Bet against Bill Belichick’s Patriots


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Ravens (-3) on PATRIOTS

New England remains a named team – but the roster, top to bottom, is clearly not what it was during Bill Belichick’s two decades of heyday. Smart visitors have enough class to stay there until the end, even when operating from their suitcases.

DOLPHINS (+6) on Bills

We’re not looking to do everything we can to counter the sizzling bills, but we’re impressed enough with Miami QB Tua Tagovailoa to take a cautious stance on him at a reasonable price, and the full six with a big dog at home. complete the bill. Like our chances under the current circumstances.

Bengals (-5) on JETS

Cincinnati suffered a serious case of losing the Super Bowl – but we expect QB Joe Burrow and his friends to be ready to punish a Jets team that appears to remain in rebuilding mode.

PANTHERS (+3) on Saints

Expect Carolina coach Matt Rhule to get a useful dose of home cooking in order to pass this test, facing a Saints outfit that is the worst for wear after running out of gasoline in the fourth quarter against Tom Brady’s Buccaneers.

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Lions (+6) on VIKINGS

The NFC North Divisional Battle gives the people of Detroit another chance to feel better about themselves, especially now that they’ve had a chance to get into games when they’re actually favored. Minny should win this, although the margin of victory is up for debate.

Chiefs (-6.5) on COLTS

We don’t like to chase this caliber of favorite too vigorously, as there are usually several better things to do when evaluating a representative league card – but Indy looks seriously under-equipped here, with a blowout well in the realm of the possible.

TITANS (+2.5) on Raiders

Tennessee took over against the monstrous Bills. They’ll have plenty of company as the season progresses – and will be eager to bounce back against the up and down Raiders, themselves away from home.

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Eagles (-6.5) on COMMANDERS

Many pundits have wasted no time expecting Philly to make a huge improvement. They were right! Commanders took the worst of the Eagles, and those circumstances are likely to continue.

Texans (+2.5) on BEARS

Chicago is nearly a century older than Houston’s indecisive entry. Both teams rely heavily on their defenses, but the Bears may be overstated due to their Week 1 win over San Fran.

CHARGERS (-7) on Jaguars

At this point, I doubt Chargers QB Justin Herbert will face the starter at kickoff. Adjust accordingly, if updated before kick-off.

BUCCANEERS (-1) on Packers

Fair credit must be given to the Bucs and Tom Brady. We think given the task Aaron Rodgers will face here, Bucs needs to look at the market. Barely!

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Tom Brady

Falcons (+2) on SEAHAWKS

Atlanta continues to deploy enhanced measures of defensive fortitude, in our eyes. We are not yet convinced of Seattle’s ability to maintain defensive intensity, even at home. Upset wouldn’t be a surprise.

Rams (-3.5) on CARDINALS

Rams coach Sean McVay has drawn the best of the Cardinals’ defensive brains, so it might be close, but Arizona is a little too erratic for our liking, even at home.

49ers (-1.5) on BRONCOS

As long as we get a functioning Jimmy Garoppolo under visitor center, we’re ready to set reasonable numbers with the swanky 49ers, given that the home team looks like it’s less than the sum of its parts.


Cowboys (+1) on GIANTS

Since this is one of the hardest handicaps on this entire map, it will lean towards the visitors, who have more experience and innate talent. Could go either way.

Last week: 4-11
Season: 13-17


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