Last week didn’t go well with me going 1-2 with my underdog picks. For the season, my record stands at 13-16-1. I’ll try to run the table this week to get back to .500. Here are three more underdogs to consider placing a wager on. All odds were obtained from the DraftKings Sportsbook.
The Bengals had their doors blown off last week, losing to the Steelers 36-10. Pittsburgh shut down Joe Burrow, who completed only 21 of 40 pass attempts for 213 yards and a touchdown. Burrow has certainly provided mixed results during his rookie campaign. He’s thrown for at least 300 yards in five game, but he’s also thrown for under 215 yards three times while posting five performances with one or no touchdown passes.
As bad as the Bengals looked last week, they do have a dangerous offense. Their problem has been their defense. Lucky for them, they face a lackluster Washington offense that has scored 20 points or fewer in six of its nine games. It could be difficult for Washington to keep up with the Bengals’ offense, so don’t be surprised if Cincinnati walks away with the Week 11 win.
What a disappointing loss for the Eagles in Week 10. Despite getting some key players back on offense and coming off of their bye, they played poorly in what turned out to be a 10-point loss to the Giants. With that loss, the Giants are now very much in the thick of it in the NFC East. If the Eagles are going to hold them off, they’ll have to do so facing a daunting schedule that includes matchups with the Seahawks, Packers, Saints and Cardinals.
The Browns haven’t been slouches themselves, sitting at 6-3. However, they are the only team in the NFL to have a winning record despite having a negative point differential (-28). They have mostly feasted on bad teams along the way with their only noteworthy win coming against the Colts. The Eagles know they need to bounce back from last week’s debacle to improve their chances of holding off the Giants, so I expect them to play much better. The Browns haven’t won a game by more than three points since Week 5, and I expect this to be another close contest that the Eagles could potentially win outright.
This one will be tricky. The Raiders had a couple of defensive players test positive for COVID-19, which led to more than half of the team’s starting defense being placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list. The others were placed on the list because they were deemed to be high risk close contacts to the players who tested positive. The good news for the Raiders is if those players continue to provide negative tests, they can be activated in time for this matchup with the Chiefs.
This is the second time this season these two teams have faced each other. The first time around, the Raiders won in Kansas City by eight points. That started a span in which the Raiders won four of five games. Their only loss came against another tough foe in the Buccaneers. If they get most of their starting defensive players back, that would be a big plus. Their offense has scored at least 30 points in a game five times this season, so they have the firepower that is necessary to hang with the Chiefs. While I think the Chiefs win, I like the Raiders to keep it relatively close, so give me the points.
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