After a Thursday night game in which I backed the Ravens -2.5 and had to rely on multiple missed Josh Scobee field goals, multiple boneheaded fourth down play calls from Todd Haley, and endure the three hour stress of backing Joe Flacco on the road, I feel like I may have used up all my luck for this weekend.
But what am I supposed to do? NOT gamble on football in October on a Saturday and Sunday? That would be UNAMERICAN, and I am a patriot, if nothing else. So let’s go find five winners.
And when we DO win, let’s promise ourselves we will all make the Alex Rodriguez Celebration Face!
Notre Dame/CLEMSON UNDER 53
With Notre Dame’s defensive talent and ability to run the football and control tempo, I think this game would be an UNDER even in perfect conditions. However, add in the potential for a Joaquin walloping and this thing could be a sloppy, ugly mess. Conversely….
Texas Tech/Baylor OVER 88 (in Arlington)
….I think these two teams could play football in the middle of a tsunami and still sail past 90 points combined. After last week’s Texas Tech/TCU game that went to 107 points combined (and that was with a third quarter where almost nothing happened), it’s going to be fascinating to watch Vegas try to scare people from betting on the OVER in these games involving whatever combo of Baylor/TCU/Texas Tech (and, to a lesser extent, West Virginia and Oklahoma). I, for one, ain’t scared.
Jets -1 over Dolphins (in London)
SUNDAY MORNING FOOTBALL! YEAH! I thought the Dolphins had a chance to start the season out 5-0. Apparently, my brain erased the portion that stored the data that Joe Philbin is the Dolphins head coach. There’s a 50/50 chance that the Dolphins just leave Philbin over in Europe after this one is over.
Panthers -3 over BUCCANEERS
As Texans fans, we’ve gotten to see both of these teams up close, and frankly, I can’t believe this is only a three point spread. Carolina’s defense has been solid this season, Tampa Bay can’t run the ball, and Jameis Winston is statistically one of the bottom five quarterbacks in the league. On top of that, Tampa Bay’s home field advantage is so bad, you may as well be playing this in the middle of a vacant lot somewhere. This one is easy.
CARDINALS -6.5 over Rams
The Cardinals are the best offensive team in all of football, in terms of scoring. The Rams are the most anemic team in the league in total offense. The Cardinals have a point differential through three games of 77 points. There are 22 teams in the league that haven’t scored 77 points themselves. In the last two weeks, the Rams have lost to the Redskins and scored six points against a banged up Steelers secondary. If you see this spread under a touchdown ANYWHERE, take it.
Last week: 3-2
Season record: 4-6
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