All Time Record: 198-97
Vs. Spread: 144-147-1
21-22 Season: 72-42
Vs. Spread: 55-58-1
Week 8 Record : 7-7
Vs. Spread: 4-10
Guarantee All Time: 13-9
21-22 Season: 4-4
Upset All Time: 12-9
21-22 Season: 3-5
Crazy Uncle Jeff
All Time: 29-5
21-22 Season: 13-4
Week 8: 1-0
Minnesota Vikings (3-4) @ Baltimore Ravens (5-2)
Vegas Picks: BAL -6
Goldie’s Take: Ravens Win 37-20
I have never been one to buy into the hype of Kirk Cousins and the Vikings, and after their loss on MNF to the Cooper Rush led Cowboys I somehow have even less faith in them. On the other hand, the Ravens have had to sit for two weeks after their surprising 41-17 blowout loss to division rival Cincinnati. Baltimore is pissed off and should come into this one ready to go. Plus they’re at home, Ravens by multiple scores. I GUARANTEE IT!
Goldie’s UPSET of the Week
New England Patriots (4-4) @ Carolina Panthers (4-4)
Vegas Picks: NE -3.5
Goldie’s Take: Panthers Win 27-24
Both of these teams are coming off wins in games where they were underdogs,so they both enter this one with a bit of swagger. For the Panthers, they finally proved they can win a game without Christian McCaffrey. Lucky for Carolina, they probably won’t have to worry about that too much as CMC is expected to play his first game since week 3. CMC’s return and home field advantage will be enough for the Cats to grab the UPSET win against the Pats.
Crazy Uncle Jeff’s Lock of the Week: LV -3
Las Vegas Raiders (5-2) @ New York Giants (2-6)
Vegas Picks: LV -3
Goldie’s Take: Raiders Win 28-23
First the Raiders had all of the Jon Gruden drama, and this week, on a much sadder note, WR Henry Ruggs was charged with a DUI after crashing and killing a 23 year old Nevada native and her dog. Despite the absolute mess that they’ve been off the field, on the field the Raiders are somehow 5-2, and continue to find ways to win. Derek Carr has quietly been one of the best QBs in the league this season, and their defense has been surprisingly strong too. Coming off a bye, Jeffy and I fully expect the Raiders to take care of business at the Meadowlands.
Crazy Uncle Jeff’s Lock of the Week: PIT -6
Chicago Bears (3-5) @ Pittsburgh Steelers (4-3)
Vegas Picks: PIT -6
Goldie’s Take: Steelers Win 23-16
After hours of meticulous studying and research, Crazy Uncle Jeff has concocted a wild two team parlay ending with the Monday Night matchup. Pitt has won three in a row while Bears have lost their last three. Also, Chicago’s defense hasn’t been the same without star LB Khallil Mack on the field. Plus Big Ben is a solid 16-6 all time on MNF. Not to mention Pittsburgh will have home-field for this one. Steelers improve to 5-3 on Monday Night. LOCK IT IN!
Rest of Week 9:
Atlanta Falcons (3-4) @ New Orleans Saints (5-2)
Vegas Picks: NO -6.5
Goldie’s Take: Falcons Win 30-27
The Saints have had a tough week so far, first they discovered that a torn ACL will keep Jameis Winston out for the season, also it had been learned that Micheal Thomas had a setback with his ankle injury and will also be out for the season. That leaves Taysom Hill (just coming back from injury) or Trevor Siemian to start at quarterback for the Saints. Yes, Siemian had a great showing last week, when he came in for relief of the injured Winston, but I don’t expect that performance to stay consistent. Matty Ice and the Falcons go into the Superdome and UPSET the Saints.
Buffalo Bills (5-2) @ Jacksonville Jaguars (1-6)
Vegas Picks: BUF -14.5
Goldie’s Take: Bills Win 34-17
The Jags let the Geno Smith led Seahawks walk all over them last week, and now they are challenged with facing Josh Allen and the mighty Buffalo Bills. Rookie QB Trevor Lawrence is going to have a tough time moving the ball against a Bills defense that has allowed the fewest points in the NFL this season. I see no reason why Buffalo doesn’t go into Jacksonville and stomp the Jags. After all, nobody circles the wagons quite like the Buffalo Bills.
