I apologize to all who took the Bengals in their survivor leagues or parlays last week. That was a crazy game, and upsets happen. So I hope you didn’t listen to me or your league has a rebuy.
My Pick (0-1) – Denver Broncos
I may be gun-shy after blowing last week’s pick, but given how many upsets we saw in Week 1, I don’t know what to make of several teams.
This is a chalk pick, Denver’s home opener, teams struggle in the altitude, and it’s a get-right game after losing to the Seahawks. Bettors can’t go wrong with this one; set it and forget it.
Houston came out stronger than expected against the Colts, but coming into this season, I said people shouldn’t sleep on the Texans. So don’t be surprised to see me picking them in the coming weeks, but for this matchup… they’re getting blown out.
Alternative Pick – Cincinnati Bengals
If you were smart enough to fade me last week, the Bengals are a great option on Sunday. While there isn’t a reason for bettors to think Burrow will continue on the path he’s been on, even if he were to perform at the same level this week, it would still be good enough to beat a Dak Prescott-less Cowboys.
The Cowboys were annihilated against the Buccaneers last week, and after Dak’s injury, people were surprised that his backup was a redhead not named Andy Dalton. However, to no one’s surprise, Cooper Rush is no Red Rifle.
It may very well be another woeful season for the Cowboys, and while the Bengals are looking for a get-right game of their own, bettors should take advantage.
Overrated Pick – Cleveland Browns
In a survivor league, a great strategy is picking whoever the Jets are playing. Because, again, it’s too early in the season to pick the Rams or Bills.
Cleveland came out hot in their game against Carolina last week, and playing their home opener, you’d think there was no reason they’ll take a step back.
Jacoby Brissett was average in his Cleveland debut. While he didn’t throw any interceptions, he only completed 18 of his 34 passes.
Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt won this game for the Browns; they combined for 187 yards. This is where the problem lies. The Jets’ defense was incredible against the Ravens’ running game last week — it’s the only thing they did well. So while I’m not suggesting the Jets are going to win, it’s atleast going to be closer than people think