolphins Total 38

He’s a fun toy for Oakland, but how many games will he be available?

Key to this game:

Neither team has much of a secondary, especially with Vontae Davis getting traded from the Phins and Ron Bartell out 4-6 weeks for the Raiders, so I expect a few big plays from the wideouts. Also, Darren McFadden is one of the leagues best running backs when healthy, and right now, he’s healthy.

Take the OVER

Indianpolis Colts +1.5 vs. Minnesota Vikings 

Will 10 months of recovery time be the new normal for knee blow outs?

Key to this game:

The Vikings won in week one against a bad Jacksonville team, but will face a sneaky good Indianapolis team. The Colts can put up points as long as Reggie Wayne is catching passes and the defense is better than the 41 points they gave up to Chicago last week. This is Andrew Lucks’s home debut and he will be pumped up to put on a show.

Take the Colts and the 1.5

Season total: 4-1

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