WORLD SERIES OF HANDICAPPING WEEK 4 CONSENSUS PICKS

By Des Boodam

Week 3 seems to be a bit of a redemption in a game that is thoroughly unpredictable.  There’s no way based on the two game sample we saw from both the Buffalo Bills and the Minnesota Vikings that anyone expected Buffalo to roll into Minnesota dunk on them like that, not only covering the spread, but beating them outright… it was truly an embarrassment.   The Vikings got dominated four days later by the Rams in week 4, forcing us all, including the honks in Vegas to hit the reset button on the Vikings.  But that wasn’t all New England lost and so did the Jaguars, and just like that we feel like we have handicapping bi-polar and we never know that kind of week we are going to have.  The field has spoken on Week 4, so let’s take a deep dive on a few picks.

 

CLEVELAND +2.5 at OAKLAND

This is a trap game if I’ve ever seen one.  Oakland has the better QB, and receivers and an equal running game.  Cleveland’s defense is better, but do you trust Baker Mayfield or Derek Carr… I trust neither, but I trust Carr way more… at HOME!!!  I get it the Browns are better, and I agree, they are much better, but let’s not get carried away here… they beat the Jets… by four… at home.  Let’s see them win a game on the road before we start anointing Mayfield.  Oakland 27 Cleveland 23

 

Miami +7 at New England

I totally get this pick – New England has struggled, and has looked terrible the last two weeks on both sides of the ball.  I’m fading this game, but I understand not having faith in this team until Julian Edelman gets back.  At some point New England blows out a team, but it won’t be Miami… This game looks to be a push, though I wouldn’t be surprised if Miami won this game outright.  New England 27 Miami 20

 

Los Angeles Chargers -10 vs San Francisco

The Chargers are playing a back up QB and Sunday can’t get here soon enough.  The 49ers are in tough on this one, and I think this game is going be vanilla when it comes to game flow.  The Chargers will take a modest lead into the 4th quarter and hand it off to their RBs.  Although if the Bills can walk into Minnesota and pull that result off, anything can happen.  I’m predicting some garbage time production from both sides making this outcome very shifty. Los Angeles  30 San Francisco  21

 

Baltimore + 3 at Pittsburgh

I’m not sure why all the hate against Pittsburgh.  They a better team at home than the Ravens are on the road.  This is likely  to go down to the wire with a bunch of scoring but I like the Steelers to cover in this one.  Pittsburgh 33 Baltimore 27

 

Cincinnati +5.5 at Atlanta

I’m taking the Bengals and the over in this one.  Both teams have a bunch in common including new wide receivers, 2nd string RBs starting, QBs that like to sling it and defenses that are banged up.  The Bengals can roll with the Falcons offensively and will keep up with them for four quarters keeping it close.  The Falcons win, but the Bengals cover.  Atlanta 34 Cincinnati 30

 

 

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