Jacksonville Jaguars +3.5 v Baltimore Ravens – 10/11
Unfortunately, the fans in London will get treated to this howler of a game. Total points are hovering around a paltry 40 and it’s justified given the way these offences have gotten out the gate.
This is the Jags fourth trip to London and I respect that, given they are kicking off at 9.30am Eastern Time in the US. The Ravens squad is riddled with injuries – their two offensive guards are out, Baltimore only have one healthy running back from the preseason depth chart and Za’Darius Smith is also missing at linebacker for the defence.
We saw in week 1 what the Jags defensive line can do to a poor OL, take the points over the key number of 3 and watch a game that may finish 3-0 either way.
— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) September 20, 2017
Cleveland Browns to beat the Indianapolis Colts – 5/6
It’s the first time in over three years that the Cleveland Browns are a road favourite in a regular season game and to my surprise, my ratings have them as a bigger favourite.
The Colts are in complete disarray without Andrew Luck and their struggles on both sides of the ball are glaring in the first two weeks.
Browns have played well to start the season with turnovers being their only undoing – something they can avoid against the vanilla Indy defence.
New York Jets (+6.0) v Miami Dolphins – 20/23
We got our first look at the Miami Dolphins last week against the Chargers, who capitulated in the fourth quarter as usual.
As expected, their offence looked rusty – what caught my eye was their incredibly short passing game. A small advantage Miami had against LA was there was no game tape of their offence.
If Cutler can’t throw deep because of protection or otherwise, teams can stack the box to take away Jay Ajayi and the run game. The Jets are also back at home for the first time this season and like the majority of the league this week, Miami will only have only days to gameplan for NY as opposed to 2 weeks v LA.
LA Chargers (+4.5) v Kansas City Chiefs – 8/13
Before a ball is snapped, we know that any bet on the Chargers will be a rollercoaster. The team has an uncanny knack to cause havoc for punters in the 4th quarter, this year alone missing two last second field goals against Denver & Miami to force OT and win respectively.
Kansas City were hit with some worrying injuries for last week, their center Mitch Morse is out and their offensive line is nowhere near 100%. Also, the loss of Eric Berry is still somewhat hidden because the Chiefs won last week, but Carson Wentz still recorded 300+ passing yards on the road against them.
Star defensive back Jason Verrett will not be playing for LA and that’s not the end of the world as the KC receiving corp is not particularly loaded with pro bowl talent.
* All odds correct at time of posting