Pick 2: Buffalo vs. Miami and San Francisco vs. Chicago

Pick 2: Buffalo vs. Miami and San Francisco vs. Chicago

The Teaser: Pair Buffalo and San Francisco

Game 1: Buffalo vs. Miami

The Initial Line:

Buffalo +1.5 home vs. Miami

The Take:

Add 6.5 points to Buffalo’ line

The Final Line:

Buffalo +8

The Breakdown:

Buffalo started off their season with the biggest upset of week 1, going into Soldier Field and defeating Chicago 23-20 in OT. The RB pair of Fred Jackson and Anthony Dixon proved deadly, and they each had over 8.5 yds/carry and helped the team gained a combined 193 yds on the ground. Miami also had a confidence-building victory in week 1, defeating the AFC East powerhouse New England at home 33-20. Knowshon Moreno tried to make a statement early this season with his new team, gaining 134 yds with a 5.6 yds/carry average.

This should prove to be another classic AFC East battle. Both teams are riding high from week 1 and looking to take a step forward towards the division crown. Neither Buffalo nor Miami has made a legitimate run at the division title in the last few years, as neither team has claimed it since Miami did with an 11-5 record in 2008 (Matt Cassel replaced the injured Tom Brady). Now that both teams have a game up on New England, expect them to fight to the bitter end in this one for that crucial W. Neither team seems to have an explosive offense, so expect this one to be close. Buffalo hasn’t made the playoffs in 14 years, so they are hoping that this could finally be their opportunity. With the Buffalo crowd on their side, you should feel comfortable taking them by giving Buffalo an 8 point cushion.

Game 2: San Francisco vs. Chicago

The Initial Line:

San Francisco -7 home vs. Chicago

The Take:

Add 6.5 points to San Francisco’s line

The Final Line:

San Francisco -0.5

The Breakdown:

San Francisco went into Dallas to open the season and showed that they are hungry for another postseason run with a 28-17 victory on the road. Despite all of their missing talent on defense, it didn’t seem to phase them as they forced 4 turnovers in the game. Chicago is coming off a huge loss at home, with Buffalo coming in and taking a W with a 23-20 OT win. Chicago didn’t have an answer on defense for the running attack of Buffalo, and Jay Cutler made some mental mistakes throwing 2 INTs.

Now San Francisco gets to play at home, but not in the familiar Candlestick Park. This game marks the opening of Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, where the new atmosphere should bring a sold-out crowd of excited San Francisco fans. Colin Kaepernick will look to pick apart this struggling Chicago defense and expect the defense to once again be very physical with this Chicago attack. Bottom line, this is the opening of a new stadium for San Francisco and they will be looking to christen this place the right way with a W. If they hope to hang new Super Bowl banners here, they will want to make an example out of Chicago to set the tone in 2014. Take San Francisco at -0.5 as they will win their “new” home opener.

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