Miami Dolphins vs Washington Redskins Odds - NFL Picks Week 1

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In the 2012 NFL Draft, the big names were the quarterbacks – Andrew Luck and Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III. Luck went first to the Indianapolis Colts and Griffin second to the Washington Redskins in that year’s draft and while Luck has made a name for himself, Griffin has struggled. In that same draft, the Miami Dolphins found their quarterback of the future when they selected Texas A&M QB Ryan Tannehill with the eighth overall pick. Fast forward to week 1 of the 2015 NFL season and Tannehill will face not Griffin, but yet another quarterback drafted in 2012 – Kirk Cousins. The former Michigan State product won the Washington Redskins starting quarterback job over RGIII and Colt McCoy. Tannehill and Cousins will face off in the season opener but despite Washington playing at home, Dolphins vs Redskins odds favor Miami on the road by four points (-4) with NFL picks on the over/under total for week 1 set at 43.

Besides Luck, it has been Tannehill who has enjoyed the most success leading the Dolphins to an 8-8 record last year. He and the Dolphins are poised to do even greater things this season now that the team added TE Jordan Cameron and wide receivers Greg Jennings, Kenny Stills, and first round draft pick DeVante Parker from Louisville. The big news in Miami during the offseason was the addition of former Detroit defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, who signed the richest defensive contract in league history in becoming a Dolphin. Will he make a difference? Absolutely, and certainly against an offensive line in Washington that may have two rookie starters. For head coach Joe Philbin's squad to cover the 4-point spread as road favorites in Miami Dolphins vs Washington Redskins odds, Suh along with DE Cameron Wake will need to dominate the Redskins offensive line.

Washington's head coach Jay Gruden named Cousins the starter for Week 1 bringing about speculation that RGIII’s days in Maryland are numbered. Griffin suffered a concussion in a preseason game and fell behind Cousins on the depth chart. Cousins will have DeSean Jackson (56 receptions, 1,169 yards in 2014) as his No. 1 receiver. Jackson, who averaged over 20 yards per catch last year, is one of the NFL’s premier deep threats. If the Redskins pick up where they left off in 2014 losing seven of their last eight games to close the season, they will get blown out by an improving Miami Dolphins squad. As NFL picks for week 1 suggest, this could be the beginning of a long year in Washington. The season opener (Sunday, September 13th) between the Miami Dolphins and Washington Redskins can be seen live on CBS at 1:00pm EST from FedEx Field.

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    The former Rams QB, Bradford was the 2010 Offensive Rookie of the Year after starting all 16 games. He then played in roughly half of the team’s next 64 games suffering knee injuries in consecutive seasons. The Eagles opponent, Atlanta, welcomes new head coach Dan Quinn, former defensive coordinator in Seattle. Quinn’s first task will be improving a defense that finished dead last in the league in total yards allowed per game (398.3). Quinn and the Falcons selected undersized hybrid LB/DE Vic Beasley of Clemson in the first round and acquired Adrian Clayborn in the offseason to help. Along with LB Justin Durant, the defense should improve at least enough to take some of the pressure off of the offense. If Atlanta is going to have any chance of covering the spread as home underdogs in Eagles vs Falcons odds, the defense must be able to slow down the potent Philly offense.

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  • New York Giants vs Dallas Cowboys Odds - NFL Predictions Week 1

    The New York Giants would love nothing more than to start the 2015 season with a win over their NFC East division rivals, the Dallas Cowboys. The Cowboys will be looking to win back-to-back division titles for the first time in over a decade. No team in the division has repeated in 11 years. The Giants winners of two Super Bowls in the 2000s, have not tasted much success lately and last season was dreadful. After starting the season 3-2, the Giants running game and defense disappeared on the way to seven straight losses. The club did finish the season 3-1 but must address their running game and a defense that allowed 395.3 yards per game in 2014. Giants vs Cowboys odds in Vegas favor Dallas by nearly a touchdown (-6) while NFL predictions for the week 1 total have been set at 52.

    New York will be without the services of Pro Bowl defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul who injured a hand over the summer in a fireworks accident. Pierre-Paul finally met with Giants representatives after missing all summer team activities and preseason training camp. His status is still uncertain. New York will also be without the services of star wide receiver Victor Cruz, who is still not fully recovered from a patellar tendon injury suffered last October. What the Giants do have is QB Eli Manning and WR Odell Beckham Jr., the NFL’s breakout star of 2014. In just 12 games, OBJ had 1,305 yards receiving and 12 touchdowns. Manning, despite the Giants inability to run the ball, still enjoyed a decent 2014 season tossing 30 touchdowns compared to just 14 interceptions. Manning will need to control his turnovers in week 1 if New York is to cover the spread as underdogs in Giants vs Cowboys odds.

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