Brett Anderson

The Dog Whisperer

A CBS Sports NFL editor, Brett Anderson has been covering the NFL and other sports for 25 years, from the Midwest to Midtown Manhattan to South Florida. He joined his first NFL picks pool at age 12 and has been hammering home dogs ever since. Brett's strategy is a hybrid of data, game film and gut instinct, and he also seeks out prognosticators on a serious streak to either ride along with the red hot or, often more profitably, fade the ice cold. For Brett Anderson media inquiries, contact SportsLine@CBSInteractive.com.

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Houston +7 HOU +7

Houston 28 @ New Orleans 30
9/09
HOU 28 @ NO 30
9/09
WIN
Sun 9/8

Deshaun Watson was sacked 62 times last season and the Texans still went 11-5. What happens if Watson actually gets some protection? Houston may have mortgaged its future by trading so much for Laremy Tunsil, but at least Watson has a shot at a healthy, huge 2019. Drew Brees fizzled at the end of last year, and the Saints traditionally fizzle to open the season (they lost at least their first two games from 2014-17, and their opener last year). No reason to think the Texans won?t keep it close.

Tennessee +5.5 TEN +5.5

Tennessee 43 @ Cleveland 13
9/08
TEN 43 @ CLE 13
9/08
WIN
Sat 9/7

It sounds like fun to hop aboard the Browns Bandwagon, but not nearly as fun as picking the team with the better defense that's getting 5.5 points. Baker Mayfield had an impressive rookie season, yet he beat just one playoff team and needed OT to do it. Freddie Kitchens' first game as a head coach comes against last season's No. 8 D. The Titans will miss Taylor Lewan, but should be able to run on a team that ranked 28th in stopping it last year.

Detroit -2.5 DET -2.5

Detroit 27 @ Arizona 27
9/08
DET 27 @ ARI 27
9/08
LOSS
Fri 9/6

The Cardinals will roll out a first-time NFL head coach and rookie QB, and they?ll be working with a rebuilt-but-recently-awful O-line and a secondary that?s missing two starting cornerbacks. No thanks. Love the home dogs, but not in this spot. Arizona went turbo vanilla in the preseason (Kyler Murray: 23 total completions, 0 TDs) and it?s wishful thinking that Kliff Kingsbury (35-40 in six seasons at Texas Tech) can magically make points appear in Week 1. The Lions shouldn't be road favorites too often, but they need to win by only a field goal in this agreeable matchup.

Pittsburgh +5.5 PIT +5.5

Pittsburgh 3 @ New England 33
9/09
PIT 3 @ NE 33
9/09
LOSS
Wed 9/4

Fading the Pats isn?t for the squeamish, but this is September. Tom Brady hasn?t had a winning record through the first four games since he was in his 30s, and now there?s no Gronk to lean on. The Steelers' improving defense held the Pats to 10 points in Week 15 last season, and with New England?s tilt toward the ground game, Pittsburgh should be able to keep it within the 5.5. Big Ben getting his first win vs. Brady in Foxborough is in play, too; this is a Steelers team motivated to show that it won?t miss two individual stars.

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