I recently wrote about 10 bets I would have made if I was (still) betting on football. This post is to take account of those picks.
1. Patriots (-6) over Bucs
Actual score: Patriots 19, Bucs 14
2. Patriots/Bucs under 55.5
Actual score: 19-14 (33 total points)
3. Bengals (-3) over Bills
Actual score: Bengals 20, Bills 16
4. Bengals/Bills over 39.5
Actual score: 20-16 (36 total points)
5. Packers (+1.5) over Cowboys
Actual score: Packers 35, Cowboys 31
6. Packers/Cowboys over 52.5
Actual score: 35-31 (66 total points)
7. Seahawks (+1) over Rams
Actual score: Seahawks 16, Rams 10
8. Seahawks/Rams under 47.5
Actual score: 16-10 (26 total points)
9. Chiefs (-1.5) over Texans
Actual score: Chiefs 42, Texans 34
10. Chiefs/Texans under 45.5
Actual score: 42-34 (76 total points)
Volume iii record: 7-3
Overall record against the spread: 18-12 (60%)
I switched things up a bit this week, picking only NFL games. The good news is, with the exception of two points in the New England game, I picked all the winners correctly. Kansas City (-1.5) covered; Cincinnati (-3) covered by a point; Green Bay (+1.5) and Seattle (+1) didn’t need the points.
From that standpoint it was a predictable week. I lost two over/under bets, including the Chiefs game that went WAY over. So, really, if we are getting super technical then I went 4-1 against the spread and 3-2 in the point totals. That’s not bad at all.
This wasn’t an easy week to pick football games. My elimination pool selection was the Steelers — who were the biggest favorite this week at -8.5 at home against the Jaguars — and they got annihilated 30-9 by Jacksonville. So I can kiss that money goodbye.
I’m still stuck in this weird place where I don’t know who is good and who isn’t. The Chiefs are 5-0, so that’s nice. Besides them the AFC is a wasteland of average-looking teams who look great one week and awful the next.
The NFC is kind of a trip as well. The Packers are going to be there at the end, even though I’m not quite sure where “there” is. Are they going to finish 11-5 or 9-7?
The Panthers have come on strong the last two weeks, beating both the Patriots (who were 2-1 at the time) and Lions (who were 3-1 entering today) on the road. Next week they play the 4-1 Eagles, whose only loss came on the road versus the undefeated Chiefs. The Vegas line for that game hasn’t been released but I’m inclined to roll with Carolina if they are in the neighborhood of -3.5.
Aside from that, a 7-3 record in a random NFL week is something I’m happy with. In three weeks (or volumes, I guess) I have yet to finish with a sub-.500 mark.