Detroit Lions vs Philadelphia Eagles
Sunday, September 22, 2019 – 01:00 PM EDT – Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia
The Lions roll into Philly currently undefeated after a weird tie in Arizona where they gave away a 24-6 lead in the 4th quarter and a hard-fought home win against the Chargers last weekend. I have a feeling the Cardinals aren’t as bad as they’re being made out to be, and despite being banged up the Chargers are a pretty decent team still.
Despite going in to the season looking like they’d be a run-first team they’ve not really got that together so far, sitting mid-league in rushing yards, but Matthew Stafford has looked good now he’s fit after playing half of last year with a broken back, and Kenny Golladay finally had a blow-up game last week with 117 and a TD from 8 receptions.
The Eagles, on the other hand, are good at defending the run but have the second-worst defense against the pass allowing 340 yards per game, even allowing Case Keenum and the Redskins to throw for 380 in week 1. They’re also beaten up this week; Deshaun Jackson is definitely out, Alshon Jeffrey looks like he’s out, Dallas Goedert is questionable as well.
I wouldn’t be too surprised to see the Eagles win at home still, but I think it will be less than a TD.
Miami Dolphins vs Dallas Cowboys
Sunday, September 22, 2019 – 01:00 PM EDT – AT&T, Dallas
The Dolphins are the first team in history to be actively and brazenly tanking the season, they’ve conceded the second-most points in their first two games in history and are happily trading away anyone with any value; Minkah Fitzpatrick to the Steelers being the latest man out of the door this week giving quite a few 1st round NFL picks to the team.
They lost 42-0 last week and a lot of that was run up in the final quarter with defensive scores for the Patriots, realistically that game could have been around mid-30s, as such I think it’s inflated the line a little this week.
The Cowboys have been free-scoring on offense, 35, and 31 in their games so far, but will they put up 48 by themselves? I doubt it. It should be a good game for Zeke and Pollard to get back on track as the Cowboys stroll to a win.
New Orleans Saints vs Seattle Seahawks
Sunday, September 22, 2019 – 04:25 PM EDT – CenturyLink Field, Seattle
The Saints suffered defeat in LA last week against the Rams, and in the process lost their QB for 6 weeks or so as Drew Brees tore a ligament in his thumb as has had to have surgery. That definitely lowers expectations for the Saints going into this one without their future hall of fame signal-caller, however if there’s one man in the league who is able to get a game-plan sorted for his QB then it’s Sean Payton. The NFL oddsmakers are playing with fire here.
Whether they choose to start Teddy Bridgewater who finished last week’s game or go with their version of Steve Young (according to Payton) or maybe a mix of both remains to be seen but they’ll have a plan together one way or the other. They’ve still got their $100m receiver who catches everything thrown in his direction, Kamara should get more of the ball on short passes and the Tight end Cook could be Bridgewaters’ best friend; He had 7 targets last week with Teddy under center.
The Seahawks get back to the Clink at 2-0 but with a score differential of 3 points after a scrappy win against the Bengals and barely holding on to beat a backup QB in Pittsburgh last week. They haven’t impressed me so far this season so I’m happy to trust the pedigree of the Saints getting 4.5 points.
Three Game Parlay; Lions +6.5, Under 47.5 (Dolphins and Cowboys), Saints +4.5 pays +562 at BetOnline