2017: On The Line — Week 3
The lines are looked at vigorously for those trying to make some extra money or those just looking for who is favored this weekend. Before my picks each week, I will list my current win/loss and push record from the previous week with my overall season record. I present to you the Vegas line of each NFL game this week:
Week 2: 10–6
Overall Record: 19–12–0 (61.3%)
TNF: Rams (-2.5) at 49ers
Rams (-2.5). I am a believer in the give Gurley the rock 20 times and win theory.
Ravens (-3.5) at Jaguars
Ravens (-3.5). Baltimore’s defense is fierce and Bortles will make mistakes that cost the Jags their chance.
Broncos (-3) at Bills
Broncos (-3). Last week was not a fluke for Denver. Their defense can and will continue to stop everyone…they may not score 40 points, but this offense can sustain itself against the Bills.
Steelers (-7.5) at Bears
Steelers (-7.5). I am scared that the Bears will backdoor cover this game just like the Browns in week one. On the other hand, lets have faith that Big Ben and company can pull off a big win at Soldier Field.
Falcons (-3) at Lions
Lions (+3). I am a huge Lions supporter this season. The way this team worked the Giants on Monday night make me a believer. This game will only prove doubters wrong, plus Stafford is due for a game winning drive.
Browns (-1) at Colts
Browns (-1). I am taking the road dog because I like Cleveland’s team more right now. Also, this is the passing of the guard of the worst team in football — at least until Andrew Luck returns.
Buccaneers at Vikings (EVEN)
Buccaneers. Tampa Bay continues to wow the world all the while, Dalvin Cook continues to show flashes by scoring twice.
Texans at Patriots (-13.5)
Patriots (-13.5). Until the Texans can prove to me that they can score a touchdown, I have to take the Patriots and swallow the points.
Dolphins (-6.5) at Jets
Dolphins (-6.5). I almost want to take the Jets here but I will take a Cutler-ehh type of game over a McCown-yay game.
Giants at Eagles (-6)
Eagles (-6). The Giants are in a ton of trouble and being on the road this week in Philly, does not help the situation. Giants start 0–3.
Saints at Panthers (-5.5)
Saints (+5.5). Can the Saints stop anyone? Probably not, but I have more confidence in Brees having a solid game and bringing the Saints back from a deficit in the fourth. Even if they lose by a field goal, Saints cover.
Seahawks at Titans (-2.5)
Titans (-2.5). The Seahawks have a terrible time when they travel west to east. Mariota and the Titans offense finds a crack in the defense and pull off a win.
Bengals at Packers (-9)
Packers (-9). Will the Bengals even score? Can they compete with Aaron Rodgers? Maybe and no.
Chiefs (-3) at Chargers
Chiefs (-3). I feel bad for the Chargers. They were my surprise team this year and they will likely go 0–3 because this Chiefs team is firing on all cylinders right now.
SNF: Raiders (-3) at Redskins
Redskins (+3). I like Washington at home taking a team that is traveling west to east. Do not underestimate that time difference. Cousins will finally hook up with Pryor and this defense picks off Carr to in the fourth.
MNF: Cowboys (-3) at Cardinals
Cowboys (-3). After being embarrassed last week, Dak and company shut up the haters again and win by double digits.
***Lines are as of Thursday Sept. 21, 2017 at 9:45 AM EST***