NFL Week 1 Picks 2019 NFL Predictions Week 1: Green Bay Packers 0-0-0 VS Chicago Bears 0-0-0 (-3), Los Angeles Rams 0-0-0 (-1.5) VS Carolina Panthers 0-0-0, Washington Redskins 0-0-0 VS Philadelphia Eagles 0-0-0 (-10), Buffalo Bills 0-0-0 VS New York Jets 0-0-0 (-3), Atlanta Falcons 0-0-0 VS Minnesota Vikings 0-0-0 (-4), Baltimore Ravens 0-0-0 (-6.5) VS Miami Dolphins 0-0-0, Kansas City Chiefs 0-0-0 (-3.5) VS Jacksonville Jaguars 0-0-0, Tennessee Titans 0-0-0 VS Cleveland Browns 0-0-0 (-5.5), Indianapolis Colts 0-0-0 VS Los Angeles Chargers 0-0-0 (-6.5), Cincinnati Bengals 0-0-0 VS Seattle Seahawks 0-0-0 (-9.5), San Francisco 49ers 0-0-0 VS Tampa Bay Buccaneers 0-0-0 (-1), New York Giants 0-0-0 VS Dallas Cowboys 0-0-0 (-7), Detroit Lions 0-0-0 (-2.5) VS Arizona Cardinals 0-0-0, Pittsburgh Steelers 0-0-0 VS New England Patriots 0-0-0 (-5.5), Houston Texans 0-0-0 VS New Orleans Saints 0-0-0 (-7), Denver Broncos 0-0-0 (-2) VS Oakland Raiders 0-0-0

2019 NFL Week 1 Predictions



Pittsburgh heads to New England where the Patriots receive their sixth Super Bowl banner. Tom Brady faces another NFL franchise with 6 Super Bowl rings.





Chris Ransom Last Updated: September 3, 2019.



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Why the Green Bay Packers Will Win: Green Bay got worse offensively. They lost Randall Cobb and did not replace him. If Green Bay's new edge rushers Z'Darius Smith and Preston Smith get by left tackle Charles Leno Jr. and right tackle Bobb Massie on tape than Green Bay can win this game.


Why the Chicago Bears Will Win: Chicago has a stout defense. In fact you could argue that bringing in former Packer HaHa Clinton-Dix to replace former Bear Adrian Amos, who is now a Packer makes this defense stronger. Khalil Mack and Leonard Floyd are both younger than both of Green Bay's offensive tackles making them hungrier and more relentless off the edge at 3-4 outside linebacker. Roquan Smith knows how to stop the run inside. Chicago has all of their offensive players back except running back Jordan Howard. Chicago should do just enough to get by.


Prediction: Chicago enters as a 3 point favorite. The minimum bet is $150 dollars, the maximum bet is $170 dollars with the average gambler betting around $160 dollars on this game. The over or under on this game is 46 points. I am going with Chicago to win and to cover with the under in a defensive game.


Final Score Bears 17 Packers 13





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Why the Los Angeles Rams Will Win: Los Angeles has a lot of depth at running back, offensive tackle, tight end, and wide receiver. Even if Jared Goff goes down, they still have a viable backup in Blake Bortles. Los Angeles has a cornerback who can limit what D.J. Moore does in Marcus Peters. Despite not having the pass rush you want, this defense still has Aaron Donald and enough talent to limit what Carolina does while outscoring the Panthers.


Why the Carolina Panthers Will Win: Carolina can win this game. If Cam Newton's supporting cast steps up. Carolina is also transitioning to a 3-4 defense at the last minute. Since Carolina is at home this game will be closer than experts think. Carolina can be good if Greg Little is starting at left tackle and Brian Burns is playing off the edge. Neither is starting and that makes me less confident in Carolina.


Prediction: Los Angeles enters as a 1.5 point favorite. The minimum bet is $105 dollars, the maximum bet is $125 dollars with the average gambler betting around $115 dollars on this game. The over or under on this game is 50 points. I am going with Los Angeles to win and cover with the under.


Final Score Rams 30 Panthers 20





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Why the Washington Redskins Will Win: Washington has Case Keenum returning to Philadelphia for the first time since the NFC Championship Game. Also left tackle Trent Williams is holding out.


