Some days, everything goes according to plan, and that’s exactly what happened Saturday with my college football plays. We went 5-0, and the only one that was even a sweat was Kansas State after the Wildcats fell behind two touchdowns in five minutes. Hopefully, NFL Sunday can have the same kind of success for us; here are my plays for October 24.
PATRIOTS -7, -110
This line probably should have moved more, considering that Bill Belichick is excellent against rookie quarterbacks and the Pats have already shown that they know how to handle the Jets this year. New England is playing at home this time and has looked decent, and Zach Wilson hasn’t shown nearly enough growth to handle a Belichick defense at this point in the year. New England should be fine.
BENGALS +6.5, -110
There’s an unwritten rule not to take teams laying more than a field goal against a division rival unless there’s a darn good reason (such as Belichick against a rookie QB), and I don’t see one in this matchup. Cincinnati should be able to hang with Baltimore, as the Bengals are a team that plays to the level of their competition. Giving up almost a touchdown is too much in this matchup.
PACKERS -6.5, -125
I’m going to buy a point here to be on the safe side, as Green Bay has been a bit hard to stomach this season. The Packers have come out with five straight covers, but they make you sweat from beginning to end before it works out in the end. Washington is showing no signs of being the defensive side it looked like last year, and Aaron Rodgers seems to be back on track. It might not be a bad idea to bet the Football Team first half, but the Packers should cover in the end.
PANTHERS -3, -110
The Giants are just getting beaten up beyond belief, and even though the Panthers are down McCaffery, I think they can come out with a cover here. New York looked like it was moving in the right direction before Daniel Jones’ concussion, and right now, the Giants don’t look capable of competing with anybody. Carolina looks like a solid play.
EAGLES +2, -110
The Raiders still aren’t someone to believe in right now, and Philadelphia is coming off a bit of break after playing Thursday against Tampa Bay. The Eagles should be rested despite crossing time zones, and I think they can probably win this game outright.