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5 Sports Picks: NFL Season Kicks Off

Week One of football season pits the Green Bay Packers against their legendary rivals, the Chicago Bears. Davey B offers insights that will inform your picks.

Week One of the NFL season is exciting for more than the usual reasons. Along with great game action—Packers at Bears on Thursday, September 5, and Steelers at the defending Super Bowl champion Patriots on Sunday, September 8—here are some takeaways:

  1. Will Cleveland rock? I say yes. Baker Mayfield of the Cleveland Browns has that breakout look, a la Carson Wentz a couple years ago. And he has superstar receiver Odell Beckham to throw to. Cleveland was one of the top offenses in the league for the second half of the year.
  2. Cam Newton’s foot injury looks troublesome for the Carolina Panthers. The play where Newton got hurt revealed a loss of mobility for a guy who’s a running quarterback in the first place.
  3. Fearless prediction! Though Antonio Brown was a great talent addition for the Oakland Raiders, his quarterback Derek Carr is brittle. This tandem may not do what the Raiders expect. Brown’s childish threat to retire if he couldn’t select his own helmet further indicates the me-first approach that could hurt his team.
  4. Another me-first guy, the New York Jets’ Le’Veon Bell, sat out the entire season last year and the Jets gambled on him with a $52 million contract. Bell can be the best back in the league, but will the Jets block for him the way the Steelers did?

Indianapolis Colts fans, did you get “Luck”y? You did if you picked the Colts to win less than 10 games before Andrew Luck unexpectedly retired, just before the season. That projected win total plummeted to less than eight after Luck, who’s been riddled with injuries, walked in late August. But Luck was unselfish, passing up millions he could have banked by going on injured reserve and staying with the team.

As always, sports fans, stay tuned to sportsquare.comthe Player’s Place—for your best bets.

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Dave Bontempo, a multiple award-winning writer and broadcaster, has covered sports for the Associated Press, ESPN, HBO and Showtime and called boxing matches on every major network. Dave is a winner of the Sam Taub Award for broadcast excellence given by the Boxing Writers Association of America, and is a member of both the New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame and the Atlantic City International Boxing Hall of Fame. He writes regularly for sportsquare.com and Global Gaming Business magazine.

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