Week 8 Recap: Back in business! After an awful week 7, I went 4-1 ATS last week and my record is now 21-19. I would have gone 5-0 if Travis Benjamin on the Chargers didn’t run 10 yards backwards on a punt return to give the Patriots two easy points and the cover.
LA Rams -3.5 at NY Giants
I’ve taken the Rams a few times this season, and I’m taking them here against the Giants. Los Angeles is coming off a bye, and with their coaching staff, I expect them to be prepared for this game. Traveling across the country and laying 3.5 points is risky, but I just don’t see how this Giants offense is going to be able to move the ball. Rams win 26-18.
Atlanta -1.5 at Carolina
The Falcons are certainly not the team they were last year, but I definitely like them laying 1.5 at Carolina. The Panthers just traded star WR Kelvin Benjamin, and a lot of players appeared to be real bothered by the move. With possible friction in the Carolina locker room, I think the Falcons can take advantage. Atlanta wins 26-22.
New Orleans -6.5 vs. Tampa Bay
If someone told me that the Saints were going to be contending for the playoffs this season, I would have thought they were insane. Their defense has actually been an asset this year, thanks to the emergence of rookie CB Marshon Lattimore. Meanwhile, the Buccaneers have been on a downward spiral lately, and the team seems to be turning on HC Dirk Koetter. I’ll take the Saints to win easily at home, 31-20.
Tennessee -3.5 vs. Baltimore
I absolutely love the Titans laying 3.5 at home here against the Ravens. First of all, Baltimore is coming off a blowout win on primetime, which is the perfect time for a team to come out flat. Second, Joe Flacco got obliterated in that game against the Dolphins, and he might not be the same player after being concussed. With the unfortunate injury to Deshaun Watson, the Titans have a real shot to win the AFC South, and I think they take care of business at home. Tennessee wins 27-14.
Green Bay +1.5 vs. Detroit
Even without Aaron Rodgers, I always like the Packers getting points at home. Green Bay is coming off a bye, so I think the coaching staff will have a solid game plan prepared for Brett Hundley. The Lions have historically been awful in Lambeau, and with all the injuries they have been dealing with recently, I think they’ll struggle on the road here. Packers win 24-21.
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