Outside of collecting autographed sports memorabilia and creating awesome series for Ultimate Mystery Box fans to enjoy, one of the favorite pastimes of some of the Ultimate Autographs staff is placing wagers on upcoming NFL games. Whether it's a friendly bet between co-workers or clutching to a betting slip from a casino, it's no secret that football fans love adding some extra intrigue into the game.
One of the Ultimate Autographs staff members that enjoy the feeling of cashing in on Sundays during the NFL season is our own Shipping and Receiving Manager, Adam Johnson. In a new weekly feature that we'll aim to bring each week of the NFL regular season, we'll take a look at six games that Adam reccomends placing a wager on.
There's a cliche saying in sports that winning on the road is one of the toughest things to do. However, looking at Adam's Pick 6 this week, it appears as though he's confident of a few road teams picking up wins in hostile territory.
Colts vs. Titans -3
Going into this season, I thought the Tennessee Titans were one of the best teams that nobody was talking about. Don’t get me wrong, I was still as shocked as everybody to see them administer a complete 60-minute whooping in Week 1 of everyone’s favorite 2019 Super Bowl pick, the Cleveland Browns. Titans Head Coach Mike Vrabel has brought an edge to this team since he accepted the role back in 2018, an edge that I don’t think any team in the AFC South has.
Despite not having Andrew Luck, the Indianapolis Colts are still capable of beating anyone in this league. Marlon Mack proved last week that he is a force to be reckoned with as he ran for an impressive 174 yards against a top-tier Chargers defense. However, I like the fact the Titans are back at home after a huge road win. If Marcus Mariota can get the ball to his playmakers as well as he did and the defense holds up against a similar style of offense, I think the Titans find a way to edge this one out to stay atop of their division for another week. Titans -3 here as they cover this one late.
Vikings +3 vs. Packers
This matchup might end up being one of the biggest toss-ups of the week. To be completely honest, whoever the underdog is by the time this game kicks off is the team I’m taking.
Both teams more than exceeded their defensive expectations last week by shutting down offenses that had a lot of hype behind them coming into the 2019 season.
As far as their 2019 season goes, both quarterbacks come into this matchup with still a lot to prove, but both for very different reasons. Aaron Rodgers has to show that the Green Bay Packers new offense is actually coming together, while Kirk Cousins has to show that he can still be efficient when forced to throw the ball more than 10 times in a game. I do think that Minnesota has the overall edge in most positional categories and the fact they're getting points here makes them my pick. I’m calling in the Vikings here +3, while seriously considering the UNDER 45.5 as well.
Patriots -19 vs. Dolphins
Not a lot of handicapping and data crunching going into this matchup. Simply the eye test from last week is enough to make you never want to spend a dime on anything that has to do with the 2019 Miami Dolphins. Between the Dolphins locker room already in shambles just two weeks in and the New England Patriots looking to avenge last years “Miami Miracle”, there is really no number I wouldn’t take in the Patriots favor here.
In fact, I would consider this line even if it was just for the first half of the game. If you are for some reason putting money on the Dolphins, there is some sense of hope for you considering Miami can be a tough place to play in September due to the heat. There are also rumors of thunderstorms in the area around kickoff, but still, have to pick the Patriots here. As long as the Pats can just score 20 points, I don’t think they have any trouble covering this one. I have New England -19.5 in a game I will go out of my way NOT to watch.
Chargers -3 vs Lions
The Kyler Murray hangover can be no joke. I think we will still some of those nagging symptoms hanging around the Detroit Lions during their matchup this week with the Los Angeles Chargers. Much to the fortune of Detroit, Phillip Rivers and the dynamic Chargers offense is not something we get to see too often at Ford Field.
Although Detroit has a more than capable defense, I think the Chargers offensive depth allows them to have their way with a defense that struggled to make stops when it counted last week. Also, nothing at this moment in time shows me that Detroit is any sort of threat of offense, certainly not one that can keep up with the high-powered Chargers squad that has been putting up points for years now. I’m taking the Chargers here -3.
Bears -3 vs. Broncos
Although the Chicago Bears struggled mightily to just move the chains in Week 1, I am not totally out on their offense just yet. But Matt Nagy and Mitchell Trubisky will be going up against the guy who schemed against them every day in practice last year, former Chicago Bears Defensive Coordinator and new Denver Broncos head coach, Vic Fangio.
However, the Bears offense has nothing to do with my pick this week and has everything to do with their defense. For the most part, the Bears kept Aaron Rodgers and his main offensive weapons in check last Thursday. I don’t even want to know what they’re going to be able to do to Joe Flacco and the limited offensive threats around him. Don’t get me wrong, Denver has some capable weapons, just nobody that the Bears can’t handle. I like the Bears -3 here in a sloppy, low-scoring affair.
Eagles -2 vs. Falcons
The Atlanta Falcons could not get any sort of rhythm in their Week 1 matchup against the Minnesota Vikings. Fortunately for the Philadelphia Eagles this week, I think Atlanta will still be searching for some rhythm by the time this game ends.
Despite the heavy hitters that the Falcons trot out on offense every Sunday, they still seem to be operating at a complete and utter standstill since their 2016 second-half Super Bowl debacle against the New England Patriots. The Vikings were able to run all over the porous Falcons defense in Week 1 with their talented combination of Dalvin Cook and Alexander Mattison. This will be a game where the Eagles “running back by committee” strategy will shine. The Eagles will keep their trio of Jordan Howard, Miles Sanders and Darren Sproles fresh by rotating them throughout the game. The Eagles bring their second-half offensive momentum into Mercedes-Benz Stadium this week. Chalk me up for Eagles -2 all day.
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