Pick 1: Green Bay vs Chicago and Dallas vs New York (NFC)

Pick 1: Green Bay vs Chicago and Dallas vs New York (NFC)

The Teaser: Pair Green Bay and Dallas

Game 1: Green Bay vs. Chicago

The Initial Line:

Green Bay -7 away vs Chicago

The Take:

Add 6.5 points to Green Bay’s line

The Final Line:

Green Bay -0.5

The Breakdown:

Green Bay looked poised to beat Seattle last year and make the Super Bowl, until an unbelievable collapse in the 4th quarter sent them home early. Now they look determined to get revenge and once again get a shot at the Lombardi trophy, behind the heals of a 2nd MVP nomination for their star QB Aaron Rodgers. Even though they suffered a big loss in Jordy Nelson during preseason, the addition of James Jones to the receiving core of Randall Cobb and Davante Adams will leave plenty of targets for Rodgers. They will have to travel to the windy city to face their rivals in Chicago, although this wasn’t much of a challenge for GB last year. Chicago is in a rebuilding phase and lost their main star receiver Brandon Marshall in the offseason. This one shouldn’t be much of a contest as seen by GB being 7 pt favorites on the road, and taking them at -0.5 almost seems unfair as it’ll take a miracle for them to lose this one.

Final Stat: GB outscored Chi 93-31 in 2 wins last season, with a total QBR of 99 for Rodgers compared to 32 for Cutler.

Game 2: Dallas vs. New York (NFC)

The Initial Line:

Dallas -7 home vs New York (NFC)

The Take:

Add 6.5 points to Dallas’ line

The Final Line:

Dallas -0.5

The Breakdown:

Dallas was a team on a mission last year, behind an unbelievable all-around offense. It’s hard to say who performed the best, as Tony Romo had the best QBR in the league, DeMarco Murray had the most rushing yards in the league, and those stats were most likely due to their offensive line who’s probably the best in the league. They lost Murray in the offseason, but still have the core OL and Romo running the offense. New York had a sign of hope with Odell Beckham Jr reeling off a ridiculous season in 2014, but they still don’t have enough pieces to be a real contender. Even though this is usually a competitive divisional game, Dallas should have the pieces in places to secure a victory at -0.5 as they make their push for another playoff run.

Final Stat: Tony Romo vs NYG in 2014 (2 Games)/ 2-0 record, 71.4% Comp. %, 7-1 TD/INT Ratio, 139.8 QB Rating.

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