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Max Against the Spread | Week 6: Football is Dumb and I Am Numb

After a two week hiatus, I’m back and ready to lose some more money! Let’s get right to it and see if we can improve our accuracy for week 6.

Season Record: 16-32


Eagles (-3) @ Giants (+3)

Both of these teams have been extremely underwhelming, but I have way more faith in Philly to turn it around on a short week than I do in the Giants. I think the Eagles at -3 is a no-brainer here.

My pick: Eagles (-3) (EVEN)


Buccaneers (+3.5) @ Falcons (-3.5)

The Fitzmagic era is sadly over (for now) and Atlanta seems to be picking up steam. This is no gimmie, especially with all of the holes in the Atlanta defense, but I’m hammering them at home this week.

My pick: Falcons (-3.5) (EVEN)


Seahawks (-3) @ Raiders (+3)

Russell Wilson is very good at football. He nearly out-gunned the high octane Rams’ offense last week, despite his incredibly weak supporting cast. Derek Carr’s Raiders seem to be getting worse by the week, so that makes this another easy pick for me.

My pick: Seahawks (-3) (-110)


Colts (+2.5) @ Jets (-2.5) [FADE OF THE WEEK]

I honestly have no clue how to bet this one. The Colts are decimated with injuries, but they still have Andrew Luck, who last week seemed to have a great connection with new TE Eric Ebron. Andrew Luck will keep his depleted team in this one, but I think the rookie Sam Darnold leads the Jets to victory.

My pick: Jets (-2.5) (-110)


Cardinals (+10.5) @ Vikings (-10.5)

I’ve yet to pick an underdog to cover, and that’s not changing here. The Cardinals’ offense struggled mightily against the 49ers’ defense last week, and now they have to travel to Minnesota where the talent level on both sides of their opponent’s ball gets astronomically better.

My pick: Vikings (-10.5) (EVEN)


Steelers (+2.5) @ Bengals (-2.5)

The Steel City Drama Club heads to Cincinnati for a divisional showdown against Andy Dalton and the Bengals. This should be a great game, as is usually the case with all AFC North clashes, but I’m taking the home team here, in what could very well be a shootout.

My pick: Bengals (-2.5) (-110)


Chargers (-1) @ Browns (+1)

The Browns nearly got jobbed by the zebras for the second week in a row last week, but they managed to pull off the big win against a good Ravens team in Baker Mayfield’s starting debut at home. They face another tough test this week in the Chargers, and I’m taking San Diego to cover the point.

My pick: Chargers (-1) (-110)


Bills (+9.5) @ Texans (-9.5)

The Texans are absolutely the better team here, but even with the home field advantage over Buffalo, I think Josh Allen and the Bills keep this one within the spread. The Texans’ offense has been up and down, and I think they win this game, but not by 10 points.

My pick: Bills (+9.5) (EVEN)


Bears (-3) @ Dolphins (+3)

The Bears are going to roll into this one just dripping with confidence, as any team should coming off a bye week that followed their week 4 beatdown against Tampa Bay. I don’t expect Mitch Trubisky to throw for six TDs again, but Khalil Mack may force and recover six fumbles.

My pick: Bears (-3) (-120)


Rams (-7) @ Broncos (+7) [SLAM DUNK OF THE WEEK]

There’s no argument here that would support betting on Denver to cover a touchdown against McVay and Wade Phillips’ Rams. Only seven points AND an even money vig? Slam dunk pick.

My pick: Rams (-7) (EVEN)


Ravens (-3) @ Titans (+3)

This is a game to avoid, because both of these teams are extremely capable of putting up miserable performances at a moment’s notice. If I had to bet it, I’d take the home team, and only because they have better uniforms.

My pick: Titans (+3) (EVEN)


Jaguars (-3) @ Cowboys (+3)

I’m predicting a wild Bortles explosion to follow up his laughable performance against the Chief’s questionable defense. Getting torched by Bortles after an embarrassing overtime loss to the Texans would be the most Cowboys thing ever, and I’m looking forward to it.

My pick: Jaguars (-3) (EVEN)


Chiefs (+3.5) @ Patriots (-3.5)

Goes without saying that this game is highly anticipated. The young phenom Patrick Mahomes going up against Tom Brady in his house. All signs point to a shoot out, and since it’s not round one of the playoffs, the Chiefs aren’t quite ready to lose. I’m taking KC in the upset until I’m shown otherwise.

My pick: Chiefs (+3.5) (-110)


49ers (+9.5) @ Packers (+4.5)

Football is dumb. I am Numb.

My pick: Packers (-9.5) (-110)


Parlay of the week:

Rams (-7)

Seahawks (-3)

Bears (-3)

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