STRAIGHT UP John Kryk

No point spreads here. tells you who is go­ing to win each game ... and why LATER GAMES MON­DAY NIGHT

Sunday Sports - - WEEK 1 -

Pitts­burgh

KRYK PICK: Does DeShone Kizer have a chance to out­play Ben Roeth­lis­berger? Sure he does. As long as you also be­lieve I alone can stop Hur­ri­cane Irma in its path by blow­ing hard from Cen­tral On­tario.

Ari­zona

KRYK PICK: If the Cards fi­nally have fixed their spe­cial teams, and maybe don’t bring the house on ev­ery third down de­fen­sively, they in­deed can bounce back big­time in ’17. The Li­ons de­fence is vul­ner­a­ble.

Hous­ton

KRYK PICK: J.J. Watt and the Texans will come out on a su­per high in flood-rav­aged Hous­ton. This is not a good thing for wob­bly Jags QB Blake Bor­tles. Will we see Chad Henne at some point? Don’t be sur­prised.

Ten­nessee

KRYK PICK: Raiders de­fence re­mains dread­ful, es­pe­cially vs. the run. Ti­tans’ ground-and-pounders will con­trol the clock and keep Derek Carr and his pow­er­ful Raiders at­tack on the side­line much of the time.

Philadel­phia

KRYK PICK: An up­set pick. Ex­pect a shootout at FedEx Field, with sec­ond-year Ea­gles QB Car­son Wentz out-gun­sling­ing Kirk Cousins. Like him now? Huh?! 4:05 p.m. KRYK PICK: Un­til they get quar­ter­back An­drew Luck back, per­haps even af­ter­ward, the Colts are gonna be bad. In new head coach Sean McVay’s de­but the stout Rams D should

L.A. Rams

men­ace Colts QB Scott Tolzien through­out. 4:25 p.m. KRYK PICK: Sea­hawks’ front seven will get af­ter Aaron Rodgers. Don’t be sur­prised if new Seat­tle RB Ed­die Lacy — the for­mer Packer — has some big runs ver­sus his for­mer team. State­ment start for the Sea­hawks.

Seat­tle

8:30 p.m. KRYK PICK: RB Ezekiel El­liott will play for Dal­las with his sus­pen­sion on hold. But Gi­ants bot­tled him up last year. Dak Prescott too. Even with Odell Beck­ham likely out, Gi­ants usu­ally play very well in Big D.

New York

7:10 p.m. KRYK PICK: Adrian Peter­son wants re­venge, but it’s tough gain­ing yards on these Vik­ings. Peter­son’s big-buzz RB re­place­ment in Min­nesota, rookie Dalvin Cook, has a good chance to make a strong first im­pres­sion.

Min­nesota

10:20 p.m. KRYK PICK: Two head-coach­ing de­buts: An­thony Lynn for the Charg­ers, Vance Joseph for the Bron­cos. We know what hap­pens here. Phil Rivers looks awe­some for two quar­ters, then, well, you know.

Den­ver

AP

Adrian Peter­son won’t have to wait long for a chance to gain some re­venge on his for­mer team, the Vik­ings. Top right, J.J. Watt is back and his stout Texans D should feast on Jags QB Blake Bor­tles.

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