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WEEK 2 RECORD: 1-3
How could I ever doubt Gardner Minshew?
(Picks in CAPS)
DETROIT +5½ at Philadelphia
Going back to the Kitties after they burned me in Week 1 at Arizona, against a banged-up Philly team that doesn’t seem in sync yet. Eagles were no bargain as home faves last year and had to claw back to win SU vs. ‘Skins two weeks ago.
CINCINNATI +6 at Buffalo
Believe surging Bills are overvalued here coming off wins against bumbling, stumbling Jets and Giants. This was week last season when, after giving up 78 points in two losses, Buffalo went to Minnesota and shocked Vikes as 17-point dog -- then proceeded to lose 5 of 6 and average 7.5 ppg. Certainly don’t expect them to repeat those lows, but see Cincy keeping within a touchdown.
PITTSBURGH +6½ at San Francisco
Not sure Ben Roethlisberger is worth 6½ points, which is how much the line jumped after news he would miss the rest of the season. Niners are riding high after wins against two middle-of-the-pack teams (Tampa Bay, Cincinnati) but due to come back to earth. With 0-3 start looming, figure Steelers to come out swinging.
KANSAS CITY -5½ vs. Baltimore
A little wary of laying this many points even with KC team that had average margin of 16 points in 7 home wins last year under Mahomes. But Baltimore has wiped the floor with the league’s worst team and then had to hold off rebuilding Cards at home as huge fave. Hunch is KC looking to make statement against team seeking to join the conference’s elite.
LOS ANGELES RAMS -3 at Cleveland
Still not ready to pull the trigger with Browns off 20-point win over Jets and third-string QB. Dawg Pound figures to be frothing at the mouth for this prime-timer but don’t expect Rams team that was 6-2 on road last season to be intimidated. A few Mayfield mistakes swing this one to the Rams.