Panthers (-3) at Falcons
Carolina already has more regular season losses, 2, than they did all of 2015. They were dominated at home last week by the Vikings who only allowed ten points to the Carolina offense. On the other hand, Atlanta almost hung a 50 burger on the Saints pathetic defense on Monday night. All that being said I like the Panthers to get the bad taste out of their mouth this week by covering against the Falcons coming off a short week of preparation. I can assure you the Panthers defense will not be run over like the Saints were. Atlanta actually handed Carolina their only regular season loss last year at the Georgia Dome. Maybe a little revenge is in the air as well.
Rams (+8) at Cards
Arizona is in a similar boat as Carolina starting off the season 1-2 as both had Super Bowl aspirations heading into the year. The Cards were beaten badly on the road last week as they traveled to Buffalo, and Carson Palmer looked very old. I picked against the Rams last week as underdogs in Tampa Bay and they won the game outright over the Bucs. I’m still not a believer in Case Keenum or Jeff Fisher for that matter, but the Rams play all divisional opponents tight even if they wind up losing the game at the end. I like the Rams getting slightly more than a touchdown on the road in Arizona.
Giants (+5) at Vikings
Big Blue had an opportunity to improve to 3-0 last week at home against the Skins, but fell late to a Dustin Hopkins field goal. New York looks to bounce back this week in a tough spot on the road against one of the best defenses in the league. The Giants will be without running backs Shane Vereen and Rashad Jennings likely forcing Eli Manning into more attempts. The reason I’m taking the Giants is the improved defense they have shown thus far despite last week, and the offensive line issues for Minnesota. I think the five points is enough for the Giants to cover on the road even if they lose by a field goal again.
Missouri at LSU (-13)
The Mad Hatter is finally out as head ball coach at LSU following the disaster ending in a road loss at Auburn last weekend. Les Miles will be replaced by interim head coach Ed Orgeron who is well known for his fiery personality and motivating tactics. I typically like to steer clear of larger spreads such as this, but all signs are pointing towards a pissed off LSU squad come Saturday night in Baton Rouge. Missouri is not a team equipped to handle a night game being played at LSU following the firing of their head coach. They’ve lost to both quality opponents they have faced this season, West Virginia and Georgia.
Season Record: 5-7
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