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Brian Daboll deserved to bop along with his gamers after the New York Giants defeated the Tennessee Titans on Sunday in his NFL head-coaching debut. Although the sport contained some acquainted Massive Blue foibles — a sluggish begin, two turnovers and 5 sacks allowed — it additionally featured two dynamics that might have legs as this season strikes alongside.

One is Daboll. If something, he proved immediately he isn’t afraid to make a giant choice at a crucial time. Did he get fortunate on the two-point conversion? Properly, sure. When Saquon Barkley caught Daniel Jones’ shovel move, two linebackers had been squared up, just a few ft away, to make the deal with. Barkley beat them to the purpose line. Did Daboll get fortunate once more when Randy Bullock missed a 47-yard area purpose as time expired? Hell yeah! However Invoice Parcells did not ship again the Tremendous Bowl XXV ring he received the very same means, did he?

No, the important thing factor is Daboll appears to be linked to his crew (not like Ben McAdoo and Pat Shurmur) and a traditional man (not like Joe Decide).

The opposite takeaway from Week 1 was Barkley’s burst. It was just one sport, but it surely seems to be again after his 164 yards speeding and 6 catches for 30 extra yards. If Barkley can get again to his 2018 kind, that modifications all the pieces for the Giants.

Now the Carolina Panthers come to MetLife Stadium on Sunday. The Put up’s latest 2022 NFL Preview part contained stats exhibiting that over the previous 4 seasons, the Giants had been fourth-best within the NFL in opposition to the unfold on the street however thirty second (useless final) versus the quantity at residence. To be exact, the Giants are 9-22-1 ATS in that point, however that horror present features a 25-3 residence run of the Panthers in 2021.

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Courting again to final season, Carolina is 0-8 and hasn’t lined the unfold as soon as. It is form of superb Matt Rhule remains to be round for Sport 9, however right here we’re.

The decide: Giants-2.

New York Jets (+6.5) over CLEVELAND BROWNS

The Jets are so poisonous within the market, this unfold seems to be to be about double what you’d anticipate to see with Jacoby Brissett at quarterback for the favorites. I do imagine the Jets have extra expertise unfold throughout the sphere than they’ve had in recent times. The issue is… nonetheless… the offensive line. The statuesque Joe Flacco wants time to have the ability to make the most of the total abilities of Garrett Wilson and Elijah Moore. If the road and playcalling of Mike LaFleur can hold Myles Garrett from ruining the sport, the Jets can cowl this.

Miami Dolphins (+3.5) over BALTIMORE RAVENS

Baltimore beat the Jets by 15, however the Jets left 11 factors on the desk with a missed area purpose, missed PAT and dropped landing move. Probably the most beautiful outcomes of 2021 was a Thursday nighter in Miami when the 2-7 Dolphins beat the 6-2 Ravens, 22-10. Ought to be a good one, so it is good to have that further half level.

Washington Commanders (+1.5) over DETROIT LIONS

Choose to again the Lions as massive underdogs than brief favorites, the place they’ve to truly win the sport. D’Andre Swift says he’ll play, however he and two key offensive linemen (Frank Ragnow and Taylor Decker) are on the damage report. Commanders are nonetheless considered a bottom-third assortment, however this crew is a stealth contender to win the NFC East.

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Indianapolis Colts (-3.5) at JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS

Line has inched towards the house underdogs in the course of the week, however the Colts had been favored by 10.5 in Jacksonville final season, so this appears to be a heck of an adjustment for not a lot purpose. Matt Ryan ought to have extra continuity in his second sport as a Colt.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (-2.5) over NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

Sure, Tom Brady is 0-4 with eight interceptions in regular-season video games in opposition to the Saints as a Buc. he needs this one, badly, and it was spectacular how Brady strolled in after lacking the top of camp and destroyed the Cowboys.

New England Patriots (-2) over PITTSBURGH STEELERS

Form of shocked the Patriots are favored and hate to go in opposition to my long-running worthwhile pattern of Mike Tomlin as an underdog (46-23 ATS in his profession). However the Steelers are down TJ Watt, Najee Harris is hurting, and Invoice Belichick has been nice traditionally off a loss.

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LOS ANGELES RAMS (-10) over Atlanta Falcons

The defending champs have had an additional few days to consider getting destroyed on opening night time by the Payments. Falcons had a protracted journey, and it figures to be even an extended day for one of many least-talented groups within the NFL.

Seattle Seahawks (+8.5) over SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS

Make all of the jokes you need about Geno Smith, however he is an awesome match within the Seahawks’ offense, along with his robust arm and mobility. Robust spot for them with the journey off an emotional Monday night time win, however I am not prepared to put virtually double digits with Trey Lance.

Cincinnati Bengals (-7.5) over DALLAS COWBOYS

Unfold seems to be like rather a lot, however is it actually? Is it onerous to foresee Bengals 30-20 or 27-17 even when Cooper Rush can do some issues with the Cowboys’ offense that Dak Prescott could not do in opposition to the Buccaneers?

Houston Texans (+10) over DENVER BRONCOS

Nathaniel Hackett was the dunce of Week 1 for his unfathomable choice to bleed clock to attempt a 64-yard area purpose in Seattle. A double-digit win over the Texans most likely is not excessive on his to-do checklist as he circles the wagons. Moreover, relationship again to final season, Houston has lined 4 of its previous 5 with Davis Mills.

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LAS VEGAS RAIDERS (-5.5) over Arizona Cardinals

Raiders had been a 2-point conversion away from a canopy in opposition to the robust Chargers. Arduous to belief Derek Carr to cowl this difficult quantity, however I’ve the sensation the Cardinals could possibly be to start with of a nosedive that results in Kliff Kingsbury being the primary coach fired.

Chicago Bears (+10) over GREEN BAY PACKERS

Rain is within the forecast for Lambeau on Sunday night time, which could possibly be good for Justin Fields and the Mudders from Chicago. Allen Lazard could possibly be again for the Pack, however double digits is rather a lot to ask from Aaron Rodgers in a prime-time divisional sport.

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BUFFALO BILLS (-10) over Tennessee Titans

Revenge match for the Payments, who misplaced 34-31 in Nashville in an entertaining battle final season. Payments even have just a few further days of relaxation. Giants confirmed for those who cease Derrick Henry, there’s not a lot to the remainder of the Titans’ offense.

Minnesota Vikings (+2) over PHILADELPHIA EAGLES

After seeing what the Lions did to the Eagles’ protection within the second half final week, it is onerous to withstand Kirk Cousins, Justin Jefferson and Dalvin Prepare dinner plus just a few factors right here.


Buccaneers, Seahawks, Vikings.

lock of the week

Buccaneers (Locks 1-0 in 2022).

final week

6-10 general, 2-1 Finest Bets.

Thursday Evening Soccer Choose

Chargers (W).


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