NFL 2019: Week #6 Picks
Last week I suffered my worst loss in two years. I went 1-6 for a net minus of $1,195.
So, what exactly does one say or write after posting such disastrous results?
Answer: You get back to work. You keep on trying. You try and learn what might have gone wrong. Then, you get back in the game.
On to Week #6.
2019 NFL WAGERING RECORD
Wins — Losses — Pushes 17 — 20 — 0
Starting Bankroll: $ 8,296.
Current Bankroll: $7,471. (- $820.)
Last Week’s Results: 1 — 6 — 0 (- $1,195.)
THIS WEEK’S WAGERS: This week, I’ve made five wagers. One wager is sizable, my biggest bet of the season. The other four wagers are small bets intended to take advantage of something I call a “zig-zag theory.” This means backing decent teams coming off losses while also betting against teams coming off a win. Five wagers — laying $1,325. to win $1,200.
LA Rams -3 (-110) vs. San Francisco — Wagering $1,100. to win $1,000.
Rams were thought to be the class of the NFC, but have lost their last two games — an embarrassing blowout loss at home versus Tampa Bay and a 1-point loss at Seattle, when the usually reliable kicker Zuerlein missed the last-second game-winner. Now, with 10-days to prepared, look for the Rams to make a statement here. A loss to the 49ers puts the Rams in an insurmountable hole, three games back in the division. So, the sense of urgency is real. There’s nothing wrong with the Rams offense, which is scoring 29 PPG. The problem has been on defense, but those numbers are skewed by the Rams committing multiple turnovers the last two defeats. The rest should help the Rams here, who are 7-1 ATS under Coach McVay. Meanwhile, San Francisco is a fat and happy 4-0. Credit the renewed 49ers for winning every game, but their competition has a combined 5-15 W-L record. This game is easily the 49ers’ toughest test of the season. That task won’t be made any easier by suffering a number of injuries, including two OL and their starting FB, one of the best in the league. San Francisco has also been exceedingly fortunate in the turnover department, forcing 11 takeaways (they had six all of last season). Given a more experienced team in big games, the home-field advantage, extra rest and prep time, and the added motivation of coming off two losses, we get some rare spread value with the Rams laying only -3. I think this is a compelling wager all the way up to -5, which was the early send-out number. Reports are RB Gurley will not play, but the Rams have enough talent to overcome his absence. Rams have thrown 58 passes per game last two week and racked up lots of yardage. I expect that will continue against the 49ers. Another intangible — 49ers kicker Gould has struggled this season, making just 7 of 12 FGs (five misses).
Cleveland +1 (-110) vs. Seattle — Wagering $55. to win $50.
Which Browns team will show up this week, the one that demolished the Ravens on the road at Baltimore or the dreadful bunch that didn’t show up in San Francisco last week? I suspect that back at home facing a quality opponent, the Browns will put things together in this game and give a solid effort. Seattle is clearly the better and more consistent team. But the Seahawks are coming off a huge win at home versus their rival and now must travel and face a desperate team. The price is right here to take the home dog, getting points.
Jacksonville -2.5 (-110) vs. New Orleans — Wagering $55. to win $50.
Credit the Saints for rattling off three straight wins with QB Bridgewater getting the job done. But this looks like the possible off week for New Orleans. RB Kamara is questionable, which now places added pressure on Bridgewater, who has benefited from a solid running game and good defense. Win over Tampa last week was somewhat misleading as Saints generated only 252 yards of total offense. Meanwhile, Jacksonville’s defense has cost them their last two games. I look for a much better effort this week. Jags offense playing well. This line looks strange. But I’m counting on the more desperate team to rise to the occasion at home.
Atlanta – 2.5 (-110) vs. Arizona — Wagering $55. to win $50.
This play is counterintuitive. Cardinals are the NFL’s most exciting “bad” team, clearly headed in the right direction. But the Arizona defense is problematic and Atlanta should have enough talent to get the win and cover here in an absolutely desperate situation. Falcons at 1-4 are close to losing their season and it will take a win here to salvage any shot at making the playoffs. Hard to imagine the Falcons looking worse than their last three games, but this is their first real soft opponent and I expect Atlanta will finally show up and take care of business. Total at 51.5 is indicative of a high scoring game, so despite no line value, I don’t think the points will matter.
