2011/12 Weekly NFL Locks: Week 1
It is finally here. The 2011 NFL season is underway and with the first full slate of Sunday games right around the corner, we here at TotalProSports want to put some cash in your pocket with our weekly NFL locks.
Here is a look at how we see things shaping up during week one.
Game: Philadelphia Eagles @ St. Louis Rams
Pick: Eagles -3.5
Reason: The Rams may be the home team in this game, but playing on the quick turf at the Edward Jones Dome probably favors the visitors more so than the home team. The Eagles offence was already dynamic, and now their defence appears to be equally stellar, as they have added the likes of Jason Babin, Cullen Jenkins, Nnamdi Asomugha and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. The Rams may be able to improve upon their 7-9 record from last season, but we don’t expect them to do so at the expense of the Eagles. Look for Michael Vick and company to put plenty of points on the board and cover the 3.5-point spread in the process.
Game: Tennessee Titans @ Jacksonville Jaguars
Pick: Titans +1.5
Reason: Although the Jaguars’ coaching staff believes that letting quarterback David Garrard go was the best thing for the team, I can’t help but argue otherwise. Garrard may not be a Pro Bowl calibre quarterback, but prior evidence does have me believing that he is better than Luke McCown, who the team has since decided to start under center. With Chris Johnson signed to a new contract extension, Matt Hasselbeck in at quarterback and Kenny Britt healthy, the Titans appear to be the far superior team in this matchup, making them a great pick as 1.5-point underdogs.
Game: Dallas Cowboys @ New York Jets
Pick: Jets -6.5
Reason: The Patriots were the most active team in the AFC East during the offseason, but much of that has to do with the fact that the Jets were content with their roster, and rightfully so. In addition to one of the strongest defences in the league, they also have one of the top offensive lines, two solid running backs, a former Super Bowl MVP wide receiver, and a young up-and-coming quarterback in Mark Sanchez. That offensive unit should be able to put up their fair share of points against a Cowboys team that will likely be missing both starting cornerbacks. Dallas certainly has a dynamic offence, but with injuries on both sides of the ball, we don’t expect them to keep up with the Jets in front of a hostile New York crowd.