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Thursday, August 20
Detroit at Washington 7:30 PM ET
Analysis: Detroit’s Dan Orlovsky is a pretty serviceable backup for starter Matthew Stafford, but I’m going with Washington to win outright behind backup Kirk Cousins and a rejuvenated RG3.
The Pick: Washington 27 Detroit 24
Buffalo at Cleveland 8:00 PM ET
Analysis: E.J. Manuel is probably getting his last opportunity to start in Buffalo and rightfully so I say. I’m going with Buffalo’s enigmatic starter, followed by veteran Matt Cassel and Taylor to get the ‘W’ in this contest over Browns starter veteran Josh McCown and a desperate Johnny Manziel.
The Pick: Buffalo 24 Cleveland 17
Friday, August 21
Atlanta at NY Jets 7:30 PM ET
Analysis: Who do you like NFL betting aficionados…Geno Smith, Ryan Fitzpatrick and Bryce Petty or Matt Ryan and T.J. Yates? I’m going with the latter and not the former!
However, let me once again say that I believe Petty has star potential in my estimation.
The Pick: Atlanta 20 NY Jets 17
Seattle at Kansas City 8:00 PM ET
Analysis: Kansas City backup Chase Daniel may have his shortcomings, but I’ll take him every day of the week over Seattle’s Tavaris Jackson and R.J. Archer.
The Pick: Kansas City 24 Seattle 21
Saturday, August 22
Miami at Carolina 7:00 PM ET
Analysis: I think Miami made a big mistake in overpaying mediocre quarterback Ryan Tannehill. Not only that, but I also believe that backups Matt Moore and Josh Freeman are probably both better than Tannehill. Having said all that, I’m going with Cam Newton, Derek Anderson and Joe Webb to get ‘er done!
The Pick: Carolina 27 Miami 21
Baltimore at Philadelphia 7:00 PM ET
Analysis: Maybe it’s me, but I’m not exactly doing cartwheels at the prospect of seeing Philadelphia’s Sam Bradford, Mark Sanchez, Matt Barkley and Tim Tebow. Joe Flacco and aging backup Matt Schaub could probably play left-handed better than Philly’s aforementioned quartet.
The Pick: Baltimore 31 Philadelphia 30
Chicago at Indianapolis 7:30 PM ET
Analysis: Enigmatic Bears quarterback Jay Cutler is getting another shot to keep the starting job he should have lost two years ago. Mediocre backup Jimmy Claussen and inexperienced David Fales will follow. Indy’s Andrew Luck will give it a go for a series or two before veteran signal-caller Matt Hasselbeck finishes off Da Bears.
The Pick: Indianapolis 34 Chicago 21
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New England at New Orleans 7:30 PM ET
Analysis: With Tom Brady still looking at a regular season suspension because of his role in Deflategate, the New England Patriots are ‘praying’ that backup Jimmy Garoppolo is the real deal. Veteran backup Luke McCown will get the lion’s share of the minutes for the Saints once Drew Brees departs.
The Pick: New England 28 New Orleans 27
Jacksonville at NY Giants 7:30 PM ET
Analysis: I’m looking forward to seeing Giants’ backups Ryan Nassib and Ricky Stanzi but right now, I’ve got to believe that veteran backup Chad Henne will lead Jacksonville to victory once starter Blake Bortles departs.
The Pick: Jacksonville 24 NY Giants 21
Oakland at Minnesota 8:00 PM ET
Analysis: It’s freaking hilarious that Oakland will try to take down Minnesota with former ‘franchise savior’ Christian Ponder as their primary backup to starter Derek Carr.
Having said that, let me just say that I like Minnesota’s Teddy Bridgewater and backups, Shaun Hill and Mike Kafka to lead the Vikings to victory in this contest.
The Pick: Minnesota 31 Oakland 24
Denver at Houston 8:00 PM ET
Analysis: Denver backup signal-caller Brock Osweiler seems to be solid behind future Hall of Famer Peyton Manning, leading me to believe that he is going to lead the Broncos to victory over Houston’s trio of mediocre quarterbacks Brian Hoyer, Ryan Mallett and Tom Savage).
The Pick: Broncos 30 Texans 21
San Diego at Arizona 9:00 PM ET
Analysis: Arizona backup quarterbacks Drew Stanton and Logan Thomas both played solid, if not outstanding football late last season in relief of injured starter Carson Palmer. I say the pair will lead the Cardinals to the narrow home win over Chargers’ veteran backup Kellen Clemens.
The Pick: Arizona 27 San Diego 24
Sunday, August 23
St. Louis at Tennessee 8:00 PM ET
Analysis: The Titans are hoping that Marcus Mariota can make them look good moving forward but I think that backup Zach Mettenberger may still have a chance to start somewhere. Still, I really like Nick Foles and underrated backup Austin Davis to get the job done on the road for Jeff Fisher’s Rams.
The Pick: St. Louis 27 Tennessee 14
Dallas at San Francisco 8:00 PM ET
Analysis: I don’t believe I’m writing it, but I’m going to take Brandon Weeden to lead Dallas to a narrow preseason road win over Blaine Gabbert and a 49ers team that will look nothing like the one that was a legitimate contender for three Super Bowl titles under former head coach Jim Harbaugh.
The Pick: Dallas 21 San Francisco 20
Green Bay at Pittsburgh 8:00 PM ET
Analysis: Aaron Rodgers and Ben Roethlisberger won’t play much for Green Bay and Pittsburgh respectively in this contest, leaving the outcome in the hands of Pittsburgh’s trio of backups, (Bruce Gradkowski, Landry Jones and Tahj Boyd) and Green Bay’s Scott Tolzien. I’m going with the Steelers to get the narrow home win here.
The Pick: Pittsburgh 28 Green Bay 27
Cincinnati at Tampa Bay 8:00 PM ET
Analysis: The Bengals won’t play starter Andy Dalton more than a couple of series at best, leaving the outcome mostly in the hands of backups A.J. McCarron and Josh Johnson. The Bucs will start No.1 overall pick Jameis Winston who will almost assuredly play an entire quarter at the least. More importantly, Bucs’ backup Mike Glennon could probably start for a handful of franchises and will lead the fired-up Bucs to the narrow home win.
The Pick: Tampa Bay 24 Cincinnati 21