Teaser Pick 3: Cleveland vs. Baltimore and New Orleans vs. New York (NFC)

Teaser Pick 3: Cleveland vs. Baltimore and New Orleans vs. New York (NFC)

The Teaser: Pair Cleveland and New Orleans

Game 1: Cleveland vs. Baltimore

The Initial Line:

Cleveland +7.5 home vs. Baltimore

The Take:

Add 7 points to Cleveland’s line

The Final Line:

Cleveland +14.5

The Breakdown:

Cleveland had a tough start to the year, as they fell on the road to Philadelphia and lost RGIII for at least 8 games with a shoulder injury. Baltimore was able to pull out the home win vs Buffalo, as they won 13-7. Many might see this as an even further fall into the pit of despair for Cleveland after the injury to their QB, but many probably forgot that Josh McCown is pretty formidable himself. In fact, it was McCown who led Cleveland to an OT victory over Baltimore last season winning 33-30. He went off in that game, throwing for 457 yds and 2 TDs, and showed that he can beat his counterpart Joe Flacco even when playing on the road. Baltimore had a few injuries then and got back WR Steve Smith Sr., but Baltimore wasn’t exactly dominant themselves in week 1 vs the Bills. They gained a modest 308 yards on offense, and had 1 turnover that helped them get the victory. However, Flacco has shown throughout his career that he plays much better at home (48-14, 77.4 win %) than away (28-33, 45.9 win %). Everyone’s counting out the Browns, but I think this game ends up being close down to the finish. They may not win it, but they should keep it close so expect a 2 TD cushion to be plenty here.

Game 2: New Orleans vs. New York (NFC)

The Initial Line:

New Orleans +4.5 away vs. New York (NFC)

The Take:

Add 7 points to New Orleans’s line

The Final Line:

New Orleans +11.5

The Breakdown:

New Orleans suffered a tough loss in week 1, as they were outscored 22-10 in the 4th quarter and fell to Oakland 35-34. New York was able to pull out the tight victory on the road against divisional rival Dallas, as they won 20-19. Despite blowing the lead, New Orleans’ offense was on fire in week 1 led by Drew Brees. Brees threw for a league high 423 yds and 4 TD passes, and Brandin Cooks and Willie Snead each had over 140 yds receiving with at least 1 TD. Eli Manning had a modest game, throwing for 207 yds, 3 TDs, 1 INT, and 1 fumble. However, New York had trouble keeping Dallas off the field, as the time of possession was 23:17 for NY and 36:43 for Dallas. This should be an interesting matchup, as New Orleans should have the more powerful offense but New York will have the edge on defense after some big offseason purchases. Expect this to be a tight game, and even if New Orleans falls they should be able to keep it close. Take New Orleans here with the points.

Leave a Reply

Be the First to Comment!

Notify of

wpDiscuz