Cleveland Browns (4-4) @ Cincinnati Bengals (5-3)
Vegas Picks: CIN -2.5
Goldie’s Take: Bengals Win 23-20
Although these teams have similar records, they are on very different sides of the injury spectrum right now. The Browns can’t catch a break with eight players that did not practice on Wednesday. Also they will be without OBJ as he was cut from the team earlier this week. On the other hand, the Bengals only had one player miss practice Wednesday, and they are getting multiple players back from injury this weekend as well. Trust health and home field to put Bengals over Browns this Sunday.
Denver Broncos (4-4) @ Dallas Cowboys (6-1)
Vegas Picks: DAL -10
Goldie’s Take: Cowboys Win 34-23
No Dak, no problem last week as the ‘Boys took care of the Vikings on MNF with Cooper Rush starting under center. This week, the franchise QB will return for a team that is firing on all cylinders right now, winners of six in a row. The Broncos, on the other hand, are trending in the opposite direction, losers of four out of their last five. Also Cowboys are the only team this season to be perfect (7-0) against the spread. These trends continue as Cowboys take care of business in Big D.
Houston Texans (1-7) @ Miami Dolphins (1-7)
Vegas Picks: MIA -6
Goldie’s Take: Dolphins Win 24-21
Snoozefest of the week, both of these teams enter this one on seven game losing streaks. However, both of these teams can finally take a deep breath for a second now that the trade deadline has passed. We can finally say with confidence that Deshaun Watson will not be traded this season. So this results in Miami’s QB Tua Tagovailoa having a nine game tryout to prove he is the Dolphins guy. On the other hand, Tyrod Taylor is set to return for Houston from injury that had him out for several weeks. Taylor is historically money against the Dolphins, posting a 72% completion rating with 10 TDs and 0 INTs. That being said, I still expect home ‘Fins to kick the losing skid. Venue call!
Los Angeles Chargers (5-3) @ Philadelphia Eagles (3-5)
Vegas Picks: LAC -2
Goldie’s Take: Chargers Win 28-21
I think recency bias has the Vegas oddsmakers a bit off in this one. Yes, the Chargers just lost to the Pats, and the Eagles murdered the Lions last week, but if you look at the complete body of work the Chargers are clearly the superior football team. I fully expect Justin Herbert and the Bolts to avenge that tough loss they had last week. LA improves to 6-3 with a hard fought road win in Philly.
Green Bay Packers (7-1) @ Kansas City Chiefs (4-4)
Vegas Picks: KC -7
Goldie’s Take: Chiefs Win 33-24
KC has not lived up to expectations so far this season, sitting at 4-4 and tied for last in the AFC West, Chiefs fans can officially start to feel nervous about this team. However they do catch a big break this Sunday as Packers star QB Aaron Rodgers is out with COVID. It’s Jordan Love time in Packerland and it’ll be very interesting to see how the kid performs. Love and the Pack keep it close for awhile but expect KC to pull away in the end at home.
Arizona Cardinals (7-1) @ San Francisco 49ers (3-4)
Vegas Picks: SF -2.5
Goldie’s Take: Cardinals Win 30-28
The line for this one opened up with the ‘Cards being favored by a few points but it shifted in San Fran’s favor soon after Kyler Murray and Deandre Hopkins were listed as questionable for Sunday’s contest. That’s what this one is going to come down to in my opinion. Zona is better on both sides of the football, and the Niners 3rd worst pass rush could make for a big day for Cards offense. So IF Murray gets the green light and plays on Sunday, expect the Cardinals to pull off the road UPSET in the Bay.
Tennessee Titans (6-2) @ Los Angeles Rams (7-1)
Vegas Picks: LAR -7.5
Goldie’s Take: Rams Win 32-26
This one HAD game of the week written all over it before T’s star RB Derrick Henry suffered a severe injury. With Henry going down, and LA adding Von Miller, things are just trending in the Rams direction for this one. Plus the Rams are at home in primetime. However, do expect Tannehill and the Titans to keep this one competitive.
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