Saints vs. Vikings: Preview, score prediction for Week 1

New Orleans Saints vs. Minnesota Vikings

Headlining the first Monday Night Football game are the New Orleans Saints and the Minnesota Vikings. The stakes are high for both teams in this first game including how the Vikings will fare without Adrian Peterson leading their offense and if the Saints defense will show up.

The Saints have one of the best offenses in the league but are always stifled by a poor defense. During the offseason, the team made great strides to improve their defense and they had a stellar preseason. This game will be their first outing against a first-team offense and see if they’re actually worth the hype or if it was a couple favorable preseason matchups.

As for the Vikings, they lost Adrian Peterson to New Orleans and lost some other good free agents. The team has the exact opposite problem of the Saints, though. They have an extremely talented defense, but not such a great offense. With Sam Bradford at the helm last year, the Vikings started off strong before falling flat.

This first game will be a test for both teams, heading into the regular season. A win for either team could already have playoff buzz behind it or murmurs of another mediocre season. Us football fans are always quick to jump the gun but there are a few sure-fire ways the teams can succeed.

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Keys to Victory

For the Saints, the keys to victory are pretty obvious and it’s making sure the defense shows up and plays to win. The Saints have one of the leading offenses in the NFL, but are always hampered by poor defensive play. In this first game, the Saints defense needs to show their preseason outings weren’t a fluke. Bolstered by the young guys like Marshon Lattimore, Vonn Bell, Marcus Williams and Alex Anzalone, the young guys need to step up and show they’re more than the hype.

Older guys like Cameron Jordan and A.J. Klein are going to the backbone of the defense. The veterans need to make sure they guide the younger guys and keep the defense going. There’s not much to worry about on offense even with the suspension of Snead, but the defense is going to have to play their heart out on the field.

As for the Vikings, they need to keep their offense going strong and show they’re more than just an afterthought. A lot of praise is heaped on the Vikings defense and the same could be said for their offense, but they need to help Bradford. Bradford will be entering his second year with the team and now is the time for him to prove he was worthy of the trade.

Their carousel of running backs needs to come together, but especially Dalvin Cook. Cook is their answer at running back and he needs to put up some good runs. Along with Kyle Rudolph, Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen, the Vikings need to get an early head start if they plan on beating the Saints. If the offense can stay on the field and give the defense a break, the Vikings should be in good shape.

Odds

Point Spread: Minnesota -3.5
Moneyline: New Orleans +150, Minnesota -165
Over/Under: 48

Prediction

While a lot of people are picking the Vikings, the Saints have a chance for victory and could edge out the Vikings. Most of it will rely on how well their defense plays, but if the offense and defense can’t keep it together, it’s the Saints game to lose. Neither team is perfect, but I see the Saints as a more well-rounded one. The game will be close regardless.

Saints vs. Vikings: Preview, score prediction for Week 1

New Orleans Saints vs. Minnesota Vikings

Headlining the first Monday Night Football game are the New Orleans Saints and the Minnesota Vikings. The stakes are high for both teams in this first game including how the Vikings will fare without Adrian Peterson leading their offense and if the Saints defense will show up.

The Saints have one of the best offenses in the league but are always stifled by a poor defense. During the offseason, the team made great strides to improve their defense and they had a stellar preseason. This game will be their first outing against a first-team offense and see if they’re actually worth the hype or if it was a couple favorable preseason matchups.

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New Orleans Saints vs Minnesota Vikings

As for the Vikings, they lost Adrian Peterson to New Orleans and lost some other good free agents. The team has the exact opposite problem of the Saints, though. They have an extremely talented defense, but not such a great offense. With Sam Bradford at the helm last year, the Vikings started off strong before falling flat.

This first game will be a test for both teams, heading into the regular season. A win for either team could already have playoff buzz behind it or murmurs of another mediocre season. Us football fans are always quick to jump the gun but there are a few sure-fire ways the teams can succeed.

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Keys to Victory

For the Saints, the keys to victory are pretty obvious and it’s making sure the defense shows up and plays to win. The Saints have one of the leading offenses in the NFL, but are always hampered by poor defensive play. In this first game, the Saints defense needs to show their preseason outings weren’t a fluke. Bolstered by the young guys like Marshon Lattimore, Vonn Bell, Marcus Williams and Alex Anzalone, the young guys need to step up and show they’re more than the hype.

Older guys like Cameron Jordan and A.J. Klein are going to the backbone of the defense. The veterans need to make sure they guide the younger guys and keep the defense going. There’s not much to worry about on offense even with the suspension of Snead, but the defense is going to have to play their heart out on the field.

