By Eric Schmidt

Five home dogs as we get set to open the Sunday portion of the NFL regular season. There are three very interesting games this weekend that I am very interested in watching, all of which have possible playoff implications. The Green Bay Packers travel to Carolina with the outcome of this game possibly deciding NFC home field advantage. The St. Louis at Minnesota contest could have ramifications for a wild card seeding down the road. The Dallas Cowboys are hosting the Philadelphia Eagles in what is basically a must win to stay in the running for the NFC East while dealing with QB Tony Romo’s absence.

Oakland at Pittsburgh -5 O/U 48 Oakland is finally putting some solid drafts together and the play on the field continues to improve. I just don’t look for the West coast team heading East to get it done this week. Pittsburgh 34 Oakland 23

Jacksonville at New York Jets -8 42.5 The Jets are dealing with quarterback issues but the Jaguars will have a difficult time mustering offense on the road against the Jets defense. New York Jets 19-10

St. Louis at Minnesota -1. 40 Minnesota is 5-2 SU and 5-1 STA this season and are perfect at home so far this season. Minnesota 19-17

Miami at Buffalo -3 44 Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill is 3-7 on the road against AFC East opponents. Buffalo 23-17

Tennessee at New Orleans -7.5 48 Drew Brees continues the hot hand this week. New Orleans 34-13

Washington at New England -14 52 Tom Brady rolls on this week. New England 38-17

Green Bay at Carolina +3 46.5 Look for the Packers to exploit the lack of receiving talent on the Panthers roster. Green Bay 30-21

Atlanta at San Francisco +7 44 Niners rolling with QB Blaine Gabbert under center. Let that sink in. Atlanta 30-10

New York Giants at Tampa Bay +2 49 Look for a lot of scoring in this one as both teams feature weak secondaries. Buccaneers rookie QB Jameis Winston has now gone three games without a turnover and continues to show improvement each week. New York Giants 31-30

Denver at Indianapolis +5.5 45 Fresh off a complete smackdown of the Green Bay Packers, the Broncos defense makes it another long day for Colts QB Andrew Luck who now has a new offensive coordinator. Denver 30-20

Philadelphia at Dallas +3 44.5 The NFC East teams have been very hard to read this year, as up and down as a roller coaster. Dallas wins late on a Dez Bryant touchdown reception. Dallas 26-24

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