NFL Picks and Predictions: Picking the full Week 1 slate against the spread
  • When it comes to betting on the NFL , Week 1 of a season offers some unique value. With no real form to go on, the oddsmakers often struggle to come up with an appropriate lines for the opening games and not every home favorites is well priced for their matchup. However, with only preseason performances to base their decisions on, life is not exactly easy for those making the bets either, and in many ways, Week 1 can be something of a hit or miss affair. Adding to the confusion this week and every week throughout the season, we will be making our own predictions for each game against the spread and versus the totals.Using the consuses Las Vegas odds from as per Friday night, editor Jeff Hartman and myself will be taking on the bookies with our weekly selections and the loser of the battle between us will be submitting to some sort of forfeit at the end of the year. (Note: Jeff knows nothing about this last part, the idea just came to me as I was writing this, but I’m sure he can be persuaded to get on board.)We encourage you to play along with us throughout the season and to add your picks in the comments section below each week. Today we talk about how after Artie Burns was benched in Week 8 for being late to a walkthrough prior to the Cleveland Browns game Le'Veon Bell Jersey , it looks as if Coty Sensabaugh has taken the starting role away from Burns, considering their was no rotation at the cornerback position in the Week 9 win over the Baltimore Ravens, as there had been in weeks prior.Let’s get to the news:Mike Tomlin tacitly acknowledges Coty Sensabaugh has replaced Artie Burns as Steelers’ starterBy: Chris Adamski, Pittsburgh Tribune-ReviewAnother week, another game in which Artie Burns stayed on the sidelines when the Pittsburgh Steelers were on defense.[img][/img]
    Tomlin, though Authentic Maurkice Pouncey Jersey , confirmed that Burns was healthy enough to play.Burns had started 31 consecutive Steelers games (counting playoffs) since earning a featured role Week 8 of his rookie 2016 season, a streak that ended at a Sept. 24 game at Tampa Bay in which Sensbaugh started two weeks after he was a healthy scratch for the season opener.A seven-year veteran, Sensabaugh has started 36 of the 93 career games he has played. When the Steelers signed him to a two-year, $2.6 million contract in the spring of 2017, he was with his fourth team over a span of 14 months.Steelers’ Ben Roethlisberger laments short week after physical Ravens gameBy: Chris Adamski, Pittsburgh Tribune-ReviewFour days after what is annually one of their most physically demanding games of the season, the Pittsburgh Steelers will play again.Like every NFL team, the Steelers have a Thursday night game on their schedule. ’“I guess the only nice thing about it is you have the weekend off.”The Steelers met Monday for meetings at the UPMC Rooney Sports Complex Youth Artie Burns Jersey , will practice for the only time this week on Tuesday and have a walkthrough Wednesday.During most typical weeks, NFL teams practice three times in addition to a meeting day and a walkthrough on the eve of gameday.The Steelers have played one in-season Thursday night game every year since 2006, the season before Mike Tomlin took over as coach. But one source pointed out to ESPN that it “doesn’t make any sense for [Bell] to play now.””If he doesn’t want to play for $14.5 million , why would he want to play for $5 million?” the source told ESPN, referring to the prorated balance remaining on Bell’s $14.5 million franchise tender.Bell told ESPN in early October that he is staying away to preserve his long-term health for his next contract but intends to play football this season.