No preseason, no problem. That seems to be the consensus in Week 1. Overall, the level of play was excellent. Does that mean week two kicks it up to another level?
Here’s a look at our top six NFL odds in Sports Interaction’s weekly Pick Six.
Giants at Bears (-5.5)
It’s a short week for the Giants after losing on Monday night. The Bears were unlikely winners on Sunday, battling back from a 23-6 fourth quarter deficit. Bears should be able to take advantage of this spot on the schedule, but it will be close.
Pick: Giants (+5.5)
Falcons at Cowboys (-5.5)
Both of these teams are coming off losses in Week 1. The Falcons did it in style, having three receivers each catch nine passes for 100+ yards, yet they still managed to lose by double digits at home. The Cowboys were in a sloppy slugfest and made some interesting playcalls against the Rams. Ezekiel Elliott may have a tough time against a team who finished sixth last season for defence against the rush, with “may” being the key word.
Pick: Falcons +5.5
Panthers at Buccaneers (-7.5)
It wasn’t a textbook Tom Brady debut last week in New Orleans, so expect a bounce back from the Bucs. The Panthers allowed a touchdown against in each quarter versus the Raiders.
Something to think about . . . the Lines Management team at Sports Interaction still have plenty of faith in the Bucs, as they are ranked fourth to win the conference at Sports Interaction at +800. They’ll win this weekend, but that’s a lot of points.
Pick: Panthers +7.5
Vikings at Colts (-3)
This game features another pair of teams that were favourites in Week 1 but ended up on the losing end. It will be interesting to see which team will bounce back. Philip Rivers threw two poor interceptions including one late in the fourth quarter in his Colts’ debut.
The Vikings might want to give the ball to Dalvin Cook a little more often as the Florida State product had 50-yards rushing on only 12 carries.
Pick: Colts (-3)
Ravens (-7) at Texans
The Ravens dominated the Browns in every aspect of their 32-point win. Lamar Jackson passed for 275-yards and rushed for 45 yards in the win. The Texans get some extra rest after falling to the Chiefs on opening night.
These two teams last met in 2019 (November 17) where the Ravens destroyed the Texans 41-7. Not sure if it gets that bad this year, but something tells me it might come close.
Pick: Ravens (-7)
Patriots at Seahawks (-4)
Russell Wilson was brilliant in week one against the Falcons, going 31-of-35 for 322 yards in the victory in Atlanta. He’ll face a better defence in the Patriots in the second week of the season, but should get the job done.
Cam Newton was successful in his Patriots debut – he threw for 159 passing yards and had 75 yards along the ground. The ‘Hawks were third against the run last season.
Pick: Seahawks (-4)
Written by David Bastl, who co-hosts Inside the Lines brought to you by Sports Interaction, Canada’s Sportsbook, Sundays from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. ET on The Sportsnet Radio Network.