LA Chargers -6.5 (-11o) vs. Pittsburgh — Wagering $55. to win $50.
I’m laying -6.5 with the host Chargers, which doesn’t make much sense at first glance. One can’t make a case for laying nearly a touchdown with a team that hasn’t played well at home. However, coming off the upset loss in Carson last week, look for a much better effort here. Their task is made considerably easier by Pittsburgh starting a third-string QB (Hodges). Getting the Chargers who absolutely must have a win here, versus team that’s reeling and has no viable QB threat, and laying less than a TD strikes me as a rare bargain. Chargers have too much talent to let this game slip away. Should be an easy double-digit win given the lack of talent at skill positions we’ve seen from Steelers this season.
THOUGHTS ON OTHER GAMES:
CAR is laying -2.5 at TB with a total at 47.5. in the early game at London. Tempting to play the Bucs here, inexplicably getting points. Carolina is 3-0 since QB Newton went down to injury and the Panthers are very quietly back in the playoff hunt after an 0-2 start. Still, I think the feisty Buccaneers, who have scored 110 points in their last three games, are the play getting points.
CIN +11 plays at BAL. The Bengals have been woefully painful to watch, at times, and are coming off a dreadful loss at home to ARZ, in a game that wasn’t as close as the final score indicated. Left for dead, I’d probably play the Bengals if forced to pick a side. Not sure the Ravens should be laying double-digits in a division rivalry game. But Cincinnati has been way too inconsistent to back with money, and there’s plenty of evidence that this team is among the most poorly coached in the league.
HOU +4.5 at KC with the game total at 55. Chiefs were uncharacteristically inept on offense in a home loss last week. It will be interesting to see how they respond. Houston has gone UNDER in 3/5 while KC showed some defensive strength, last week. Given these factors and the high total, I lean UNDER here, thinking that possibly KC’s outrageous offensive success the past 20 games will gradually revert to the mean.
MINN -3.5 versus PHILA. I would normally like the Vikings laying the points against any other opponent They’re clearly a more dominant team at home. But PHILA has played very well the past two games and can stop the run. That will force QB Cousins to throw. Minnesota has played soft competition at home in the previous two games but gets tougher foe here. Two 3-2 teams. Should be close. The +3.5 is enough to play the Eagles, if you want action on the game.
WASH is laying -4.5 to MIA. Total is 42. QB Keenum’s career was thought to be over a few weeks ago, but after the Redskins plugged in two QBs who looked worse, look who’s back under center. Washington fired Gruden last Monday and new head coaches sometimes inspire a better effort. But I’m not sure the Redskins merit laying -4.5 on the road, given how bad this team has played the last few weeks. If forced to play the game, I’d take the Dolphins plus the points.
DAL is laying -7 at the hapless NYJ, who get the soft QB (Darnold) back as the starter. Total looks a tad too high at 44.5. I think DAL will shut down the Jets, who are ranked 32nd in most offensive categories. But the Jets defense has played well, at times. This is too many points for a game where one team hasn’t been scoring and the other relies heavily on the run. Play the UNDER if you need a bet here.
It’s DEN -2 or nothing for me in the game against TENN. Titans are absolute garbage on the road. Coming off a terrible showing last week, the Titans inspire no confidence. Credit Denver for two solid games recently, losing a close home game to Jacksonville before upsetting the Chargers in LA last weekend. I think that momentum carries over here for the high-altitude Broncos playing the gutless Titans led by a QB who historically seems to struggle in games like this one.
If I could grab +5.5, I’d probably play the visiting Lions on MNF at GB. But line has dropped to +4. Lions had two weeks to prepare and have been in all four games this season. GB’s success is owed largely to their defense, but they’ve allowed 58 points the last two games. I think Detroit keeps this close, but no wager for me since I’d like just a few more points.
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Week #6 Picks:
New England over NY Giants
Tampa Bay over Carolina
Cleveland over Seattle
Kansas City over Houston
Miami over Washington
Minnesota over Philadelphia
Jacksonville over New Orleans
Baltimore over Cincinnati
LA Rams over San Francisco
Arizona over Atlanta
Denver over Tennessee
Dallas over NY Jets
LA Chargers over Pittsburgh
Green Bay over Detroit
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