CAROLINA over Tampa Bay by 11
For the second consecutive week, the Queen will roll out the welcome
mat to the NFL when these two NFC wannabes perform in a 9:30 AM
ET gathering at Tottenham Stadium in London. If familiarity counts
in these settings then Tampa holds the experience card, going 0-2
SUATS by a combined margin of 59-25 at Wembley Stadium, while
the Panthers are sipping tea for the first time across the pond.
Interestingly, the NFL has been going to London since 2007 – the
same year that the first iPhone debuted – and they have yet to pair
a single football game between 2 teams with winning records in the
25 games that have been played. In part it’s because the NFL tends
to send teams to London that struggle to fill their home stadiums,
and those tend to be the worse teams in the league. Oakland’s upset
victory over Chicago last week “bolstered” underdogs to 5-20-1 SU
and 9-17 ATS in these bloody affairs. Meanwhile, the Bucs are 0-6
ATS when coming off consecutive road games, with the last against
a division foe. The Panthers pile on at 6-1 ATS in games before a
bye. Given the fact that no underdog has ever won consecutive
games in London in the same year, we hand it off to THE CLINCHER:
Panthers QB Kyle Allen is 4-0 SUATS as a starter in this league.
.NEW ORLEANS over Jacksonville by 14
Read All About It… Bad news for the Jaguars! After a slow but
steady start, Teddy Bridgewater’s offense is coming around. He
passed for 314 yards and 4 TDs in last week’s win over Tampa Bay
and suddenly they’re chanting MVP-MVP in New Orleans these
days. It’s because he’s led his team to three straight wins and covers,
including a victory in Seattle, since taking over for Drew Brees.
With it, the Saints defense is coming into melody, holding its last
two foes to season-low yards. And it certainly doesn’t hurt knowing
Nawlins is 7-3 SU and 8-2 ATS all-time in games when coming off a
win and facing an AFC South opponent. They’ve also brought home
the cash the last four meeting in this series. Flipping the script, the
Jaguars come in 0-6 ATS in the second of consecutive NFC contests.
Taking on a soft Jacksonville rush defense that allows 5.5 Yards Per
Rush, we’ll hand this MVP (Most Valuable Play) selection off to THE
CLINCHER: New Orleans QB Bridgewater is 18-2 ATS in his NFL
career against non-division opponents, including 10-0 ATS
versus foes coming off a loss.