Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) on sidelines during second half against the New England Patriots at MetLife Stadium.
- Chad and BlackJack picked a total of five bets for Week 1 of the Las Vegas Westgate SuperContest.
- Chad likes two 3-point underdogs to open the season with a win this Sunday.
- BlackJack expects the Steelers to roll and the Browns to be ... the Browns.
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Cleveland Browns at Pittsburgh Steelers
The Pick: Steelers -3.5
BJ: I don’t care, Chad, if you yourself were lining up in the backfield for the Pittsburgh Steelers in this game, it doesn’t matter.
What matters is what’s on the other side of it and the other side of it is the Cleveland Browns … Hue Jackson is still the head coach. This team is still going to be a trainwreck, it’s always a trainwreck. Take the Steelers.
Jacksonville Jaguars at New York Giants
The Pick: Giants +3
Chad: I have been on the Giants since this game has been posted. I think this line is way out of whack.
You’re paying a tax on the Jaguars for what they did last year. You’re not getting credit for what the Giants have done in the offseason to make their roster better.
Cincinnati Bengals at Indianapolis Colts
The Pick: Bengals +3
Chad: I look at this game and see Cincinnati as the much better team getting points. They have a better defense, better offensive weapons. You got an offensive line that couldn’t protect Andrew Luck.
Tennessee Titans at Miami Dolphins
The Pick: Titans +1.5
BJ: They are the better team at every single position on the field. Ryan Tannehill hasn’t played a game in longer than Andrew Luck; It’s been a year and a half. Let us not forget that when Ryan Tannehill was playing football, he wasn’t very good at it.
Seattle Seahawks at Denver Broncos
The Pick: Broncos -3
Chad: I think the Broncos defense is just so good. They got much better with the draft. If Case Keenum is mediocre, he’s still going to be better than anyone they had at quarterback last year.
Editor’s note: The opinions on these games are from the individual writers and are based on their research, analysis and perspective. They are independent of, and may not always match with, the algorithm-driven Best Bets from Sports Insights.