Teddy A Bridge Over Troubled Water
Arthur Smith is putting together a competitive team in Atlanta, something the books have yet to account for while the Vikings are reeling on and off the field.
Week 9 was a catastrophe. Two of our selected picks, both favourites against the spread, lost convincingly outright. The LA Rams gifted short field position to the Titans who won their fourth consecutive game as underdogs at a canter. As for the 49ers’ efforts in an almost season defining game against division rivals the Cardinals, well, the less said the better. Its time to reload and approach this week with a fresh perspective.
Despite being without their talismanic quarterback Kyler Murray and number one wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins the Cardinals scored at will and dismantled Kyle Shanahans lackluster outfit. The head coach now has serious question marks over his reign and it will be an interesting side story in the coming weeks and months.
Not for the first time the New England Patriots held up their end of the bargain with a superb performance against the Carolina Panthers and there is abounding belief with Belichick’s charges.
Philadelphia Eagles @ Denver Broncos
First up for this weeks selection is another of last week’s most impressive performers, the Denver Broncos. After a stuttering few weeks Dick Fangios team bounced back in taking fashion by dismantling the Dallas Cowboys in the AT&T stadium.
It was a delightful performance both sides of the ball and their secondary will pose the visiting Eagles all sorts of issues. The Eagles for their part have been hard to predict, but if Jalen Hurts and company are forced to try and run their way to victory they have a tough challenge in store, with the Broncos proving obstinate in the face of a run game.
This leads us to believe that the Broncos -2.5 points (10/11) is a rock solid play and we are confident they will follow up and take care of business for the second successive week. Javonte Williams and Melvin Gordon are a duel threat running back combination, while Teddy Bridgewater is more than capable of looking after the football and controlling the clock. He is really steady option and perhaps does not get the credit his consistent play deserves. It looks like an ideal spot for the Broncos to keep their post season hopes well and truly alive.
Atalanta Falcons @ Dallas Cowboys
Moving on to the Broncos’ vanquished opponents last time out the Dallas Cowboys; who on the face of it have a chance to respond to that shocking, inept reversal when they welcome the Atalanta Falcons to town. Dak Prescotts timing and decision making looked badly off last week and its hard to see them right all the issues in the space of seven days.
There is no need for a knee jerk reaction to a bad defeat, but the Dallas defence has looked a lot more susceptible of late and the Atalanta Falcons are well placed to expose any weaknesses. With Matt Ryan showing some delightful veteran play and head coach Arthur Smith seemingly finding some answers to issues on both sides of the ball, the Falcons will be in buoyant mood following their superb victory against the New Orleans Saints last time out.
They may go close to winning the game, but regardless the Falcons +9 points (10/11) looks a solid play as Dallas will be focused on securing the win while the Falcons are more than capable of putting up 20-24 points. That should be enough to see this leg land whatever the stuttering Cowboys offence does in response.
Minnesota Vikings @ L.A. Chargers
Rounding off this week’s treble are the L.A. Chargers who bounced back from their worst performance of the season with an impressive win away to the Eagles last week. Justin Herbert produced some great moments and Austin Ekeler proved hard to keep tabs on as the Chargers got back to winning ways.
Mike Williams was largely subdued but the Vikings give Williams and Keenan Allen the perfect opportunity to add to their numbers as Mike Zimmers team have been generous to nearly all offences all season long.
A crushing overtime defeat away to the Ravens, hot on the heels of a defeat to the Cowboys and the Vikings are sitting at 3-5 for the season. With all the distractions emanating this week with Dalvin Cooks off the field antics, along with positive Covid tests within the group resulting in numerous isolations, the Vikings are coming into the game with a lot of negative noise and I like the Chargers to win well and cover the -3 points (10/11) in the process.
It is a game that could easily beat the 54 point over too, but we’ll pick the home side to take care of business as the AFC West Divisional race hots up with all four teams chasing post season action. The Chargers know any slip up could prove crucial as the season approaches the business end.
Elsewhere in the division the Raiders host the stuttering Chiefs and it will prove a fascinating encounter which will go a long way to seeing who are the bona fides. If pushed for a fourth pick I would have to land on the side of the Patriots again as their defence is legitimate, while the offence improves week after week.
Either way lets get back in the win column this week.
A 13/2 Parlay of Denver Broncos -2.5, Atalanta Falcons +9 & L.A. Chargers -2.5