Three Donkeys Side Action: NFL Week 1 Betting Draft

Three Donkeys Side Action: NFL Week 1 Betting Draft article feature image
  • On the latest episode of the "Three Donkeys" Podcast, hosts Adam Levitan, Jonathan Bales and Peter Jennings conducted a betting draft for Week 1.
  • Each week the winner -- whoever wins the most bets -- will get $100 from the other two players.

On the latest episode of “The Three Donkeys” Podcast, Adam Levitan, Peter Jennings and Jonathan Bales held their first betting draft of the season.

Each member of the show picked three bets in a snake-draft format. Whoever wins the most bets wins $100 from the other two guys. If there is a tie, the winners split the prize.

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Adam Levitan: Bengals +3

“It’s by far the best bet of Week 1. I think the Bengals are the far better team and have a nasty defensive line. [Tyler] Eifert is healthy, mix in AJ Green and John Ross balling. They have a good secondary. I can’t believe the Bengals are a dog.”

Peter Jennings: Titans -1

“This is a spot where I think Tennessee should be a field-goal favorite. I think they’re just a much better team. Dolphins have had a really weird offseason. We saw Andrew Luck more recently than we saw [Ryan] Tannehill.”

Jonathan Bales: Niners +6.5

“I think [Jimmy] Garoppolo is so legit beyond what anybody else thinks. I think he’s a really good f*cking good quarterback if you look at what he did with really no weapons last year when he came in there. I love Garoppolo so I think 6.5 even on the road is too much.”

Jonathan Bales: Vikings-Niners Over 46

“I still like the Vikings offense, and I think that game has an underrated chance to turn into a shootout.”

Peter Jennings: Chargers -3.5

“Chargers have a nasty defense, and I think they’re healthier than people thought coming in. Defense is looking good, and I think the Chiefs’ defense is going to be absolutely terrible. I do think they’ll be able move the ball extremely well on offense with [Patrick] Mahomes, but this is his second NFL game on the road. 3.5 isn’t a great number, but I think the Chargers are the class of the AFC West.”

Adam Levitan: Browns +3.5

“I think from a talent perspective the Browns are actually #good and Tyrod [Taylor] stabilizing the quarterback position makes a big difference.”

Adam Levitan: Ravens -7

“I thought Nathan Peterman actually looked reasonably good in the preseason, but any quarterback will struggle in this spot with the weapons the Bills have and awful offensive line.”

Peter Jennings: Seahawks-Broncos Over 42.5

“I do think the Broncos have a chance to have a really good defense. The [Bradley] Chubb addition was awesome. Seattle is going to be poor on defense. Seattle will struggle to run the football and they’re going to have a throw a ton, which will lead to more plays.”

Jonathan Bales: Panthers -3

“The Cowboys stink. Their defense is awful and they have nothing on offense. They have no pass catchers and they’re really bad. I think they’re going to get killed in Carolina.”