Well, my fantasy season is over, but my NFL gambling season presses on. Thank goodness I don’t have to rely on Larry Johnson for that each week. Last week I bet the Colts to cover, which they did (the first real no-brainer bet of the season). Let’s see what we can dig up for this week for all the football junkies out there.
As everyone is realizing after last week’s win over the Ravens, it’s time to give the Bengals their due. The team showed true poise and determination, and proved their more than just a lucky running team so far. This week they host the Texans, and go in 4.5-point favorites. I think this is light and plan to bet them to cover. Palmer is more comfortable every week with his receivers, and having a solid RB in Benson is opening things up for him and giving him that crucial extra second to launch a pass. The Bengals defense hasn’t truly been tested yet, but they’ve done their part so far.
Speaking of Baltimore, they visit the Vikings as 3-point underdogs. Are we starting to see cracks in the heralded defense? Or will the backbone of the team right it’s ship after licking its wounds and gathering its pride from the loss last week? I’m guessing a bit of both, but enough of the former that Minnesota’s one-two punch of Favre/Peterson is enough to cover the spread. And let’s not forget, the Vikings defense, while not the best in the league, is no slouch itself.
And, finally, I can’t leave out the Bears, no that they’re off their bye week. 3-point dogs in Atlanta? Say it ain’t so. I torn here. I think Cutler can do it, but the Bears defense hasn’t faced anyone like Turner yet this year. Can they really get the job done when it counts without Urlacher? If they do, it’ll be escaping with the win, not cruising. Even so, it’s too close to bet the Bears. If you’re putting action on this game, take Atlanta and consider the over.