Teaser Pick 1: New York (AFC) vs. Buffalo and Cincinnati vs. Pittsburgh

Teaser Pick 1: New York (AFC) vs. Buffalo and Cincinnati vs. Pittsburgh

The Teaser: Pair New York (AFC) and Cincinnati

Game 1: New York (AFC) vs. Buffalo

The Initial Line:

New York (AFC) even away vs. Buffalo

The Take:

Add 7.5 points to New York’s line

The Final Line:

New York (AFC) +7.5

The Breakdown:

New York lost a back-and-forth shootout to Cincinnati, falling at the end 23-22 at home. Buffalo wasn’t able to win their week 1 matchup either, losing on the road to Baltimore 13-7. Although New York got the loss, they did show signs of their strengths that led them to a 10-6 season last year. The offense had a respectable 340 total yards with Matt Forte rushing for 96 on the ground, and they were able to gain 22 first downs on 5.2 yards/play. The defense was also able to contribute 7 sacks and had 1 interception against Andy Dalton. The problem was that Cincinnati also had a playoff caliber team and was able to hang with New York until the end. Buffalo wasn’t able to muster much offense on Sunday at Baltimore, only accumulating 11 first downs and 160 total yards. If it weren’t for the defense forcing a turnover Baltimore may have blown them out. Now the 2 divisional rivals will have a showdown in Buffalo, where it’s always a tough environment to play. New York lost both matchups last season, but only by a combined 10 points. They will seek revenge this weekend and try to avoid an 0-2 start after accomplishing a winning record last season. The line is even, and even though Buffalo has the home edge New York is clearly the more talented team all-around. Combine that with injuries to Buffalo’s defense and uncertainty with Sammy Watkins for a Thursday night showdown, and I give New York the slight edge. Give them an extra TD cushion in case Rex Ryan gets more revenge against the team that fired him.

Game 2: Cincinnati vs. Pittsburgh

The Initial Line:

Cincinnati +3 away vs. Pittsburgh

The Take:

Add 7.5 points to Cincinnati’s line

The Final Line:

Cincinnati +10.5

The Breakdown:

Cincinnati came out on top of a tough battle with the New York Jets, edging them out on the road 23-22. Pittsburgh was also showing their offensive dominance, as they had strong road win against Washington on Monday Night Football 38-16. Pittsburgh got the edge over Cincinnati in the Wild Card playoff game last year 18-16, but there was some definite anger that led to consecutive 15 yard penalties against Cincinnati and an eventually last minute FG loss. This game is set to be another high-stress affair between AFC North rivals, and expect another shootout-type environment. Both teams had strong opening game performances by their QBs, as Dalton threw for 366 yds and a TD, while Big Ben threw for 300 yds and 3 TDs. Both teams have a high-powered offense, but Cincinnati has a much more dynamic defense that will be hard to match. Pittsburgh does have the home-field advantage, but this game should be more of a pick-em than a 3 pt underdog to the visitor. Expect Cincinnati to come out with a vengeance and push this game until the very end. 10.5 points should be more than enough to cover this bet, assuming Cincinnati doesn’t win the game outright.

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