Unless Keenum manages to carry Washington and motivate them to win with a much weaker roster, then I cannot see how Washington will win this game. Ryan Anderson ended up beating out Montez Sweat for the 3-4 left outside linebacker spot across from Ryan Kerrigan with Montez Sweat acting as a swing edge rusher. Philaelphia has Andre Dillard as a swing offensive tackle so Washington will have their hands full unless these edge rushers can take some pressure off of Keenum to make things easier for Washington.


Why the Philadelphia Eagles Will Win: Carson Wentz got paid. Philaelphia has the stronger offensive line. Philadelphia has a defensive line that can get to Case Keenum. Right end Derek Barnett, defensive tackle Malik Jackson, defensive tackle Fletcher Cox, and left end Brandon Graham lead a stout defensive line.


Prediction: Philadelphia enters as a 10 point favorite. The minimum bet is $400 dollars, the maximum bet is $500 dollars with the average gambler betting around $450 dollars on this game. The over or under on this game is 44.5 points. I am going with Philadelphia to win and cover with the over.


Final Score Eagles 27 Redskins 17






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Why the Buffalo Bills Will Win: Buffalo has Devin Singletary starting at running back. Buffalo also has Josh Allen as their quarterback. Buffalo has a strong 7 that may be able to limit what Le'Veon Bell does with guys like Ed Oliver at 4-3 defensive tackle and Tremaine Edmunds at 4-3 middle linebacker. Buffalo has the defensive backs to limit what Sam Darnold does in the passing game. New York does not have a receiver that can get by Tre'Davious White.


Why the New York Jets Will Win: New York has Sam Darnold entering his second season at quarterback. New York has the run defense to limit what Singletary does with Quinnen Williams at nose tackle and C.J. Mosley at 3-4 middle linebacker.


Prediction: New York enters as a 3 point favorite. The minimum bet is $140 dollars, the maximum bet is $160 dollars with the average gambler betting around $150 dollars on this game. The over or under on this game is 40 points. I am going with New York to win and cover with the under.


Final Score Jets 21 Bills 14






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Why the Atlanta Falcons Will Win: Atlanta has a very good offense. Matt Ryan should be able to hand the ball off to Devonta Freeman in this game. With left guard James Carpenter, center Alex Mack, and right guard Chris Lindstrom on the interior offensive line, Atlanta's best chance to win is to have Freeman run the ball in order to get Minnesota's front 7 to focus strictly on the run. Then open things up in the passing game by getting the ball to tight end Austin Hooper since Minnesota has a weakness at strong safety. Attack that weakness force the corners to play zone call some short passes and once the corners revert to press coverage air it deep to either Julio Jones, Mohamed Sanu, or Calvin Ridley.


Why the Minnesota Vikings Will Win: Atlanta's weakness on the offensive line lies at right tackle with Kaleb McGary not being ready to start. Left end Danielle Hunter can exploit this weakness. Atlanta has a good defense with outside linebacker being the weakness on Atlanta's defense. Left guard Pat Elflein, center Garrett Bradbury, and right guard Josh Kline can open things up for running back Dalvin Cook.


Prediction: Minnesota enters as a 4 point favorite. The minimum bet is $170 dollars, the maximum bet is $200 dollars with the average gambler betting around $185 dollars on this game. The over or under on this game is 47.5 points. I am going with Minnesota to win and Atlanta to cover with the under.


Final Score Vikings 24 Falcons 21





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Why the Baltimore Ravens Will Win: Baltimore is facing Ryan Fitzpatrick. With Laremy Tunsil gone, Miami has a weak offensive line that Balitmore may be able to exploit even without Terrell Suggs. Lamar Jackson can manage the game effectively and hand the ball off to Mark Ingram who will exploit this defense without 4-3 right outside linebacker Kiko Alonso.


Why the Miami Dolphins Will Win: Ryan Fitzpatrick won on week 1 at New Orleans last year. Miami will get devoured by Baltimore unless Fitzpatrick unleashes the Fitzmagic once again. Defensively, Miami has one of the leagues best cornerbacks in Xavien Howard.


