Last week was weird week betting, but this week’s slate appears to be much easier to predict. No Niner game this week, so let’s jump right in and get ourselves above .500.
Last Week’s Record: 5-7-1
Season Record: 56-59-1
Bengals (+6) @ Ravens (-6)
Lamar Jackson will make his pro debut today, but I’m taking the Bengals with the generous 6 point spot. Maybe Lamar provides the spark this Ravens team badly needs, but I’m expecting RG3 to be involved often as well, and I don’t expect the two of them to light up the Bengals.
My pick: Bengals (+6) (-110)
Panthers (-4.5) @ Lions (+4.5)
The Panthers are coming off an embarrassing ass whooping at the hands of the Steelers, and the Lions are still bad. I don’t think 5 points is too much to ask for here out of Cam and the Panthers. Look for them to bounce back strong this week.
My pick: Panthers (-4.5) (-110)
Titans (+1.5) @ Colts (-1.5) [SLAM DUNK OF THE WEEK]
Andrew Luck keeps on getting disrespected by these bookies. I get that the Titans beat New England last week, but I’ve learned over the years to never expect consistency from the Titans. And speaking of consistency, the Colts’ offensive line hasn’t allowed a sack in four straight games. Colts win and cover.
My pick: Colts (-1.5) (-110)
Cowboys (+3.5) @ Falcons (-3.5)
After their big win over the Eagles last week, I’m expecting Dallas to come crashing back down to earth against the Falcons. The Falcons are the better team and isn’t particularly close.
My pick: Falcons (-3.5) (-110)
Buccaneers (+3) @ Giants (-3)
I think the Giants are the play here. Coming back home after a big MNF win against the 49ers? The Tampa defense is very bad, and if Eli can play relatively mistake-free football, then I don’t see *insert current Tampa QB here* keeping up.
My pick: Giants (-3) (-110)
Texans (-3) @ Redskins (+3)
The Redskins’ secondary continues to get absolutely gashed through the air, and now they get Watson and the Texans coming off a bye. No brainer in this one. Fun tip: There have been ZERO lead changes in Redskins games this year, so wait for the first team to score, then go hammer them on the live money line.
My pick: Texans (-3) (-105)
Steelers (-4.5) @ Jaguars (+4.5)
Revenge game! The Jaguars are completely falling apart, and the Steelers are rollin’. I’d hammer the Steelers in this one, as they should be nice and focused with the weight of the bizarre Le’Veon Bell situation finally off their shoulders. I’m expecting a blowout in this one.
My pick: Steelers (-4.5) (EVEN)
Raiders (+5) @ Cardinals (-5) [FADE OF THE WEEK]
After much deliberation, I decided to take the points on this one. The Cardinals actually kept their contest against the Chiefs somewhat competitive, but I still don’t trust that offense, even going up against the Raiders. I’m taking the Raiders here but I’m not confident in doing so.
My pick: Raiders (+5) (-110)
Eagles (+7.5) @ Saints (-7.5) [SLAM DUNK OF THE WEEK]
Drew Brees at home against this SuperBowl Hangover Eagles team? Thank u, next.
My pick: Saints (-7.5) (EVEN)
Vikings (+2.5) @ Bears (-2.5)
I’m looking forward to this game almost as much as I am to the huge MNF game. With the balance of the NFC North at stake, I’m expecting a very close game. As such, I’m taking the Vikings to cover, but I wouldn’t be shocked at all if Trubisky continues to light it up. This will be a big test for him.
My pick: Vikings (+2.5) (+105)
Chiefs (+3.5) @ Rams (-3.5)
Honestly, I wouldn’t even bet on this spread. I’m picking the Chiefs here, but the best way to bet this game is to bet the OVER (total is currently at 63.5) and just sit back and watch the fireworks. Like I said though, I’m taking Kansas City to pull this one off in what will *hopefully* be one for the ages.
My pick: Chiefs (+3.5) (-110)
Parlay of the week:
Rams/Chiefs (OVER 63.5)
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