NFL Gambling Tips (From Someone Who Doesn’t Gamble) – Week 5


Let’s be real: a lot of people love football because it’s the easiest and funnest sport to gamble on. And there’s nothing wrong with that. Personally, I’m too broke to gamble (being a first-year public school teacher isn’t too lucrative), but I sure do watch a lot of football. I figure I should help* my loyal readers out with some gambling advice. Each week I’ll pick four games plus a fifth “Lock of the Week.”

*Help not guaranteed to be actually helpful.

Huge week from your friend Brad in Week 4! I went 4-1…but sadly I missed the one pick I really wanted, as I took the Bills as 3.5 point favorites in Cincy. As we all know, not only did they not cover, they lost the game altogether. Ouch.

This week, I’m staying away from the Bills/Philly game. That could be a 30-point blowout in either direction and I wouldn’t be shocked. Hopefully, I can continue my run of success.

(Home teams in CAPS)

VIKINGS (-3) over Cardinals

The Vikings find some pride and win this one. Plus this is exactly the kind of game the Cardinals seem to get blown out in –  traveling east/north for a 1 p.m. game.

Bengals (-2) over JAGUARS 

The poor Bengals. They just don’t seem to get to play in stadiums that actually have fans in them. Anyway, maybe I’m overreacting to how good the Bengals looked in the fourth quarter last week, but I think they’ll find a way to win this one by at least a field goal. That defense is legit, and the Jaguars’ offense is putrid.

Chargers (-4) over BRONCOS

I’m growing more and more convinced the Broncos aren’t any good. The Chargers could give them a whoopin’ here.

STEELERS (-3) over Titans

This is the kind of game the Steelers always really annoyingly win. They’re playing bad, Big Ben has some sort of injury that he’s going to play through, the season seems to be falling apart….and then they win by 30 over a good team and before you know it they’re 11-5 and hosting playoff games. I can see it happening here again.

And now…

*Note: don’t take the word “Lock” too seriously.

LIONS (-5) over Bears

This one could turn into a rout. Like really quickly. This is going to be one insane crowd Monday night at Ford Field, and the Lions are going to feed off that. They might sack Jay Cutler 30 times. Can anyone else see the Bears turning it over on like their first four possessions as the Lions open up a 24-0 lead in the first quarter. I know I can.

Last Week: 4-1

Overall: 11-8-1

Lock of the Week: 3-1