Finally, after a string of disappointment, unhappy touchdowns and poor selections, our first-ever voyage in the Westgate SuperContest – courtesy of Odds Shark – found stable ground. It did so in a week where nothing was at all stable.
I apologize for the recent silence (if you even noticed). Having a child will do that, although we’re back on the grid now, sleep-deprived and everything. While I was out, a 5-0 week brought my entry from the cellar to, well, a much nicer part of the cellar with couches and a luxury bathroom. The momentum gained, however, is the momentum we so desperately need. It could be a blip of the radar, or, it could serve as a push in the right direction. I suppose we’ll have to wait and see.
The winners from last week included Kansas City (-6.5), Miami (-6), Houston (-2), Atlanta (-3.5) – despite its better effort not to cover – and Minnesota (+2.5). It wasn’t pretty, but it worked. Now it’s about sustainability, which is where the conversation changes tones.
As for this week’s picks, the goal stays the same: Beat the Odds Shark super computer until it sobs microchip tears and avoid embarrassment.
Panthers (+2.5) vs. Saints: Whoops. So this didn’t work out all that well, so at least that first loss is out of the way. The plan was to see New Orleans follow up an impressive showing with a dud on the road; Carolina had other plans. So did NO.
Vikings (-2.5) vs. Redskins: Washington was game against Dallas, although this team is still a rather substantial dumpster fire. Minnesota isn’t exactly a perfect squad, either, although I like the short favorite to take advantage and I really like this line.
Dolphins (-1.5) vs. San Diego: Although the Chargers have done well on the road as an underdog in recent opportunities, Miami—both offensively and defensively—presents an interesting challenge to Rivers and Co.
Buccaneers (+6.5) vs. Browns: Despite its woeful record, Tampa Bay has been competitive in a good majority of its games. With the Cleveland offense struggling, the Bucs will hang around just long enough to get the cover, hopefully.
Broncos (-3) vs. New England: Nothing fancy here; no #hottakes about either quarterback. As good as New England has played, Denver has the personnel to take advantage and win on the road.
Please fade/play accordingly.