New York Jets at Miami Dolphins
The renewed Jets’ defense, which will be led again by cornerback Darrelle Revis, will be seeking his fourth consecutive victory in Miami, something they have not achieved for 15 years. New York has the advantage in the series with 51 wins in 99 games, but in the last two seasons both squads have split victories. Despite their losing streak at home to their division rivals, the Dolphins are favorites in the NFL Lines to win this game -3.5. Miami is 3-2 SU and 2-3 ATS against the Jets since 2012.
Player to watch: Quarterback Geno Smith threw for 358 yards and three touchdowns in his last game against the Dolphins. If he can take care of the football in this game, the Jets will have a good chance to win. Last year, he finished with 13 interceptions in 13 starts.
Other games: Philadelphia Eagles (-2.5) Washington Redskins, Minnesota Vikings-Denver Broncos (-7).
Dallas Cowboys at New Orleans Saints
The Cowboys will try to have two consecutive wins against the Saints for the first time in 20 years. The Lone Star team won last year by 38-17 at home. It was the second defeat of coach Sean Payton in six games against his former squad. New Orleans has four wins in their last five game in the Superdome against Dallas, but this game is listed as Pick’em in the NFL Odds. In the last five meetings against the Cowboys, the Saints are 3-2 SU and 2-3 ATS.
Player to watch: In last season’s meeting, the Saints’ defense allowed 190 yards rushing, meaning Darren McFadden could have a good day in the Jazz city. In seven years with the Raiders, McFadden had 13 games with 100 yards or more.
Green Bay Packers at San Francisco 49ers
The Packers will be back in the Bay for the first time since losing in the 2013 wild-card game, when Phil Dawson hit a field goal from 33 yards in the final seconds to give the victory to the 49ers 23-20. With that defeat, Green Bay has a slid of four straight defeats against San Francisco. The last time they were able to win on the road in the series was in 2006. This game is listed at pick’em in the NFL betting Odds, and the Packers are 1-4 SU and 1-3 in the past five against the Niners.
Player to watch: Quarterback Colin Kaepernick received much criticism last season, but he hopes he can have a similar performance as the one he had the last time against the Packers. He threw for 227 yards and a touchdown and finished with 98 yards on the ground.
Baltimore Ravens at Pittsburgh Steelers
The Steelers will try to avenge last year’s defeat in the wild-card round, where the Ravens got the victory by 30-17 at Heinz Field. The big difference this time will be the reappearance of the running back Le’Veon Bell, who missed that game due to a knee injury. Bell, who last year had 1,361 yards and eight touchdowns, missed the first three games of this season as he was suspended by the league. The Steelers have lost three of the last four in the series, but for this division meeting they are favorites in the NFL Odds (-2.5). Pittsburgh is 2-3 SU and 3-2 ATS in the last five against the Ravens.
Player to watch: In four games against the Ravens, Le’Veon Bell has 195 yards and a touchdown on 56 carries. He could take advantage of the absence of Haloti Ngata in the middle of the defensive line to gain more yards