As for the Vikings, they need to keep their offense going strong and show they’re more than just an afterthought. A lot of praise is heaped on the Vikings defense and the same could be said for their offense, but they need to help Bradford. Bradford will be entering his second year with the team and now is the time for him to prove he was worthy of the trade.

Their carousel of running backs needs to come together, but especially Dalvin Cook. Cook is their answer at running back and he needs to put up some good runs. Along with Kyle Rudolph, Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen, the Vikings need to get an early head start if they plan on beating the Saints. If the offense can stay on the field and give the defense a break, the Vikings should be in good shape.

Odds

Point Spread: Minnesota -3.5
Moneyline: New Orleans +150, Minnesota -165
Over/Under: 48

Prediction

While a lot of people are picking the Vikings, the Saints have a chance for victory and could edge out the Vikings. Most of it will rely on how well their defense plays, but if the offense and defense can’t keep it together, it’s the Saints game to lose. Neither team is perfect, but I see the Saints as a more well-rounded one. The game will be close regardless.

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NFL Week 1 of the 2017 season is finally here. As is the annual tradition, things will get kicked off with a Thursday Night Football showdown as the defending champion hosts the opening game. Last season was a rematch as the Carolina Panthers were defeated for a second-time in a row by the Denver Broncos — who had knocked them off in Super Bowl 50.

This time it will be the New England Patriots, fresh off the biggest fourth-quarter comeback in Super Bowl history, hosting the Kansas City Chiefs. These two teams came close to battling for the AFC title, but the No. 2 seeded Chiefs saw their 12-4 season come to an end at the hands of the Pittsburgh Steelers.

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They now try to get their seasons off to another great start, but there is some drama surrounding them. After losing in the post season they decided it was time to improve at quarterback and they made a big move for Patrick Mahomes out of Texas Tech. He still is on the bench as they continue to roll with Alex Smith. It will be interesting to see how the veteran looks with a young gun lurking over his shoulder.

New England enters on the heels of a 25-point come back, which ended up being the first ever game to go to overtime in Super Bowl history. They look to defend their fifth championship, but have to do so without their top wide receiver as Julian Edelman tore his ACL in the preseason.

Details for Thursday’s game are below

Date: Thursday, Sept. 7
Start Time: 8:30 p.m. ET
Location:  Foxborough, MA
Stadium: Gillette Stadium
TV Info: NBC
Live Stream: NFL Sunday Ticket, FuboTV, NFL Game Pass for replays

Tune in and watch two teams that should be playing well into January. The Pats and the Chiefs will kick off Week 1 with high aspirations for their 2017 season.

College Football Week 2 schedule and predictions

The first week of college football was absolutely thrilling. Alabama vs. Florida State was a defensive thriller, led by Nick Saban’s unit. While it was tough to see QB Deondre Francois’ season come to an end, the Seminoles’ defense should be elite this season.

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Michigan vs. Florida provided some fireworks in the first half, but the better team led by Jim Harbaugh pulled away in the third and fourth quarters. Josh Rosen and UCLA engineered one of the greatest comebacks ever witnessed in college football. We’re still trying to figure out how Kevin Sumlin and Texas A&M let it happen.

Tennessee and Georgia Tech gave us a glimpse of OT football and gutsy play-calling. Ohio State and Washington struggled on the road early, but managed to show why they’re the better team against lesser opponents.

Oklahoma, Clemson and Penn State took care of business at home in grand fashion, while USC sputtered to a last-minute victory.

Most of the top-25 teams left Week 1 unscathed, except for the two Florida teams — the Seminoles and Gators.

Looking ahead to Week 2, there are more fantastic matchups lined up, so let’s take a look at the full schedule for the top 25 teams in the nation, along with a quick preview and prediction for the five best games.

Top 25 Week 2 Schedule Kickoff Time and TV Info (Eastern)

