Gambling is a cruel game.
For some bettors, that was a lesson learned when Todd Gurley took a knee before the end zone on Sunday, sealing the win for the Rams and stealing a cover for many gamblers who backed Los Angeles.
For me, it’s been a brutal lesson taught week after week by this column. I’ll be honest — I can’t buy a win, folks.
Still, there are 17 weeks in an NFL season, and it’s my duty to bet every one of them. Fade my picks if you like, I won’t be offended, but know that these things always turn around eventually.
Hopefully, this week is the week.
Take a look below at our predictions for who covers this weekend (* indicates home team).
LAST WEEK: 5-9
Byes: Cincinnati Bengals, Indianapolis Colts, New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, Arizona Cardinals, Jacksonville Jaguars
Oakland Raiders (+3) over San Francisco 49ers*
The Oakland Raiders have shipped away some of their most talented players, but they still looked solid against the Indianapolis Colts last week. Facing a banged up 49ers team might be their best chance at a win left on the schedule.
The Raiders have a lot of rebuilding to do ahead of next year, but they still have enough firepower to hang with San Francisco.
Minnesota Vikings* (-5) over Detroit Lions
Adam Thielen cannot be stopped, keeping his streak of 100-yard games alive with another astounding performance against the Saints last weekend. While the Vikings fell short against New Orleans, this feels like a solid spot for them to bounce back with a big win over a division opponent.
Cleveland Browns* (+8.5) over Kansas City Chiefs
The Cleveland Browns cleaned house this week, showing head coach Hue Jackson and offensive coordinator Todd Haley the door and leaving their coaching staff significantly short-handed. That flexibility could be a spell for disaster, but it feels like the Browns might play up to the moment, and nothing is more exciting than the prospect of Baker Mayfield set loose to do as he pleases.
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