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Cover 3

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Cover 3 will be a weekly article where I pick three games every week: The Fantasy Jackpot, the “Bad Blood” Game, and the Must-Watch Showdown. There’s a lot to go over here, so lets just jump right into it.

Fantasy Jackpot Game of the Week—Giants vs Cowboys

ODBFantasy players saw this game on the schedule week one and started to drool. The New York Giants vs the Dallas Cowboys has traditionally been a shootout between the NFC East rivals. Since 2009, this match-up has failed to reach 50 combined points only three times. Those games that were under that mark still combined for 45, 41, and 45. Those games were also all at MetLife stadium for what it’s worth. The point is this rivalry’s lowest combined points in the last 12 meetings was 41 points! This will be a high-scoring game since both of these teams have talented offenses and poor Dezdefenses. The Cowboys have a number of fantasy-relevant players that could/should do well: Romo, Bryant, Witten, and whichever running back starts out hot. Darren McFadden will be getting the first crack at it, and I think he will be effective if he can stay on the field. Randle will also be getting quite a bit of  touches that could be valuable. Terrance Williams is also worth a flier in daily leagues or if you’re short at the position. He scored seven touchdowns last season in eight home games. I think he has a good chance to score again. The Giants are also going to be fantasy-relevant: Manning, Beckham, Jennings, Donnell, and Vereen if you’re desperate at running back. We just don’t know what kind of role he will play in the offense yet, but the Giants will be passing a lot. For that reason, Rueben Randle is worth a flier in daily and regular leagues. With Cruz out, he should see more targets, and he put up 110 yards on nine catches in two games against them last year. With all of this scoring, make sure both teams’ kickers, Bailey and Brown, are owned. They will have a chance at big numbers. Let’s hope that history continues and we see big stat line for both of these teams on Sunday.

“Bad Blood” Game of the Week—Packers vs Bears

This week’s “Bad Blood” game should be no surprise to anybody. The Packers-Bears rivalry is not just one of the greatest rivalries in football, but all of sports. It’s an iconic rivalry dating back to 1921 that seems to oldget more heated every year. Sunday’s game will mark the 191st time the teams have faced-off, which is the most by any two teams. This rivalry is so big that we decided to cover it in a previous article that came out earlier today here. Living in Wisconsin, I can tell you that the Packers are not just a football team here, they are a way of life. If the Packers are playing a noon game, pastors will make sure church doesn’t run too late. If you were scheduled to work Sunday, don’t worry, your business will have the Packer game on, even if they have to bring in their own TV. I mention these things because I want to emphasize that this is not just a game between two teams. This is a war between two states, and I wouldn’t expect it to be friendly. No matter what happens in the game, friends and coworkers who are fans of their respective teams will not be talking to each other the rest of the week, unless of course it’s to gloat about their victory.

Must-Watch Showdown—Vikings vs 49ers

MNFThe Must-Watch Showdown for this week had to be one of the first Monday night games! This game will be one to watch as two teams try to make a name for themselves. Second-year quarterback, Teddy Bridgewater, looks to take big strides in his sophomore season opener against a revamped 49ers defense. Linebackers Patrick Willis and Chris Borland along with defensive lineman Justin Smith all decided to retire for their own reasons. They also lost a number of other key players due to free agency, including long-time 49ers running back, Frank Gore. These roster moves along with head coach Jim Tomsula being promoted will surely give them a different look this year. For this team to be competitive, quarterback Colin Kaepernick will need to show he’s matured as a player, and that he is ready to be the leader of this team. Vikings fans are at the edge of their seat waiting to see their offensive leader get back on the field. Adrian Peterson will be playing in his first game since week one of last season. Since he didn’t play in any of the preseason games, we are all waiting to see what he looks like. I personally think having a year off was good for him, and I can’t wait to see what kind of performance he puts on Monday night.

This was this first of many weekly Cover 3 articles. What did you like/not like? Questions/comments? Let me know! Here’s to football finally being back in our lives!

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