Happy Opening Day Dolphins fans!!!! After 8 excruciating months of no real, Dolphins football action, the Dolphins return to the field at 1pm in Cleveland. With the return of the NFL season, it also means that our Pitiful Picks segments are back! Last year, we finished the season over .500, but our goal this year is for a .700 winning percentage. That means we need to pick 7 out of 10 winners.
Traditionally, the first week of the season is one of the toughest ones to bet on because there is no basis for analysis. There are new coaches, new players and new systems in place, so how everything will gel is anyone’s guess. Let’s not waste any more time and lets get to our week 1, Pitiful Picks. The point spreads are courtesy of Brovada:
Bengals +3 over Bears
In my opinion, the wrong team is favored here. The Bengals are not the Super Bowl juggernaut that everyone is predicting. However, they are better than the Bears. The Bears let Lovie Smith go this offseason and I suspect we’ll see some cracks in their defense early this season. I think Andy Daulton and AJ Green are better than Jay Cutler and Brandon Marshall at this point. Prediction: Bengals 27 Bears 20
Giants +3 over Cowboys
Again, I think the wrong team is favored in this game. I realize that the Cowboys have Monte Kiffin as their new defensive coordinator and he’s a genius and all. BUT, it’s going to take some time for him to bring the Tampa 2 defense to Dallas. First, he needs his players to fully understand the system and second, he needs players that can properly implement his system. The Giants have some injuries on defense, but their defensive line is fierce. I’m not a Tony Romo hater, but if this game is close, as it should be, I’ll take Eli Manning. Prediction: Giants 30 Cowboys 27
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