Pick 1: Chicago vs. Green Bay and Philadelphia vs. San Francisco

Pick 1: Chicago vs. Green Bay and Philadelphia vs. San Francisco

The Teaser: Pair Chicago and Philadelphia

Game 1: Chicago vs. Green Bay

The Initial Line:

Chicago +1.5 home vs. Green Bay

The Take:

Add 6 points to Chicago’s line

The Final Line:

Chicago +7.5

The Breakdown:

Chicago went into New York and won themselves their 2nd straight road victory with a 27-19 victory. Jay Cutler orchestrated a quality game, throwing for 225 yds and 2TDs, while the defense forced 3 turnovers even with their banged up secondary. Green Bay suffered a defeat in Detroit, losing 19-7 and moving to 1-2 on the season. Aaron Rodgers has not looked his sharpest, only throwing for 162yds on the day which was his second lowest total as a starter. Green Bay is now 0-2 on the season away from Lambeau Field.

Green Bay will face another tough road test when they battle with Chicago at Soldier Field. This is a storied rivalry between these 2 games, as Green Bay pulled off the last minute upset in week 17 last year to put themselves into the playoffs and bump Chicago into the offseason early. Chicago will be out for revenge in this one, and they will feel confident after 2 consecutive road victories in San Francisco and New York. I expect that Aaron Rodgers will continue to get better, but this is not the ideal atmosphere to make grand strides. Expect a tight game in this one, but I see Chicago continuing their win streak at home. Take them at +7.5 just in case Rodgers decides to throw another game-winning TD with a minute left.

Game 2: Philadelphia vs. San Francisco

The Initial Line:

Philadelphia +5.5 away vs. San Francisco

The Take:

Add 6 points to Philadelphia’s line

The Final Line:

Philadelphia +11.5

The Breakdown:

Philadelphia had another tough battle against Washington this week, but pulled out a 37-34 victory at home. Nick Foles had another stellar game, compiling 325 yds and 3 TDs. Philly now sits at 3-0 on the season, joining Arizona and Cincinnati as the only undefeated teams left. San Francisco is coming off a road loss to Arizona 23-14, which now puts them at 1-2 on the season. They are having trouble finishing games, as they were outscored 17-0 in the 2nd half and now have been outscored 52-3 after halftime this season. Once again San Fran piled up the penalties, getting 9 for 107yds in this one and having 2 straight games of over 100yds in penalties.

This is setting up to be a great battle in Santa Clara this weekend, as Philly seems like a team that never quits with all of their comebacks and San Fran is in desperate need of a victory. This is the first time a team has trailed by at least 10 in the first 3 games and been 3-0, which is large in part to Chip Kelly’s approach to conditioning his team for a 60 minute game. Kaepernick and Co. have not shown that they can consistently put it all together, and the young defensive group has been piling up the penalty yards as of late. I see San Francisco playing a better game in this one, but Philly will play them tough for the whole game and this should come down to the wire. I could see either team taking this one at the end, and taking Philly at +11.5 should give us a comfortable point cushion.

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