We’re back for week 3 after a week 2 hiatus. You should be happy that I disappeared for week 2. I would have told you to take the Bengals to beat the 49ers and the Saints to avenge the NFC Championship Game loss to the Rams. Well, I can confidently say now that by week 3, I finally have a firm grasp on the NFL in 2019. I’m on three favorites this week. Let’s do this, shall we?
Falcons -1.5 at Colts
I’m doubling down against Jacoby Brissett and the Colts, not because I think they’re terrible (they aren’t), but because I think Atlanta is better than they get credit for. Atlanta’s Sunday night win over my Eagles proved to me that they have a real defense. Maybe not an elite one, but vastly improved over last year’s version. Remember, some of Atlanta’s key defensive players were injured most of last year. Matt Ryan and company had some shaky moments against a tough Eagles pass rush, but Julio and Ridley are some real weapons, and this is another dome game. Take Atlanta to win and cover, 27-23.
Note: speaking of the Falcons defense, let’s relive the best moment in NFL Draft history.
Seahawks -4 over Saints
The Seahawks have been a notoriously dominant home team in the Russell Wilson/Pete Carroll era. They’re coming off of a solid road win in Pittsburgh, in which Wilson had an excellent game throwing the football. They’re heading back to the Pacific Northwest for some home cookin. The Teddy Bridgewater-led Saints won’t be as bad as some people think, but winning in Seattle is a tough ask for Teddy. Seattle’s defense isn’t what it was in the Legion of Boom days, but I expect them to get back on track at home. Seattle wins, 28-17.
Bills -6 over Bengals
I think that the Bills are better than a lot of people think, and the Bengals are pretty damn bad, especially after the ass kicking they sustained from San Francisco which I totally did not see coming. The Bills are coming off of 2 wins in New Jersey, and now go back home to play in front of #BillsMafia. It’ll be a raucous environment with lots of alcohol poisoning, broken tables, and maybe some “projectiles”. The Bills pound the Bengals, 31-14.
Note: I’m quickly becoming a Josh Allen believer. Grab that dude for your fantasy team.
Giants moneyline vs. Buccaneers
I’m not supremely confident that this will happen, but it’s not a bad gamble if you’re feeling dangerous. The Giants have looked miserable through 2 games, and the Bucs at least looked competent last Thursday in Carolina. However, if you’re feeling lucky, roll the dice with Daniel Jones in his first NFL start. If you’re gonna gamble, usually not a bad move to pick against Jamarcus Winston *cough cough* I mean Jameis Winston (Shout out to the guys at the Dirty Sports podcast for that nickname https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/dirty-sports/id808247043). The Bucs are a big favorite, so this means that you’ll get a big return if the Giants pull it out.