Pick 3: Miami vs. Jacksonville and Atlanta vs. New York (NFC)

Pick 3: Miami vs. Jacksonville and Atlanta vs. New York (NFC)

The Teaser: Pair Miami and Atlanta

Game 1: Miami vs. Jacksonville

The Initial Line:

Miami -7 away vs. Jacksonville

The Take:

Add 6.5 points to Miami’s line

The Final Line:

Miami -0.5

The Breakdown:

Miami got the road win in week 1 17-10 over Washington, while Jacksonville was beaten at home 20-9 by Carolina. Miami had a decent campaign in 2014 (8-8), and picked up some huge defensive help in Ndamukong Suh in the offseason. They will be competing with NE and Buffalo for a shot at the AFC East title and a postseason berth, but it all starts with beating the “weaker” teams like Jacksonville. There is just no real firepower from the Jacksonville offense led by Blake Bortles, as he threw 1 TD and 2 INTs last week and barely completed 50% of his passes. Ryan Tannehill showed real promise in 2014, passing for 4,045 yds and 27 TDs while Lamar Miller broke out for over 1,000 yds rushing on the ground. If they can continue a balanced rushing and passing attack, they will only need to score 20-25 pts a game with their defense. Expect a win for them in this battle of FL bragging rights.

Final Stat: Jacksonville ranked 31st in offensive yds last year, and expect their woes to continue with Cameron Wake and Ndamukong Suh on the field (combined for 20 sacks in 2014).

Game 2: Atlanta vs. New York (NFC)

The Initial Line:

Atlanta +1 away vs. New York (NFC)

The Take:

Add 6.5 points to Atlanta’s line

The Final Line:

Atlanta +7.5

The Breakdown:

Atlanta was an underdog at home vs Philadelphia on Monday Night Football, but was able to make some key plays to hold on for the 26-24 victory. New York almost got the road upset over Dallas due to some key mistakes, but they had some poor game management at the end to allow Tony Romo to march and score with seconds left. They didn’t look very good with under 300 total yards, and the only reason they stayed in the game was due to 3 Dallas turnovers which turned into 17 pts. Atlanta showed an intimidating offensive attack led by who else but Julio Jones (2 TD in 1st half). They’re listed as underdogs once again in this one, but Philly was a much better team than New York is and expect another offensive explosion out of Matt Ryan and Co. In my mind they should be favored to win this one as they are the superior team, but I guess we’ll take a TD cushion just in case Eli decides to pull one of those miraculous games out of his cap.

Final Stat: New York’s defense was 29th in yds allowed last year, which doesn’t bode well against Matt Ryan who passed for the 5th most yds in the league (4,694).

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