LAS VEGAS – It was an impressive week for one of our teams in the 2017 Westgate SuperContest, but for our other three contestants, it was a predictably tough week against the spread. Going into the third NFL weekend, I had predicted a bumpy ride given how many lines were under four points, and many stubbed their toe.
However, not everyone struggled.
According to Gridiron Gamble, 73 teams went 5-0 in Week 3, and 457 teams went 4-1. One of those teams that went 4-1 was our own Team Beatrix Kiddo, which has gotten off to great start in the contest.
Beatrix properly predicted that this was going to be a big week for the underdogs, as favorites went 5-11 ATS. Kiddo jumped on the Bills (+3) and the Jets (+6) to cover as home dogs and went 7-3 ATS overall this week. They also grabbed the Saints (+5.5) on the road at Carolina, who won the game outright, and Jacksonville’s (+3) crushing of the Ravens in London.
— Gridiron Gamble (@GridironGamble) September 26, 2017
For Team Gamenight, it was a step backwards for me after a 4-1 record the prior week. I posted a 2-3 score to bring my season total up to the most .500 of .500 marks of 7-7-1. I was nervous about my picks, and if we are being honest, I’m lucky to get the two points this week after a ridiculous finish to the Falcons game.
In Week 3, I missed badly on the Chargers covering the +3 line at home against the Chiefs. Los Angeles had numerous chances to get the win, but QB Phillip Rivers played one of his worst games as a pro and threw three interceptions. Kansas City added a late touchdown to ice the game and give me the L.
I also made the mistake of expecting Tampa QB Jameis Winston to handle the Vikings’ pass rush on the road, but that was completely wrong. Winston was chased all day and was sacked twice in the Bucs’ (-3) 34-17 loss to Minnesota. To add insult to injury, both the interceptions Winston threw were in the Vikings’ end zone.
Finally, I followed the SuperContest No. 1 consensus pick for the week with the Raiders -3 and got punished for doing so. A total of 924 teams jumped on Oakland to win on Sunday Night Football, and we all watched as QB Derek Carr threw for a pathetic 118 yards and two interceptions. Washington cruised to a 27-10 win.
On the flip side… and this was the one of the most ridiculous covers I’ve ever had picking games against the spread… the Falcons (-3) pulled out a win at the Lions.
I shut the game off after I thought I lost. Heck, every player who bet the Falcons spent a good five minutes thinking that their ticket was worthless. I was shaking my head because I knew I had won the Saints +5.5, but I quickly realized that a 1-4 week was potentially a VERY real outcome. Instead, this play was ruled not a touchdown and WR Golden Tate down by contact.
— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) September 24, 2017
But I will take the two wins for the week!
Back to the SuperContest, 134 teams went 0-5 this week and another 545 went 1-4. Our computer algorithm, Team Sports Action, was one of the teams that had a rough week with only one win, but it was a winning week for Team Bet The Process.
Bet the Process scored a 3-2 record by correctly taking the Bengals +8.5 to hang with the Packers, the Jets +6 against Miami and Washington +3 at home against Oakland. Their record is now 6-8-1 and getting close to .500 overall for the contest.
Sports Action picked Indy (+1) over the Browns but missed their other four picks this week to fall to 4-10-1 overall.
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