Does that imply this sport will likely be determined by working backs? Probably not. In what’s going to nearly assuredly be an in depth sport, an interception, a fumble or perhaps a missed name late in the sport might determine issues. Pick: Rams -2.5
Patriots at Dolphins, 1 p.m., CBS
Line: Patriots -18.5 | Total: 48
From a soccer standpoint, there may be little to talk of. The N.F.L.’s reigning champion (New England) is coming off a thrashing of a top quality workforce (Pittsburgh) and a workforce that has been accused of overtly tanking (Miami) is coming off a sport through which it allowed the most factors in an N.F.L. sport since 2012.
The Patriots (1-Zero) are higher at every little thing than the Dolphins (Zero-1), and everybody is aware of it. So how do oddsmakers give you a motive for anybody to care about what ought to be a blowout? A comically giant level unfold will do.
No favored N.F.L. workforce has coated a ramification of greater than 16 factors on the street, and the Patriots are being requested to cowl 18.5 (a quantity that rose from a gap unfold of 15, and one that would rise much more based mostly on believable eventualities like the Dolphins’ few first rate remaining gamers quitting to change into long-haul truck drivers). But there’s a motive gigantic level spreads on the street will not be usually coated, and it has to do with issues like motivation, garbage-time touchdowns, accidents and different components. Will New England win? Almost definitely, sure. Could New England cowl? Yes. Will they? Probably not. Pick: Dolphins +18.5
Cardinals at Ravens, 1 p.m., Fox
Line: Ravens -13.5 | Total: 46
There are two video games this week through which each quarterbacks are Heisman Trophy winners: this one and Tampa Bay vs. Carolina. After Lamar Jackson’s explosion in opposition to Miami final week, and Kyler Murray’s electrical fourth quarter in opposition to Detroit, this one figures to be the extra thrilling matchup.
The huge questions are whether or not the connection between Jackson and Marquise (Hollywood) Brown of the Ravens (1-Zero) is absolutely that sturdy and whether or not Arizona’s Murray can determine the way to replicate final week’s fourth quarter whereas hoping everybody forgets simply how dangerous he and the Cardinals (Zero-Zero-1) regarded for the first 45 minutes of their opener. Baltimore, a playoff workforce a yr in the past, is rightly favored, however Arizona’s secondary will likely be rather more lively than Miami’s in making life onerous for Jackson. Pick: Cardinals +13.5
Eagles at Falcons, eight:20 p.m., NBC
Line: Eagles -1.5 | Total: 52.5
The Falcons (Zero-1) want a pick-me-up on offense after managing simply 12 factors in a loss to Minnesota final week. A house sport in opposition to the Eagles (1-Zero), who regarded susceptible on protection final week, might be simply what the physician ordered. In reality, each of those groups have been pretty irritating going again to final yr. That is unlikely to vary, however Matt Ryan has a 57-29 profession document at residence, so Atlanta shouldn’t be an underdog. Pick: Falcons +1.5