Every week, my dude Sascha and I will be offering our picks against the spread for every game on the NFL slate in the ATS Checkdown podcast. But it can be tough for you to decipher which picks you should really listen to and which are more like suggested reading. So we decided to provide you with three “locks” against the spread every week moving forward.
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Without further ado, here are three picks you can take straight to the bank. (If they’re wrong, Sascha picked them …)
New England Patriots at New Orleans Saints (+6.5)
You know who hates losing? Bill Belichick. You know who else hates losing? Tom Brady. And do you know who has gotten awfully used to losing? The New Orleans Saints.
The Pats have had some extra time to prepare, and will punish the Saints for what Kansas City did to them in Week 1.
Pick: PATRIOTS (-6.5)
Buffalo Bills at Carolina Panthers (-7)
Do not be fooled by the Bills totaling 408 yards of total offense, or holding their opponent to 12 points in Week 1: they were playing the JETS! Buffalo is a bad team that does not wish to be good this year. Cam Newton and the Panther offense may not have been overly impressive in Week 1, but the 2015 NFL MVP is still healing from offseason shoulder surgery and will continue to get better every week.
Pick: PANTHERS (-7)
San Francisco 49ers at Seattle Seahawks (-13)
We love what John Lynch and Kyle Shanahan are going to do with the 49ers, but it’s going to take some time. And being without standout first-round pick Reuben Foster is going to be troublesome. Before you jump off the Seahawk bandwagon, remember this team always has one or two pitiful outings on the road each season. Considering they still held the Packers to 17 points last week, shutting out the Brian Hoyer-led 49ers should almost be expected.
Pick: SEAHAWKS (-13)