This week of NFL action brings a lot of good matchups and high totals that have me really excited to watch football on Sunday. This slate also brings some great underdogs to the forefront, and I think that this is a week to really key in on these three teams to cover and even win this week.
Los Angeles Rams at Atlanta Falcons (+3)
Both of these teams stumble into this game after a few rough weeks as they are a combined 0-6 in their last six games played. Both teams have been going through their woes, and I think they are not quite being treated as equals in this matchup.
The biggest question mark for me is will the Jalen Ramsey trade fire up this Rams team to get them focused on the bigger team goals that this team has set for itself. This team is not playing like a Super Bowl favorite, and they have failed in a lot of ways to start the season.
I do think that the addition of Ramsey could help this defense lock down Julio Jones this week, but I don’t think that is the biggest concern. The Rams’ pass blocking has been atrocious this season, and I think that the Falcons are talented enough up front to continue this trend. I think that this line is assuming that both teams are playing at their normal standards.
That just is not the case, and the Falcons should be given a bit more respect here against the struggling Rams. I like the Falcons to cover this spread and win outright at home this week.
Los Angeles Chargers (+2) at Tennessee Titans
This is simply a spot that I cannot ignore. The Chargers have had a lot of things hold them back this season, particularly in the injury department. However, this team is slowly getting healthier, and I think that they are still one of the better teams in football from a talent standpoint.
On the other hand, the Titans are not impressive to me whatsoever on the offensive side of the ball, and I just see no reason to trust this team at all. Their starting quarterback just got benched for Ryan Tannehill, and they’re favored?
Who are they playing? The Dolphins? Nope, the Chargers! These teams aren’t even that close from a talent standpoint, and I think that this is the spot where the Chargers finally show up and play like their overall talent suggests that they should. I like the Chargers to make a big play or two late to win outright on the road.
New Orleans Saints (+3) at Chicago Bears
These teams should be a pick ’em in Chicago. The Saints team offensively has enough tools to counter what the Bears do well, and the Bears offense just hasn’t shown me enough for me to back them as a favorite over the Saints.
While Teddy Bridgewater isn’t a great starting QB, he is more than capable of leading Michael Thomas and Alvin Kamara to some victories, as he has already shown us more than once. Now, I am a bit concerned about Kamara’s ankle and what that could do to his usage in this game, but I think that the line is still too far, even if we do get a limited Kamara.
The Saints’ offense and defense will not be overwhelmed in this game at any time, and while both defenses may have their way with these QBs, I still believe that the Saints’ offensive skill can get them out of jams that the Bears cannot get out of. The Bears offense will struggle with making splash plays, and I foresee a couple of turnovers from Mitch Trubisky in this one while the Bears are trailing.
I love the Saints as a road dog in this spot.