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Putting it on the Line

Posted by Eric Fisher On September 20

The Eagles were almost my “best bet” this week. Considering that I am 2-0 this season on best bets, that would have been good news.

I would have liked the Eagles (-6½) over the visiting Colts this week even if Carson Wentz weren’t returning as the starting quarterback. Despite holding the Redskins to nine points last Sunday, I don’t think the Colts defense is very good. But a combination of injuries to Eagles receivers and running backs and having former Eagles offensive coordinator Frank Reich as Colts head coach scared me away from making the Eagles my best bet. They are, however, one of my “other top picks.”

For my best bet, I selected the Jaguars (-6½) over the Titans. The Jaguars are coming off a convincing victory over the Patriots as a home underdog. The Titans don’t score many points, so the excellent Jaguars defense should keep them contained.

I also like two 3-point home favorites: the Falcons over the Saints and the Panthers over the Bengals. I’m not a believer in the 2-0 Bengals. The Saints are off to a rough start, barely slipping past the Browns last weekend. Therefore, the Panthers and Falcons are among my other top picks, as are the Packers (-3 over the Redskins), the lone visiting team among my top selections.

All of my games are at 1 p.m. on Sunday, so we’ll know my rate of success by late afternoon.

Look for a big rebound with my Week 3 selections:

(Home team in CAPS)                                           

(Winning team against the line in bold)

Jets +3 at BROWNS

EAGLES -6½ vs. Colts

PANTHERS -3 vs. Bengals

JAGUARS -6½ vs. Titans

FALCONS -3 vs. Saints

Broncos +5½ at RAVENS

Giants +6 at TEXANS

DOLPHINS -3 vs. Raiders

Packers -3 at REDSKINS

VIKINGS -16½  vs. Bills

CHIEFS -6½  vs. 49ers


CARDINALS +5½ vs. Bears

SEAHAWKS -1½ vs. Cowboys

LIONS +6½  vs. Patriots

BUCS +1½ vs. Steelers

Best bet: JAGUARS -6½ vs. Titans

Other top picks: EAGLES -6½ vs. Colts; PANTHERS -3 vs. Bengals; FALCONS -3 vs. Saints; Packers -3 at REDSKINS

Last week: 6-9-1 (12-18-2 this season)

Best Bet: 1-0 (2-0 this season)

Other top picks: 2-1-1 (3-3-2 this season)

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