We made it, boys and girls. We had 31 Sundays without a real NFL game to bet on, but the long wait is over this Sunday. I have three locks for you this weekend to keep your bank account fat and happy. Let’s get into it.
San Francisco 49ers -8 vs. Detroit Lions
Let’s call a spade a spade here – Detroit is terrible. I love Dan Campbell as a personality, but I have very little faith in him to keep this sinking ship afloat. Honestly, I’m having a hard time naming two players on that team (who aren’t Jared Goff or D’Andre Swift). The Lions have struggled mightily against San Francisco, dropping 10 of their last 11 against the Niners. Detroit struggles at home against better teams, too. They have lost 12 games in a row as a home underdog. Neither of these teams were particularly good against the spread last season, but I have a hard time seeing Detroit keeping this one close. The 49ers are better in every aspect of the game. Back San Fran to cover the spread and then some.
Green Bay Packers vs. New Orleans Saints Over 49
This one is a shootout in the making. On one side, we have a pissed off Aaron Rodgers, who is one of the most dangerous QBs in the league. On the other side, there is post-lasik Jameis Winston. Even when Jameis couldn’t see, he was still chucking bombs down field. So imagine how dangerous he will be now that he actually knows where his receivers are. In all seriousness, though, these two teams love to put points on the board against each other. The over has hit in 9 of the last 10 games. New Orleans also likes to score points to start the season. The over has hit in the Saints Week 1 game seven years in a row. With these two talented offenses, the over is the way to go.
Denver Broncos -3 vs. New York Giants
On paper, this will probably be one of the least anticipated matchups of the weekend. But I am backing Denver here for one reason: Teddy Bridgewater. I know that is one of the least sexy names in the NFL, but he has been very kind to gamblers over the course of his career. Teddy Two Gloves is 35-13-1 ATS in his career. That is incredible. With a stat like that, how can you not back Denver here? It doesn’t hurt that the Giants are coming off of a bad season and struggle against out of conference teams. The G-Men are 1-7 ATS in their last 8 against an AFC team. Denver also struggled last year but they had a dominant preseason. It’s hard to get too much info from that but you can’t ignore the fact that the defense did not allow a single touchdown. This game will be ugly, but I think Denver should do enough to contain Daniel Jones and Saquan. Roll with Denver.
Other games I am betting:
Seattle Seahawks -3 vs. Indianapolis Colts Cincinnati Bengals +3 vs. Minnesota Vikings Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Houston Texans U47 LA Rams -7.5 vs. Chicago Bears Las Vegas Raiders +4 vs. Baltimore Ravens
What better way to start the season than by going undefeated? Your bookie isn’t ready for this weekend.*All odds provided by Action247 Sportsbook and all odds subject to change.
**All views expressed are my own. I am not an employee of Action247. My picks are my own and are not a guarantee, bet at your own risk.