Falcons @ Cowboys -8
Bills ML @ Jets
Buccaneers -9.5 @ Washington
Vikings @ Chargers +7.5
Panthers +10.5 @ Cardinals
Seahawks @ Packers OVER 50.5
The Dallas Cowboys have got their “what the hell” game out of the way, and are set to bounce back. I will give Atlanta all the credit in the world for being a team on the precipice of being good. Matty Ice is the 10th ranked quarterback in QBR this season at 58.4 (per ESPN), Cordarrelle Patterson is resetting the standard for a utility player in the NFL, and I’ll be damned if they aren’t in every game they play this year. However, the Cowboys are coming off a loss in possibly the biggest lock of their season against a Denver team that no longer even employs Von Miller. This is going to be a statement return to the national narrative for the Cowboys. Keep America’s Team on notice from here on.
Speaking of bounce backs… Buffalo money line is *a soft* MONEY IN THE BANK game of the week. C’mon.
Bucs -9.5 visiting the team with no name. I know they are beat up. I know. This is no heavy weight match. Trust your gut. Trust in TB12. Tampa Bay by a gazillion to wrap up the morning slate.
Vikings @ Chargers. Los Angeles is actually a three point favorite in this game, and I am playing it chicken &%$# safe. It is playoff picture season, and the Minnesota Vikings are very much so “in the hunt.” Vikings fans are incredibly weary of that statement, but they currently sit in the *non-existent* 9 seed, and a victory this week redefines their season. I believe the Chargers should win this game, but no matter how ridiculous Mike Zimmer is willing to make himself look, he will run the ball down the throats of one of the worst rush defenses in the league on Sunday. With the ground threat the Vikes present, this feels to me like a huge upset win for them to get their hopes back on track. The bet leaves plenty of wiggle room for LA, but really, folks, if the Chargers drop this one it is time for the panic button.
Cats fly into the desert this weekend, and 10.5 points is disrespectful. Yes, the quarterbacking is atrocious and Matt Rhule is on record stating it is “not very likely” that Cam will make his return to glory this week. However, you may recall a man by the name of Christian McCaffrey. That one guy that went 1.1 in every fantasy league in the world for the past three years? That dude is healthy. That dude is ALL THE WAY back, and he is lining up against a defense that is giving up every little bit of 111 rushing yards a game. The Cardinals offense is vaunted, and they have set the wold on fire in this campaign, but once MVP front runner Kyler Murray is questionable for a second straight week. Ian Rappaprt of NFL Network said the cardinals are “pessimistic” that he will go against the Panthers, and Deandre Hopkins is still wrestling with that hammy. I don’t have the guts to pick the Panthers outright, but this will be a great football game.
Y’all know I stink betting points. I have been beat to hell by the over this season, but I’ll be damned if the return of both Russell Wilson and Arron Rodgers doesn’t live up to the hype. Russ comes back after missing three contests and sitting through the bye last week. Although he is without RB1 Chris Carson, and the Pack only gives up about 210 passing yards per game, I have a tall ceiling for him this week. As a fantasy owner of Tyler Lockett, I have been robbed of the potential dual deep threat that he and DK present with Geno Smith at the helm. The Russ/Lockett connection from weeks one and two is revived this week, and both need No.1 starting respect in fantasy lineups. On the other side of the coin, be prepared for an “all systems go” return for Aaron Rodgers and Co. at Lambo. They won’t miss a beat, and the Rodgers/Adams combo will be even more fruitful. I just hope both teams have fun.