So I recovered a little bit last week after a terrible first week of picks before that. Hopefully I’ll continue to gain steam as we learn more about what’s real and what’s just early season B.S. On to the picks…Oh no, early loss. Leave it to the Rams to have a huge offensive night and STILL screw up the point spread. Jerks! Hate this game. Hate it. Two awful offenses. So, I’m relying on that half point being the difference. Feels like a FG game unless defenses score points.
I got my butt kicked on my picks last week. Went 6-9 in both the NFL and the NCAA so I’ve got my work cut out for me moving forward! I always finish stronger than I start so don’t make fun…at least not yet. Another early winner! I wasn’t convinced that Houston would win, which they did, but after watching Cincy’s offense last week I was pretty sure it’d be close either way. 1-0 to start! The Ravens defense looks legit and going up against a rookie QB should work in their favor.
So, football is back…it’s time to start prognosticating. If you weren’t on board last year, here’s a primer:* Each week I’ll pick games against the spread for all NFL games and for all Top 25 college football games* I’ll track my record over the course of the season* Last year I was 150-115-1 against the spread in the NFL and 126-129-1 in CFBSo here we go…Early winner! Did not expect that straight up, was just thinking it would be closer than 9.5. Good start!
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