Teaser Pick 2: New Orleans vs. Oakland and Carolina vs. Denver

Teaser Pick 2: New Orleans vs. Oakland and Carolina vs. Denver

The Teaser: Pair New Orleans and Carolina

Game 1: New Orleans vs. Oakland

The Initial Line:

New Orleans even home vs. Oakland

The Take:

Add 7.5 points to New Orleans’s line

The Final Line:

New Orleans +7.5

The Breakdown:

New Orleans had a disappointing 2015 season with a 7-9 record, but much of that was due to their defense which ranked last in the NFL with 476 points allowed (29.8 PPG). Oakland had a matching record at 7-9 in 2015, and still is trying to get their young talent to a point where they can make a statement and challenge for a playoff spot. Drew Brees continues to follow the trends of other elite QBs like Tom Brady who almost seem better with age. Even though he is 37, he had a 68.3% completion percentage (2nd in NFL), 75.5 total QBR (3rd in NFL), and 4,870 pass yards (1st in NFL). Derek Carr, Khalil Mack, and Amari Cooper lead Oakland’s young core of talent who hope to continue to grow their organization despite rumors of a potential move to Vegas in the near future. Expect this one to be a shootout, with the slight edge going to the home team. I’d give New Orleans some extra points just in case they stumble a bit out of the gate and lose by a TD.

Game 2: Carolina vs. Denver

The Initial Line:

Carolina -3 away vs. Denver

The Take:

Add 7.5 points to Carolina’s line

The Final Line:

Carolina +4.5

The Breakdown:

The 2016 season is finally here, and it kicks off with the most anticipated showdown of the year. Carolina had a shocking collapse at the hands of Denver in the Super Bowl last season, as they lost 24-10 in a matchup of powerhouse defenses. Denver’s defense took over the game and swarmed Cam Newton all day, but expect that Carolina has not forgotten the feeling of last February on Thursday night. Denver will be trying out rookie QB Trevor Siemian, who won the starting job over Mark Sanchez but has yet to start a game in the NFL after being the 3rd string QB last season. He will have the tough task of facing off in his first start against the reigning MVP, and Newton achieved that honor without Kelvin Benjamin as their #1 receiver. Both defenses are still tops in the league, although Carolina suffered a slight loss with the departure of Josh Norman. Expect a good defensive battle in this one, but Carolina’s offense should have the firepower to outplay the Denver offense. Take them with some extra points just in case Denver can find their usual magic at home.

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