Sunday Sports - - WEEK 1 - Rth@ran­dallthe­han­dle.com — Dan Bil­icki ran­dall­han­dle

Bills are favoured at all this sea­son, so you might as well jump on it.

An­other team that’s un­likely to be spot­ting points on more than a few rare oc­ca­sions is the Los An­ge­les Rams. L.A. hosts the An­drew Luck-less Colts this week and, even with­out Aaron Don­ald, are favoured to dis­patch of the vis­i­tors. This is an­other good chance to

Open­ing week can be haz­ardous, as il­lus­trated with Kansas City’s shock­ing up­set at New Eng­land on Thurs­day night. Most of the bet­ting public was all over the mighty Pa­tri­ots spot­ting nine points, and now they’ll look to re­cover their losses else­where. One game that has drawn sim­i­lar at­ten­tion has the pop­u­lar and tal­ented Steel­ers vis­it­ing the woe­ful Browns. Pitts­burgh is listed as a lofty 9½-point favourite in this one, but his­tory may ac­tu­ally sup­port Cleve­land here. In Week 1 di­vi­sional games, non-play­off teams from the pre­vi­ous year have cov­ered in 24-of-31 games (77%) when fac­ing an op­po­nent that went to the post-sea­son. Palat­able, no. Prof­itable, yes ... An­other team that most will feel queasy about back­ing are the In­di­anapo­lis Colts, at least un­til

An­drew Luck QB re­turns to the lineup. When it was thought that Luck would start to­day, Ve­gas had this game at Colts -3 at the Rams.

Scott Tolzien When it was an­nounced that would be re­plac­ing Luck, the Rams jumped to a three-point favourite and that num­ber has been steadily ris­ing, now up to L.A. -4½. This is to a Rams team that was favoured four times last sea­son be­fore los­ing three of those game straight up in­clud­ing two con­tests to the dis­mal 49ers. Those were San Fran­cisco’s only vic­to­ries in their 2-14 sea­son ... Turn­ing to some bet­ter matchups to­day, pre-sea­son con­fer­ence favourites Seat­tle and Green Bay will square off at Lam­beau. Pack­ers are giv­ing three points to their re­cent ri­val. Green Bay has won this game the past two years on this field with a 38-10 thump­ing last year and 27-17 win in 2015. It should also be noted that the Sea­hawks are 0-4 against the spread (ATS) in pre­vi­ous four road games, all ver­sus NFC op­po­nents. Con­versely, the Pack have cov­ered four straight as hosts, all against NFC foes as well ... The Saints have sup­pos­edly im­proved their dread­ful de­fence. No bet­ter chance to con­firm this than on prime time to­mor­row night when they visit Min­nesota, the Vikes listed as 3½-point faves. New Or­leans has al­lowed 37, 31 and 35 points re­spec­tively over past three sea­son open­ers. How­ever, they’ve been money as a dog, cov­er­ing 10 of past 11 when re­ceiv­ing points. burn a weak team in your pool.

If you do want to go chalk, there’s no bet­ter favourite to take than the Pitts­burgh Steel­ers. Big Ben and Co. have owned Cleve­land, go­ing 30-4 in their past 34 meet­ings. Even the Steel­ers back­ups beat Cleve­land in last year’s fi­nale.

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