Sunday is coming to an end, so the first full day of meaningful professional football with an exciting primetime showdown is set to wrap up in over nine months. The action-packed schedule for today’s Week 1 marked the 2019 NFL season debut for 24 teams across 12 games so far, concluding tonight with an exciting Sunday Night Football affair featuring New England Patriots defending champion against rival Pittsburgh Steelers.
The Patriots will raise their sixth banner earned in February after defeating the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl LIII tonight. Head coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady will each receive their sixth championship ring, but their only focus on Sunday night will advance to seventh. Oddsmakers like the https://birepa.com chances of New England accomplishing that, as the club is now a favorite 4-1(+400) to defend its title successfully. The sportsbooks also installed the Pats as chalk in the marquee matchup tonight, setting the line on the game at NE-5.5 One reason for this wider spread is that the Patriots have had the number of Pittsburgh in the last two decades, going 12-5 straight-up and 12-4-1 against the spread over the last 17 meetings since 1998. However, the Steelers won the last match, taking down their bitter 17-10 last season rival, their first SU victory over New England since 2011, and their first in six tries. A brand new year of Seattle Seahawks football is on us as they open their regular season campaign against their 2019 NFL against the Cincinnati Bengals. Since 2008, Seattle hasn’t lost a home opener and is a 9.5 point favorite against a Bengal team that figures to be one of the worst on paper in the league.
We should see the Seahawks debuts of the rookie WR D.K. Metcalf (among other notable players) and the new acquisition of Jadeveon Clowney, which seems to be pairing with Ezekiel Ansah to create a frightening pass rush. They’re going to go up against a Bengal team that’s missing starting left to tackle Cordy Glenn, and they’re going to have a general improvement offensive line. Of course, the defense of Cincinnati still boasts Geno Atkins and Carlos Dunlap’s likes, so Seahawks OL must do their job.
The Bengals are one of only two teams that in his time as Seahawks QB never beat Russell Wilson, and the only team that never beat Pete Carroll as a head coach of the NFL. They will look at Andy Dalton and new Zac Taylor head coach back to Cincy with a 0-1 record. The Cardinals hired Kliff Kingsbury a year later, an Air Raid practitioner who did the opposite promptly. He used the top pick on my beloved Kyler Murray in the draft and second, fourth, and sixth-round picks on big recipients. Meanwhile, their most notable defensive signing is allowed to enhance a defense that finished 26th in allowed points and 28th in yards per play… Terrell Suggs, 36-year-old?
Most games somewhere between 30 and 50 points will be allowed by the Cardinals. That means winning, Kliff and Kyler have to find a way to score between 31 and 51 points. I don’t think they can do that often, but every week I’m going to watch to see if they can pull it off.