UPSET OF THE WEEK
COWBOYS (0-1) at CHARGERS (1-0)
Line: LAC by 3 1/2.
Cote’s pick: DAL 37-30.
TV: 4:25 p.m., CBS.
“AAAWWWK!” hollers the Upset Bird, soaring like gas prices. “Dallas Cowbaaawwwk!” Like Dallas with the sizable outright road upset coming in with added rest and prep time, although I’d feel a tad better on this if Boys hadn’t lost WR Michael Gallup to injury. But that’s still a big and balanced offense for Bolts to outscore. Boys went on road and gave champion Bucs all they could handle last week, and LAC is only 3-9-1 against the spread in past 13 games as the home favorite. “In Dak and Zeke we trust,” notes U-Bird. “One nation under Gaaawwwk!”
THE REST OF WEEK 2:
Bills (0-1, -3 1/2) over @Dolphins (1-0), 27-20: Buffalo’s big offense got humbled by Steelers last week, while Miami was lucking out a fortunate win at New England thanks to the gift of a late Pats turnover. But into Week 2 comes both the feeling the Bills and Josh Allen are due a breakout game — and the doubt whether the Fins and Tua Tagovailoa can hang with Buffs in a shootout. Miami will need a huge defensive showing in its home opener or unusually big numbers and points from Tua. Gotta have one to stay close, maybe both to win.
@Bears (0-1, -2 1/2) over Bengals (1-0), 23-17: Cincy impressed beating Vikes last week while Bears did not in losing to Rams. New week. Chitown pass rush will celebrate team’s home opener with a sack-feast vs. Joe Burrow, while I see a motivated Andy Dalton performing well vs. his longtime former team as he holds off the fan cry for rookie top pick Justin Fields.
@Browns (0-1, -12 1/2) over Texans (1-0), 31-13: Houston upset Jax in opener but get a whole other level of foe here. See a rout-win by Brownies in their home opener to ease the sting of last week’s blown-lead loss to Chiefs. Cleveland’s defensive front will be a nightmare for Tyrod Taylor.