January 3rd, 2014
Kansas City (-1.5) at Indianapolis — Saturday 4:35PM NBC (46.5+/-)
Considered one of the more evenly-matched and interesting games of the weekend, the QB battle between two former #1 picks (the up and coming Andrew Luck with the still fighting for respect Alex Smith) should be a great game. Vegas expects a low-scoring outing, and Kansas City’s top five defense should make Luck’s 2nd playoff start interesting to say the least. Dan Hicks and Mike Mayock will be covering the game from Indianapolis on Dish Network channel NBC.
New Orleans (+2.5) at Philadelphia — Saturday 8:10PM NBC (53.5+/-)
By far the most powerful offenses in the first week match up, there’s a reason why the over/under is so high in this one. However, with the recent cold weather snap and potential for snow on Saturday in Philadelphia, it’s obvious the oddsmakers aren’t giving Brees much credit when he has to leave the warm dome down in New Orleans. Nick Folk continues his almost mistake-free offensive tear, and whoever weather the weather (!) the best will no doubt pull this one out. Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth will be calling this one for NBC on Saturday.
San Diego (+7) at Cincinnati — Sunday 1:05PM CBS (47+/-)
Analysts don’t really know what to make of either of these teams. Dalton hasn’t looked good in weeks, and Philip Rivers can be an consistently inconsistent as it gets. The high spread shows Vegas isn’t too sure either. The best thing you can probably be sure of is that Philip Rivers will definitely doÂ something that ends up on Deadspin.com. This game will be called by the eternal Jim Nantz and Phil Simms for CBS on DishNetwork.
San Francisco (-3) at Green Bay — Sunday FOX (47+/-)
This game is likely the headliner of the weekend for the NFL, but mostly because of the pedigree and playoff history between these two franchises. In all honesty, with Rodgers coming off injury and San Fran having looked sluggish for the entire month of December, Vegas isn’t expecting much out of either offense. This game will come down to how much of a step was lost (or gained?) by Aaron Rodgers while resting his injury. Joe Buck and Troy Aikman will be calling this one as always coast-to-coast for FOX on Dish Network Satellite.
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