The Teaser: Pair Los Angeles Chargers and Green Bay
Game 1: Los Angeles Chargers vs. Kansas City
The Initial Line:
Los Angeles +3 home vs. Kansas City
Add 7.5 points to Los Angeles’ line
The Final Line:
Los Angeles +10.5
The past trend of losing close games continues to haunt the Chargers even in their new home, as they fell on a missed FG as time expired to Miami 19-17. Kansas City kept their hot start rolling, securing the home victory against Philadelphia 27-20. Philip Rivers has done his part to carry the offense, averaging 262 yds and 2 TDs per game so far. Rookie Kareem Hunt continues to be the surprise in the NFL this season through 2 games, as he’s combined for 5 total TDs to this point.
Los Angeles is the only team in the AFC West that doesn’t have a 2-0 record to start the year, but if it weren’t for a blocked FG in week 1 and a 44-yard missed FG in week 2 they could also have that record. Kansas City looks strong out of the gate which shouldn’t be surprising after a 12 win season, but let’s not all pretend like Alex Smith all of a sudden knows how to be a vertical passer. New England was leaving receivers wide open for him to hit four deep flies in week 1, which is why he had 4 TDs vs the 1 TD against the improved Philly D. Smith has also been sacked 7 times in 2 games, and LA has been able to compile 6 sacks which spells trouble for them this week. LA will be gunning for their first home win in their new home city against their division rival, but it remains to be seen if they’ll achieve that goal. However, they should keep the game close either way at home so taking them with a TD and FG cushion should be a lock.
Game 2: Green Bay vs. Cincinnati
The Initial Line:
Green Bay -10 home vs. Cincinnati
Add 7.5 points to New Orlean’s line
The Final Line:
Green Bay -2.5
Green Bay lost its first road game of the season, falling on Sunday Night Football to Atlanta 34-23. Cincinnati continued its disappointing start to 2017, as they lost a 2nd straight home game to Houston 13-9 on Thursday Night Football. Aaron Rodgers did all he could to try and match Atlanta throwing for 343 yds, 2 TDs and 1 INT with strong production from Ty Montgomery (1 rush TD, 1 pass TD). Cincinnati’s offensive struggles continued, as they failed to score a TD in two straight home games to start the season (first team since 1939).
Rodgers has already gotten off on the right foot this season, currently sitting 2nd in the NFL with 654 pass yds through 2 games. They’ve had to face two of the tougher teams in the NFC as well, with their first game against Seattle and 2nd away game vs 2016 NFC champion Atlanta. Now they face a Cincinnati squad that has all kinds of question marks on both sides of the ball. They fired their offensive coordinator 2 games into the season after no touchdowns and no points through the first 5 quarters. They’ve also given up 8 sacks through the first 2 games, which shows some real weaknesses on their O-line. Rodgers is one of the games’ best when he plays at home, with a career record of 57-15 at Lambeau. Cincinnati has 10 days to get ready for this one, but to expect a complete turnaround against a likely playoff bound team like Green Bay on the road doesn’t seem realistic. It wouldn’t be unlikely to expect a blowout by Green Bay, but taking some extra insurance points to ensure a FG wins it seems like a no-brainer.