Against The Spread: Philadelphia Eagles (+3) at Las Vegas Raiders (-3)
As of right now, here's how online oddsmakers are pegging this matchup:
|Philadelphia Eagles||+3 (-105)||+3 (-105)|
|Las Vegas Raiders||-3 (-115)||-3 (-115)|
The Raiders looked and played reborn in an emotional 34-24 victory over the Broncos last Sunday — a game that wasn’t nearly as close as the final score indicates (Denver tacked on some late garbage-time points). In our experience, midseason coaching replacement bumps usually don’t last more than two weeks — but that’s enough time to cover this matchup.
Eagles are running into an emotional buzzsaw in the Raiders' first return to Sin City since Jon Gruden departed. And that’s a bad recipe for a Philly team that’s sleeping walking through the season in their own right. The Eagles have scored just 43 points the past two weeks — and 30 of them came in the fourth quarter.
But no, that’s not necessarily because Philadelphia is an elite fourth-quarter time or anything like that. The late scoring outburst is more due to garbage time points when opposing defenses begin letting their guard down. Quarterback Jalen Hurts might be padding his fantasy football stats, but shouldn’t be trusted to put together a complete game.
Las Vegas earns a good-sized bet from us here. They’re more talented than Philly and surely playing with more fire than their counterparts. We expect them to roll to an easy victory like they did versus the Broncos.
Over/under 47.5 points: Atlanta Falcons at Miami Dolphins
|Over 47.5 points||Over (-105)||Over (-110)|
|Under 47.5 points||Under (-115)||Under (-110)|
This matchup features two of the sorriest defenses in the entire league. In points allowed per game, Atlanta ranks 31st (29.6 points per game) and Miami is right behind at 29th (29.6 average). Typically, that combination would signal an over on the points total, but we’re not quite so sure here. Why? Well, a few different reasons.
For one, the Dolphins are completely anemic on offense. Last weekend in London, they scored all of 20 points against a just as bad Jaguars defense (helping Jacksonville end a 20-game losing streak in the process). It’s only the second 20-point game of the year for Miami, who ranks third-worst in points scored thus far.
The Falcons aren’t nearly as bad offensively, but they’re still largely lackluster. 36-year-old Matt Ryan is playing like a quarterback his age should be playing (so long as he’s not named Tom Brady). His so-so performance has been propped up by games against bad teams but he’s nowhere near the Matty Ice of five years ago that won an MVP.
We expect this matchup to be a complete slopfest — turnovers, penalties, red-zone inefficiency, and a whole lot more ugliness. That usually means an under, which is our no-brainer bet here.
Against the spread: Chicago Bears (+13) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (-13)
|Chicago Bears||+13 (-105)||+13 (-110)|
|Tampa Bay Bucaneers||-13 (-115)||-13 (-110)|
We’re actually quite taken back by this betting line. A whopping 13-point spread? Really? Is there that huge of a gap between both teams? Our gut feeling says no way.
For one, this Bears defense can hang. They’re allowing the seventh-least yards per game (330.8) and rank eighth in points allowed (20.7). Moreover, the team's 21 sacks on the year is the most in the NFL. Tom Brady will get his numbers on Chicago, but he’ll have to struggle for it all game long.
Of course, Da Bears big problem is scoring. Between the rookie quarterbacking and abysmal play-calling, they can barely move the ball upfield, evident by its 16-points-a-game average with Justin Fields as the starter. But they do catch a break against a Bucs team that’s completely decimated by injuries in the secondary. Richard Sherman is the latest to suffer a setback (he pulled a hamstring last week) and his status is unclear for this one.
What the hell, we’re taking the Chicago spread. We just don’t see many scenarios where they lose by two touchdowns or more.
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