Prediction: Baltimore enters as a 6.5 point favorite. The minimum bet is $250 dollars, the maximum bet is $300 dollars with the average gambler betting around $275 dollars on this game. The over or under on this game is 37 points. I am going with Baltimore to win and to cover with the under.


Final Score Ravens 27 Dolphins 3





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Why the Kansas City Chiefs Will Win: Kansas City has Patrick Mahomes and a lights out offense with everyone back. Travis Kelce will need a huge game against these safeties if Kansas City wants to win. I gave Jacksonville a win before the NFL overturned Tyreek Hill's suspension. He is playing. If right end Frank Clark and left end Alex Okafor can get by Jacksonville's offensive tackles to pressure Nick Foles, then Kansas City should win. Cedric Ogbuhei won the right tackle job making the right tackle position a huge weakness. If Kansas City's defense which somehow appears worse than last year exploits this weakness then Kansas City will win this game.


Why the Jacksonville Jaguars Will Win: Jacksonville is being underlooked. Jacksonville has the cornerbacks to force Mahomes to rely on Travis Kelce. They also have a defensive line that can get pressure on Mahomes. Jacksonville will rely heavily on Leonard Fournette having 100 rushing yards and bouncing back from his sophomore slump. Foles needs time in the pocket to exploit Kansas City's defensive backs and Fournette can run the football.


Prediction: Kansas City enters as a 4 point favorite. The minimum bet is $170 dollars, the maximum bet is $200 dollars with the average gambler betting around $185 dollars on this game. The over or under on this game is 52.5 points. I am going with Kansas City to win and cover with the over.


Final Score Chiefs 34 Jaguars 28





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Why the Tennessee Titans Will Win: Taylor Lewan got a four game suspension. That means Myles Garrett will have a field day with Marcus Mariota. I'm actually worried for Mariota with him struggling in training camp and the preseason to assert himself over backup Ryan Tannehill.


Why the Cleveland Browns Will Win: Baker Mayfield has Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry to throw to. Tennessee is not a team that should get pressure on Mayfield, so I expect the Browns to win this game.


Prediction: Cleveland enters as a 5.5 point favorite. The minimum bet is $210 dollars, the maximum bet is $250 dollars with the average gambler betting around $230 dollars on this game. The over or under on this game is 45 points. I am going with Cleveland to win and to cover with the under.


Final Score Browns 24 Titans 10





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Why the Indianapolis Colts Will Win: Indianapolis has a lot of depth offensively. Depth at running back, wide receiver, tight end, and offensive tackle even with Jacoby Brissett taking over for Andrew Luck. Without Russell Okung at left tackle, Justin Houston should get some pressure on Philip Rivers. Without Melvin Gordon at running back, Indianapolis may do enough defensively to get a road win in Los Angeles. Derwin James is injured so Brissett may surprise people.


Why the Los Angeles Chargers Will Win: Philip Rivers is at quarterback for Indianapolis. Andrew Luck retired. Melvin Ingram and Joey Bosa can both get by Anthony Costanzo and Braden Smith at offensive tackle. If the Chargers' defensive line gets pressure on Brissett then Los Angeles should do enough to win.


Prediction: Los Angeles enters as a 6.5 point favorite. The minimum bet is $250 dollars, the maximum bet is $300 dollars with the average gambler betting around $275 dollars on this game. The over or under on this game is 48.5 points. I am going with Los Angeles to win and to cover with the over.


Final Score Chargers 20 Colts 13





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Why the Cincinnati Bengals Will Win: Initially, I had Cincinnati winning this game before injuries to left tackle Jonah Williams and wide receiver A.J. Green occurred. Cincinnati was going to move last years left tackle Cordy Glenn inside to guard and right tackle Bobby White.


Why the Seattle Seahawks Will Win: Seattle has Jadeveon Clowney at 4-3 right end re-uniting with former Texans left tackle Duane Brown. Seattle has the quarterback, left tackle, pass rusher, cornerbacks. This team could use better receiver play with Doug Baldwin retiring, but Russell Wilson can take off and run.


