My fellow gamblers, good evening. I'm going to need to shift my intro soon to 'My fellow millionaires, good evening. Thanksgiving put another one in the win column. I'm 5-1-1 over my last seven picks leading into tomorrow and I look to only make all of you more money. I'm normally sad when the season is 3/4 of the way over anyway, but this year especially it will be sad to kiss such a profitable venture goodbye for a couple months.
All that said, it's obvious I want to celebrate how this year is going. I have always gambled with the philosophy of 'If you can't enjoy it when you're winning, you're certainly not going to enjoy it any other time'. BUT I'm also acutely aware I could go 0-5 this week. I assure all of my followers that my success has not impacted my preparation habits, just my intros.
Season Record: Overall (37-21-2) Spread (22-11-2) Total (8-2) Teaser (7-8)
ATL(-4.5) - The Cardinals are 1-3 on the road this season with that loan win being to the 49ers. I remember betting on Arizona week 3 after their hot start when they traveled to Buffalo and watched them get man handled. There are west coast teams that don't do well traveling east and given that all three of their road losses are central or east coast, I'll take the Atlanta squad that did lose last week at Philadelphia, but let's talk about that.
PHI(-4) - The Eagles are 4-0 at home and 1-5 on the road. Maybe McNabb's Mom is still cooking them Chunky Soup in the home locker room or something. Whatever it is, it's working. Green Bay mirrors them nicely having lost their last four road games themselves. The Green Bay defense has even more injuries than they did their last four games in which they've let up 30+ in each contest. The Eagles will fly high on Monday night.
LA/NO u45.5 - People like to bet the Saints over at home, and reasonably so. Historically it is a good bet. Recently though the Saints offense has been averaging out a bit with only scoring more than 25 points once in their last five games. Their defense has been averaging out too since they haven't let a team put up more than 27 on them over the same stretch of five. This Rams defense is legit and they have an offense that has only scored more than 10 points once in their last four games. This isn't Goff's breakout game. Look for a low scoring Superdome affair here.
NE(-2)/NYG(-1.5) - New England gets back on pace last year with an easy road win. This is a road divisional game, which I hate betting hence the tease, but they're still miles ahead of the Jets. Speaking of miles ahead, the Giants are miles ahead of expectations. I feel like they've put together a very quiet five game win streak and they'll keep going against the team in Cleveland I'm only technically correct in calling professional.
BUF(-1.5)/TEN(pk) - Buffalo snapped their three game winning streak with a good road win at the Bengals last week. With Sammy Watkins coming back onto the active roster I like them to beat the Jaguars who after beating the Colts and Bears back to back six weeks ago, haven't won since. Tennessee isn't as good on the road, but they're desperate for a win to stay in the hunt for the division after their loss to Indy last week and I think they get it against a Cutler-less Bears squad who is only in the hunt for a top five draft choice next year.
Welcome! My name is Chris Spooner. I am an overly-passionate Dolphins fan who has many opinions about his team, and the sports landscape as a whole. I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I enjoy voicing them.