The National Football League opens their Sunday schedule for their hundredth season today with 13 games on the slate. This early in the season, weather conditions that could affect a game are most often heat related, as they are today where the three games played in Florida will all have temperatures near 90 degrees.
The three Florida teams that host games today are the Miami Dolphins, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Jacksonville Jaguars. They host in respective order, the Baltimore Ravens, San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs.
The defending, and six time Super Bowl Champion, New England Patriots will open their 2019 schedule tonight in Foxboro when they host the Pittsburgh Steelers. The late game is scheduled for a 5:20 p.m. Pacific Coast start time.
The Patriots seemingly boosted their chances for a fourth straight Super Bowl appearance with the acquisition of wide receiver Antonio Brown. Yesterday morning the talented but conflicted wide receiver asked the Raiders for his release, and within five hours of them granting his request, he was signed by the Patriots.
He won’t yet be eligible to play for New England tonight, but no doubt Tom Brady and company are hoping for the kind of lightning in a bottle they caught with another All-Pro wide receiver released by the Raiders after a rocky relationship, Randy Moss. He spent two lackluster seasons in Oakland where he spent more time sulking at the end of the bench than celebrating a score in the endzone.
In his seven seasons with the Minnesota Vikings, Moss tallied 90 touchdowns. In two years with the Raiders, only 11. In his first season with New England, 2007, he set an all-time record with 23 scoring catches. In three seasons with the Patriots, Moss totaled 47 touchdowns.
Brown seems a good fit to be the latest Tom Brady target, but baggage in Pittsburgh made him expendable, and problems with the Raiders prevented him from ever playing a game for the Silver and Black. Not everything works out for Bill Belichick and his team, and this may be one that goes sour.
As for the public plays for the first week of the season, the three most bet on teams by the public are the Kansas City Chiefs (-3½) over the Jacksonville Jaguars, Baltimore Ravens (-7) over the Miami Dolphins and Los Angeles Rams (-2½) over the Carolina Panthers. As for the Qoxhi selections, they are now posted on this site and if a Bullet Play develops in the final hour leading up to the day’s first kickoff, that game will be added to the list of recommendations at 9:45 a.m. Pacific Time.