Pick 2: Houston vs. Carolina and New Orleans vs. Tampa Bay

Pick 2: Houston vs. Carolina and New Orleans vs. Tampa Bay

The Teaser: Pair Houston and New Orleans

Game 1: Houston vs. Carolina

The Initial Line:

Houston +3 away vs. Carolina

The Take:

Add 8.5 points to Houston’s line

The Final Line:

Houston +11.5

The Breakdown:

Houston was handed a home-opening loss by KC to start 2015, while Carolina went on the road to beat the abysmal Jacksonville squad 20-9. Houston’s biggest question mark remains at QB, as Brian Hoyer was benched after a poor performance. Once backup QB Ryan Mallett went in with 6 minutes to play however, he was able to drive Houston down the field twice for 11 pts to keep them from an embarrassing loss. It’s currently unknown if Mallett will start for week 2, but he made a strong argument for it. The focus of both these teams is not their offense, but rather their defense. Houston had the most takeaways in 2014 with 34, while Carolina ranked 10th with 26. Neither of these offenses have a ton of firepower at the moment, so expect a low scoring defensive battle here. Also I still haven’t seen anyone in the league who can contain JJ Watt, as he continues to show why he should be rated as the best player in the NFL. I don’t see either team winning by more than a TD, let alone 10+ points.

Final Stat: Cam Newton only completed 57.7% of his passes at home in 2014 with a 7:6 TD:INT ratio.

Game 2: New Orleans vs. Tampa Bay

The Initial Line:

New Orleans -11.5 home vs. Tampa Bay

The Take:

Add 8.5 points to New Orleans’ line

The Final Line:

New Orleans -3

The Breakdown:

New Orleans lost their opener on the road to Arizona 33-19, and even though they went back and forth Arizona’s late TD sealed the victory. Tampa Bay was humiliated on their home turf in a showdown of the top 2 picks in Winston and Mariota. Winston started off his career with a pick 6 and it only went downhill from there as they lost 42-14. New Orleans heads home to the Superdome where they should be able to handle TB easily. Even though the defense is still a bit shaky after some offseason additions, TB doesn’t really pose much of an offensive threat. NO can still move the ball with Drew Brees leading the charge, as he now has 9 straight seasons of 4,000 pass yards and 25 TD passes. If CJ Spiller is active for the game, he’ll have yet another weapon to utilize from the backfield. Expect an easy 1st win for NO in this one.

Final Stat: NO had the most total net yards in the NFL in 2014 (6,582), while TB ranked 30th with almost 2,000 less (4,672).

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