Here we are in our third year of posting our Five Best Bets; one of two of our most popular regular features during the football season. We’re glad to be back and wish all of you good luck!!
*Home team in CAPS
1. SAINTS over the Falcons- Saints head coach Sean Payton returns for his first game back following his year long suspension as of a result of the ‘Bountygate’ issues. Lifetime, Payton is 10-2 against the Falcons and we see no reason why that shouldn’t turn into 11-2 come Sunday. Drew Brees and company have all the manpower they’ll need plus the added emotional lift they will garner from Payon’s return.
2. Chiefs over the JAGUARS- This will mark veteran head coach Andy Reid’s debut for Kansas City who were smitten with the turnover bug last season. This was a team that last year sent six players to the Pro-Bowl and we see no reason why the Chiefs won’t have the biggest turn around of any other NFL team this year. Dwaye Bowe who is destined to make this a breakout season catching the rock from new Chief’s QB Alex Smith, along with Jamaal Charles, are just too much for the offensively challenged Jags and so a double-digit win should be in the offing for the Chiefs.
3. Bengals over the BEARS- We just don’t trust Jay Cutler especially this weekend as he’ll go up against arguably a team with a top ten defense in the league. This season there is no excuse why the ‘Dalton gang’ should not post double-digit wins. They have the offensive weapons including two sleepers in WR Mohammed Sanu and RB Giaovanni Bernard and a top five receiver in A.J. Green. The Bears defense which is always their cornerstone should keep this game close but the Bengals will win their first game of the season.
4. REDSKINS over the Eagles- Although we really don’t know what to expect from second year stud RGIII, just his presence and throwing arm should be more than enough to stifle the Maclin-less Eagles. If Michael Vick can stay upright it might make the score closer but with Vick, an injury is just one play away. We’ll get a first-hand look at Chip Kelley’s new offense but with Alfred Morris, Fred Davis, Pierre Garcon and the rest of the ‘Skins offense, the birds will be flying south after this Monday-Nighter.
5. Texans over the CHARGERS- Even with San Diego’s additions of Manti Te’o, Danny Woodhead, and an aging Dwight Freeny, the Texans, on the road in their first game of the season will win this one going away. WR DeAndre Hopkins was a smart pick up for Houston as he will distract some of the attention and double teams that seem to be always going the way of Andre Johnson, and will make a decent compliment to Johnson, someone the Texans have been looking for over the past few seasons. Would not be surprised if RB Ryan Matthews sustains some sort of injury in this one.