Friday, Sep. 8
  • No. 11 Oklahoma State at Southern Alabama, 8 PM, ESPN2
Saturday, Sep. 9
  • Cincinnati at No. 8 Michigan, 12 PM, ABC
  • Lousiana-Monroe at No. 10 Florida State, 12 PM, ACC Network
  • Northern Colorado at No. 22 Florida, 12 PM, SEC Network
  • No. 21 South Florida at Connecticut, 12 PM, ESPNEWS
  • Charlotte at No. 19 Kansas State, 12 PM, FSN
  • No. 17 Louisville at North Carolina, 12 PM, ESPN
  • Florida Atlantic at No. 9 Wisconsin, 12 PM, B10 Network
  • Pittsburgh at No. 4 Penn State, 3:30 PM, ABC
  • Fresno State at No. 1 Alabama, 3:30 PM, ESPN2
  • No. 23 TCU at Arkansas, 3:30 PM, CBS
  • No. 16 Miami at Arkansas State, 3:30 PM, ESPNU
  • Delaware at No. 18 Virginia Tech, 3:30 PM, ACC Network
  • Indiana State at No. 25 Tennessee, 4 PM, SEC Network
  • No. 13 Auburn at No. 3 Clemson, 7 PM, ESPN
  • No. 5 Oklahoma at No. 2 Ohio State, 7:30 PM, ABC
  • No. 15 Georgia at No. 24 Notre Dame, 7:30 PM, NBC
  • Chattanooga at No. 12 LSU, 7:30 PM, SEC Network
  • Montana at No. 7 Washington, 8 PM, P12 Network
  • No. 14 Stanford at No. 6 USC, 8:30 PM, FOX
  • Boise State at No. 20 Washington State, 10:30 PM, ESPN

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First-round fantasy football picks don’t win titles. Late-round sleepers are what win titles. Anyone knows to draft Jordy Nelson over J.J. Nelson, but knowing whether to target each Nelson at their specific draft slotting is key. Jordy will help you not lose, but J.J. could help you win.

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We have six late round sleepers and bargains who will ensure your victory this season. Win Fantasy Football in 2017 by outsmarting your league and picking these players.

Two brothers from New York, Dan Salem and Todd Salem, debate Fantasy Football in today’s NFL Sports Debate.

What is a sleeper?

Technically, anyone can be a sleeper if you think their production will surpass their average draft position. The former Nelson could be a sleeper if you think as such and he ends up being the best player in fantasy this year. After all, he’s being selected in the second round in most drafts. But that’s not what most people mean when they say sleeper. Let’s make some qualifications.

A sleeper is someone being drafted outside the top 100 players. It is not a defense and never a kicker. That player should be expected to outperform their draft slot by multiple rounds. We aren’t helping anyone by saying the 105th ranked player should be going around pick 95. My sleepers start exactly at pick No. 100 (according to Fantasy Pros consensus ADP).

Jeremy Maclin, wide receiver, Baltimore Ravens

Todd Salem: Maclin used to be a highly sought after fantasy player. After disappointment and injury, those days are over. He is on his third team in four years. But now no one is giving him the time of day in drafts. With the dearth of receiving options in Baltimore, Maclin could flourish. We already know what he can do at full strength, and if Joe Flacco returns to huck the ball down the field to him, he could put up monster numbers. Maclin is going in the 10th or 11th round, but he could finish as a top 20 player at his position. He has that pedigree.

Tyrell Williams, wide receiver, Los Angeles Chargers

Todd Salem: Wide receiver is incredibly deep these days. Williams is going off the board as the 45th receiver, which is just insane. He is probably the number-one option on a potent offensive team with a Pro Bowl quarterback. I know Keenan Allen is ahead of Williams on the depth chart, but can we see Allen play one game (let alone a full season) before we can count on him? Meanwhile, all Williams did last year was haul in 1,000 yards and seven touchdowns in just 12 starts.

Jack Doyle, tight end, Indianapolis Colts

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Todd Salem: If you don’t grab one of the top few tight ends, wait on the position. And then keep waiting, and wait some more. There is little that will separate the fifth or sixth TE in the early to middle rounds and Doyle, the 13th TE, in the 14th round. In fact, Doyle may be better. In his first chance at major playing time last season, Doyle put up quality TE numbers. He finished 13th in fantasy points despite ranking 19th in targets. I’m interested to see what he can do with a year of that experience under his belt.

Don’t steal my sleepers. Who do you have your eye on in the later rounds of fantasy drafts? Anyone outside the top 100 strike your fancy?

Matthew Stafford, quarterback, Detroit Lions

Dan Salem: For those who agree that waiting on quarterbacks is a smart draft strategy, Stafford is a steal in the later rounds. He hasn’t missed a game since 2010 and has consistently put up big-time numbers. Since the Lions are not a great team, expect them to pass a lot in order to win. Stafford just became the richest player in NFL history and he’s earned it. Ranked as the 14th quarterback and 113 overall on average, he will perform like all but the top three players at his position. That’s a great sleeper pick for sure.

Philip Rivers, quarterback, Los Angeles Chargers

Dan Salem: I like Rivers for all of the same reasons that Stafford is a great sleeper pick. He is ranked just behind Stafford and plays for a dynamic offense in a division up for grabs. Enough about the quarterbacks, because they are greatly undervalued, especially in leagues that allow a quarterback as your flex player.

