Seattle Seahawks @ San Francisco 49ers Point Spread Pick: This is another game I was pretty wishy-washy about. First and foremost the 49ers giving 5 points is frightening in and of itself, but the Hawks have looked nothing good and every bit of anemic this preseason.
I actually liked the addition of Tarvaris Jackson for the Hawks, figuring his position in teaching the offense would allow him to step to the plate as a leader, the guy with knowledge, and therefore play with a new kind of confidence that would do wonders for his game. But so far he hasn’t taken many chances, the line hasn’t blocked well, and the running game has been nonexistent. It looks bad in Seattle, and maybe, just maybe, they’re shooting for Andrew Luck and a win or two.
But anything’s possible still, the season hasn’t even started. The Hawks are the defending champs of the NFC West (if there is such thing as a champ of the worst division in football) and I think they’re better this year. The 49ers have a good coach that is more thorough and x’s and o’s smart that their last head guy, Mike Singletary, who, by the way, is my favorite player of all time. I just expect a little more from the 49ers this year, a good season out of Braylon Edwards, and some big time plays from Frank Gore. Franklyn has a history of stepping on Seahawks.
Buffalo Bills @ Kansas City Chiefs NFL Free Pick: This game has really jumped around. I believe it opened at -7 then went down as far as -5, maybe even 4.5 – I got it when it was -5 at each book that I follow, and I thought that was really right on the money. The Buffalo Bills couldn’t really stop any kind of rushing attack last season and the Chiefs just ran the ball on anybody and everybody they lined up against on Sunday. Jamaal Charles had an amazing season, averaging over 6 yards per rush and breaking big play after big play.
But has their been some sense of “fat and happy-ness” going on with the Chiefs? Nobody expected them to do anything last year and suddenly they’re in the playoffs. It didn’t go so well from there, but regardless, making it to the playoffs is definitely success. This preseason, they’ve been playing like a team that already won, and therefore they’ve been garbage. They were so bad that their head coach played them the entire 4th preseason game, a contest where most starters hardly play, if at all.
The Bills may not have a chance to win 10 games this season, but they’ve been fighters for a while now. Still, I went with the Chiefs because of their impressive home field advantage, and their solid running game against a bad run defense. But I’m far from cashing this check before I watch the entire game.
Notre Dame Fighting Irish @ Michigan Wolverines College Football Pick: I don’t think Michgan is great, but I like their head coach and I expect them to play well this season – better than the last few. I think Notre Dame is habitually overrated and I’m not the biggest fan of old red face, Brian Kelly. Michigan has better athletes and one of the most dynamic college football players in the country in Denard Robinson. He didn’t have a great game in Week 1, but you can bet hill have his shoelaces untied and ready to go against Notre Dame in the Big House.
I think the Fighting Irish have a better chance with Tommy Rees at quarterback, the kid just knows how to win, but I just flat out think the Wolverines are the better team. Brady Hoke has them playing sound football, taking what they get, and not taking too many chances.
I’m not writing off Notre Dame by any means – they played fast in Week 1, and while that didn’t translate, it eventually will. I just think Michigan gets them in Week 2.
Notre Dame Fighting Irish @ Michigan Wolverines (+3.5)
BYU Cougars @ Texas Longhorns Free Football Pick & Preview: If anybody read all my picks last week, you’ll see what I think about the BYU Cougars – in short, I’m unimpressed with their wins from last season and expect them to struggle against good teams. I don’t know if Texas is a top tier squad right now, but they are certainly on an entirely different talent level than the mighty Mormons.
Jake Heaps is a nice young talent for the Cougars, but I think asking them to be physical enough to beat the Longhorns is asking a little much. I know the Cougars have had teams in the past with enough senior leadership to win big games like this, but I just don’t think that’s the case right now.
Texas isn’t expected to do much this year, but they’ll still run the ball well and be too athletic defensively for the Cougars to put up many touchdowns. That’s enough for me, I’ll take the horns.
BYU Cougars @ Texas Longhorns (-7)