Prediction: Seattle enters as a 9.5 point favorite. The minimum bet is $360 dollars, the maximum bet is $460 dollars with the average gambler betting around $410 dollars on this game. The over or under on this game is 43.5 points. I am going with Seattle to win and to cover with the under.


Final Score Seahawks 21 Bengals 7





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  1. Clemson Tigers

    Clemson defeated Alabama once again in the Championship game thanks to the man with a mullet Trevor Lawrence. Hillary is crazy about is hair Yahoo man. Dabo Sweeney has surpassed Nick Saban as the biggest pimp in College Football





  2. Alabama Crimson Tide

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  3. Georgia

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  4. Oklahoma

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Why the San Francisco 49ers Will Win: Jimmy Garoppolo heads to Tampa Bay. He should have no problem exploiting a defense transitioning to a 3-4 defense. Right end Dee Ford and left end Nick Bosa will have no problem getting pressure on Jameis Winston.


Why the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Will Win: Tampa Bay has Jameis Winston. If Winston can gel with new Head Coach Bruce Arians, then Tampa Bay may win this game since Garoppolo looked awful in the preseason. Tampa Bay has two very good receivers in Mike Evans and Chris Godwin. They also have two very good tight ends in Cameron Brate and O.J. Howard. They will score on this defense despite a shaky offensive line.


Prediction: Tampa Bay enters as a 1 point favorite. The minimum bet is $100 dollars, the maximum bet is $120 dollars with the average gambler betting around $110 dollars on this game. The over or under on this game is 49 points. I am going with San Francisco to win and to cover with the over.


Final Score 49ers 38 Buccaneers 27





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Why the New York Giants Will Win: Eli Manning is starting. Daniel Jones did well in the preseason though so its uncertain what will happen. Eli Manning will get more time in the pocket with Robert Quinn being suspended. Left tackle Nate Solder, left guard Will Hernandez, center Jon Halapio, right guard Kevin Zeitler, and right tackle Mike Remmers who played with Pat Shurmur in Minnesota give Eli Manning time in the pocket as well as give Saquon Barkley the run blocking he needs to take over this game. Also Ezekiel Elliott may not play.


Why the Dallas Cowboys Will Win: Dallas has a lethal front 7 despite Robert Quinn's absence. Also Dak Prescott will have very good pass protection so I expect Dallas to do well offensively even if Ezekiel Elliott does not play. Dallas has a completely healthy offensive line with left tackle Tyron Smith, left guard Connor Williams, center Travis Frederick, right guard Zack Martin, and right tackle La'El Collins who just got extended. Frederick was out for all of last year so I expect Dallas to have their best blocking since Dak Prescott's rookie season from both a pass blocking and run blocking standpoint..


Prediction: Dallas enters as a 7 point favorite. The minimum bet is $270 dollars, the maximum bet is $330 dollars with the average gambler betting around $300 dollars on this game. The over or under on this game is 46.5 points. I am going with Dallas to win and New York to cover with the over.


Final Score Cowboys 30 Giants 28





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Why the Detroit Lions Will Win: Matthew Stafford heads to Arizona. Patrick Peterson is suspended for the first four games. Boundary cornerback Robert Alford is also injured making nickel cornerback Byron Murphy the top ranked corner with Arizona's dime corner playing across from Murphy. Both teams are stronger on offense then they are on defense which is why I like the Lions due to experience.


Why the Arizona Cardinals Will Win: If Byron Murphy can keep Golladay in check then Arizona can win if their defense gets pressure on Stafford. Kyler Murray has to also win the turnover battle versus Stafford. That's Arizona's only prayer.


Prediction: Detroit enters as a 2.5 point favorite. The minimum bet is $130 dollars, the maximum bet is $150 dollars with the average gambler betting around $140 dollars on this game. The over or under on this game is 48.5 points. I am going with Detroit to win and to cover with the over.


Final Score Lions 42 Cardinals 27





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Harry will be back in week 9. If he dominates in January like Sony Michel did as a rookie then New England will win the AFC again.




Unless Mason Rudolph steps up. He's got the upside to be a Pro Bowl quarterback, but I don't see him as a Hall Of Fame caliber quarterback like Ben Roethlisberger. Rudolph was third string behind Ben and Dobbs as a rookie. Now he's the backup for beating out Josh Dobbs.




