The National Football League Carolina Panthers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers traveled across the pond to find the only bad weather at any of the ten outdoor venues today. They will meet at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, and the weather is going to be down right nasty. For sure they are going to get rained on, and passers are going to find a stiff breeze to negotiate. Even worse, play may be interrupted by electrical storms.
As for the remaining schedule to be played in the United States, the west coach offers an intriguing matchup between the San Francisco 49ers and Los Angeles Rams. The defending National Football Conference champions are looking to close ground on a Niners team that has already won as many games, four, as they did all last season.
There are only two undefeated teams in the league after four weeks of play, and the 49ers are one of them. The other, the New England Patriots, notched their sixth win of the season on Thursday night with a point spread clearing win over the New York Giants.
The 49ers 4-0 start is their best since they opened the 1990 season with six wins. For the 49ers to extend their season opening win streak to five games would require pushing the Rams into a major early season hole in their NFC West Division race.
If the 49ers were to win this one, they would establish themselves as a top ten team, if not, the Rams are back in the thick of the West race.
The Baltimore Ravens opened this season with a 59-10 win over the talent depleted Miami Dolphins. John Harbaugh’s team prepared to open the season on the road against NFL competition, instead they got little more than a shadow of a team. Miami hasn’t even been competitive in their four losses this season.
When a team opens a season with a plus 49 in the points for and against column, that stat is going to be skewed for the foreseeable future in any criteria that lends credence to the point differential. Since that lopsided opening win, the Ravens have not won a point spread decision. Baltimore lost both the games and point spread decisions to the Kansas City Chiefs and Cleveland Browns, and didn’t cover a double-digit spread with a six point second week win over the Arizona Cardinals. Last Sunday, in Pittsburgh, the Ravens pushed on the spread as a three point favorite, 26-23.
Following that win against a division rival, the Ravens return to M&T Bank Stadium to meet another AFC North Division team, the winless Cincinnati Bengals. Next week, Baltimore is on the road in a more highly anticipated matchup against the Seattle Seahawks.
You can’t blame the Ravens for overlooking this game and allowing the Bengals the opportunity of surprising them on their home field. But you can cash the result.
The Bengals are one of our three money rated point spread plays today; they are currently posted on this site.
As for the public, their three favorite plays for Week Six are the Seattle Seahawks (pk) over the Cleveland Browns, Dallas Cowboys (-7) over the New York Jets, and the New Orleans Saints (+3) over the Jacksonville Jaguars.
As for our Qoxhi Sunday, in addition to the posted selections, if a Bullet Play develops in the final hour leading up to the day’s first kickoff, that game will be added to the list of recommendations at 9:45 a.m. Pacific Time.