The second Sunday of the National Football League season features a couple revenge contests, the sandwich of all time, and all games played under clear skies and milder temperatures from last week. The two teams that prompted a rule change meet in Los Angeles when the Rams host the New Orleans Saints.
Last January, in a call so badly missed that was so influential to the outcome of who would represent the National Football Conference in Super Bowl LIII, the league had to make changes. In response to the missed call in the 2018 NFC Championship Game, pass interference was added to the reviewable play list.
If it had been called last January in New Orleans correctly, then pass interference would still be outside the bounds for review. But, because an NFL ref seemingly had something more on his mind than calling the game in front of him, and the blown call most likely cost the Saints a trip to their second Super Bowl, rules were changed.
The two teams involved in that game changer last January, are at it again today with both looking to move their season record to a pair of wins without a defeat. Both can’t have that result, and the public and wise guys are on opposite sides in this rematch. The public likes the home standing Rams, backing them by a 54% majority, while the wise guys are backing Drew Brees and company enough to offset the public wagering and cut into the number the Saints get on the spread.
The game opened with the Rams a three point favorite, the line has been lower, and currently sits at Los Angeles favored by two points.
Like the Saints against the Rams, the Atlanta Falcons will also be focused on revenge when they host the Philadelphia Eagles tonight. If their two most recent games would have gone the other way, then the fortunes of the Falcons and Eagles could have been reversed. No team gave Philadelphia a more competitive game during their Super Bowl run two years ago than did the Falcons. In the Divisional Round, trailing by five points, Matt Ryan led Atlanta to the two-yard line in the final minute, only to come up short on downs and watch the Eagles win the Super Bowl a few weeks later.
Their first opportunity at revenge was last season’s opener for the defending Super Bowl Champion Eagles, and again Ryan had the Falcons in position to win late. Yet this time, the clock ran out with a first-and-goal at the five yard line and trailing by six points, 18-12. In that season opener last year, the Falcons also suffered a rash of crippling injuries that pretty much derailed their 2018 season from the start.
Tonight, Atlanta will look for a measure of revenge in their battle with the Eagles.
Last week, the Baltimore Ravens tallied 59 points in a cakewalk over the Miami Dolphins. Next week, John Harbaugh’s squad travels to Arrowhead Stadium to meet the Chiefs in their home opener. With 59 points behind them, and the Chiefs ahead of them, how do the Ravens get up for today’s contest against the Arizona Cardinals?
Here is another game that the public and wise guys disagree on. The public likes the Ravens and were willing to lay 14 points for the opportunity. Even with 60% of the public bets on the home favorite Ravens, the line on this game has dropped from two touchdowns to 12½ points.
The public has their three favorite plays for the week beginning with the Dallas Cowboys (-5) over the Washington Redskins. Count this contest as the third game of the week with a drastic gap between what the public likes and what the wise guys are betting. More than 73% of all wagers on this game are backing Dallas, who beat the New York Giants last week, 35-17. But the spread on this contest has come down, from a high that favored Dallas by 6½ points, to the current line of 5.
In addition to the Cowboys being the most bet by the public, their second and third choices are the Kansas City Chiefs (-7) over the Oakland Raiders, and the Los Angeles Chargers (-1½) over the Detroit Lions.
As for the Qoxhi selections, those choices are now posted on this site and if a Bullet Play develops in the final hour leading up to the day’s first kickoff, that game will be added to the playlist at 9:45 a.m. Pacific Time.