The Yankees lost. Now we can focus on other things. No more horsing around.
BLOOMINGBURG, NY – And just like that, we said goodbye last week to the first third of this 2019 NFL season. No sport goes by quicker than American football. As an audience, we really haven’t learned much other than the Patriots always being the Patriots, how one injury (Pat Mahomes) can alter a season, and that mostly all teams hover around the .500 mark outside of a few dregs. I went 2-1-1 last week on Cheesy Bruin’s FREE NFL Picks and come back with these mortal locks for this slate’s action.
FAVORITE Like I noted last week about the team who will represent the NFC in the Super Bowl in February, the Dallas Cowboys (pass the Kool-Aid please), I can sense when they are going to fail. They lost to the freaking J-E-T-S, of all teams. The Cowpokes are riding a three game skein with a Sunday Night Football affair against Buddy Diaz’s Philthydelphia Eagles. Both are 3-3 on the season but the Eagles are trending better right now, winning two of the last three. The horrible loss to the Jets notwithstanding, the odds-makers have instilled the Cowboys as a 2 1/2 point choice at home. There is some respect here, even with that trifecta of losses Las Vegas sees these teams as even combatants. While I do believe they’re evenly matched the home-on-the-range Cowboys WILL emerge victorious even with the lumps, bumps and bruises tonight. The Pick? DALLAS -2.5 over Philadelphia
UNDERDOG I smell a fix worse than Limburger cheese in Wisconsin today. Outside of the 49ers, the Packers (5-1) are the darlings of the NFC with their young new coach and future Hall of Fame quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Where do the visiting Oakland Raiders of Las Vegas come off being only small underdogs here? Am I missing something? Despite winning the last two games, this is a dreaded 1:00 start for a West Coast team who can be scored upon very easily. Conventional wisdom says take the Pack but that type of thinking will sink a bettor more times than not. Trust me on this one, folks. I’ve been at this for a long time and know a trap when I see it! Beware the Silver & Black. The Pick? Oakland +4.5 over GREEN BAY
OVER It’s not too much too ask for two NFL teams to combine for more than 40 points. No matter how much Kyle Shanahan’s team likes to run the ball and no matter how poor the Redskins offense is, this is no tall order. My first reaction was to take the Native’s, as my underdog selection but quickly thought if they are to be competitive in this game some points will have to be rung up. The Pick? San Francisco/WASHINGTON OVER 40
UNDER Sometimes a gambler has to pay attention to trends and there are two extreme lows on a collision course for boredom today. Both the Chargers and Titans have accounted for five straight “unders” after an opening day “over.” Phillip Rivers is finally showing his age, while Marcus Mariota throws the ball as if it were a pineapple and whispers are Ryan Tannehill is warming up in the bullpen. To recap: 2 overs and ten unders between them! Good enough for me. The Pick? LA Chargers/TENNESSEE UNDER 41