Pro Picks: So you think this is easy? Look how weird opening week was

  • Thursday, September 15, 2016 12:30am
  • Sports

So you think this is easy? Here’s what Pro Picks was up against on opening weekend: road teams going 9-7, nine teams trailing in the fourth quarter before winning.

We’ll take our 13-3 straight up, not publicize barely breaking .500 against the spread, and look to Thursday night’s Jets vs. Rex, Part 3.

Rex Ryan’s current club, the Bills, swept his former team, the Jets, in 2015, including keeping New York from making the playoffs with a victory in the season finale.

“I think when you put everything you had into a place, and then you leave it, it was more emotional,” Ryan said of being fired after the 2014 season, then landing immediately in Western New York.

“But now it’s been a year away, and I’m firmly, well, firmly, maybe some people don’t think I’m firmly situated here. But I feel that I’m firmly grounded here, and this is my new team and my new home in Buffalo. All the other stuff I think is not in play as much as it probably was last year.”

While Buffalo’s offense was invisible in a 13-7 defeat at Baltimore, New York fell 23-22 to Cincinnati in part because its always-reliable placekicker, Nick Folk, missed a field goal and, for the first time in his nine-plus NFL seasons, an extra point.

The Jets (No. 16 in AP Pro32) are 3-point underdogs at Buffalo (No. 25). That’s the value of a Folk field goal. He’ll actually make more than one — and all his extra points

JETS, 20-10


We’re not very prescient when it comes to these picks, as our choice of the Chiefs last week showed. But they survived in overtime, which leads us to selecting CAROLINA this week.

No. 27 Atlanta (plus 4 1-2) at No. 12 Oakland

Jack Del Rio won’t need to go for the 2-point conversion to win at the end of this one.


No. 9 Kansas City (plus 2) at No. 11 Houston

KC nearly burned us in knockout pool last week. We didn’t learn.


No. 22 (tie) Indianapolis (plus 6) at No. 2 Denver

Tempting to make this the best bet.

BRONCOS, 22-13

No. 4 Green Bay (minus 2 1-2) at No. 10 Minnesota

New stadium, but Vikings need some old-fashioned Adrian Peterson, which wasn’t there vs. Titans.

PACKERS, 27-23

No. 26 San Francisco (plus 13) at No. 5 Carolina

A huge spread, but Niners come off Monday nighter for cross-country journey.


No. 20 Miami (plus 6 1-2) at No. 1 New England

Dolphins will give Patriots a good test.


No. 6 (tie) Seattle (minus 3 1-2) at No. 31 Los Angeles

If the Rams play in their return to L.A. like they did at the 49ers, SoCal might boot them back to St. Louis.


No. 24 Dallas (plus 3) at No. 21 Washington

If the Redskins play in their second home game like they did vs. Pittsburgh …


No. 15 Tampa Bay (plus 6 1-2) at No. 8 Arizona

After winning at Atlanta, the Bucs could make a real statement here.



No. 6 Cincinnati (plus 3 1-2) at No. 3 Pittsburgh

Both teams are 1-0 despite being short-handed. Both have plenty left.


No. 19 Philadelphia (plus 3) at No. 30 Chicago, Monday night

These aren’t the Browns that Philly is facing.

BEARS, 16-14

No. 22 (tie) New Orleans (plus 5) at No. 14 New York Giants

Drew Brees will pile up more yards, TDs, points — and another loss.

GIANTS, 33-30

No. 29 Tennessee (plus 6) at No. 17 Detroit

Titans showed little at home against Minnesota. Lions showed plenty at Indy.

LIONS, 31-17

No. 13 (tie) Baltimore (minus 6 1-2) at No. 32 Cleveland

Ravens used to call Cleveland home. It will feel comfy Sunday.

RAVENS, 18-6

No. 18 Jacksonville (plus 3) at No. 28 San Diego

Each team performed decently in opening defeat.


2016 RECORD: Against spread (8-7-1). Straight up:(13-3)

Best Bet: 0-1 against spread, 1-0 straight up.

Upset special: 1-0 against spread, 1-0 straight up.

More in Sports

Kenai Central's Emma Beck attacks against Seward's Mikinley Williams and Robin Cronin on Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2023, at Kenai Central High School in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)
Kenai Central’s Tracie, Emma Beck get national volleyball recognition

Tracie Beck, the head coach of the Kenai Central volleyball team, and… Continue reading

Allie Ostrander is presented her award by Stacia Rustad at the Alaska High School Hall of Fame's Class of 2023 induction ceremony on Sunday, May 7, 2023, at The Lakefront Hotel in Anchorage, Alaska. (Screenshot)
Former local prep stars Ostrander, Seavey selected for Alaska Sports Hall of Fame

The Alaska Sports Hall of Fame announced this week that former Kenai… Continue reading

SoHi, Kenai hockey take losses on road

The host Palmer hockey team defeated Soldotna on Thursday in Northern Lights… Continue reading

Kenai Central High School Esports players Landon Dubber and Blake Gillis play against one another in the Alaska Fall 2023 semifinals for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate at Kenai Central High School in Kenai, Alaska, on Thursday, Dec. 7, 2023. (Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion)
Esports: Kenai advances to state final

In the first week of playoffs for fall esports in Alaska, Soldotna… Continue reading

Years of Homer ‘Nutcracker’ magic

I am in the back row of “Nutcracker 2023” warmups on the… Continue reading

Kenai's Jason Parks, running on Kalifornsky Beach Road in Kenai, Alaska, wins the Kenai River Marathon on Sept. 28, 2019. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)
Parks, Deal post top-200 finishes at California International Marathon

Jason Parks, 35, of Kenai, finished 120th among men and 121st overall… Continue reading

SoHi girls, boys wrestlers take 2nd at Grace as local squads tune up for conference tourneys

The Soldotna girls and boys wrestling teams each finished second at the… Continue reading

Weekend prep hockey: SoHi takes 2 in Kodiak; Kards win twice at home

The visiting Soldotna hockey team defeated Kodiak 7-0 on Friday and 7-1… Continue reading

Most Read