I would love to see Oliver Luck and Andrew Luck handing Josh Rosen an XFL Trophy. It would really validate how mediocre Rosen's NFL career was. Winning an XFL trophy is the equivilant of winning a AAA title in Minor League Baseball.




The Colts have two former Patriots as stop gap quarterbacks. This is the Colts plan for dealing with Andrew Luck's retirement. Brissett is under contract until 2021 and Hoyer is under contract until 2022.




If Cleveland, Kansas City, and New England all go 12-4 with the Patriots losing home games to Cleveland and Kansas City then New England will not be playing in Super Bowl 54. It would probably be Kansas City in that scenario. Also Pittsburgh is now my six seed with Andrew Luck retiring meaning we'd get a rematch of this week 1 matchup in January.



Why the Pittsburgh Steelers Will Win: Ben Roethlisberger can only do so much. This team was able to beat New England without Le'Veon Bell or James Connor last season.


I feel like Pittsburgh will have to watch their players transition without Antonio Brown at wide receiver. Also I have mixed feelings about their right tackle. Joe Haden can limit what Julian Edelman does. The rest of this secondary is suspect with Morgan Burnett gone. Sean Davis is okay, but not great. Tremaine Edmunds is taking over the safety spot where Morgan Burnett played.


One reason why Pittsburgh beat New England along with the pressure that T.J. Watt and Bud Dupree brought off the edge. You also have Cameron Heyward at 3-4 right end, Javon Hargrave at nose tackle, and Stephon Tuitt at 3-4 left end going against the interior offensive line. Hargrave is going up against either Ted Karras or Russell Bodine who is taking over for an injured David Andrews. That's the weakness this enterior defensive line will have to exploit in order for Pittsburgh to get pressure on Brady.


Without Gronkowski, Pittsburgh's suspect safeties will have an easier job. Pittsburgh has Vince Williams and Mark Barron at 3-4 middle linebacker. You also have Devin Bush and Tyler Matakevich for depth at 3-4 middle linebacker. This run defense has enough starters and depth to limit both James White and Sony Michel to under 100 rushing yards while playing effective in coverage.


Pittsburgh has enough talent to keep this game close. With New England getting their sixth ring in front of the six time Super Bowl Champions, that may enough to motivate the Steelers to steal a win in New England to begin the 100th NFL Season. New England does tend to start sloppy in September so Pittsburgh may win this game.


Why the New England Patriots Will Win: Isaiah Wynn and Marcus Cannon will give Tom Brady better pass protection. Left guard Joe Thuney and right guard Shaq Mason can limit how frequently Heyward and Tuitt blitz. Last year Trent Brown struggled in this game before responding strongly in January.


Tom Brady will have his work cut out for him. New England's defense did well limiting Pittsburgh to 17 points and I expect them to do the same with Brown gone. That's one reason I love the Patriots at home in this game.


Tom Brady is like a surgeon when it comes to disecting coverages. Even without N'Keal Harry, New England stil has Phillip Dorsett, Demaryius Thomas, and Josh Gordon as complimentary receivers to Edelman. Pittsburgh did well due to Burnett along with the depth of corners complimenting Haden last season.


I feel like New England has just as much depth if not more depth at wide receiver while Pittsburgh is not as lethal as they were due to Burnett's departure. All of the corners across from Haden struggled in this game last year and if Brady just plays keep away from Haden, I honestly believe New England can do barely enough to get by to win this game even without David Andrews at center because I do not Steven Nelson, Justin Layne, Cameron Sutton, or Artie Burns versus the depth the Patriots have at wide receiver, but if Nelson does well with Haden and the safeties play well for Pittsburgh without Gronkowski than Pittsburgh will win.


Prediction: New England enters as a 5.5 point favorite. The minimum bet is $215 dollars, the maximum bet is $255 dollars with the average gambler betting around $235 dollars on this game. The over or under on this game is 51 points. I am going with New England to win and Pittsburgh to cover with the under.


