This has been the case for several years, but the Kansas City Chiefs are, once again, among the most exciting teams to watch. Quarterback (QB) Patrick Mahomes made a strong start (as always), with seven touchdowns in his first two games. Even without star-wide receiver Terek Hill, the Mahomes and Chiefs were able to dominate two strong teams. The Indianapolis Colts, on the other hand, were not so lucky. They were completely ruled out by the Jacksonville Jaguars, which I didn’t know was possible. QB Matt Ryan has yet to establish himself as a quality rookie in his new team, and returning to Jonathan Taylor can’t do all the work. Look for the dominant bosses to cover this spread against the faltering ponies.
Martin: Baltimore Ravens (-3) vs New England Patriots
Pay this guy! Former quarterback Lamar Jackson looked like a strong player early in the season and is on his way to earning a major contract extension for himself. The Louisville producer excelled against the New York Jets and captured four touchdowns in a close match with the Miami Dolphins. Marquis Brown’s loss was largely mitigated by the appearance of the wide receiver Rachod Pittman and others, and the Ravens’ attack seemed as formidable as ever. Honestly, the 2022 Patriots are not old Patriots. While the defense headed up by Matthew Godon and Christian Barmore is no laughing matter, the offense looks disappointing under play-related Matt Patricia. Seriously, why did Matt Patricia call offensive plays? Look for crows to bounce back on the road in Foxboro.
Silverstein: San Francisco 49ers (-1) at Denver Broncos
When your starting quarterback suffers an injury at the end of the season, it usually feels like your season is over, too. But for the San Francisco 49ers, the devastating injury to young gunslinger Trey Lance isn’t devastating at all. Jimmy Garoppolo steps in, a confirmed winner who has led this team to the Super Bowl and NFC Championship sidewalks in two of the past three seasons. Most importantly, Jimmy G is efficient and comfortable as a game manager and someone who rarely takes unnecessary risks and turns the ball around. This plays to the team’s true strength: defense. Russell Wilson and the Broncos appeared to be a serious attack on paper but were slow in their 16-9 victory over lowly Texans. If they were to turn it around, it wouldn’t be against one of football’s best defensive units who reasserted their dominance last week against Seattle. Give me a low 49er win in Denver.
Note: Los Angeles Rams (-4) at Arizona Cardinals
Both teams are supposed to be good, right? The Los Angeles Rams were blown up in the first week against the Buffalo Bills and then barely squeaked by the Atlanta Falcons. The Arizona Cardinal looked dazed for the first two weeks after being decimated by the Kansas City Chiefs and barely winning the Las Vegas Raiders. With every team going into this week 1-1, there is one thing (other than talent) that sets these teams apart: training.
Cliff Kingsbury generally appears uninvolved on the sidelines. Its gameplay is perplexing even the most casual football fan. When he was hired, he was supposed to be this offensive guru who could unleash the potential of quarterback Killer Murray. Even with Murray playing prodigious football, Kingsbury is holding him back and only holding back what could be the biggest attack in the league. On the flip side, Sean McVeigh seems to be getting better. Yes, his team got off to a slower start than expected. But he does everything imaginable to put the rams in good positions to win. The call to play is there, and if ball safety can catch up, the Rams will be top of the league in no time. Find the rams to advance through Arizona and leave with a win.
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