Five Game Parlay Week 6
Through five weeks it is still a sort of close contest. Well, close for everyone but Steve, lets see if he can redeem himself this week.
Drake 14-11 (4-1)
Ryan 14-11 (4-1)
Gary 12-13 (3-2)
Joe 11-14 (2-3)
Steve 9-16 (0-5)
Drake’s Picks @drakefantasy
Carolina Panthers -2 over Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Love the Panthers here. Bucs down 2 offensive lineman here. Like the Panthers secondary to slow down Godwin and Evans. CMC causes an international incident by scoring 3 TD’s.
Seattle Seahawks -1.5 over Cleveland Browns. Browns are a mess. Russell Wilson is elite. What else do we have to say? Seattle pounds the rock down the Browns throat and covers on the road.
Dallas Cowboys -7 over New York Jets. With Sam Darnold returning there is plenty of optimism surrounding the Jets. Unfortunately rust and a bad offensive line won’t help turn things around this week. Dallas utilizes their tremendous twosome of Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup to route the Jets at Met Life.
Pittsburgh Steelers +7 over Los Angeles Chargers. I like the dogs here. LA is a mess with injuries. Their entire defensive backfield is hurt. They just lost their Center for the year. I see the Steelers sneaking one out in Los Angeles. Give me James Conner running for 125 and a TD.
Arizona Cardinals +2.5 over Atlanta Falcons. Another home dog gets the W as Arizona shocks the lifeless Falcons. Getting back Christian Kirk is huge for this Cards offense and they’ll take shots to him against a horrific Falcons pass defense.
Ryan’s Picks @fightingchance
Houston Texans +5 over Kansas City Chiefs. Patrick Mahomes hasn’t looked himself the past two weeks, and is clearly dealing with some sort of ankle injury. If he is still a little roughed up, that could have an effect on the Chiefs offense. They are getting Tyreek Hill back which will be a huge help though. The Texans dropped a 50 burger on the Falcons last week, and their offense is clicking on all cylinders. DeAndre Hopkins is due for a monster game, and Deshaun Watson is clicking on all cylinders. Even if they lose, I think the Texans can keep it within a field goal.
Miami Dolphins +3.5 over Washington Redskins. I have been all over Twitter saying two things. One is that the Redskins might be the worst team in football. The second is that the Dolphins aren’t as bad as they have looked so far this year. The Dolphins have played four playoff teams to start the year, and now get a team I think they can handle. Even if they do somehow lose, they should be able to keep it within a field goal.
Dallas Cowboys -7 over New York Jets. Even though Sam Darnold is back, I still am not believing that the Jets offense is magically going to be fixed. They have Le’Veon Bell and not much else. And Darnold hasn’t exactly fully proven that he is a quality quarterback yet. He gets a really tough draw his first game back against a tough Dallas defense. Dak Prescott will look for a bounceback game against a bad Jets secondary, and Zeke Elliot should run for 100 yards easily. Cowboys in a rout.
Los Angeles Chargers -7 over Pittsburgh Steelers . The Steelers will rely on their third string quarterback Devlin Hodges who will have a hard enough time with very little experience, but the tough Chargers defense will make it even harder. Philip Rivers should have a great game, and Melvin Gordon is rounding into shape. The Chargers shouldn’t have to score a ton of points to cover this spread. I don’t see the Steelers scoring more than 13 points.
Baltimore Ravens -11 over Cincinnati Bengals. The Ravens defense has been awful, and the past couple of weeks Lamar Jackson has looked quite pedestrian. The good news for the Ravens is that both the offense and defense of the Bengals have looked worse. Andy Dalton has Tyler Boyd and then a bunch of scrubs to throw to, and Joe Mixon still hasn’t gotten it going. Lamar Jackson gets back on track and Mark Ingram runs them into the ground. The Ravens win this one in a laugher.
Gary’s Picks @garyhaddow1
Carolina Panthers -2 over Tampa Bay Buccaneers. I think the Panthers defense is legit, and I am basing the Panthers win on that. If Winston has a couple turnovers then the Panthers offense is more than capable of capitalizing on those chances.
New Orleans Saints -1 over Jacksonville Jaguars. I’m not sure why the Jags are favored in this. While Bridgewater hasn’t been fantastic, he has been more than competent as a game manager. With Michael Thomas and Alvin Kamara it is difficult to ever bet against the Saints. IF the Jaguars defense were as good as it once was this would be a different conversation, but I am thinking Lattimore shadows DJ Chark which will put Gardner Minshew in a quite a pickle.
