That weekend will for sure be a SportsUntapped weekend with all the great college football Saturday and then Sunday the NFL slate hits for real.
For those that are into NFL betting, here are some of the lines for that first weekend of action that have to have you wondering what exactly Vegas is thinking.
Pittsburgh (-1) over Atlanta – I know the game is in Pittsburgh, but the Falcons are a 10-12 win team, and they will play a Steelers team without their franchise QB Ben Roethlisberger. As of today, the Falcons steal one on the road to get off to a fast start.
Tampa Bay (-1.5) over Cleveland – Game in Tampa, but does anyone really believe that the Bucs are better than the Browns? I don’t and I think that a revamped Browns team that is banking on Jake Delhomme at QB is going to get off to a quick 1-0 start with Jerome Harrison running over a weak TB run defense.
Jacksonville (-2) over Denver – Are the Broncos really that bad to go on the road and lose to a J-Ville team that to me looks like a 5-6 win team? Remember the Broncos got off to a fast start in 2009, but then faded down the stretch. Kyle Orton will have a good enough day and the Jags offense other than Maurice Jones-Drew isn’t that explosive to get the job done.
So there’s a couple early games in week one to keep your eye on. For those that are wondering my thoughts on the Super Bowl betting right now – I’m on a Colts-Packers bandwagon, as I think this is the year that Aaron Rodgers and the Pack reach their level with a club that can challenge anyone in the league.