There’s plenty of turmoil going around the NFL these days with the various domestic and child abuse scenarios. As Ryen Russillo said on ESPN Radio this week, can’t all these guys just get their stuff together so we can talk about the upcoming games themselves? And then the news on Jonathan Dwyer broke within a few hours. So much for all that. But I’m here to focus on the games themselves because I have a gambling problem and that’s what I do.
Survivor Pick of the Week:
NEW ENGLAND over Oakland
There’s really not much to say about this week’s clear choice for survivor pools. Oakland has looked like one of the two worst teams in football over the first two weeks of the season. Now they have to come East and play against the vaunted Patriots, who may not have looked elite, but certainly can beat up the Raiders in the same way they beat up the Vikings next year. I’m checking the box and moving forward.
There are a few other options this week. New Orleans finally gets to play a home game and we all know how much better they play in the dome. They get to take their frustration out on the Vikings, who clearly have problems of their own, this weekend. Atlanta and Cincinnati are in decent home spots themselves, but I’d stay away from Atlanta because it’s a divisional game. Tennessee is slightly frisky and Cincinnati is missing A.J. Green, so the Bengals may have you concerned as well. And if you believe in Kirk Cousins, you won’t want to take the Eagles despites laying over a touchdown at home to Washington.
Teams already used: Philadelphia and Green Bay
Thursday Night Pick:
ATANTA -6 over Tampa Bay
Neither team’s defense is bringing the pain this year, so look for a high-scoring Thursday night affair. Atlanta luckily gets Jake Matthews back to protect Matt Ryan’s blind side and should see success attacking Tampa Bay’s secondary with their dynamic duo at receiver. Josh McCown hasn’t looked great through two games, making mistakes that show you why he’s been a backup for most of his career. He’ll definitely see more success tonight because Atlanta’s secondary can’t stop much of anybody. Their run defense is quite shabby as well, but the Buccaneers aren’t necessarily sure who’s going to be running the ball.
Atlanta has one of the better home-field advantages in the league and their offensive ability gets the edge in a shootout especially with Gerald McCoy likely out for Tampa Bay’s pass rush. It’s a fantasy football heaven for anyone owning players on both teams.
Kyle’s Pick: Atlanta
Last Week: 10-6