A lot happened last week in the NFL. Let’s look at the latest news, any rumors, and make a couple predictions using odds from the best sports betting sites.
Russell Wilson was supposedly been pushing for the Seahawks to sign Antonio Brown before they added Josh Gorden to the rosters. This is quite unfortunate for AB because it looks like Seattle just might have picked him up had the Gorden not fell right into their laps on an unclaimed waiver.
That said, according to Antonio Brown’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus, the wayward wide receiver has a few teams shopping him. But who could it be? We know it won’t be any of his recent squads: Raiders, Pats, Steelers. Or the Seahawks because they just landed Josh Gordon. The Saints missed the deadline … could they be one of the teams that are considering taking a risk on AB? Or perhaps the San Francisco 49ers? Brandon Cooks looks like he is going to be out for a while, so are the Rams doing some secret shopping? All of these are interesting options and get you to think about the possibilities … and also the possible fallout that comes along with bringing unstable dynamite into your locker room.
The Pats lost! The Baltimore Ravens’ offense was the first team to find an answer to the Patriots smothering, stifling defense. They put up 37 points on New England’s elite defense, and held their own defensively as well, containing Tom Brady and the Pats offense to just 20 points. Remember, this is a Patriots offense that scores 30 points per game on average and a de that was allowing just 4.75 on the road! So have the Ravens created a roadmap of sorts for other teams to follow? The Pats have a rough few weeks ahead. They face the Cowboys, the Eagles, and the Chiefs before finishing the final few weeks of the season out in cruise control.
Lamar Jackson’s newfound ability to pass the ball was enough to mix up the game plan sufficiently to keep the Pats defense off-balance. Play actions, spread options, jet sweeps; Jackson and the Ravens did it all to move the ball downfield. Could it be that the Pats defense was just tired from being so dominant for the entire first half of the season?
If that is the case, the Patriots get a bye to reboot. It will be interesting to see how this affects them. Will the extra week of tape-watching-time and prep help the Eagles or will New England get much-needed rest and get into their groove once more and back to their olds point-hawking ways?
The main thing is … no 16-0 season for the Pats. But they are still most likely Super-Bowl-bound. We’ll know more once they face the Kansas City Chiefs with a healthy Patrick Mahomes in a few weeks.
The Lions just came off a tough home loss to the Oakland Raiders. Things are not looking good for Detroit and now they have to go into Chicago as three-point underdogs. That said, the Bears are not performing all that well either. They are 3-5 and just 2-6 against the point spread. The Bears might win this game … but count on Matt Patricia to light a fire under the Lions’ butts and go into Soldier Field ready to fight a division foe. These two teams know each other well, and division rivalry games are always tough. But the Bears are on a four-game losing streak and reeling.
The Detroit Lions are 9-3 over the last 12 meetings with the Bears and are scoring just under 25 points per game on the road. Conversely, the Bears are only putting up 15 points per game at home, bad enough for the No. 28 home offense in the league. Given the fact that their defense has been holding opponents to 17 points per game in Chicago, we have the makings for a tight game. I would buy the half-point and get the Lions back to +3.5 and take them to cover the number. If they lose, it probably won’t be by more than a field goal.