A lot has changed in the NFL since last weekend. The Chiefs lost two straight, including one of the wildest Thursday Night finishes you will ever see out in the Black Hole, two double digit favorites lost outright for the first time in over 30 years, Sunday. It was a wild weekend around the league, the Jets got robbed and the G-Men even pulled off the upset for their first win in primetime. Through all the madness, the boys of the DMR keep chugging along neck and neck with positive records. Let’s see if they can keep it going as we get into the thick of football season. P.S. what a great time to be a sports (gambling) fan with an event of importance seemingly happening every night.
LordTreeSap – 15-10 (Lock 2-3)
Titans (-5.5) @ Browns
The Browns and Niners remain the NFL’s only winless teams, but Cleveland isn’t even competing in these games. Tennessee looked to be back on track even with a hobbled Mariota at the helm against a poor Colts team at home. In a season where you can’t trust anyone, there’s one thing you can bank on and that’s the Browns’ incompetence.
Buccaneers @ Bills (-3)
Sean McDermott has the Bills playing good football, especially at New Era Field where Buffalo is undefeated at home. Tampa Bay has been a brutal road team and Jameis is going to play hurt after being knocked out in Arizona with a shoulder sprain. Even though I was looking forward to a Fitzy revenge game, I’ll take the Bills and the small chalk here.
Ravens (+6) @ Vikings
Baltimore has been one of the toughest teams in the league to figure out on a week to week basis. We rode with them in Oakland where they pulled out the win, I think they have a good shot here as well. In a match up of similar teams, the value is with the points for the Ravens.
Cardinals (+3) @ Rams (London)
London games are a crap-shoot for the most part, you never know what you’re going to get when a team travels to the other side of the globe. I think the Cardinals traveling over a lot earlier in the week than the Rams gives them an advantage. AZ seems to have straightened out their issues on offense with a rejuvenated AP running the ball and Palmer being able to work the ball down field. The Cards win a close one across the pond.
Lock: Falcons @ Patriots (-3)
Fans have had their eyes on this Super Bowl rematch since the schedule was released, but both teams come into this match up with a lot more questions than in February. Atlanta’s offense looks out of sync after being shut out by the Dolphins in the second half leading to a loss coming off their bye week. New England was lucky to defeat the Jets after a mysterious call in addition to giving up 350+ passing yards to Josh McCown. In what should be a fun high-scoring affair I’m riding with the Patriots at home.
DG: 14-11 (4-1 Lock)
Cowboys @ 49ers (+6)
Home dogs, baby! How about the 49ers? They haven’t won a game by in 5 of their 6 losses, they’ve lost by less than one score. That’s all I need to hear. Plus, it’s not like the Cowboys have been blowing people out this year. They can’t seem to finish games so look for San Fran to be down 3 or 4 points in the final minutes.
Panthers (-3) @ Bears
I really wanted to go with Mitchell here, but I just traded for Cam Newton in fantasy so I have to ride with Carolina. They’re coming off a loss, but they’ve had 10 days to prepare for the Bears. Not that they needed it, but the Panthers will be fresh and firing on all cylinders.
Bengals @ Steelers (-5)
Will the real Steelers please stand up? Lose to the Bears. Kill the Ravens. Get demolished by the Jaguars. Beat the undefeated Chiefs. Pick a side already! I think this is the week they start to pick a side and make their push to separate from the division. Once Cincy figures out their backfield situation, they’ll start to click on offense, but I don’t see it happening yet.
Cardinals @ LA Rams (-3)
Another team that wants to break through and be a contender but they keep having setbacks. I think Arizona can play spoiler a lot with AP now, but I don’t see them contending. I think the Rams can compete for a Wild Card spot, but they have to be more consistent. Gurley has been a monster this year, but Goff has been inconsistent. He needs to get it clicking so I’m hoping he figures it out across the pond.
Lock: Titans (-5.5) @ Browns
Bet against the Browns has been my strategy as of late. It’s working. With Mariota back, I don’t see Cleveland winning this game. They’ll keep it close in the first half, but the Titans will have too much in the end. Lock it in.