While we finally have a little more history to go off, the NFL season has been interesting so far, to say the least. Injuries have taken a heavy toll already, perhaps in relation to the shortened off season. Kansas City has lost stud RB Jamal Charles for the year, Texas superstar RB Arian Foster has yet to play a full game, RB Steven Jackson of the Rams was hurt without being hit, QB Tony Romo is getting beat up as are his running backs, Eagles QB Michael Vick left last weeks game, Colts QB Peyton Manning is nowhere to be seen and the New York Giants are banged up all over the place. That is just a start and it makes handicapping a little more challenging but there are still gems left to be found.
10:00 Pacific: Detroit Lions (-3 -120) at Minnesota Vikings (45) at Mall of America Field
Everyone is in love with the Detroit Lions and it is an easy side to get behind. They have suffered so much for so long, as has the city itself, but with young gun Matthew Stafford at quarterback throwing to ‘Megatron’ Calvin Johnson at wide receiver, they have the talent to play entertaining football. Minnesota still has a strong defense and great RB in Adrian Peterson that should keep the Vikings in most games. A little protection for QB Donovan McNabb could go a long way and I think Minnesota will have success moving the ball against Detroitat home on Sunday. Lions are a bit one-dimensional on offense and let’s not forget that Minnesota has put together two very good halves so far, unfortunately just not in the same game. Week One the Vikes led 17-7 at San Diego and Week Two got off to a 17-0 halftime lead versus Tampa Bay. I’ll buy the half point here at BetDSI with the undervalued home dog.
Minnesota +3.5 -120 is my bet
1:05 Pacific: Kansas City Chiefs (44.5) at San Diego Chargers (-14.5) at Qualcomm Stadium
San Diego Chargers again appear to own one of the best defenses in the NFL and the Chiefs demise has been sudden this season. Key Kansas City injuries and mistakes have all but buried what appeared to be a promising season just weeks ago. Losing RB Jamal Charles decimates an already limited offense and the defense has been forced to play to long, too much, already. Chargers defense should be able to completely shutdown the Chiefs here and with TE Antonio Gates ailing once more, I see the Bolts going turning to the ground game more. Yes, WR Vincent Jackson is a star, but after San Diego gets up early this will be a clock-control game for the Chargers. Chiefs may not score more than a touchdown as this game eases Under.
My bet is Kansas City-San Diego Under 44.5
Teaser Time: Minnesota +10 with Oakland +10
Minnesota has been covered above and this is a spot that I see Oakland able to keep up with the New York Jets at home. The Raiders offense has been very good with RB Darren McFadden crushing his way to 222 yards on the ground in the first two weeks while QB Jason Campbell is doing enough to keep his team in games. The NY Jets are a solid team for sure, but the running game lead by Shonn Greene is just average and I see this as a back-and-forth type of game that is close to the end. Jets just aren’t a team that pulls away from many teams (okay, aside from lowly Jacksonville) and Oakland is always a rude host. McFadden and the Oakland Raiders defense will keep this one close enough to cash.
Two-team 7-Point Teaser -130: Minnesota +10 with Oakland +10