What's up guys - NFL football is back! The start of the season means a couple of things for me. First, I will most likely be taking the Buccaneers money line. Second, I will most likely be losing that bet. BUT, I do have to say that I usually recover quite nicely.
Welcome to my weekly edition of “JC’s Best Bets.” In no way am I telling you to wager your hard-earned money on my brain; but you are always welcome to come see how I feel about the week’s slate of games. I will be keeping my record as the season goes on so you all can praise or mock me.
Let’s kick this bad boy off!
Pittsburgh Steelers (-3.5, 44) at Cleveland Browns
James Connor comes in for Le'Veon and gets the job done. Pittsburgh's offensive arsenal is too much for Cleveland.
San Francisco 49ers at Minnesota Vikings (-6.5, 46)
Kirk Cousins is now the man in Minnesota. Him and Adam Thielen are going to be a dynamic duo. The 49ers are moving in the right direction and I love Jimmy G, but I'm taking Minnesota.
Cincinnati Bengals at Indianapolis Colts (-3, 48.5)
Andrew Luck is finally making his return to football but it won't be enough of a factor initially to beat the Bengals. A.J. Green and Joe Mixon will carry Cincinnati to the upset.
Buffalo Bills at Baltimore Ravens(-7.5, 40)
Did you say Nathan Peterman is starting?
Jacksonville Jaguars (-3, 43.5) at New York Giants
The Jaguars defense will be too much for the Giants. Jacksonville spoils Saquon's debut.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New Orleans Saints (-9.5, 49.5)
The Bucs don't have Jameis Winston or Brent Grimes in this one. The Fitzmagic won't be enough.
Houston Texans at New England Patriots (-6.5, 51)
I like Houston a lot this year. I think Deshaun Watson is a legitimate MVP candidate. Rule number one of sports betting, take the Pats.
Tennessee Titans (-1.5, 45) at Miami Dolphins
Marcus Mariota starts becoming the player we thought he would be. Tennessee takes down Miami.
Kansas City Chiefs at Los Angeles Chargers (-3.5, 48)
It's now the Patrick Mahomes era in KC. Unfortunately, they are going to fall short to a tough Chargers team on the road.
Seattle Seahawks at Denver Broncos (-3, 42.5)
Seattle won't be able to protect Russell Wilson in this game. Von Miller and Bradley Chubb will harass Russ all game long. Keenum wins his debut for the Broncos.
Dallas Cowboys at Carolina Panthers (-3, 42.5)
The Dallas offense line is banged up and Christian McCaffrey has a statement game to start the season.
Washington Redskins at Arizona Cardinals (-1, 43.5)
Adrian Peterson carries the Redskins to an upset on the road. It's just a matter of time before the Rosen era begins in Arizona.
Chicago Bears at Green Bay Packers (-7.5, 47.5)
I really do believe the Bears are putting together a solid core and Anthony Miller is going to be a star in this league. But they need to grow together.
New York Jets at Detroit Lions (-6.5, 45)
Sam Darnold makes his debut against Matt Patricia's Lions and it results in defeat. Lions take this one.
Los Angeles Rams (-4, 49) at Oakland Raiders
Jon Gruden is delusional. He's taking the Raiders back to the 90's. Expect Marshawn Lynch to get 25+ carries. Rams dominate this one.
Everyone have a great weekend. Football is back. Best time of the year, baby. Cheers!