Teaser Pick 2: Kansas City vs. Houston and Carolina vs. San Francisco

Teaser Pick 2: Kansas City vs. Houston and Carolina vs. San Francisco

The Teaser: Pair Kansas City and Carolina

Game 1: Kansas City vs. Houston

The Initial Line:

Kansas City +1 away vs. Houston

The Take:

Add 7.5 points to Kansas City’s line

The Final Line:

Kansas City +8.5

The Breakdown:

Kansas City was able to pull out the improbable 24-3 comeback at home as they defeated San Diego in OT 33-27. Houston was able to get a week 1 home victory behind Brock Osweiler as they defeated Chicago 23-14. KC was off to a poor start in the first half vs SD, with only 3 pts on their board and no real production. However, they showed their full potential in the 2nd half, as they got contributions in both the passing game from Alex Smith (363 yds and 1 TD) and the rushing/receiving game without Jamaal Charles (Spencer Ware rushed 11 times for 70 yds and a TD, and had 7 catches for 129 yds). Houston had some positive signs with new RB Lamar Miller rushing for over 100 yds and new QB Osweiler throwing for 2 TDs. However, Houston suffered a big blow to the defense as Brian Cushing tore his MCL in the first quarter and is expected to miss six weeks, after he accumulated 110 tackles last season. This should be a good matchup between 2 teams who feel they have a shot at winning their respective divisions this season. Expect a tight game to the finish, but I think KC has the better overall squad. Take them with some insurance points in case they falter near the end on the road.

Game 2: Carolina vs. San Francisco

The Initial Line:

Carolina -14 home vs. San Francisco

The Take:

Add 7.5 points to Carolina’s line

The Final Line:

Carolina -6.5

The Breakdown:

Carolina lost a last second heartbreaker to Denver after Graham Gano missed a 50 yd FG with 0:04 left, as they fell 21-20. San Francisco ended up cruising past the LA Rams in their home opener on Monday Night Football, as they dominated them 28-0. Carolina will be looking for its first win since the NFC Championship game, after they lost in the Super Bowl to Denver. Blaine Gabbert won the starting job over Colin Kaepernick for the 49ers, but there wasn’t much expected out of their squad this season. The defense showed some sparks of life against LA with 2 INTs, but it still doesn’t match up to Carolina’s defense who once again expects to be one of the best in the league. Combine that with an offense run by reigning MVP Cam Newton and returning weapon Kelvin Benjamin and there’s a clear advantage for Carolina. Carolina went undefeated at home last season and they’ve only improved their team. Expect a blowout here, but they’ll easily beat a weak SF team by more than a TD.

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