With the college football bowl games starting, we have the NFL playing some of their games on Saturday. We have a small two-game slate, but let’s see what plays we can make on them. The first matchup looked good at the start of the season, and isn’t as interesting now. The second matchup is one that seemed like it might be a dud, and is now a battle of two of the best teams in the AFC. It was a mixed bag for the Thursday game in terms of our plays – somehow a rushing touchdown for the Chiefs was the first one of the game, but it wasn’t for our guy.
Raiders at Browns
This game has since been moved to Monday. Originally, we were taking the Raiders and the over. I still feel like the over has a chance to hit now that the game has been moved and more regulars are supposedly going to play. I say supposedly because there is still a chance they don’t play due to the ambiguity of it all. I’m also going to stick with the Raiders to win this game. This is more of a guess than what I originally had as a researched pick, so proceed with caution. The issue for the Browns still remains that their players were away from the team – they will likely have time to get ready for their game. The Raiders don’t seem to have had that same issue, so I’ll take the team that was less disrupted.
Patriots at Colts
The Patriots are sitting atop the AFC, which is pretty normal for them, but I don’t think many expected this success with Mac Jones being in his rookie year. The Colts are also clicking right now. I wasn’t impressed with them over the start of the season, but I don’t think we can deny their success right now or claim it is a fluke. You may not be aware of this, but the Patriots have not lost a game on the road this season. I don’t think it starts now and will take the Patriots to win the game outright. Patriots +118 . If you don’t like the small plus money and would rather get some points, I wouldn’t blame you at all.
In addition to that play, I’ll take Jonathan Taylor under 93.5 rushing yards. He’s having a great campaign, but here’s my reasoning: Bill Belichick. I’m not sure that we need much more explanation, but I’ll give it to you anyway. He’s going to take away their best offensive weapon and that is Taylor.
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