Week 2 NFL: Late Afternoon Parlay and Nightcap!
The late afternoon games this week features 3 HEAVY favourites, so look for the big money late afternoon parlay to cash in before the night game. Also, on Sunday night we will find out how good the Patriots really are when they take on the Seahawks.
(Can this mastermind pull off the upset??)
Late Afternoon Parlay
Washington Football Team (+255) vs. Arizona Cardinals (-310)... Spread: Cardinals (-7)
The Cardinals shocked the NFL with an upset in Week 1 over the San Fransisco 49ers. The Murray and Hopkins connection was evident in their first game as Hopkins hauled in 14 reception for 151 yards. Murray also dominated the running game by posting 91 rushing yards on 13 carries and 1 touchdown. However, the Cardinals will need to find a more balanced attack if they want to be contenders as their 2nd leading receiver, Larry Fitzgerald, only had 34 receiving yards. Also, Christian Kirk was non-existent in Week 1 with 0 yards on the day. Their support players will need to step up when Hopkins starts getting more attention, and I expect a more balanced attack in Week 2 against a much weaker team. The Washington Football team looks like they have their core set for the future. On the offensive side of the ball, they have QB Dwayne Haskins, and on the defensive side, they have DE Chase Young. Will Young be able to get to Kyler Murray? Young's play in this game may determine how bad Washington gets beat. This Cardinals offense is much better than the Eagles offense they faced in Week 1 where they were missing RB Miles Sanders and WR Alshon Jeffery. So, the Washington Football Team's defense in this game needs to keep Murray and the high powered offense at bay, and I don't see this happening. It's hard to back a team with Payton Barber as your starting running back.
Parlay Piece: Arizona Cardinals Moneyline.
Baltimore Ravens (-350) vs. Houston Texans (+275)... Spread: Ravens (-7.5)
The Texans looked very flat against the Chiefs in their first game which resulted in a 34-20 loss. However, since the game was played on a Thursday, the extended rest and practice may be what they need to get back on track. The Texans arguably have the worst first 2 matchups in the NFL by having to face the Chiefs and Ravens back-to-back. But, Deshaun Watson is still an elite talent that can steal games and David Johnson looked like his old self from 2016 with 109 yards from scrimmage and 1 touchdown. However, on the defensive side of the ball, I have 0 faith they can slow down Lamar Jackson unless JJ Watt shows up with an MVP performance, and even then, I don't think it would be enough. The Ravens on the other hand took care of business against the Browns in Week 1, but I guess that's not really saying much. There is not much to report after a 38-6 win over the Browns due to the fact it was a snoozefest and the Ravens weren't tested at all. I wouldn't be surprised if the Texans jumped on them early, but I have a feeling as the game rolls on the Ravens will takeover.
Parlay Piece: Baltimore Ravens Moneyline.
Kansas City Chiefs (-420) vs. Los Angelas Chargers (+310)... Spread: Chiefs (-9)
Let's face it, the Chargers were lucky to beat the Bengals in Week 1 after a late botched field goal. I am not confident in them in this game at all, and there is no way Tyrod Taylor will be able to match the output of Patrick Mahomes. Since it's a divisional game, it may be close due to the familiarity of both teams with each other, but the Chiefs are the most favoured team this week and it would be a shock if they lost. Taylor only threw for 208 yards against a terrible Bengals defense and they only managed to put up 16 points in a close 16-13 victory. Their pass rush with Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram will cause problems for the Chiefs, but with the emergence of rookie Clyde Edwards-Helaire, they will be too much to handle. In Week 1, Edwards-Helaire had 138 rushing yards on 25 carries and 1 touchdown. It was an impressive debut that put the league on notice. He adds to an already stacked offense that includes Patrick Mahomes, Travis Kelce, Tyreek Hill, and other threats. I expect them to roll through the Charges with a lopsided win on Sunday.
Parlay Piece: Kansas City Chiefs Moneyline.
Final Parlay: Cardinals, Ravens, and Chiefs Moneyline altogether to DOUBLE your money!!!
Sunday Night Football
New England Patriots (+170) vs. Seattle Seahawks (-200)... Spread: Seahawks (-4)
Should we buy into the Patriots as playoff contenders yet? It's hard to tell where this team is at after a 21-11 win against the Miami Dolphins. They were up against Ryan Fitzpatrick, who has played for every team in the NFL and somehow continues to find work. Cam Newton had a subpar debut with the Patriots as he seemed to do more damage in the running game with 75 rushing yards and 2 touchdowns. He only threw for 155 yards on 15 completed pass attempts. But, the Patriots defense was dominant, especially in their secondary with Stephon Gilmore, Jason McCourty, etc. who combined for 3 interceptions in Week 1. The Patriots will need another huge game from their defense if they want to pull off a mini upset Sunday night. The Seahawks on the other hand are coming off a 38-25 win against an Atlanta Falcons team that has terrible pass defense. This resulted in a huge game for Russell Wilson as he torched the Falcons with 322 passing yards and 4 touchdowns. I don't expect him to have the same success against the Patriots, so the Seahawks will need a better performance on the ground. RB Chris Carson only managed to get 21 yards on 6 carries. He split duties with Carlos Hyde, but he is the lead back on the Seahawks and he will need to have a better rushing performance to open up the passing game for Wilson. With that being said, I believe the Seahawks should win this game unless Newton can find consistency in the passing game. The safe pick is the Seahawks' Moneyline at a decent value.
Prediction: Seahawks (-200)