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Sports & Swag NFL Pick 6 – Week 1

We are officially Back To Football! That means it’s officially time for Sports & Swag The NFL Pick 6 – Week 1. Let’s take a look at today’s six games, featured by that contest at Mile High between Peyton Manning, and the Denver Broncos vs. Joe Flacco, and the Baltimore Ravens….

 

EARLY KICK FEATURE GAME

Colts (-1) at Bills  (over/under: 45)

It’s the official start to the Tyrod Taylor era in Buffalo. Which begs the question, is Taylor The Perfect Guy for the job, or will he be Mr. Wrong, much in the same way that Michael Ealy’s character – Carter, was wrong for Sanaa Lathan’s character – Leah, in the movie ‘The Perfect Guy’? Which, in case you were wondering, was an OK movie. Unless, you’re a guy like me. Sanaa Lathan’s presence gives any movie an instant 7 stars out of 10. But, that’s a subject for another day. Back to Tyrod. In my eye, Taylor figures to somewhere in between that new starting QB that comes out and dazzles us, or the new starting QB that falls flat on his face. Rex Ryan, seems to have a lot of confidence in him, and that Bills D, which looks as filthy as any other in the NFL, will also have Taylor’s back. But, this is the Indianapolis Colts. This is Andrew Luck. This is Frank Gore, T.Y. Hilton and company. Surely, these Super Bowl 50 contenders won’t lose to the Bills? Right? Wrong! Robert Mathis, is still a no-go for the Colts. That Colts D is so dependent on their star defensive tackle. Still like the Colts chances of making that Super Bowl, but today Take Tyrod and the Bills…      Score: 23-20

LATE KICK FEATURE GAME

Ravens at Broncos (4.5) (over/under: 47.5)

Peyton Manning has a history of torching that vaunted Baltimore Ravens defense. Torching it to a tune of nearly 300 yards per game, with 25 career touchdowns and only 8 career picks. That’s in eleven career games. In those games, whether it was with the Colts or the Broncos, his record is 9-2. Yes, Manning and the Broncos are implementing a new offensive system under new head coach, Gary Kubiak. However, Manning has been said to be throwing the ball very well throughout camp, even though he was unable to find the endzone in preseason games. The thing about Manning is, lately he’s done quite well early in the season and then broken down late. It’s the first game of the season. Plus, that Broncos defense has a chance to be quite filthy this season, with pass rushers like Von Miller and DeMarcus Ware wreaking havoc. Take Manning and the BroncosScore: 27-17

Other Games…..

Seahawks (-3.5) at Rams  (over/under: 41)

The defending NFC Champs lost in St. Louis 28-26, last season. Not happening today. That’s even without their hard-hitting safety, Kam Chancellor, who is holding out due to contract negotiations. Look for the Rams to play Seattle tough, as they usually do behind Robert Quinn and that tough front seven on defense. But, also look for the Rams offense to not be fully in sync with Nick Foles leading the way. Russell Wilson, and the Seahawks find a way. Take the Seahawks…   Score:  26-19

Saints at Cardinals (-2.5) (over/under: 47.5)

The Saints are looking for a security blanket/premier deep threat to replace Jimmy Graham. That’s not good news for Drew Brees and the Saints, as they travel to the desert to face a pretty stout Cardinals defense. Expect the Saints to be able to run the ball well with Mark Ingram, but also expect Carson Palmer, who has looked pretty good coming off his season-ending injury from last season to look good in his own right. Take the Cardinals…  Score: 27-23

Lions at Chargers (-3.5) (over/under: 45.5)

Looking for big things from the Detroit Lions this season. That starts today with their trip to San Diego to face Philip Rivers, and the Chargers. Rookie Ameer Abdullah, has been the talk of the preseason, and could eventually be the starter over Joique Bell. The big questions for this team are; can Haloti Ngata fully replace Ndamukong Suh in the middle of that Lions defensive front, and can Calvin Johnson (Megatron) regain the form that made him the NFL’s most dynamic wide receiver, before his injuries? If those two answers are yes, the Lions can absolutely battle the Packers for NFC North supremacy. They can also beat the Chargers today. Take the Lions….  Score: 20-17

Giants at Cowboys (-6.5) (over/under: 52)

This has the feel of one of those seasons where Tom Coughlin’s Giants come out of nowhere and contend for a Super Bowl run. The Cowboys are still the better team, and the NFC East is their division to lose, but don’t be surprised if the Giants are right there by season’s end. For tonight’s game, however, Take Tony Romo and the Cowboys…….  Score: 30-20

 

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