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- Atlanta Falcons vs Pittsburgh Steelers - ATL -2.5, UNDER 38
PIT's passing advantage is not only gone, it could be a significant liability in this game because Batch/Dixon will have to be concerned with CB Robinson, too. PIT will primarily focus on the run and pound Mendenhall to keep pressure off the QB. Polamalu is healthy which will add a huge boost to an already stout PIT D. WR Wallace is ready to breakout, but he will have to wait until week 5 to really shine.
The weather should be a non-factor. There is some slight reverse line movement, but not enough to make a significant difference. This is a generous line to open the season which is why you can lay the points on this one. Both teams will focus heavily on the run game and take their shots when they present themselves. Prediction: Bank ATL -2.5 and UNDER 38.
- San Francisco 49ers vs Seattle Seahawks - SF -2.5
On the flip side, things are looking bright for the 49ers. For the first time in a long time they have more than 12 months of stability at QB. They have revamped some of the offensive line and Gore will be eager to shake off his injury prone stigma. There will be mismatches all over the field that SF should be able to take advantage of.
The only real advantage SEA will have is their crowd, but that shouldn't be much of a factor by the 4th quarter. The weather will also be a non-issue. Prediction: Bank SF -2.5.
- Indianapolis Colts vs Houston Texans - IND -2.5
Meanwhile, Peyton will have a full arsenal of weapons at his disposal and his options are flat out scary. At the same time, their defense should be improved as Coyer enters his 2nd year as defensive coordinator, Sanders is healthy, and added depth on the D-line.
The public is betting heavily on the Colts and there's good reason for it. HOU is on their way, but they are not quite there yet. Much like the ATL/PIT game, there is slight reverse line movement, but it will be a non-factor as well. The Colts will start their annual undefeated run for 2010 in Texas. Prediction: Bank IND -2.5.