PROBABLY one of the toughest weeks to choose sides imo and I’m still unsure. No value in teams like Green Bay, Rams or Seattle, but it's teams like Denver, Carolina and Atlanta that intrigue me most.
Denver's tough defence against a QB in his first NFL start. The Bengals tightened up their run D against the bruising Nick Chubb last week, but Lindsay is a very different back and has shown impressive skills this season. I’m taking his rush and receiving yards with confidence in a game that's likely to see 14mph+ winds.
My lean Carolina is also because of potential weather with high winds and rain expected in Tampa. Fingers crossed no thunderstorms which would likely stop play, but Carolina should have won last week and will be looking to snap a 3 game losing streak.
No matter which QB the Buccs field, they will likely cough up the ball, and with Cam now finding playmakers throughout his offence outside of Olsen and McCaffery, the Panthers should win, but a division game on the road is usually a grind.
Final lean being Atlanta is based on not being as impressed with Lamar Jackson as his two game win streak shows. If The Raiders offense wasn’t so inept, they might have struggled to beat Oakland if it wasn’t for the Ravens' defensive TD in garbage time.
Jackson threw two picks in that game, and with Jones returning for Atlanta on D, there’s probably no better linebacker than he to spy Jackson. Both of Jackson's wins have come at home too, so it will be interesting to see if he can handle the crowd if they get behind. They’ve been lucky enough to have not been trailing for too long over Jackson's two starts, so if Atlanta can eek out a lead, they could easily test Jackson's arm.
For my two cents I’d advise caution on betting in Green Bay with temperatures hovering around 0 with 22pmh winds.
- Phillip Lindsay (Denver Broncos) Over 96.5 Rush and Receiving Yards (4-5, bet365) – 2.5 points