Sterling Shepard, wide receiver, New York Giants

Dan Salem: Shepard is going to be a boom or bust player this year, but if he booms then talk about a major sleeper pick. I don’t believe that Brandon Marshall is the force he once was, but he will certainly steal defensive attention away from Shepard. With Odell Beckham Jr. often getting two defenders, this leaves Shepard in favorable one on one matchups or loose zone coverage a lot.

He’s currently ranked 148th overall on average, but Shepard could easily explode into the upper tier of wide receivers. With Beckham battling an ankle injury, Eli Manning needs Shepard to continue improving upon his solid rookie year. He has sleeper written all over him.

New England Patriots: Jimmy Garoppolo now in driver’s seat of career

It was hard not to look at Saturday’s trade between the Indianapolis Colts and New England Patriots and be somewhat intrigued by it. The Colts sent Dorsett to the Patriots in exchange for quarterback Jacoby Brissett.

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In hindsight, it was a good trade for both teams. The Colts need another quarterback on the roster as depth at the position is thin. Starter Andrew Luck is recovering from shoulder surgery that took place in January. As a result, Scott Tolzein will be the Week 1 starter.

In addition, there is no guarantee as to how Luck will perform once he returns. There may be some hiccups along the way as he tries to readjust to the pace of a game in the NFL.

Aside from all of that, what this trade told me most is that a decision on what to do with Patriots quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo is coming soon. He (at least on the depth chart) is next in line at the quarterback position after Tom Brady. By trading away Brissett, to me that meant the Patriots believe that Jimmy is the clear-cut No. 2 quarterback and maybe more, depending on how long Brady wants to stay in New England.

Skill-wise, it was easy to choose the No. 2 starter, however the Brissett trade eliminated all practical chances competition for the second starter. As a result, I believe Garoppolo’s future as a quarterback is coming into focus. As a Patriot, he has only gotten chances in garbage time or during Brady’s suspension at the beginning of the season last year.

Say what you want about him being a system quarterback or that he is the product of the Patriots’ system, but the fact of the matter is he played well during Brady’s suspension. Throwing for 502 yards and four touchdowns, he put the rest of the league on notice.

Garoppolo has made it no secret that he wants to play, and I do not blame him. Brady is on a tear right now and shows no signs of slowing down. New England needs to make a decision on what to do with him and soon. Brissett is gone, and now the Patriots need to decide what to do with their other young quarterback.  If anything is certain about this situation, it is that it will not be an easy one.

Chiefs vs. Patriots: Preview, score prediction and more

The prognostication is done with on a macro level. It’s time for football to be played in the NFL and mean something. On Thursday night, as has become tradition, the Kansas City Chiefs will travel to Foxborough, MA to take on the defending Super Bowl champions, the New England Patriots.

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Many people would say that this could be a potential AFC Championship preview. I’m not so much convinced that’s the case, on the part of the Chiefs at least. For the Patriots, however, they enter the 2017 NFL season as the heavy favorites to repeat as champs. Of course, having a stacked roster on paper only means so much. You have to put it all into practice.

That’s what the Chiefs and Pats will both attempt to do on Thursday night at Gillette Stadium. Let’s take a look at a quick rundown of the game with keys to victory before then making a prediction for the outcome of this season-opening contest.

Keys to Victory

Though many expect the Patriots offense to be their biggest weapon this season, I think getting out to a hot start for this group is going to be pivotal. For starters, they’ll be up against a Chiefs defense that is quite formidable. What’s more, though, this is a Patriots team that I believe will have to get their feet under them.

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Losing Julian Edelman doesn’t seem that big of a deal on paper. After adding Brandin Cooks and then Phillip Dorsett, that’s a huge help to eventually lessen the effects of losing Edelman. But in the immediate aftermath — which this still is — the offense might struggle. Edelman is such a safety valve for Tom Brady that they may have hiccups right away. Avoiding those as much as possible will be key in this game.

For the Chiefs, the offense is also key. The Patriots defense wasn’t their best unit by any stretch a year ago. But they obviously improved this offseason by adding Stephon Gilmore. Even then, there are still some holes. That’s where ripping off big plays is going to be critical.

In losing running back Spencer Ware to injury after cutting Jeremy Maclin earlier in the offseason, this Chiefs offense is likely to look much different than last year. Specifically, we’re going to see even more of Travis Kelce and way more of Tyreek Hill. As such they are going to need to gash the Patriots when they have the ball to develop some sort of consistency.

