The first full slate of NFL action is back! What a better way to celebrate than hitting on a three-team parlay?
Both defenses have some major issues coming into this game – For the Chiefs, it’s talent... for the Chargers, it’s injuries... and a lot of them.
State of #Chargers DEF:— Evan Silva (@evansilva) September 9, 2018
- No RE Joey Bosa (foot)
- No DT Corey Liuget (susp)
- CB Casey Hayward battled late-camp hamstring
- CB Trevor Williams missed almost all of camp with ankle injury
- Starting 3 rookies: SS Derwin James, SLB Uchenna Nwosu, WLB Kyzir White
If all that wasn't enough, just take a look at all the talent on offense in this game.
The Chiefs loaded offense will be led by Patrick Mahomes coming into his sophomore season. He'll have plenty of reliable targets in Travis Kelce, Tyreek Hill and the newly-acquired Sammy Watkins. Let's not forget about Kareem Hunt, who had an incredible rookie season.
On the other side, the Chargers artillery of weapons is right on par. The ageless wonder Philip Rivers is back for yet another season of airing it out. Keenan Allen and Tyrell Williams combine to make a devastating duo for a Chiefs secondary that ranks as one of the worst in football. Melvin Gordon is much more efficient in the passing game, so look for him to make his mark there.
Since 2000, Denver has looked excellent in home openers with only one loss. Seattle’s offensive line is one of the worst in football, and the Mile High altitude should have Russell Wilson more tired than usual from all that running around. Von Miller and Bradley Chubb will be on the field for the first time in an NFL regular season game – should be a productive start to the new era.
Since 2000, the Broncos have lost their home opener just once (2011) and have failed to cover the spread only four times, with a 11-4-3 against-the-spread record (77% resulted in a win or push).— Currency Kings (@currency_kings) September 5, 2018
While nearly 80% of the public money is Packer backers (usually not a good thing), the Bears come into 2018 with a much different look. Most notably, the former offensive coordinator Matt Nagy coming over from Kansas City, giving them a much better chance to keep pace with the Packers high-powered offense.
The Bears defense also received a much-needed upgrade, acquiring Khalil Mack for a plethora of draft picks over the next couple seasons.
I wouldn't look for the Bears to win outright but look for them to at least keep this game close.
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