By: Josh Gamble
Welcome to the first gambling primer of the Backdoor Cover. Here we will take a quick look at all of the action across the NFL this week.
*All lines are accurate as of Thursday morning*
Bengals @ Browns (-6) – Over/Under 43.5
The NFL is keeping up its longstanding tradition of having two duds play each other on Thursday night. The Bengals have a rookie quarterback who looked okay in his debut. The Browns have a quarterback who has more commercials than actual NFL wins. Stay away from the game altogether.
Rams (-1) @ Eagles – Over/Under 45.5
The Rams are coming off a solid win against the Cowboys, one of the sexiest Super Bowl picks among the pundits. Conversely, the Eagles are coming off an embarrassing loss to the Washington Football Team in which they did not score a single point in the second half. Washington’s talented defensive line combined with an Eagles offensive line decimated by injuries led to Wentz being pressured on nearly half of his drop backs and sacked 8 times. This line opened with the Eagles as a 3-point favorite and has moved to the Eagles as a 1-point underdog in just a few days. The over/under has dropped by 3 points. Both of these line movements leave very little value in betting either side.
Lions @ Packers (-6) – Over/Under 49.5
Last week, the Lions did what the Lions do. They start off strong, blow their lead, almost come back and ultimately lose. Losing in spectacular fashion so consistently is actually becoming quite impressive. Now they travel to Lambeau to face off against a red-hot offense. To make matters worse, the already suspect Lions secondary is ravaged by injury. I see the Lions having an incredibly tough time slowing down a seemingly rejuvenated Aaron Rodgers. The question is whether the Lions can keep up offensively. I would imagine that it would be tough for them to do that, especially if Kenny Golladay does not play. Lay the odds and take the Packers to cover.
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Panthers @ Buccaneers (-9.5) – Over/Under 47.5