It’s been a grind in the NFL all season long. As we enter the sixth week of the campaign, we’re still looking for our first winning week in our NFL Pick ‘Em Contest.
We did have one really nice call last week with Jacksonville over Pittsburgh in a game that covered the spread by a mere five touchdowns. It’s just too bad that one-point victories and 50-point victories all count as one win.
2017 NFL ATS Record
New England Patriots -9 at New York Jets – Our least-favorite game of the week. There isn’t a single justification for picking the Jets in this game, save for the fact that they’ve ridiculously overachieved at this point in the season. New England’s defense was tired of the narrative that it was what was costing this team, so last week against Tampa Bay, it put on the show of its season to date. Tom Brady was a little off with Rob Gronkowski out of the fold in the Sunshine State, but Gronk is back, and he’s ready to make life a living hell on the Jets defense. New York has reached 3-2 through smoke and mirrors, and it’s high time that it gets put back where it belongs firmly underneath the Pats in the AFC East standings.
Los Angeles Rams +3 at Jacksonville Jaguars – The Jaguars might be the toughest team in the NFL to try to handicap at this point. They’ve looked so good against the Texans, Ravens and Steelers, but they’ve been so bad against the rest of their schedule. Heck, they lost to the Jets for crying out loud! The Rams are coming to town this week, and it’s a little surprising to us that they’re underdogs in this game. Jared Goff has looked like a changed man this year, and Todd Gurley is running with a renewed purpose. Sure, the Seahawks slowed down Los Angeles last week, but we aren’t all that worried this time around. The Jags are far too Jekyll and Hyde to trust laying a field goal against a team that could be a playoff club in 2017.
New York Giants +11.5 at Denver Broncos – The wide receiver position is the most overrated in the NFL. Sure, the Giants don’t have any legitimate pass catchers who can make plays. But, generally speaking, outside of the top-tier wideouts, the difference between the guy on the practice squad and the one who is regularly in the slot isn’t much. Though New York is bad for sure, this team isn’t terrible enough to be a double-digit dog against a team that has an offense that has looked putrid far too often over the course of the last two seasons. Besides, maybe it’s for the better that Eli Manning has some new faces to throw the ball to. If nothing else, there should be a lot of passion on the field on Sunday night, and that energy could lead Big Blue to a surprising result. We actually think an upset could be in the cards on Sunday Night Football.