Six weeks of NFL action have come and gone leaving two teams remaining unbeaten, as well as two others remaining winless.
Last Sunday was rough, and the result of my parlay displayed that. My ticket went a sluggish 0-4 for my first losing Sunday of the season. For those of you who have been trailing me, hopefully you decided to fade me last week because you would’ve had a winning ticket on the other side.
All three of my underdog picks - Browns, Eagles, and Titans - came up short despite the weekend seeing 10 underdogs win against the spread, and nine of those resulting as outright winners.
This week’s parlay will surely be better. Check out this four-team parlay ticket with strong odds and good value:
Four Team Parlay Ticket:
Jacksonville Jaguars Moneyline, -182
Arizona Cardinals/New York Giants Over 49, -110
Houston Texans Moneyline, +102
Atlanta Falcons Moneyline, +140
Total Odds: +1335
Potential Payout: $10 to win $143.53
The Jacksonville Jaguars (2-4) dropped a second straight game after falling at home to the New Orleans Saints 13-6.
Quarterback Gardner Minshew had his worst game as a pro against a tough Saints defense, completing just 14-of-29 passes for 163 yards and one interception.
Running back Leonard Fournette had the most production rushing 20 times for 72 yards.
The Cincinnati Bengals (0-6) yet again failed to see a win, losing to the Baltimore Ravens 23-17. The Bengals managed to cover the 11-point spread, but the score depicted a much closer game than it actually was.
Brandon Wilson returned the opening kickoff 92 yards for a Cincinnati touchdown, but the team failed to find the endzone again until under two minutes remaining in the game. Quarterback Andy Dalton rushed in the team’s only offensive touchdown from two yards out, and completed 21-of-39 for 235 yards and one touchdown.
I’m rolling with the Jaguars moneyline (-182). The Bengals can’t seem to get anything going on the offensive side of the ball, and things won’t get easier against the always tough Jacksonville defense with or without cornerback Jalen Ramsey. Although the offense ran dry at home, my expectation is that Minshew Mania will rise again against a vulnerable Bengals defense.
Both these defenses rank amongst the worst in the league in yards allowed and points per game. Arizona ranks second worst with (414.0 ypg) while New York is third worst with (412.3 ypg). Meanwhile, the Cardinals have allowed the fourth most points per game at (28.5 ppg), and the Giants are two spots behind allowing (26.7 ppg)
Last Sunday, Arizona (2-3-1) won a second straight game after edging out the Atlanta Falcons 34-33 courtesy of a missed extra point.
Rookie quarterback Kyler Murray was sensational completing 27-of-37 for 340 yards and three touchdowns, adding 11 rushes for 32 yards.
The New York Giants (2-4) dropped a second consecutive game after falling to the New England Patriots 35-14 on Thursday night.
New York were without all three of their major offensive weapons - Saquon Barkley, Evan Engram and Sterling Shepard - yet managed to score against the league’s top defense. Quarterback Daniel Jones connected with Golden Tate for a 64-yard score, which was the Patriots’ first passing touchdown allowed on the season.
Take the Over of 49 points. The top two rookie-of-the-year candidates square off at MetLife Stadium and there’s sure to be fireworks, especially with both these terrible defenses.
The Indianapolis Colts (3-2) return from the bye week with an opportunity to take solid possession of first place in the AFC North standings. Last time out, Indianapolis went on the road and ran past the Kansas City Chiefs 19-13.
Indianapolis muscled past Kansas City with the best offensive line in the NFL and running back Marlon Mack. Mack rushed 29 times for 132 yards, adding three receptions for 16 yards.
Meanwhile, the Houston Texans (4-2) pulled off an impressive road upset of their own over Kansas City, defeating the Chiefs 31-24.
Quarterback Deshaun Watson made his case for early-season MVP completing 30-of-42 for 280 yards, one touchdown, two interceptions, adding 10 carries for 42 yards and two rushing touchdowns.
Take Houston moneyline (+102). Indianapolis hosts this AFC South first-place battle and enter as one-point favorites. Yet, I’m rolling with the hot hand and taking the Texans to win as the underdog for the second straight week.
The Falcons’ season went from bad to worse as the team moved to (1-5) after a gut-wrenching 34-33 loss to the Arizona Cardinals on a missed extra point.
Quarterback Matt Ryan showcased why he’s a former league MVP efficiently completing 30-of-34 passes for 356 yards and four touchdowns.
The Los Angeles Rams (3-3) dropped a third consecutive game as the team barely showed up during a 21-7 home loss to the San Francisco 49ers.
Los Angeles’ offense looked lost without star running back Todd Gurley who missed the game with a quad injury. Quarterback Jared Goff threw for just 78 yards on 13-of-24 passing, and the team totaled just 167 yards of offense.
Take the Falcons (+140) as home underdogs. Although Gurley is expected to be back against Atlanta, I have little confidence in the Rams after last week’s poor performance. The Falcons have been unlucky, yet I foresee them finally catching a break at home against a beat-up Los Angeles team.