Pick 2: Oakland vs. Miami and New England vs. Kansas City

Pick 2: Oakland vs. Miami and New England vs. Kansas City

The Teaser: Pair Oakland and New England

Game 1: Oakland vs. Miami

The Initial Line:

Oakland +3.5 home vs. Miami

The Take:

Add 7 points to Oakland’s line

The Final Line:

Oakland +10.5

The Breakdown:

Oakland dropped to 0-3 after a loss in New England 16-9. However, they were in the game until a late interception sealed it for the home team. Derek Carr seems to show signs of promise in every start, as his completion percentage was 62% and he minimized mistakes until trying to push the ball down the field at the end. Miami is coming off a tough 34-15 loss at home to Kansas City. They gave up 132 yds on the ground to the KC backup Knile Davis, and Ryan Tannehill struggled a bit as his completion percentage was below 50%. Miami now sits at 1-2 on the season heading into Oakland.

Charles Woodson sent a big message to his team last week saying they “sucked”, and they almost came into New England and pulled off a huge upset. Now they head to London seeking their first win, and they will be fired up to try and beat a sluggish Miami team. The atmosphere will be different as Wembley Stadium will bring an interesting crowd supporting both teams. Expect a good contest between these two teams, and even if Oakland ends up losing they won’t lose by more than 10 after last week’s close game. Take the points here.

Game 2: New England vs. Kansas City

The Initial Line:

New England -3.5 away vs. Kansas City

The Take:

Add 7 points to New England’s line

The Final Line:

New England +3.5

The Breakdown:

New England hung on to win their home opener 16-9 against a mediocre Oakland team. The offense has struggled to get it going so far this year, but the one bright spot has been Julian Edelman who had 10 catches for 84 yds. Brady also was able to connect with Gronkowski for their second TD connection of the year. Kansas City was able to go into Miami and get a decisive first victory 34-15. Knile Davis filled in nicely for Jamaal Charles with and Alex Smith had 3 passing TDs. They now head home to Arrowhead Stadium where they lost their home opener 26-10 vs Tennessee.

New England’s offense has been underperforming in the first couple of weeks, but don’t expect this trend to continue. Gronkowski seems to be more comfortable every week (remember he didn’t play at all in the preseason), and Julian Edelman will keep catching passes. However it’s the defense that is stealing the show this season, with a +6 turnover margin (tied for best in the NFL). If the defense keeps it up and the offense can move the ball with consistency, they will be in every game and back into the playoffs comfortably. Kansas City is slowly finding their rhythm, but they won’t be able to beat New England on Monday Night if they come ready to play. Take New England at +3.5 in case they somehow lose on a last-second FG.

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