2014 Week 1 NFL Picks: 5* Niners -3.5, 4* Patriots -4 #freenflpicks #nflpick

[Niners/COWBOYS] It is always risky to start the year off on the road. If there was ever a team to do it with, it is the San Francisco 49ers, who were only one step short of the Super Bowl last year. The Niners standing tall as one of the best Road teams in 2013 going 7-1-2 ATS in their last 10 Road games. The Cowboys on the other hand enter 1-4 ATS in their last five games, and 6-13 ATS at Home. Look for the Niners to start on the ground with it top rushers averaging over 5.7 yards per carry in the Preseason. Among the many question marks for Dallas will be the return of Romo from surgery. While he had a 97.5 rating during the preseason, this is the real thing.

[Patriots/DOLPHINS] The Director has been shocked here before. The Patriots, who are 0-2 ATS in their most recent visits to Miami, hope to recapture the magic that allowed the to defeat the Fish by 14 points here in 2011. Brady will be looking for revenge for the 2013 loss her ATS that was one of two blemishes on a 6-2 run ATS in the second half of last season. Powering a rating of 123.8 on 9.2 yards per attempt, Brady looks like he is poised to be a contender again in 2014. The Fish, on the other hand, are still looking for a quarterback to run the show. Look for Wilfork to control Moreno, the Dolphins one big weapon.

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  1. WINNER – 49ers 28, COWBOYS 17 – Arlington, TX (SportsNetwork.com) – San Francisco picked off Tony Romo three straight times, and the 49ers opened the 2014 season with a convincing 28-17 victory over the Dallas Cowboys. Despite playing without two of their top linebackers, the 49ers turned four Dallas turnovers into 21 points. Outside linebacker Aldon Smith is serving a nine-game suspension for violating the drug policy, while inside linebacker NaVorro Bowman is out while he recovers from a torn ACL in his left knee. Colin Kaepernick went 16-of-23 for 201 yards with a pair of touchdown passes to Vernon Davis, while Frank Gore and rookie Carlos Hyde combined for 113 yards on the ground for the 49ers (1-0), who lost to Seattle in last season’s NFC Championship game. Hyde also scored his first NFL touchdown. As mentioned, Romo threw interceptions on three straight possessions for the first time in his career. He finished the game 23-of-37 for 281 yards and one touchdown along with the three picks. DeMarco Murray carried the ball 22 times for 118 yards and a touchdown for the Cowboys (0-1), who went 8-8 last season and missed the playoffs for a fourth straight year.

  2. LOSER – Patriots 20, DOLPHINS 33 – Miami, FL (SportsNetwork.com) – Ryan Tannehill threw a pair of touchdown passes and Knowshon Moreno ran for 134 yards with a score in his Miami debut, as the Dolphins dominated in the second half and ended New England’s 10-game winning streak in season openers with a 33-20 victory over the Patriots on Sunday at Sun Life Stadium. Tannehill completed 18-of-32 passes for 178 yards, including scoring strikes to Mike Wallace and Lamar Miller. Wallace finished with seven catches for 81 yards and Miller compiled 78 yards from scrimmage in the victory. While the Miami offense played well and overcame turnovers on three straight possessions in the first half, it was a stout defensive effort in the second half that proved to be the difference. The Dolphins (1-0) held New England to a pair of first downs through most of the second half, while Miami scored 23 unanswered points to storm back from a 20-10 halftime deficit. Tom Brady completed 29-of-56 passes for 249 yards with a touchdown to Rob Gronkowski for New England (0-1), which hadn’t lost a season-opener since a 31-0 setback at Buffalo to start the 2003 campaign.

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