If you knew nothing about parlay bets until you first read this column in week 4, you may have thought to yourself at first, “how hard can it be to pick 3 or 4 games against the spread?”
If you bet along with me in week 4, we profited $100 on our $20 bet, but we gave back $20 in week 5 when Baltimore blew out Denver and gave away $20 more in week 6 when Houston and Oakland failed to cover by a combined 1 1/2 points.
Up $60, we head into week 7…
New England Patriots at San Diego Chargers (Over/Under 48 1/2)
As last week, the AFC West has a matchup (or two) where I really do not like either the favorite or the underdog (San Diego Chargers -2). I don’t like the New England Patriots nearly as much without Randy Moss and San Diego seems to keep finding a way to lose. That being said, the over/under isn’t much better, but makes me feel a little more comfortable when placing a bet on this game. New England is averaging 30.8 points per game and San Diego is averaging 26.2. Even touchdown less in this game will cover the over.
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I am taking over 48 1/2 points scored
Pick: Over 48 1/2 points scored
Oakland Raiders (+7 1/2) at Denver Broncos (-7 1/2)
The Oakland Raiders failed to cover the +7 point spread last week, losing by 8… Sad story. I am going back to the Raiders in week 7. With no rushing game, averaging 2.7 yards per carry, the Denver Broncos are going to the air 62% of the time. On the flip side, the Raiders are the 8th best in the NFL against the pass, allowing only 196.8 passing yards per game.
I am taking the Broncos to win by 7
Pick: Raiders getting 7 1/2 points
Jacksonville Jaguars at Kansas City Chiefs (Over/Under 37 1/2)
I loved this game when it opened at Kansas City Chiefs -4 1/2 on Monday afternoon. QB David Garrard and backup Trent Edwards then got injured on Monday Night Football and the line jumped momentarily to Chiefs -10. The game was then completely pulled off the board, and finally re-opened Friday afternoon at Chiefs -9.
I don’t love it anymore. -9 is a pretty big number… A two score game, and if you’re an NFL fan, you know the majority of NFL games are decided by less than 7 points.
I do however, like the 37 1/2 over/under. The Chiefs finally found a balanced offense in week 6 at Houston and, no matter who is at QB for the Jaguars, I don’t see them being completely shut down as they were by the Titans in week 6. Even with two games where the Jags have scored only 3 points, they still average 18.3 points per game.
I’m sticking to my prediction from earlier in the week, over 37 1/2 points scored
Pick: Over 37 1/2 points scored
$20 bet wins $120
Patriots/Chargers over 48 12, Raiders +7 1/2, Jaguars/Chiefs over 37 1/2
Best of luck!