By IAN WUKITSCH
Hey y’all… I’m Ian Wukitsch and I will be providing my insights on the NFL spreads this week — and every week going forward for the rest of the season. But first a little about me, I am a recent graduate of Pace University, where I received a degree in Communications and minored in screwing around. Or maybe majored in screwing around and minored in playing baseball. Either way, I met JJ on a couch — yes, literally — back in my freshman year at Pace. The kid was in his last semester of school and taking only three classes during one fall semester and didn’t want to pay for housing — so he crashed on the couch of our buddies’ townhouse. Smart man. But back to me, I’m an avid football fan, with a knack for sports betting. Just don’t blame me if my predictions are not spot on — and trust me they wont be — but I have a pretty good idea of what I am talking about.
That being said, here are my NFL Week 7 spread predictions, who I think you should bet your house on, or shy away from:
HOME team in CAPS
WASHINGTON REDKINS (-5.5) over Tennessee Titans
Vegas has the Titans as underdogs, and I can’t blame them. The Titans rank 22nd in the NFL in offense, and 20th in the league in defense. Look for Kirk Cousins and DeSean Jackson to go bonkers and put up huge points against a weak Titans defense. Bet your rent check on the Redskins to obliterate the Titans.
New Orleans Saints (+3) over DETROIT LIONS
Anytime you give Drew Brees points, you have to take it. The Saints have struggled this year on defense, but expect that to change against a weak Lions offense which, without Calvin Johnson, ranks in the bottom third in the NFL. I think it will be a close one if the Lions first-ranked defense can keep them in the game, but against a veteran QB like Brees they sure have their hands full. Take the Saints with the points in this one.
DALLAS COWBOYS (-6.5) over New York Giants
Dallas has found their stride, and is coming off a huge win against the most overrated team in the NFL — yeah that’s you, Seattle. Expect them to ride that hot streak into an easy home win against the pathetic Giants. Eli looked terrible last week, as did the rest of the offense. Things can only get worse without star wide out Victor Cruz who is out for the remainder of the season, at the least. Dallas has grown on me, and I have visions on Demarco Murray Shmoney Dancing his way to 150 yards on the ground and 3 TDs in a route. Cowboys will cover, by a lot.
Not So Fast My Friend
The following games are ones I’d try and stay away from this weekend — unless you’re a complete degenerate gambler and are feeling lucky. In that case, good luck.
Seattle Seahawks (-7) at St. Louis Rams
This is a TRAP game. Stay away! You cannot just bet on the Seahawks anymore. Their offense is on and off — and their defense has just been… off. The Rams are bipolar, too. Looking great in the first half against the 49ers on Monday night, and looking like my winless college football team in the second half. No predictions here. Stay away.
San Francisco 49ers (+6.5) at Denver Broncos
The 49ers looked great in the second half Monday night. With a healthy Vernon Davis, and an ever-maturing Colin Kaepernick, I think this offense has a chance to make this a close game. Their defense is ranked second in the NFL in terms of yards per game, which will be able to help this offense gain good field position. I am on the fence with Denver, just because I don’t think Peyton Manning is the same player. We saw him struggle against a horrendous Jets secondary, and he throws too many ducks. I think this game will come down to a late field goal by either side, but definitely do not expect Denver, who thanks to a late pick 6 barely covered the spread vs. the Jets, to beat up on San Fran.
Atlanta Falcons (+7) over BALTIMORE RAVENS
This is my bold prediction of the week. Here’s what I know, this game is going to half A LOT of scoring. A hot Joe Flacco and an ever-dangerous Matty Ice calls for an aerial show of epic proportions. Couple that with deep receiving cores, and two not so good defenses, and we got ourselves all the makings for a shootout. I like the Falcons here though. They have too much talent on offense to be stopped, and Joe Flacco is very hit or miss. This is the week the Falcons break their three-game losing skid, and shut up the over hyped Flacco at home. Take the Falcons not only with the points, but take them straight up.
That’s it for this week, my friends. As previously mentioned, check back here on Off The Trax next week, and every week going forward, for my thoughts on the NFL spreads. Hope you have better luck than me.