UPSET 1 – The Green Bay Packers +3
One does not simply go into Atlanta and win. Although if any team can pull it off, it’s Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers. The Falcons struggled in Chicago week one against a Bears team in the rebuild. Matt Ryan should bounce back with a big performance, but if the Pack can shut down Julio Jones, it will make Ryan’s night that much harder. The other dynamic duo, Rodgers, and WR Nelson may be the best QB/WR combo in the league. In three of the last four seasons, Rodgers and Nelson have hooked up for at least 1,200 yards. They didn’t meet the mark last year due to Nelson’s rib injury which kept him sidelined for the majority of the season. Expect Rodgers to pick apart a weak Atlanta secondary in a high scoring affair. Green Bay should beat the spread.
DOUBLE DOWN 1 – The Oakland Raiders – 14
The Raiders will take the field in Oakland for the first time since ownership announced the intent to move the team to Las Vegas in the near future. The Raiders fans and players were and still are equally emotional over the news. Quarterback Derek Carr said in a tweet,
“For now, it’s about 2017 and our diehard fans in Oakland. Go Raiders & God Bless.”
With a team and fan base equally fired up, Oakland Coliseum will be one of the toughest Stadiums to play in this season. Marshawn Lynch will undoubtedly receive a nice homecoming along with a healthy dose of touches Sunday. Look for the Raiders to run the Jets Defense down to open up and take advantage of their superior aerial attack. On the other side of the ball, it will be tough for the Jets to move the rock in a loud Oakland Coliseum, especially with a healthy Kahlil Mack. Raiders to cover the 14 point spread.
UPSET 2 – The Denver Broncos +3
The key to the Broncos winning Sunday is shutting down Ezekiel Elliot, here’s how. Denver’s backers and DBs will have to attack the box to get through Dallas’s stellar O-line. Expect blitzes early and often to get in Zeke’s face near the line of scrimmage. The Broncos have all the capable tools to win one on one match ups on the outside with their unrivaled secondary. With the Mile High crowd urging the Broncos D on, they should be able to hold The ‘Boys offense in check. If Trevor Siemian can go out and control the offense with poise and precision like he did last week, then the Broncos should come out victorious.
DOUBLE DOWN 2 – The Seattle Seahawks -14
The 12th man will make it’s 2017 debut Sunday when the Seahawks host their division rival San Fransico 49ers. Seattle’s Defence with the help of some of the loudest fans in football will mow down Brian Hoyer and the San Fran offense. The Legion of Boom will surely get their licks in, last week 48% of Hoyer’s passes were thrown to receivers that had a defender within 1 yard of them, that means a lot of big hits… A lot. After putting up just nine points last week in Green Bay, Russell Wilson and the Seattle O should rebound in a big way. Last week the ‘Niners surrendered 23 points to a QB similar to Wilson’s playing style in Cam Newton. Wilson should get lots of solid looks in and out of the pocket and lead Seattle to a convincing victory. The Seahawks cover the 14 point spread.