Adam Silverstein

Florida Favorite

CBS Sports' deputy managing editor, Adam has been picking college football and NFL since 2002. Born and raised in Florida, he has been covering sports since 1996 when he began his own newsletter and has not stopped following the ins and outs of the games we love. Though he will take the occasional underdog, Adam often looks for value with the favorites, especially after sharp money comes in and lines fall below key numbers. Since joining SportsLine in 2017, he's a strong 88-75 in the NFL. For Adam Silverstein media inquiries, contact SportsLine@CBSInteractive.com.

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Carolina -6.5 CAR -6.5

Tampa Bay 20 @ Carolina 14
9/13
TB 20 @ CAR 14
9/13
LOSS
YESTERDAY 5:42 PM

The Panthers will be salivating at this matchup for a quick bounce-back after losing to the Rams in Week 1. The fact that Carolina gets to stay home for this game on a short turnaround -- and go up against a team in Tampa Bay that was not only overrated coming into a season but has a quarterback in Jameis Winston who should never be trusted -- gives the Panthers all the edge they need. I would not be surprised to see this at -7 or maybe even -7.5 by the time kickoff hits. Yes, Thursday night games can be rough ... but this one will be rough for the Bucs, not the Panthers, who should roll with superior talent and coaching.

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5-1-1 IN LAST 7 TB ATS PICKS | +387

10-8 IN LAST 18 CAR ATS PICKS | +128

Houston +7 HOU +7

Houston 28 @ New Orleans 30
9/09
HOU 28 @ NO 30
9/09
WIN
Mon 9/9

If this was a few weeks into the season, I would probably lean with the Saints here. But it's Week 1, and we know how New Orleans plays out of the gate. Plus, Houston has completely loaded up for this season to try and make a Super Bowl push behind a healthy Deshaun Watson. This should be a relatively close game, so I'll take the points and Texans in this one. But the Saints at home is always scary.

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10-5 IN LAST 15 NO ATS PICKS | +441

4-2-1 IN LAST 7 HOU ATS PICKS | +178

Pittsburgh +5.5 PIT +5.5

Pittsburgh 3 @ New England 33
9/09
PIT 3 @ NE 33
9/09
LOSS
Mon 9/9

Putting a perfect Sunday at risk by betting against Tom Brady is a difficult decision, but it's one I have to make in this spot. Defenses are generally ahead of offenses early in the season, and without Rob Gronkowski, the Patriots should need some time to gel. We all know how good New England is at home, but we also know how it frequently plays in the month of September, which is to say -- not nearly as well as it does every other month of the season. The Steelers have rallied together with the departure of Antonio Brown, and they have plenty of weapons for Big Ben. This will be a close game either way, but I want the points. Buy up to 6 if you can.

6-2 IN LAST 8 NFL ATS PICKS | +378

Dallas -7 DAL -7

N.Y. Giants 17 @ Dallas 35
9/08
NYG 17 @ DAL 35
9/08
WIN
Sun 9/8

This is not about the return of Ezekiel Elliott. OK, maybe it is a little. But this is actually a pick for the Cowboys' defense, which returns a stout unit opening at home against a suspect Giants team. Despite being a veteran, Eli Manning knows he will be fighting for his job all season, and Saquon Barkley with a sprinkle of Evan Engram will only get New York so far. With Elliott back and Amari Cooper seemingly cleared of his plantar faciitis problems, Dallas is loaded and ready for the NFC East. With a packed crowd at AT&T Stadium, this should be a double-digit win for the 'Boys.

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5-3 IN LAST 8 NYG ATS PICKS | +165

2-1 IN LAST 3 DAL ATS PICKS | +85

Minnesota -3.5 MIN -3.5

Atlanta 12 @ Minnesota 28
9/08
ATL 12 @ MIN 28
9/08
WIN
Sun 9/8

The two words truly important when picking Minnesota here are Dalvin Cook. People seem to forget how electric a playmaker he can be. He's a true difference-maker on the field, especially for an offense that needs that balance. Combine that with the Vikings' solid home field advantage, and that should be enough to put Minnesota over the top to open the season 1-0 ... even if you don't really believe much in Kirk Cousins.

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6-1 IN LAST 7 ATL ATS PICKS | +490

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