The battle for the NFC North division crown starts quickly this season when the Chicago Bears host the Green Bay Packers on Sunday. The OddsShark Computer is projecting the Packers to walk away with the win but the Bears to cover.
Not to say that the projected score is not close, with the Packers winning 27.8 to 21.8 and a current line of Green Bay -7 at the online sportsbooks. In the last 10 meetings between the rivals, the Packers have dominated going 9-1 straight up while covering on eight occasions.
Cheesehead faithful can thank Aaron Rodgers, who completed 72.7 percent of his passes while throwing for 10 touchdowns and no interceptions against the Bears last season with the Packers going 2-0 SU and ATS.
Computer Likes Winston SU BUT NOT ATS
Sunday afternoon will feature the top two picks in this year’s NFL Draft squaring off when Jameis Winston and the the Tampa Bay Buccaneers host Marcus Mariota and the Tennessee Titans.
The OddsShark Computer is expecting Winston and the Buccaneers to pick up about a two-point win over the Titans, listing the final result as Tampa Bay 23, Tennessee 20.8. However, the sportsbooks have Tampa Bay listed as a 3-point favorite.
If you are a Buccaneers backer you need to hope that Winston will be a better bet in the NFL than he was when starting for Florida State last year, as the Seminoles went a terrible 3-11 against the spread last season.
GIANTS PROJECTED TO COVER VS COWBOYS
The NFC East will be on full display Sunday night when the Dallas Cowboys host the New York Giants, with the OddsShark Computer expecting America’s Team to win but the G-Men to cover.
The Giants are seeing a boatload of points across the books, but the computer is projecting only about a five-point win by the Cowboys (28.8 to 23.4). That would be a New York cover at +7 on the current consensus lines.
Dallas has not dropped a game against their division rivals since the 2012 season, but has won all but one of those games by five points or less.
Those past four games have seen Tony Romo torch the questionable Giants secondary for 11 touchdowns while the running game has averaged 117.3 yards per game.