Sunday Spreads Vol. 4: Undefeated Underdogs?
The current NFL standings are weird. Good teams with bad records. Bad teams with good records. The New York Jets. Surely, starting with week four, win-loss records will begin to move exactly where they need to be. Whatever, happens, here's my pick for every major timeslot this Sunday.
All times are in EST. All odds are according to MGM Grand Sportsbook. Check your book for the most recent odds.
1 PM: Indianapolis Colts at Chicago Bears
The Bears might be one of the strangest undefeated teams I've ever seen so far, and a perfect example of what strength of schedule can do for teams. After benching Mitch Trubisky, Nick Foles led Chicago, a team that shouldn't be undefeated, on a 20-point fourth quarter tear that got them the edge over Atlanta, a team that's way better than 0-3. The Falcons weak secondary proved to be their downfall against the experienced backup. This week, Foles takes the starting spot against Indianapolis, who will prove to be a much greater challenge. According to NFL.com, the Colts have allowed the fewest passing yards out of any team so far in 2020. Couple that with the way the Rivers-led Colts offense has played so far, and you should see Indy come away with a decent lead.
My Pick: Colts -2.5 (-110)
4 PM: Buffalo Bills at Las Vegas Raiders
As for undefeated teams that absolutely deserve to be where they are, look no further than Josh Allen and the Buffalo Bills. After hitting the under twelve times last season, the Bills are on an absolute offensive tear, scoring at least twenty seven points per game. If you want to get into the specifics of the Bills recent results, check out the weekly column from our very own Chris Hanold. As for Las Vegas, their offense is right up their with the Bills, averaging nearly thirty points per game in some impressive wins over the Panthers and the Saints. However, their injury report is going to be the difference maker in this one, as I just can't see a victory when Derek Carr's top options will be Hunter Renfrow and Zay Jones. Also, I picked the Raiders to cover last week and they didn't, so maybe I'm a bit salty.
My Pick: Bills -3.5 (-110)
Sunday Night Football: Philadelphia Eagles at San Francisco 49ers
Back whenever the NFL execs were scheduling this game for a prime time slot, I'm sure they had good reason; the Super Bowl runner-up versus a consistent contender from the NFC East? What's not to love? Unfortunately, the Eagles so far this season have been absolutely abysmal. I'll give Philly the benefit of the doubt and attribute their bad start to a long list of injuries on the offensive end, including Alshon Jeffrey and DeSean Jackson. San Fran isn't in the clear entirely either, with Jimmy Garoppolo still nursing an ankle injury. However, Nick Mullens has proved to be more than competent, throwing 343 yards against the Giants in Week 3. With the return of tight end George Kittle, I see no reason why the Niners shouldn't come out ahead by at least one touchdown.
My Pick: Niners -7 (-110)