The Atlanta Falcons have claimed one division title, two playoff appearances and one NFC championship since 2015; and yet, during this same stretch, the club has a baffling streak of seven straight
Which begs the first question: How has Julio Jones fared during this quirky funk?
Well, it’s a
On the down side, Jones hasn’t found the end zone against AFC defenses at home in five
Now for the second question: What are the people in Las Vegas thinking, in terms of installing the Falcons as 4-point favorites versus the Titans?
From a point-spread perspective, the smart money probably lies with the unheralded Titans keeping up the Falcons’ weird trend of bad luck.
However, we also subscribe to the Due Theory … as in, for this Atlanta club (three-way tie for last place in the NFC South), which desperately needs a win on Sunday, it’s a Now or Never proposition for breaking this ugly four-year jinx.
So, let’s take that spread and
BATSBY Sports offers its 15 most appealing picks for the upcoming football weekend.
For what it’s worth, BATSBY went 5-2 with last week’s college picks … and 4-4 with the NFL action.
SEPT. 12-16 ….. 9-6 overall
SEPT. 19-23 … 9-6 overall
YEAR TO DATE: 18-12
NOTE: This week’s college football and NFL odds are courtesy of OddsShark.com.
AGAINST THE SPREAD
(Home team in CAPS)
VIRGINIA TECH (-2.5) over Duke
TOLEDO (+2.5) over Brigham Young
Central Michigan (+17) over WESTERN MICHIGAN
Texas A&M (-23.5) over Arkansas (in Dallas)
Northwestern vs. WISCONSIN (46.5 total points) … UNDER
OKLAHOMA vs. Texas Tech (70.5 total points) … OVER
Virginia vs. NOTRE DAME (48.5 total points) … OVER
AGAINST THE SPREAD
MIAMI (+15.5) over L.A. Chargers
Minnesota (+2) over CHICAGO
Seattle (-5.5) over ARIZONA
ATLANTA (-4) over Tennessee
Tampa Bay vs. L.A. RAMS (49.5 total points) … OVER
Dallas vs. NEW ORLEANS (47 total points) … UNDER
PITTSBURGH vs. Cincinnati (44 total points) … OVER
DENVER vs. Jacksonville (38 total points) … OVER