Our two-week run in the black ended with 5-7 mark against the spread in Week 10, but honestly, who cares. The Seahawks won!
What an incredible game on Monday night. I’m still recovering emotionally after the Seahawks seemingly had lost, won, lost, won, lost, and finally won the game. It was an exhausting affair and I couldn’t be happier that the Seahawks have a bye this week, I need it.
Week 10 was actually an NFL Yahtzee for Seahawks supporters. Not only did Seattle come away with a much-needed win, all three of their NFC West counterparts lost! I could write an entire column recapping how bad Jimmy Garoppolo is, but I’ll save that for after the rematch in Seattle.
With 10 weeks in the books the column now sits at 62-79. We have about as good a chance of getting back to .500 this season as Colin Kaepernick has of getting picked up by an NFL team after his charade workout this upcoming Saturday. Like Kaepernick, we’re not giving up!
Steelers @ BROWNS -3
The Steelers are red hot, having won four in a row. You have to think that all the money is falling on Pittsburgh getting three points against a bad Browns team. Cleveland is the contrarian side and more often than not the side nobody expects to cover does! That’s why gambling is difficult! Browns win 23-16
Jaguars @ Colts (no line)
With Vegas still awaiting news on the status of injured QB Jacoby Brissett no line has been posted for this contest.
Cowboys @ Lions (no line)
Another game with no posted line. It seems like this is happening once or twice every week. I might be a prisoner of the moment, but it feels like this is happening more often than usual in 2019.
Bills @ DOLPHINS +6
Can anyone stop the vaunted Canned Tuna attack!? The Dolphins season cratered two weeks ago when they won a game and lost poll position on next year’s No. 1 pick. After a second victory last Sunday the Dolphins might as well keep winning now. The Bills’ fast start will be a distant memory if they drop this game, that feels like a very typical Bills storyline. Dolphins win 21-20
Broncos @ VIKINGS -10.5
Sorry Donkey faithful, it’s way too early to buy stock in Brandon Allen. It’s one thing to knock off the Browns at home. Taking on a Vikings team on the road is another matter. What happened to the Vikings? It was just a month ago that Norwegian faithful wanted to run Kirk Cousins off the Enterprise. Now fans are wanting to go where no Viking fan has gone before, and that’s a Super Bowl victory. Vikings win 30-13
SAINTS @ Bucs +5.5
Really good football teams bounce back after poor performances. We’re going to find out what kind of team the Saints are this week. New Orleans inexplicably lost last Sunday to a miserable Atlanta Falcons side. The defeat was easily the biggest upset of the season to date. The smart money says the Saints redeem themselves this weekend. Saints win 35-21
JETS @ Redskins -1.5
This game sucks. Let’s just be honest. None of you care to read about it, I don’t want to write about it. The players probably don’t even want to play in it. This is where the European model of promotion/relegation would come in handy in the NFL. Jets win 20-13
Falcons @ PANTHERS -5.5
Did the Falcons turn some kind of mystical corner last week with their improbable win over the Saints? We do know the victory saved coach Dan Quinn’s job for another week. The Panthers are coming off a loss in Green Bay and desperately need a win to stay in playoff contention in the NFC. Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey has run past much tougher defenses than the one he’ll see this weekend. Panthers win 30-17
TEXANS @ Ravens -4
The Ravens are rolling. QB Lamar Jackson is changing the way the league views the position. Everything points to an easy Ravens victory. The sneaky subplot to this game is the guy throwing passes in Houston is better. Deshaun Watson derails the Jackson hype train and puts himself in the MVP conversation with a brilliant performance. Texans win 38-31
CARDINALS @ 49ers -11
Can the 49ers recover from that epic loss last Monday to a Seahawks team that ripped away their veil of dominance? San Francisco suffered multiple injuries in the game and were already without the best TE in the NFL, George Kittle. Rumor has it Kittle will sit out again this week. The Cardinals are just good enough to give the 49ers a run. 49ers win 28-20
Bengals @ RAIDERS -10.5
Everyone mocked Jon Gruden when he traded star pass rusher Khalil Mack for draft picks a year ago. Where are the Bears now? Where are the Raiders? Gruden has his team ascending towards the top of the AFC West and has a stockpile of No. 1 picks in future seasons. Chucky is back! Raiders win 35-14
PATRIOTS @ Eagles +3.5
Darth Belichick and Brady bunch have had plenty of time to recover from the beating they took in Baltimore. Remember what I said about good teams always bounce back from bad performances? The Patriots will test that theory when they visit the Eagles and they’ve had an extra week to prepare. Patriots win 27-20
Bears @ RAMS -6.5
The Rams will stay alive in the NFC playoff chase with a victory over a Bears team in desperate need of a QB, but trouble is brewing in Los Angeles. A year ago, everyone wanted to crown coach Sean McVay as the greatest offensive mind in the game. Today? The Rams are a distant third in their own division. Rams win 24-10
CHIEFS @ Chargers +3.5
It’s so hard to bet against Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes but something appears to be missing in Kansas City this season. Yes, I know Mahomes missed a couple games, but the defense is absolutely horrendous and appears to only play well when Mahomes is out! We’re still taking Mahomes and the Chiefs, but we don’t feel good about it. Chiefs win 34-27