Panthers Visit Texans in Prime Time
AP Pro Football Writer
In an effort to get every team a Thursday game, NFL schedule makers often take some of the likely tail-enders and stick them in early season games.
Sort of a “let’s get them out of the way” philosophy.
Look for the Panthers, ranked 10th in the AP Pro32, and 8-point favorites over No. 27 Houston, to give Davis Mills fits.
KNOCKOUT POOL: Cleveland made it tighter than it should have been, but we survived to pick DENVER this week.
No. 31 New York Jets (plus 11) at No. 12 Denver
Teddy Bridgewater was once Jets property. Now he will tear them down.
BEST BET: BRONCOS, 30-12
No. 24 Cincinnati (plus 5) at No. 14 Pittsburgh
This worked for us in Week 1, and the Steelers have a bunch of key injuries.
UPSET SPECIAL: BENGALS, 21-18
No. 1 Tampa Bay (plus 1) at No. 2 Los Angeles Rams
It makes no sense to bet against that 44-year-old quarterback and his Bucs crew. Call us nonsensical.
No. 17 New Orleans (plus 3) at No. 19 New England
Drew Brees versus Tom Brady. Can’t wait … Oh, wait, they ain’t there anymore.
No. 21 Miami (plus 4) at No. 5 Las Vegas
WE BELIEVE. At least this week, Pro Picks believes in the Raiders with Miami undermanned.
No. 18 Los Angeles Chargers (plus 7) at No. 3 Kansas City
That KC defense is worrisome. But Patrick Mahomes won’t get intercepted in a key spot again.
No. 6 Baltimore (minus 9) at No. 28 Detroit
That Ravens D is worrisome, too.
No. 4 Arizona (minus 8) at No. 32 Jacksonville
In 2021, West teams heading East simply shrug — and win.
No. 11 Seattle (minus 2) at No. 25 (tie)
Well, not all of them.
No. 15 Green Bay (plus 4) at No. 8 San Francisco
After two victories in the Eastern time zone, the Niners get a home game. And …
No. 22 Washington (plus 9) at No. 7 Buffalo
Thought about this as Best Bet, but still not sure about Buffalo.
No. 23 Chicago (plus 7) at No. 9 Cleveland
Also not sure what the Browns are.
No. 25 (tie) Indianapolis (plus 6) at No. 16 Tennessee
Early battle for AFC South lead.
No. 20 Philadelphia (plus 4) at No. 13 Dallas, Monday night
Early battle for the NFC East lead. More like a pillow fight.
No. 30 Atlanta (plus 3) at No. 29 New York Giants
This week’s only matchup of winless clubs.
Last Week: Straight up: 11-5. Against spread: 10-5-1.
Season: Straight up: 18-14. Against spread: 16-14-2.
Best Bet: Straight up: 2-0. Against spread: 2-0
Upset Special: Straight up: 2-0. Against spread: 2-0.