Week 3 will definitely go down in the history books as one of the most memorable from the regular season in the 21st century. Between the anthem protests, Trump’s tweets and some great finishes, last weekend had it all. DG and LTS did their thing once again, as each of our handicappers boasts a 6-4 record a piece. We told you the week 3 slate was going to be tough with 10 road favorites, hopefully you did okay through all the upsets. Without further ado, here are our selections for a highly impactful week 4.
Biggest Surprise So Far:
LTS: Los Angeles Rams – I feel I could have gone a number of directions here, but I love what I’ve seen from Sean McVay and the Rams thus far. He has Jared Goff and Todd Gurley looking like different players from last season and I love the deal going to get Sammy Watkins to form a big three on offense, whom are all 24-years-old and younger. They also boast the best defensive player in the league with Aaron Donald. I think this is the blueprint for my New York Jets. Grab the hot offensive coordinator candidate, pair him with our first round pick QB and go from there. Keep an eye on the Rams with Seattle and Arizona struggling.
DG: Jacksonville Jaguars – The Tom Coughlin Effect is real. A 2-1 start is best case for this young team. You can see Tom Coughlin’s footprints all over this team. The defense is solid. Blake Bortles has looked good in 2 wins. Fournette is only getting better week to week. If they can get by the Jets this week (yes, I’m saying that), at 3-1, don’t be surprised if this team can squeak out 9 wins.
LordTreeSap – 6-4 Overall, (2-0 Lock)
Bengals (-3) @ Browns
A battle of 0-3 teams so somebody is going to get their first win Sunday. The Bengals looked like a new team in Green Bay, putting up a good fight in the overtime loss. New OC Bill Lazor got A.J. Green and Joe Mixon more heavily involved. Cleveland suffered a tight loss in Indianapolis as road favorites, which Vegas now knows was a huge mistake. Cincy gets on the board in 2017, as Kizer continues to turn the ball over with a league leading 7 interceptions.
Eagles @ Chargers (-1)
I don’t have a sexy convincing explanation for you in this game, but the Eagles are banged up and are not as good as their 2-1 record says as they were lucky to beat the lowly Giants Sunday. I still have faith the Chargers are not an awful team and Vegas seems to agree with me. Rivers should have a bounce back week and Melvin Gordon is apparently good to go. Another desperate team gets it done for their first win.
Colts @ Seahawks (-13)
This is a tough spot for Indianapolis going across the country for a match up in primetime with a Seahawk team that is desperate for a win after a 1-2 start. I usually wouldn’t want to lay this many points, but I think Seattle finally figured out something on offense last week, so they should be able to make this non-competitive by the second half and win by three scores fairly easily.
Raiders (+3) @ Broncos
Both of these teams did not play well last week, especially the Raiders who struggled in the nation’s capital. This shapes up as a huge game in the AFC West with the Chiefs hot out of the gate. The Raiders need to do a way better job of protecting Carr and catching the football to have a chance here, I’m hoping last week served as a wake-up call and we get to see some more Marshawn dancing Sunday.
Lock: Rams @ Cowboys (-6)
America’s team served as my lock last week and proved me right getting back on track in the desert. The only thing that has me hesitant here is the amount of time to prepare L.A had after playing a Thursday game, where the ‘Boys have a short week after playing Monday Night Football on the road. Dallas should be able to run the ball well with the Rams giving up the 4th most rushing yards and most rushing TDs so far this season.
DG – 6-4 Overall, 1-1 Lock
Jaguars (-3) vs. NY Jets
I can talk the talk. Now, it’s time to walk the walk. There is no reason the Jaguars should lose this game. Sorry big Mike, but they’re a better team than the J-E-T-S. If this was in Jacksonville, I think it’s a blowout. However, it’s in NY and apparently the Jets play well there. That being said, I think Bortles goes back to game manager Bortles from Week 1 and they pound the rock with Fournette on their way to a 3-1 start.
Redskins @ Chiefs (-7)
I smell a blowout this week on Monday Night Football. The Chiefs are legit. They have all the ingredients of a Super Bowl winning team. It’s been said before and I’ll say it again. They will go as far as Alex Smith takes them. If he plays as well as he did against the Pats, they can reach the Super Bowl. That being said, expect Hunt and Hill to run wild over the Skins at Arrowhead on their way to a double digit victory.
Colts @ Seahawks (-13)
This screams trap game. Seattle definitely has their eye on division rival to the South as they play the Rams next week for NFC West supremacy. Can the Seahawks protect DangeRUSS? The man is on the run 24/7. Russ still put up 30+ fantasy points last week and his line SUCKED. That being said, Seattle is another team at home and they should feast on Brissett’s first true road game.
Bills @ Falcons (-7.5)
Good luck stopping the Falcons at home. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Atlanta is my pick to win the Super Bowl on their #RedemptionTour. They’re that good. They can out score you and stop you in key points. Ryan, Freeman, Coleman, Jones, Gabriel, Sanu. Who are you stopping, Buffalo? Here’s the answer: No one. Falcons get it done by at least 2 touchdowns.
Lock: Bengals (-3) @ Browns
I’m going out on a HUGEEEEEEEE limb here. Honestly, I’m calling this a lock simply because of that spread. Cincy started to click last week in Green Bay and were winning that game late in the 4th quarter. Although Kizer has looked better than expected, Cincy is just too good to lose this game. I expect this to be the breakout game for the Cincy offense and in particular, Joe Mixon.