Okay, so last week was a major improvement. Three for three, and two for three on Wednesday. With this week's picks, I'm confident I can keep this money train rolling. Here's my pick for each major time slot this Sunday.
All odds are according to the MGM Grand Sportsbook. All times are in EST. Check your book for the most recent spreads.
1 PM: Las Vegas Raiders vs. New England Patriots
This might be a risky one, but while I'm still on top, I might as well throw it in here, because we may not see it again this season; I think the Raiders will cover for the third week in a row.
In terms of what's going against Vegas, they had a shortened rest period after their Monday night win, as well as playing an early game on their opposite coast. However, New England's injury report is just too long to overlook, with the biggest red flag being Julian Edelman. Although Seattle came out on top in Week 2, Julian Edelman kept it incredibly close, making some of the best catches I've ever seen from him. He was a limited participant in practice this week while nursing a knee injury, and is currently listed as questionable. Keep an eye out for Edelman updates shortly before you make this bet, but I'm confident in the Raiders ability to keep this game within a touchdown.
If you're still too unsure, hit the under. The lack of weapons for Newton and the Raiders' tendency to not put up a ton should make this a nice backup.
My Pick: Raiders +6.5 (-110)
Insurance Pick: Under 46.5 (-110)
4 PM: Detroit Lions vs. Arizona Cardinals
While my MVP pick remains Russ, I can't really scoff at DeAndre Hopkins' campaign for Kyler Murray. According to USA Today, Murray is the first QB in the Super Bowl era to put up over 500 passing yards and over 150 rushing yards in the first two games of a season. On top of that, Murray is doing this in his sophomore season. On the other side of the line of scrimmage, the Lions have been pretty abysmal so far, allowing 408 rush yards so far, the most in the NFL. ATS (02) or straight up (0-2), this Detroit team is pretty lame. Honestly, keeping the spread within a touchdown is pretty generous.
My Pick: Cardinals -5.5 (-110)
Sunday Night Football: Green Bay Packers vs. New Orleans Saints
Beginning of this season, the Saints were my pick to win the NFC. Their shaky-at-best performance last Monday, as well as the foreseeable absence of Michael Thomas have dampened that a little bit, but I still they're going to be a solid playoff team. It's really unfortunate that this matchups is happening when it is, considering both of these all-time great quarterbacks are without their main 2020 weapons, being Davante Adams for Green Bay and the aforementioned Thomas for New Orleans. I do think the absence of Thomas will be the difference maker, as it's a much bigger blow to Brees, who has been performing a bit under par this year. Expect Green Bay to take it in a close one.
My Pick: Packers +3.5 (-110)