The only thing that I am worried about in this one is that he feels too obvious, which usually means Vegas is going to clean up. Kliff Kingsbury is probably the worst head coach in the NFL that hasn’t been fired at this point, and I’m convinced he’s some sort of actual Jedi or something with his mind tricks convincing the Cardinals front office that he’s not the droid they’re looking for. Coming off a bye, this line screams “Take The Vikings At Home!”, and I’ll probably end up going deaf if I don’t listen, so I’m taking the cheese.
Since this isn’t a prime time game, I’m expecting just enough from Kirk Cousins to get the cover, with a strong outing from Justin Jefferson, while the Cardinals become too one dimensional in the second half trying to fabricate targets for DHop.
Minnesota Vikings -3.5
The Raiders are coming off a big win at home against the Texans, while the Saints accidentally allowed the Cardinals offense to look competent last Thursday night. Outside of Josh Jacobs going all Beast Mode in the 4th quarter, and a late pick 6 served up by Davis Mills, this was actually a much closer game than the final score would indicate, with the Texans leading at the end of the third quarter. The Cardinals put up 42 points against the Saints, but only scored 3 touchdowns on offense, with 2 of their touchdowns coming as a result of interceptions returned for touchdowns. I’m not sure why the Saints are getting points at home in this one, but I’m going to jump on it now, before it evaporates faster than water in Arizona, regardless of who’s under center for New Oreleans. I don’t normally factor west coast teams playing 1pm EST games into my betting philosophies, but something feels like it will have an influence on the outcome of this one.
New Orleans Saints +1.5
Sean McDermott worked under Andy Reid for 11 years, prior to Reid firing him as defensive coordinator of the Eagles in 2010. Brian Daboll served as the offensive coordinator of the Chiefs for one season, prior to Reid not retaining him when he was hired as head coach following the 2012 season. In 2018 Sean McDermott hired Daboll as offensive coordinator of the Bills.
What does all of this have to do with the Giants game on Sunday? Absolutely nothing, other than to illustrate that while Andy Reid is one of the most brilliant offensive minds of this generation, he really dropped the ball when it comes to recognizing young coaching talent. I’m not a Giants fan, so you can’t call me a homer, but I honestly believe that Brian Daboll is already one of the top 5 head coaches in the NFL, and the guys balls can’t get through a metal detector. The Seahawks have been a great story so far this season, and obviously enjoy one of the strongest home field advantages in the NFL, but they struggle stopping the run, and I can see Saquan Barkley & Daniel Jones both having big games on the ground, in what I believe will be a lower scoring game where both teams emphasize grinding the clock.
New York Giants + 3 (-110)