Third time lucky?

Let’s be clear – I’m calling the tricky spreads, but the two leading MVP candidates in Cam Newton and Aaron Rodgers have let me down in the opening two weeks of the season.

Maybe we were trying to throw too many hail Marys early on – let’s get back to basics.

 

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Arizona lost the season opener to New England. They only lost to Patriots because New England are New England.

As anyone who watches the NFL knows, there’s never a logical explanation for how Patriots beat you, but they just do.

Carson Palmer has come off a red hot performance against Tampa Bay.

Arizona will march into Buffalo at  and dissect Rex Ryan’s Bills. There isn’t a single linebacker or safety on their roster that can keep up with David Johnson on a wheel route – I’m even telling you how they’ll score.

I’d also have a solid wager on Rex Ryan to be the first head coach to get the sack this year – that’s not a happy camp, and it’s not going to get any happier in week three.

 

Wonderful Wentz

I’ve been quite impressed with Carson Wentz to this point. I have to admit, I didn’t watch a lot of North Dakota State football last year, but this fella is a serious gunslinger.

But hold on a second – they beat Chicago last week. If you were in the lucky position to have twenty-one friends and you formed a football team, you’d probably get within a field goal of this Bears team.

Ben Roethlisberger has DeAngelo Williams, Antonio Brown, Eli Rogers, Sammie Coates and Jesse James to make plays for him.

On top of this, Markus Wheaton may even be back. Fletcher Cox is a good player, but he’s the only good player on this particular defence. Pennsylvania will belong to the Steelers at on Sunday night.

Rivers in full flow

So, what happens when you put up the most efficient quarterback in the NFL so far this season against arguably the worst defence?

Philip Rivers gets 2.5 points of an advantage at odds of , that’s what. The Chargers are the third best rushing team in the NFL, while the Colts languish at the bottom in terms of stopping it. The Bolts have also recorded three picks in their two games.

Rivers is doing this without major skill players. The man is a magician and he’s about to make Indianapolis’ defence disappear.

Andrew Luck will be throwing at what is perhaps the league’s best trifecta of cornerbacks in Jason Verrett, Casey Hayward and Brandon Flowers.

His mobility may get him out of a few sticky situations, but he’ll need more than his legs to win by at least three here.

Treble: Pittsburgh (20/37), Arizona (20/39) and San Diego (+2.5; 21/20) – just over 7/2