Seattle Seahawks -1.5 over Cleveland Browns. Russell Wilson is looking amazing this year. He should be able to easily pick apart this Browns defense. On the ground I think the Hawks gets Penny some more touches as they lean on the run game. Also, I see the Seahawks defensive front coming together this week and next as they get Jarran Reed back from suspension next week. This team is about to start a solid run at the playoffs, and the division.
Kansas City Chiefs -5 over Houston Texans. Assuming Mahomes ankle is better then the Chiefs should light up the Texans defense now that they are back home. I’m expecting this to be the biggest shootout of the year. And I am hoping that Tyreek Hill returns as he and Deandre Hopkins will put on a show for the league with Mahomes and Watson balling out. This will come down to the ability of the Chiefs front to constantly get to Deshaun.
San Francisco 49ers +3.5 over Los Angeles Rams. This is my boldest take of the week. I think the 49ers are the real deal. They are getting a healthier Dee Ford, and that front 4 should wreak havoc on Jared Goff. No Todd Gurley in this one, and I’m not sure Malcolm Brown can provide the Rams with that extra element to beat this red hot 49ers team.
Joe’s Picks @joegallina
Minnesota Vikings -3 over Philadelphia Eagles. The Eagles have a very good run defense meaning Vikings QB Kirk Cousins is going to have to show up for this game. Normally that would cause me to shy away from picking the Vikes but LB Zach Brown, instead of pushing out hit country records with his band, gave Cousins some bulletin board material. He called him the weakest part of Minnesota’s offense. That has to motivate Cousins, no? The Eagles secondary is all banged up and playing poorly and that should help give the Vikings passing game a lift as well. Take the Vikes.
Dallas Cowboys - 7 over New York Jets. The Jets get a lift with the return of QB Sam Darnold. We’re not sure if he’s truly 100 percent but whatever he’s got, it’s not going to be enough against the Cowboys who not only are the better team, but motivated coming off of two straight losses. The Cowboys are 4-1 against the spread versus a team with a losing record. Take the Cowboys to cover the spread.
Arizona Cardinals + 2.5 over Atlanta Falcons. The Cardinals win one game and already I think they can cover against the star studded Falcons. Well, it’s time to look beyond the Falcons’ marquee names like Matt Ryan and Julio Jones and face facts. Their offense has averaged just over 20 points per game and they’re giving up just over 30 points per game. That’s not going to cut it in the NFL. The Falcons are 5-16 against the spread in their last 21 road games and have covered just twice in their past 10 games against teams with losing records. Take the Cards and the height challenged Kyler Murray.
Seattle Seahawks - 1.5 over Cleveland Browns. It looks as if the early preseason coronation of the Browns as the best team in the AFC was all wrong. They’ve got a lot of talent, but poor coaching and bad attitudes makes the Browns a target that their opponents look forward to beating. Every team wants to beat their opponent but teams that play against the Browns want to annihilate them. QB Baker Mayfield has a big mouth and hasn’t backed up his nonsense with his play on the field. The Seahawks look like they can make a run for the AFC championship. Take the Seahawks as the road favorite.
Detroit Lions + 4 over Green Bay Packers. The Packers will win this game, especially motivated by the fact that they were swept in the season series by the Lions last season. The Pack is the better team, but all four of the Lions’ games this season have been decided by four points or less. They’ve still got a long way to go, but the Lions aren’t pushovers anymore. They’ve beaten the Chargers and Eagles and came close to beating the Chiefs this season. The Packers have won six of their past eight home MNF games, but are 2-5 against the spread in their past seven on Monday nights overall. Take the Lions and the points.
Steve’s Picks @fantasygeek37
Seattle Seahawks -1.5 over Cleveland Browns. Russell Wilson is playing great football while Baker Mayfield…well, he isn’t, and I think that will be the difference in this close matchup in Cleveland.
Los Angeles Rams -3.5 over San Francisco 49ers. A lot of people may be off of the Rams this week as they are going to be without Todd Gurley. However, Jared Goff is a much better quarterback at home, and I think this could be game where the Rams passing attack once again shows us why we love Sean McVay.
Dallas Cowboys -7 over New York Jets. I don’t care that Sam Darnold is back as this Cowboys team is better than the Jets in virtually every aspect of the game.
Denver Broncos -2.5 over Tennessee Titans. Marcus Mariota came back down to earth last week in a loss to the Bills and it won’t get much better for him this week as he plays a tough Broncos team in the altitude in Denver.
Detroit Lions +4 over Green Bay Packers. I’m a sucker for taking the Lions as I’ve historically had bad luck betting on them, but they are in a good spot as they are coming off a bye against the Packers who once again will be without Davante Adams.