Final Score Patriots 21 Steelers 17





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I just cannot stand ESPN's Monday Night Football Coverage. Monday Night Football On KDKA is back with Bob Pompieni, Mark Madden, and Andrew Filiponi. Tonight the gang is in New Orleans.


Pompieni: Welcome to Monday Night Football. Bob Pompieni along with Mark Madden and Andrew Filiponi covering ESPN Monday Night Football on KDKA from New Orleans. Mark what are your thoughts on this game?

Madden: Welcome to New Orleans. I have got a Mardi Gras pot mask for Mr. Laremy Tunsil who will be making his debut with the Houston Texans. BAM!

Filiponi: How did you get the Pot mask into this stadium? How did you get that thing past security?

Pompieni: Poni brings up a good point Mark. How did you get that pot mask past security?

Madden: I got security hammered on roofies like the cast in the Hangover. BAM!

Pompieni: Tonights game is brought to you by Jefferson Parrish Public Schools. They are even lamer than A teams in WPIAL for High School Footall.

Madden: No tonights game is brought to you by the Hangover Trilogy. By a Giraffe and see if it can survive a distaster that rivals the likes of Hurricane Katrina.

Pompieni: Mark you can't talk about that disaster in New Orleans.

Madden: It's Hurricane Season. BAM! Hurricane Season is like Shark Week.

Filiponi: Dude it's 2019. People really need to stop saying offensive things on the air.

Pompieni: Mark why do you have to be such a fucking asshole. I feel like you only go to sporting events for entertainment purposes.

Madden: I make this show. I am Monday Night Football on KDKA Bob. People watch the show because of me.

Pompieni: We'll be back with kickoff after these messages.



Why the Houston Texans Will Win: Houston has Laremy Tunsil at left tackle. Deshaun Watson will help Houston keep this game close offensively. Unfotunately, the defense is now more suspect with Clowney on Seattle.


Why the New Orleans Saints Will Win: Drew Brees has his offensive line returning, Alvin Kamara back at running back and Michael Thomas at wide receiver. The addition of Jared Cook Jr. at tight end also helps. I love New Orleans in this game and expect them to win by double digits.


Prediction: New Orleans enters as a 7 point favorite. The minimum bet is $270 dollars, the maximum bet is $330 dollars with the average gambler betting around $300 dollars on this game. The over or under on this game is 53.5 points. I am going with New Orleans to win and to cover with the over.


Final Score Saints 38 Texans 23





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I just cannot stand ESPN's Monday Night Football Coverage. Monday Night Football On KDKA is back with Bob Pompieni, Mark Madden, and Andrew Filiponi. Tonight the gang is in Oakland.


Pompieni: Welcome to Monday Night Football. Bob Pompieni along with Mark Madden and Andrew Filiponi covering ESPN Monday Night Football on KDKA from Oakland. Mark what are your thoughts on this game?

Madden: Welcome to the home of the Oakland Athetics, the team that Kyler Murray chose to ditch for the Arizona Cardinals. They are the sole owners of this stadium with the Raiders moving to Las Vegas next year.

Filiponi: Denver is gonna bring that D all night long.

Pompieni: That comment is completely inapprproiate. What about Antonio Brown?

Madden: Ok so the Raiders win and Antonio Brown tears his ACL.

Pompieni: Tonights game is brought to you buy the Oakland Athletics. Unlike the Raiders, they will still have a team. We'll be back with kickoff after these messages.



Why the Denver Broncos Will Win: Denver has Von Miller and Bradley Chubb at 3-4 outside linebacker. Both players can put pressure on Derek Carr. If they do, then Denver has a good shot of winning. Flacco has to win the turnover battle versus Carr too though since Oakland has more offensive talent despite being worse in the trenches than Denver in terms of their offensive line and their defensive line.


Why the Oakland Raiders Will Win: Derek Carr will have to carry Oakland with Antonio Brown getting released. Oakland will have trouble beating Denver without Brown.


Prediction: Denver enters as a 2 point favorite. The minimum bet is $110 dollars, the maximum bet is $130 dollars with the average gambler betting around $120 dollars on this game. The over or under on this game is 43 points. I am going with Denver to win and Oakland to cover with the over.


Final Score Broncos 28 Raiders 27





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