Odds

Point Spread: New England -8.5
Moneyline: New England -450, Kansas City +350
Over/Under: 48.5

Odds from Bet365 via Sportsbook Review

Prediction

As much as I’m hesitant to believe in the Patriots offense being at full force against a good Kansas City defense, I don’t think it matters. Put simply, I’m more worried about the Chiefs offense than I am anything about the Patriots. That should result in what is ultimately a comfortable victory for New England to start a quest for what many believe could be 16-0.

Final Score: Kansas City Chiefs: 17, New England Patriots: 30

Chiefs vs. Patriots live stream: Watch Week 1 online

NFL Week 1 of the 2017 season is finally here. As is the annual tradition, things will get kicked off with a Thursday Night Football showdown as the defending champion hosts the opening game. Last season was a rematch as the Carolina Panthers were defeated for a second-time in a row by the Denver Broncos — who had knocked them off in Super Bowl 50.

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This time it will be the New England Patriots, fresh off the biggest fourth-quarter comeback in Super Bowl history, hosting the Kansas City Chiefs. These two teams came close to battling for the AFC title, but the No. 2 seeded Chiefs saw their 12-4 season come to an end at the hands of the Pittsburgh Steelers.

They now try to get their seasons off to another great start, but there is some drama surrounding them. After losing in the post season they decided it was time to improve at quarterback and they made a big move for Patrick Mahomes out of Texas Tech. He still is on the bench as they continue to roll with Alex Smith. It will be interesting to see how the veteran looks with a young gun lurking over his shoulder.

New England enters on the heels of a 25-point come back, which ended up being the first ever game to go to overtime in Super Bowl history. They look to defend their fifth championship, but have to do so without their top wide receiver as Julian Edelman tore his ACL in the preseason.

Details for Thursday’s game are below

Date: Thursday, Sept. 7
Start Time: 8:30 p.m. ET
Location:  Foxborough, MA
Stadium: Gillette Stadium
TV Info: NBC
Live Stream: NFL Sunday Ticket, FuboTV, NFL Game Pass for replays

Tune in and watch two teams that should be playing well into January. The Pats and the Chiefs will kick off Week 1 with high aspirations for their 2017 season.

Chiefs vs. Patriots: Preview, score prediction and more

The prognostication is done with on a macro level. It’s time for football to be played in the NFL and mean something. On Thursday night, as has become tradition, the Kansas City Chiefs will travel to Foxborough, MA to take on the defending Super Bowl champions, the New England Patriots.

Many people would say that this could be a potential AFC Championship preview. I’m not so much convinced that’s the case, on the part of the Chiefs at least. For the Patriots, however, they enter the 2017 NFL season as the heavy favorites to repeat as champs. Of course, having a stacked roster on paper only means so much. You have to put it all into practice.

That’s what the Chiefs and Pats will both attempt to do on Thursday night at Gillette Stadium. Let’s take a look at a quick rundown of the game with keys to victory before then making a prediction for the outcome of this season-opening contest.

Keys to Victory

Though many expect the Patriots offense to be their biggest weapon this season, I think getting out to a hot start for this group is going to be pivotal. For starters, they’ll be up against a Chiefs defense that is quite formidable. What’s more, though, this is a Patriots team that I believe will have to get their feet under them.

 

Losing Julian Edelman doesn’t seem that big of a deal on paper. After adding Brandin Cooks and then Phillip Dorsett, that’s a huge help to eventually lessen the effects of losing Edelman. But in the immediate aftermath — which this still is — the offense might struggle. Edelman is such a safety valve for Tom Brady that they may have hiccups right away. Avoiding those as much as possible will be key in this game.

For the Chiefs, the offense is also key. The Patriots defense wasn’t their best unit by any stretch a year ago. But they obviously improved this offseason by adding Stephon Gilmore. Even then, there are still some holes. That’s where ripping off big plays is going to be critical.

In losing running back Spencer Ware to injury after cutting Jeremy Maclin earlier in the offseason, this Chiefs offense is likely to look much different than last year. Specifically, we’re going to see even more of Travis Kelce and way more of Tyreek Hill. As such they are going to need to gash the Patriots when they have the ball to develop some sort of consistency.

Odds

Point Spread: New England -8.5
Moneyline: New England -450, Kansas City +350
Over/Under: 48.5

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Prediction

As much as I’m hesitant to believe in the Patriots offense being at full force against a good Kansas City defense, I don’t think it matters. Put simply, I’m more worried about the Chiefs offense than I am anything about the Patriots. That should result in what is ultimately a comfortable victory for New England to start a quest for what many believe could be 16-0.

Final Score: Kansas City Chiefs: 17, New England Patriots: 30