Denver Broncos Kansas City Chiefs
The Broncos will try to maintain their dominance against the Chiefs when they visit Arrowhead Stadium. Kansas City has the advantage in the series with 56 wins in 110 games but has lost seven of the last eight and six straight. Andy Reid’s team will seek its first victory against Denver since 2012 and first at home in five years. The Broncos, who have won the AFC West title in four years in a row, are favorites in the NFL betting lines -1.0 to have seven straight wins against the Chiefs. They are 5-0 SU and 4-1 ATS in the past five against Kansas City.
Player to watch: Running back Jamaal Charles will need to improve their numbers if the Chiefs want to win this game, because in the two games of last year against the Broncos he had only 12 carries for 39 yards, combined.
Other interesting games in the second week are San Francisco 49ers-Pittsburgh Steelers, New York Jets-Colts, Baltimore Ravens-Oakland Raiders, San Diego Chargers-Cincinnati Bengals.
Dallas Cowboys at Philadelphia Eagles
The Cowboys will be looking for their fourth consecutive victory at Lincoln Financial Field when they visit Chip Kelly’s side. The Eagles have only been able to win one of the last six at home against the Lone Star team. It will be a very important game for the Cowboys, as it will be the second straight against a team in the NFC East. The Eagles are favorites in the Football betting Odds -2.0 and in the last five against Dallas are 3-2 SU and 3-2 ATS. Since 2009, Philadelphia has lost four of their six opener games at home. Last year, they defeated the Jacksonville Jaguars by 34-17. In his last three visits to Philadelphia, quarterback Tony Romo has thrown 791 yards, six touchdowns and two interceptions. Last season, he finished fourth in the league with 34 touchdown passes, only behind Andrew Luck, Peyton Manning and Aaron Rodgers.
Player to watch: It will be the first meeting for running back DeMarco Murray against his former team. Last season, he was the league leader with 1,845 yards on the ground, nearly 500 more than the second place (Le’Veon Bell).
New England Patriots at Buffalo Bills
With Rex Ryan in front, the Bills will seek its second straight win over the reigning champions of the NFL, something they have failed to do in recent years. The last time Buffalo won two straight in the series was 15 years ago. The good news for Buffalo is that their division rivals could be without quarterback Tom Brady, who was suspended by the league for the deflategate incident. In 26 career games against the Bills, Brady has 23 wins and only three losses.
The Patriots are slight favorites in the NFL Odds listed -1.0 to win this game. The Bills have been able to win only one (2011) in the last 11 games against Bill Belichick’s squad in Orchard Park. In the past five of the series, the Pats are 4-1 SU and 2-3 ATS. If the Bills want to end their bad streak against New England and have a chance to win the AFC East title, this match could be the first step. Buffalo has the longest active streak without advancing to the playoffs, with 15 years in a row.
Player to watch: Running back LeSean McCoy, who in four of his six seasons in the league has surpassed 1,000 yards, will try to make a difference in this game. It will not be an easy task because the Pats finished in the top-10 against the run last year accepting an average of 104.3 yards per game.
Seattle Seahawks at Green Bay Packers
The rematch of the NFC championship game will be played on the second Sunday night of the season when the Seahawks visit the legendary Lambeau Field. The Packers will try to avenge the defeat of last year when they blew a lead in the fourth quarter and lost in overtime, falling one step from the Super Bowl.
Both teams enter this year as the favorite to represent the NFC in Levi’s Stadium on February 7th. The Cheeseheads have the advantage in the series with 10 wins in eight games, but have lost the last three. The team led by Mike McCarthy has a slight edge in the NFL betting Odds rated -1.0 to win this game. The good news is that they have not lost in the Frozen Tundra against Seattle since 1999, during that span they have five straight wins. Green Bay is 2-3 SU and 3-2 ATS in the last five against the Seahawks overall. Despite being very early in the season, it is expected a great game and if the Green Bay Packers defense improves against the run they will have a good chance to get the victory at home. Last year, they accepted an average of 119.9 yards per game on the ground.
Player to watch: Tight end Jimmy Graham will be one of the favorite targets of QB Russell Wilson this season and he will improve a passing offense that was No. 27 in the regular season, averaging 203.1 yards per game. In three career games against the Packers, Graham has 16 receptions for 191 yards and two touchdowns.