Spare a thought for two blokes (not us) in the Sportsbet office who left Jared Goff and Cooper Kupp on their Fantasy Football benches. Actually forget it, screw ’em.
Goff had a record-setting day, throwing for 465 yards and five touchdowns, while Kupp had nine catches for 162 yards and two TD’s.
It was an offensive explosion from both the Rams and the Vikings, with LA holding on for a 38-31 victory in what could be a preview of the NFC Championship game.
Minnesota’s Kirk Cousins rebounded from a terrible performance against Buffalo last week, throwing for 422 yards and 3 TD’s, but a fumble late in the game ended any chance of a Vikings’ comeback.
The Rams are now the favourites to win the Super Bowl at $5, while the Vikings are paying $12.
Smacken The Sportsbet Trader has two tips for Week 4 and both involve teams with high-profile quarterbacks.
New England -7 over Miami
I could probably count on my hand how often I’ve got involved in a Pats’ home game over the years. It was pretty obvious from their play that New England did not want to be in Detroit last Monday night – they just got bullied for four quarters on the line of scrimmage, even surrendering 100 yards rushing to a Lions player for the first time in four years.
However, this weekend they get a few guys back on defense with Chung and Flowers trending towards playing and wide receiver Josh Gordon should make his debut in a Pats’ jersey. The Lions shut down Gronk last week but the Dolphins don’t have the personnel to do something similar. Sony Michel looked agile and aggressive carrying the ball, but the game script didn’t allow him to accumulate too many touches.
If there was any coach and/or team to make me believe in any trend, it’s Belichick and the Patriots. They just don’t lose three in a row.
Green Bay -9.5 over Buffalo
Two highly popular teams to cover a minus spread at home? Certainly outside the norm for me. But despite picking up a few injuries on defense, I fully expect the Packers to contain Josh Allen and the Bills.
If you take away the two blown coverages by the Vikings with the Croom & Ivory receptions, Allen averaged less than six yards per pass attempt last week. The Bills took the Vikings by surprise and Minnesota could never recover, so now the line has moved 3.5 pts (It was GB -13 before games last weekend).
For as immobile Rodgers is with his sore knee, the Pack’s offensive line is still in better shape than Minnesota’s and should give #12 enough time to move the ball down the field.
I’m not even in the same ballpark as Smacken when it comes to odds, but here’s what I’m looking at…
Safe: A Multi with New England ($1.34), Green Bay ($1.21), Oakland ($1.67) and the LA Chargers ($1.22). All relatively short-priced favourites, but it adds up to $3.30.
Interesting: Oakland -2.5 over Cleveland ($1.91). I’m not convinced Baker Mayfield will go into Oakland and get a win.
Gamble: Arizona ($2.42) over Seattle straight up. Cards tied and beat Seattle last season, so why not this year?