Alright, so I missed last week, but I’ve still got a winning record! I’ll settle for a 60% success rate when the year ends, as I’m 3-2-1 thus far. A look at a very brief slate of picks, as I continue to strive for quality over quantity:
Tampa Bay at Atlanta (-3)
The Falcons are miserably disappointing. But the Bucs are basically the opposite of that 2-0 success story we saw under Ryan Fitzpatrick. Atlanta desperately needs a win and can’t possibly fall to 1-5, can they? Even if the Bucs bounce back from that 38-point drubbing by the Bears, I don’t believe Jameis Winston will do enough to pull the road upset. Pick: Falcons.
Kansas City at New England (buying to -3 at -135)
Since it might be a short series over at Fenway Park for the once-invincible Red Sox, now the Patriots have to pick up the slack for the recently-suffering (as in the last few hours) Boston sports fans. The Chiefs have passed every test thus far, but alas, coach Andy Reid, you aren’t facing the Patriots within the first four weeks of the season like you have the previous two times you’ve beaten them. So, with the Patriots doing their annual second-quarter-of-the-season turnaround thing, this is where the buck stops for the Chiefs. Patrick Mahomes will find a way to struggle against Bill Belichick’s defense, and speaking of defense, the Chiefs have no earthly idea what that word means. That means big things for Brady & Co. Pick: Patriots.