Pick 5: Arizona vs. San Francisco and New Orleans vs. Minnesota

Pick 5: Arizona vs. San Francisco and New Orleans vs. Minnesota

The Teaser: Pair Arizona and New Orleans

Game 1: Arizona vs. San Francisco

The Initial Line:

Arizona +3 home vs. San Francisco

The Take:

Add 7.5 points to Arizona’s line

The Final Line:

Arizona +10.5

The Breakdown:

Arizona pulled off a 25-14 win away vs New York to move to 2-0 on the season. Andre Ellington was able to gain 91 yds on the ground and Ted Ginn Jr. returned a punt for a TD. The Arizona defense made the biggest difference in the game however, forcing 4 turnovers on the road. San Francisco embarrassed themselves on Sunday Night Football, giving up a big lead and losing to Chicago 28-20 at home. They held a 17-0 lead, but Kaepernick threw 3 INTs and San Francisco managed to turn the ball over 4 times total. They also shot themselves in the foot with 16 penalties for 118 yds.

Arizona is a very underrated team, who has a chance to stay atop the difficult NFC West division with a win this weekend. This will be a great division battle, and Drew Stanton may need to step in for Arizona once again as Carson Palmer is questionable with a shoulder injury in Week 1. Arizona went 6-2 last year at home, but did lose a 23-20 nail-biter to San Francisco to be kept out of the playoffs. Look for Arizona to fight to the finish in this one and move to 3-0. Worst case they lose another tight one to San Francisco at the end and we still come out victorious at +10.5.

Game 2: New Orleans vs. Minnesota

The Initial Line:

New Orleans -10 home vs. Minnesota

The Take:

Add 7.5 points to New Orleans’ line

The Final Line:

New Orleans -2.5

The Breakdown:

New Orleans once again lost a close game in Week 2, losing 26-24 away at Cleveland on a last second FG. This is the second week in a row where New Orleans lost by a FG at the end of the game, and now sit at 0-2. They didn’t help themselves with 2 turnovers in the game. Minnesota is coming off a 30-7 loss at home to New England. Without Adrian Peterson the offense struggled, as Matt Cassel threw 4 INTs and they only managed to gain 217 total yds. It won’t get any easier in Week 3, as they have to play away in New Orleans.

Without the presence of Adrian Peterson, Minnesota will struggle to put up a large number of points. New Orleans knows that this game is a must-win as only 3 teams have made the playoffs after starting with an 0-2 start. New Orleans is a very tough team at home in recent history, as they are 20-4 in the last 3 years (83.3% Win %). Bottom line is that New Orleans has underperformed this year and has lost some very close games. They will be fighting to make a statement to the NFL this weekend, and Minnesota has too many distractions to keep up with their high-powered offense. Take New Orleans at -2.5 as they will in big at home in Week 3.

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