Betting Talk: Some Solid NFL Plays Against the Spread
This column appears courtesy of MyBookie.ag
We have our first result of the 2017 NFL regular season, as the Kansas City Chiefs surprised the New England Patriots in Foxboro. Hopefully you were catching those points, or better yet, you had K.C. on the moneyline. If so, tweet back with a photo of that winning ticket! Speaking of winning tickets, use these plays below to win big on Sunday.
1. Oakland over Tennessee (+3)
The Raiders head east to battle the Titans, and the weather ahead of the potential remnants of Hurricane Irma for the Music City looks to be good. A fast track is just what the doctor ordered for the Raiders to be successful against the Titans. The Raiders are expected to take to the air early and often, picking on rookie Adoree' Jackson in the secondary. The former USC standout and third-round pick had an ugly preseason, but he will be forced to do some heavy lifting with LeShaun Sims on the sidelines. With Jackson likely to start opposite Logan Ryan, and Brice McCain in the slot, it's going to be a big day for Derek Carr, Amari Cooper, Michael Crabtree and the rest of the Oakland pass attack.
The Titans head into this game just 7-21-2 against the spread over their past 30 at home, and they're a dismal 14-35-4 against the spread across their past 53 against AFC foes. The Raiders were road warriors last season, and have covered nine of their past 12 away from home. Oakland won and covered in Nashville in Week 3 of the 2016 season, 17-10, hitting as 1 1/2-point favorites. Lightning will strike twice.
2. Cincinnati over Baltimore (-3)
The Bengals have owned the Ravens in recent seasons, at least against the number, going 5-2 against the spread over the past seven in this series, including 4-1 ATS over the past five at Paul Brown Stadium. The home team has cashed in seven of the past 10 in this series, too. Add in the fact Baltimore went 1-6 against the spread over their final seven road contests in 2016, while Cincinnati has a masterful 18-6-2 against the spread mark across their past 26 in September and the Bengals look mighty solid.
One thing to note, however, is that Cincinnati will be without CB Adam Jones (one-game suspension) and LB Vontaze Burfict (three-game suspension). While that might make bettors slightly nervous, remember that Joe Flacco (back) just recently returned to practice and he could be very rusty to start the season.
3. Bears over Falcons (+6)
The sharps have been driving down the line for this game, piling money on Chicago, while Joey Public is all over the Falcons. Generally, the books fare well in a situation like that. On the surface, Chicago doesn't look like a terribly attractive play against the defending NFC Champion Falcons, especially since they're 0-7 against the spread over their past seven games in September. However, this team has a new attitude, new leader with QB Mike Glennon under center, and all of that bad history is in the past. Glennon has thrown for 683 yards, six touchdowns and no interceptions in four appearances against Atlanta, too.
The underdog has cashed in six of the past eight meetings between these sides, the home team has hit in four of the past five and the Falcons are just 2-6 against the spread in the past eight meetings. Chicago also owns an NFL-record 65 victories in home openers, while Atlanta hasn't won at Soldier Field since the 1983 season.
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