NFLX Saturday Has Two Valuable ATS Picks You Can't Afford Missing

Joe Catalano

Saturday, August 20, 2016 3:15 PM UTC

Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016 3:15 PM UTC

We are already into week 2 of NFLX and have seen some really competitive games as players look to prove themselves and cement their spots on their respective football squads. Here are your Saturday Picks of the Day.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs Jacksonville Jaguars

Will Jacksonville Score a Passing Touchdown?
This is not a prop, it's a bit of sarcasm as the Jaguars lit the Jets up for over 300 yards passing in a 17-13 loss and didn't come away with a passing TD. One thing that the Jags did come away with is confidence in their quarterbacks and star wide receiver Allen Robinson appeared to be in full form.


Three Talented QB's
Rookie quarterback, Brandon Allen, got in a ton of work while the combination of Blake Bortles and Chad Henne combined for an amazing 14 for 16 for 199 yards passing. If you're a Jacksonville bettor or fan, you have to feel confident with the depth that this team has in a mere preseason game.

In week 1, Allen Robinson led the way with 3 receptions for 80 yards and Marqise Lee had 4 catches for 49 yards. Expect to see more of the same from this high-powered offense this week. I don't know if Chris Ivory will be as effective as he's not playing his old team, but T.J. Yeldon will get some carries and help shoulder the load. This is a good "preseason-style" offense.

For the Bucs, they lost 17-9 to the Philadelphia Eagles last week and threw 3 picks, but Jameis Winston (7 for 9, 97 yards, 1 TD) looked sharp and that's what they're concerned about as these are exhibition games. 

Expect star running back, Doug Martin ( 5 carries for 13 yards) ,to be much more effective, but the preseason concept is still about keeping the starters safe and Martin will see a limited amount of action.

Off of week 1 and the fact that I believe that the Jaguars offense is made for the preseason due to a great depth; especially at the quarterback position, Jacksonville is the safe pick here.


Free NFL Pick: Jacksonville Jaguars -3 (-120)
Best Line Offered: at SportsInteraction

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San Francisco 49'ers vs Denver Broncos

Who Can Defeat the Denver Defense?
Peyton Manning's pathetic performance in the Super Bowl last season showed you that all it basically takes for Denver to win is to have someone whose average at best to be behind center taking snaps and guys such as DeMarcus Ware and Von Miller will do the rest. Thus far this preseason, the Denver defense picked up where they left off as they held the Chicago Bears scoreless in week 1, 22-0. I, myself, feel that getting Denver at 18/1 as a future bet to win the Super Bowl is a gift with this defense and we shall see.


From Peyton To Mr. Fumble
Mark Sanchez is a lot better than what people give him credit for, but will always be known for the "butt fumble" as a member of the New York Jets. Remember, this is a player that took his team to the AFC Championship Game 2 times in his first 3 seasons and that's overlooked. 

In week 1, Sanchez was 10 for 13 for 99 yards with 1 TD and 1 INT. He's more than capable of delivering the football to talented receivers such as Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders. Both players had 2 receptions apiece in limited action in week 1 with Thomas leading the way with a touchdown and 43 yards receiving. The preseason is all about the guys that we don't know about and not the guys who we're familiar with at this level.

One player that we know about at the collegiate level and expect to be Denver's future QB is Paxton Lynch. Lynch didn't disappoint in week 1 as he was 6 for 7 for 74 yards. Look for a lot of Sanchez and Lynch and the Denver defense to take care of business as they're facing a very weak 49'ers team this week.


How Did They Lose?
The 49'ers (0-1) are coming off of a 24-13 loss to the Houston Texans last week. In this game, San Francisco outgained Houston 236-94 on the ground, led by Mike Davis (72 yards). The 49'ers also had more total yards, first downs, and an early lead. Houston played more efficiently as they didn't turn the football over and quarterback, Tom Savage, took over and made the most of his opportunity with 2 late touchdown passes to win the game.

San Francisco is a team that doesn't scare me. They filled in needs, going all defense and some offensive line positions in the first 5 rounds of the NFL Draft, but there's no real offensive playmaker and that will hurt them this season. Colin Kaepernick, who won't be playing in this game, is a huge question mark after a spectacular rookie season. This week, Blaine Gabbert (4 for 10, 63 yards, 1 TD) starts for San Francisco and that means trouble for Gabbert.


Free NFL Pick: Denver Broncos -6 (-105) 
Best Line Offered: at 5Dimes

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