Five Game Parlay: Week 2
Week 1 is the hardest one of the year to pick NFL games, or at least that’s what we are going to tell Joe Gallina to make him feel better about his opening week performance. Drake and I are tied for the lead, and I would be in first place alone if not for that extra half point on the Chargers spread. Gary and Steve are just a game behind as we get a little farther down the road in the Parlay. Here are the standings after Week 1 and remember to follow us all on the Twitter.
Drake’s Picks @drakefantasy
Buffalo Bills -1.5 over New York Giants. The Giants can’t stop anyone. Josh Allen is a turnover waiting to happen but even he can maneuver this New York defense and get the Bills a 3 point win.
Miami Dolphins +19 over New England Patriots. This is a massive spread for the NFL. I get that the Dolphins are basically a high school team but they are at home in the heat and humidity. They’ll lose but it won’t be by 19+.
Jacksonville Jaguars +8.5 over Houston Texans. Give me the Jags to keep this one close. Gardner “Uncle Rico” Minshew is real deal. Or as real as an 80’s porn star moonlighting as an NFL QB can be.
Philadelphia Eagles -1.5 over Atlanta Falcons. Atlanta just lost a key piece of their offensive line (which wasn’t great to begin with). The Eagles secondary is shaky but they’ll outscore the Falcons in what I see as a total shootout.
Cleveland Browns -2.5 over New York Jets. Joe Namath played through bad knees, Scurvy, Mumps, Chicken Pox, the Clap, and who knows what else. Sam Darnold is out a month with Mono. Millennials.
Ryan’s Picks @fightingchance
Cleveland Browns -2.5 over New York Jets. I likely would have picked this even with Sam Darnold, but now with Trevor Siemian under center for the Jets this one will be a bloodbath. People will be turning Monday Night Football off at halftime.
Chicago Bears -2.5 over Denver Broncos. Denver couldn’t beat Oakland, and the Bears defense looks like it could actually murder someone on the field. Mitch Trubisky is a little shaky, but the defense wins this one by a touchdown.
San Francisco 49ers +1.5 over Cincinnati Bengals. The Niners played a sloppy game against the Bucs last week and still found a way to win. The Bengals are a below average team that San Francisco should be able to beat on the road.
Dallas Cowboys -4.5 over Washington Redskins. Dallas certainly looked legit, while the Redskins got off to a hot start and then faded badly. The second half ‘Skins is the team I expect to show up this week as the Cowboys win their second consecutive division game by two touchdowns.
Buffalo Bills -1.5 over New York Giants. The Giants defense is pathetic, and the offense won’t be better. The receiving corps is down to Cody Latimer (maybe) and I think they might have called Gary Haddow to play on the outside (he’s pretty tall) and Joe Gallina to play slot receiver. Buffalo should win by ten.
Gary’s Picks @garyhaddow1
Los Angeles Chargers -2.5 over Detroit Lions. They are too good to only be favored by 2.5.
Dallas Cowboys -4.5 over Washington Redskins. Don’t let last week fool you, the Redskins are garbage outside of newcomer Terry McLaurin.
Pittsburgh Steelers -4 over Seattle Seahawks. Ben at home is a completely different quarterback than on the road. Last week was the Patriots at home getting to scheme against the Steelers for weeks. This will be a different a different story. And did we see the Bengals stay in a close matchup with the Seahawks? The Steelers are much better.
Kansas City Chiefs -7 over Oakland Raiders. It’s the chiefs. Enough said.
Cleveland Browns -2.5 over New York Jets. Pissed off Browns versus a Siemian led Jets.
Steve’s Picks @fantasygeek37
Miami Dolphins +19 over New England Patriots. Did you know that the Pats have lost five of the last six games they have played the Dolphins in Miami? They tend to struggle when they travel to Miami, and with a 90 degree day in the forecast with a chance of rain, I think the Dophins will keep this close enough to cover this enormous spread.
Dallas Cowboys -4.5 over Washington Redskins. The Cowboys are better than the Redskins at virtually every spot on the field. Zeke will run wild in this one as the Cowboys win 24-10.
Kansas City Chiefs -7 over Oakland Raiders. This seems like a trap game with this point spread as I feel it should be more. However, I’m a sucker so I’m going with the Chiefs!
Denver Broncos +2.5 over Chicago Bears. Vic Fangio is the new head coach of the Broncos and in case you don’t know his history, he’s spent the last few years as the Bears defensive coordinator. He knows the Bears inside and out and now he’s almost a field goal underdog at home? Yup, this is my lock of the week!
Cleveland Browns -2.5 over New York Jets. The Browns will get their season on track against this injury riddled Jets team.
Joe’s Picks @joegallina
New Orleans Saints +2.5 over Los Angeles Rams. Revenge game!! You have to believe the Saints circled this game as soon as the 2019 schedule was released. They’ll be looking to avenge that bitter and controversial NFC championship loss and they should get the win in a fairly high scoring game. A lot of people are reluctant to take the Saints in road games but the Saints are 20-7 against the spread in their last 27 road games.
Cleveland Browns -2.5 over New York Jets. The Jets will have no Sam Darnold, possibly no C.J. Mosley on defense, and a limited Le’Veon Bell Monday night. The Browns are coming off an embarrassing Week 1 loss and I’m not a big Odell Beckham Jr. fan but he’s going to be pumped up for his first game back at MetLife Stadium since he was traded away by the Giants and is primed to have a big game. The favorite has covered nine straight games between these two teams and the Jets are 0-5-1 against the spread in their past six home games. Take the Browns.
Chicago Bears -2.5 over Denver Broncos. Both of these teams are coming off of losses and need a win, but the Bears are the much better team. Their superior defense held the Packers to just 10 points and they’ve had plenty of time to re-work their offensive scheme in order to find ways to give dynamic RB David Montgomery a larger role in their offense. Look for the Bears to win a fairly close low scoring game.
Arizona Cardinals +13 over Baltimore Ravens. The Cardinals are still a bad team but based on last week’s performance they’ll be feisty. Even though it was against the Lions who might not win a game for a while, they showed me something by mounting that nice comeback last week. This huge spread has to partially be due to the Ravens’ huge win against the hapless Dolphins. The Ravens are good, but not that good, and they are just 3-11 against the spread in their past 14 games when they’ve been a favorite of 10+ points. The Ravens should win by a healthy margin but the Cards should cover.
Jacksonville Jaguars +8.5 over Houston Texans. At first glance this looks like an easy win for the Texans. They’ve won eight of their last ten games against the Jaguars, but these division rivals know each other very well. The Jags have treated bettors well when playing in Houston, going 5-2-1 against the spread in their last eight road games against the Texans. Jaguars QB Gardner Minshew filling in for the injured Nick Foles will surprise us with a good performance this week, and the Jags defense should keep this game close but the Texans will ultimately prevail.