So…football wizard RJ Bell has been a little less magical lately. After a stunning span of weeks of winning picks, he has fallen off a bit, capping off with a (0-3) week last week. He insists it should’ve been (1-3) because he predicted a win-less week one of these days. But he still holds an impressive 63% success rate, and says he hopes to improve from here on out.
Will the Pregame.com founder find his mojo again? To the picks!
Underdog Special: Minnesota Vikings +7.5 @ Detroit Lions
Success in the NFL can build betting support; however, its hard for that success to continue for a long span (just ask RJ). When playing a 3rd straight home game, since 1990, the home team has only covered the spread 37% of the time. The Detroit Lions are a team that drops off more than usual, and have only covered 7 out of 25 times. And the game after a week where they score 30+ points, they are (1-13).
Best Bet: New York Jets -2.5 @ Tennessee Titans
The Jets are only the 2nd (2-11) road team to be favored in 25 years. Both teams are bad and out of playoff contention, but RJ believes the Titans have pretty much also given up on their coach and their quarterback. Rex Ryan is a master motivator, so despite already being eliminated from the postseason, RJ believes the Jets have the edge in this one.
Big Game: Dallas Cowboys +3.5 @ Philadelphia Eagles
Division games are always hard-fought, because both teams know each other so well. The underdog in division games have covered the spread 75% of the time.
This is a big one as well, with two (9-4) teams slugging it out for a playoff spot. This could be a revenge game for the Cowboys, who were embarrassed at home by the Eagles on Thanksgiving. Look for the Cowboys to step up to the challenge against a team that has been a below-average home team.