Week 4 in the NFL is upon us, boys and girls. That means another edition of best bets with the Daily Dollar is at your service. Your own team may win or lose, but we remain steadfast on our goal of making money on today’s slate, whether to soften the blow or pile on the exuberance.
Last week, we had a rough go. The Green Bay game was a victory as the underdog won outright and cashed on the money line pick. Unfortunately, The Chargers and Raiders left us needing a half point more in order to claim victory. Those were bad beats for sure. Nevertheless, “close” only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades; this week the aim is to sweep the board as we know we can.
Enough dilly-dallying. It’s a great day for a great day, so let’s get to the bets.
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Atlanta Falcons +1.5 (-110) vs. Washington Football Team
The defending NFC East champions’ defense is in complete disarray thus far in 2021. Likewise, the offense in Atlanta (that is supposed to be their strong suit) has been equally inept. Something has got to give, and it’s a lot easier for skill players to step up against a suspect defensive game plan than it is to completely fix a defense. Matt Ryan will throw for multiple scores while getting Calvin Ridley and Kyle Pitts heavily involved from the jump.
At +100, the money line isn’t worth taking over the 1.5 points Atlanta is getting as home dogs. They’ll have an easier game against Washington than they did against the New York Giants, and that tells you everything you need to know about the state of affairs on the Football Team’s defense.
Book it: Falcons +1.5 points (-110)
Green Bay Packers -6 (-110) vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
For the second week in a row, Vegas has got the line on the Aaron Rodgerses completely wrong. Last week they were underdogs on the road and I practically begged everyone to smash the money line bet for the easy W. This week, they are home at Lambeau Field after a jaunt out west and are rewarded with a visit from the woeful Steelers, who at this very moment are likely looking at themselves in the mirror trying to figure out what to do.
Many say that the football community is overreacting to Pittsburgh’s loss (at home) against Cincinnati. I’m not buying it. The collapse of the team in its current incarnation has been years in the making and has everything to do with the Pillsbury Throw Boy under center. Ben Roethlisberger is watching his career flash before his eyes and even a healthy T.J. Watt on defense can’t bail the team out against an offensive juggernaut playing at home.
A victory by a touchdown is not only completely reasonable but is also probably the floor for this spread. A few dollars parlaying the o44.5 total isn’t a horrible idea, either, but let’s stick with the easy money.
Book it: Green Bay -6 points (-110)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers -6.5 (-110) at New England Patriots
This entire week I told myself I wouldn’t lay any coin on this matchup. I’ll save you the backstory you already know because it’s been discussed ad nauseum throughout the week. I figured I’d just enjoy the game without any rooting interest created by gambling on it, but let’s get serious: It’s Sunday Night Football, it’s Tom Brady vs Bill Belichick, it’s the defending champs… how can we resist?
As I said in our weekly expert picks article, TB12 and BB are too professional to let emotion dictate this game. That said, they each will desperately want to emerge victorious, and fans are likely to get a show. You’d think this would be a tough one to side on. You would be wrong. Unfortunately for the Patriots’ head coach, they are not prepared for the fire that Tampa Bay is about to bring into Foxborough after a loss in Week 3.
In the end, Brady goes HAM, Chris Godwin feasts, and the defense completely shuts down any semblance of an offensive attack New England tries to field. This is the easiest cover ever, and a two- or three-unit bet. Take the money and run.
Book it: Buccaneers -6.5 points (-110)
So there you have it, one game for every timeframe today. We’ve got rooting interest all day long, so let it fly. Best of luck to everyone today with all your bets, let’s ring the bell and line our wallets.
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