This season we are planning to do a weekly pick segment (for entertainment purposes only) to see how we stack up against the pros. We’ll pick 5 games every week against the spread and keep a running log of how we are doing. Most of our picks won’t be founded on a lot of statistical analysis because we want to make this fun.
In other words we rely on that gut feeling.
Week 1 picks are tough because we really don’t know who will be good and there are no trends that are set. So the journey starts now and feel free to keep a log and let us know how you did against our “expert” picks.
Kansas City @ New England (spread: New England -8)
We aren’t entirely sure what the Pats are against the spread but we have a sneaky feeling that is pretty good. The only analysis you need for this game is Tom Brady. The guy is pretty good and even though Amendola is gone for the season he will make things happen. Our pick: Pats cover. Win by 10
Tampa Bay @ Miami (spread: Mia -2.5)
I’m usually opposed to picking road teams but this is week 1 and why the hell not. The expectations are huge down in Tampa and it is time for Hard Knocks sensation Jameis Winston to take that next step. Despite all of the flack Jay Cutler is still a servicable Quarterback with a big who can burn you if you aren’t careful. Our pick: Bucs
NY Jets @ Buffalo (spread: Buff +7)
If I had to sit down and name 5 positive things to say about the Jets I would probably be sitting there doodling for a long time. I’m big on Tyrod Taylor and Lesean McCoy plus the Bills will be home. The points don’t scare me. Our pick: Bills
Atlanta @ Chicago (spread: Chi -7)
I do believe that the Falcons will take a step back offensively this year. I don’t believe that they will take enough steps back for the Bears to pass them this Sunday. Yes the Birds are the road team and I actually like the Glennon kid but .. nah. Our pick: Falcons cover
NY Giants @ Dallas (spread: Dal -3.5)
Nothing like a good NFC East battle to start off the NFL season. The absence of Ezekial Elliott will be big for the boys but Darren McFadden is fully capable to run behind that Cowboys front line. I like the addition of Brandon Marshall to this unit but I think they will be over-matched in Dallas. Our pick: Dallas covers.
Patriots’ Acquire Mohamed Sanu
The New England Patriots have acquired veteran wide receiver Mohamed Sanu from the Atlanta Falcons for a second-round draft pick, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
The Patriots have been banged up in the receiver corps with injuries hitting the likes of Julian Edelman (ribs), Josh Gordon (knee) and Phillip Dorsett (hamstring) during recent weeks.
Sanu now gives the Patriots, and Tom Brady, an inside target and 3rd down receiver that can help alleviate the pressure off of Edelman.
Sanu, 30, has 33 receptions for 313 yards and one touchdown thus far during the 2019 season.
Sanu is under contract through the 2020 season, and is reportedly “good” with the trade and excited to try to win a Super Bowl, per the report.
Both Sanu and Brady issued the following on Twitter.
I appreciate everything the organization has done for my family & I. Mr. Blank, TD, Coach Q, & everyone through the organization, I am forever grateful for the opportunity. To my Teammates & fan y’all know how I feel about y’all love y’all to death. #ThankYou
— Mohamed Sanu Sr. (@Mo_12_Sanu) October 22, 2019
See you soon. https://t.co/2QgSuWbTXB
— Tom Brady (@TomBrady) October 22, 2019
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Falcons’ Qadree Ollison Switches Numbers to Honor Slain Brother
Atlanta Falcons rookie running back Qadree Ollison was given permission by head coach Dan Quinn to switch numbers from #32 to #30 to honor his brother who was slain back in 2017, according to ESPN’s Vaughn McClure.
Ollison’s older brother, LeRowne Harris, wore the #30 as a youth league standout players back in Niagara Falls, New York, and died at the age of 35 when he was shot three times in a gas station parking lot.
Quinn approached Ollison with the idea of the number switch when the number became available following the release of fullback Ricky Ortiz, who was waived with an injury settlement.
“They’ve got to call and ask the league, but [Quinn] said it shouldn’t be a problem,” Ollison said. “A number is a number, but this means a little bit more to me. It’s going to be really nice to have that. It’s going to be exciting for everybody, just wearing that number and what it represents to me and my family.”
Ollison’s teammate Devonta Freeman wears #24 in honor of his late aunt who died at the young age of 24 due to a heart attack, and Freeman can relate to Ollison.
“I definitely respect it, for him to represent his brother like that,” Freeman said. “Everything I do and when I perform, it’s about my family, my auntie, and success for generations.”
Ollison may have to wait up to 7 days for the league to approve the number change, so he may not be wearing it when the Atlanta Falcons kick off the 2019 season on Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings.
Under Armour, Julio Jones Part Ways with One Year Left On Contract
Under Armour and Atlanta Falcons superstar wide receiver Julio Jones have officially mutually parted ways with a year remaining on their contract.
According to ESPN’s Darren Rovell, Under Armour spokesperson Dean Stoyer confirmed on Saturday that Jones had left the brand after Jones was sporting Nike shoes on the sideline during Friday’s preseason game against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Per Rovell, Jones has worn Under Armour cleats during Falcons’ training camp because he still felt more comfortable in the shoes after exploring other brands, adding that Jones can cover up the logo since there’s no longer a deal in place between the brand and the elite receiver.
Jones initially signed with Under Armour back in 2011 prior to being selected with the 6th overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft by Atlanta.
As of this writing, Jones has not inked a new deal with an apparel brand.
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