It’s time for some regular season betting action. Last year was pretty successful as a I finished up over 14 units. I’m hoping to be more consistent with my week to week picks this year, but hey, anything can happen. Here are my plays to kickoff the season:
Bills +3 (-110)
Bet 2.20 to win 2.00
I am really struggling to come up with a reason as to why the Jets are favored in this game. The Bills are the better team and the Jets have been laughably bad in the pre-season. Sure it’s pre-season but the starters looked bad, I mean they barely scored a touchdown. This should be an easy win for the Bills but at the very least they’ll cover the 3 points.
Texans -8.5 (-110)
Bet 3.30 to win 3.00
Hurry and get on this before the odds-makers realize how bad the Dolphins are. The Texans should crush them easily. The Dolphins may be the worst team in the NFL at the moment and it shouldn’t be long before we start seeing spreads of 10 and 14 against them.
Lions -7 (Even)
Bet 2.00 to win 2.00
The Lions are a much more talented team than the Rams and they are at home in this contest. They should have no problem beating the Rams by a touchdown. How is St. Louis going to block one of the best front 7′s in football? Sam Bradford won’t have time to pick apart Detroit’s below average secondary and he’s a dink-and-dunk quarterback anyway.
Ravens -5.5 (-110)
Bet 1.10 to win 1.00
Some of these opening lines seem too easy. I’ll regret saying this after I blow all these picks but am I to believe that the Ravens can’t beat the Bengals at home by a touchdown? The Bengals are fake. They over-achieved last year and I don’t trust them. While the Bengals looked shaky in pre-season, the Ravens looked good. Notably, Joe Flacco and Torrey Smith looked like much improved players and I expect their good play to continue into the regular season.
Bet 1.00 to win 1.00
I’ll take the Raiders straight up in the contest over the Chargers. The Raiders always come out with a lot of energy and they are healthy while the Chargers are dealing with some injuries. I don’t think Rivers is as great as he once was so it’s not like he can just take over the match-up. In fact, if there’s anyone that will take over this match-up it’s Darren McFadden. He’s easily one of the best backs in the league when healthy and the Chargers defense has some holes in it. I like the Raiders as long as McFadden is healthy and ready to go.
Closer to kickoff I’ll have my usual trend plays (backing public underdogs) that went 35-23-3 last year and 121-89-7 over the past 4 seasons.