While much of the country was socked with severe winter weather during the week, today, the National Football League will stage their outdoor games without uncomfortable conditions.
Six teams that would be in the discussion for the NFL’s best, lost their last game. The New England Patriots have had two weeks to prepare for their battle against the team that defeated them in the Super Bowl two years ago, the Philadelphia Eagles. The Eagles come into action this week tied with the Dallas Cowboys for the top spot in the NFC East Division, and New England is coming off their only loss of the season, a 37-20 setback in Baltimore.
The Patriots opposition in last season’s Super Bowl, the Los Angeles Rams, fell to the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field last week. Today, they host the Chicago Bears while chasing both the San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks in the NFC West. The Dallas Cowboys lost at home to the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday night, and earlier in the day both the 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs went down to defeat.
Headed into last week, many considered the New Orleans Saints the most complete football team in the league, but a Falcons team that had only won one game all year, doubled their win total last Sunday in the Superdome, 26-9.
That’s right, the Patriots, 49ers, Saints, Rams, Cowboys and Chiefs all lost their last game, how many will avoid a two-game losing streak with a win today?
The public has checked in with what they think are the three best bets of the day, beginning with the New England Patriots (-4½) over the Philadelphia Eagles. The next two most popular picks by the public are the Dallas Cowboys (-7) over the Detroit Lions and New Orleans Saints (-5) over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
For those of you keeping score at home, note the public has backed three road favorites that lost last week, or in the Patriots case, two weeks ago before their bye. Home team underdogs don’t enjoy the gaudy winning percentages they did 20 years ago, in fact own a record six games under .500 over the past decade, but I would cringe if my success was dependent on road favorites off losses.
In fact, one of our money rated plays, now posted on this site, is on the other side of the public’s second favorite pick.
All of our Sunday selections are now listed 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 recommendations at 9:45 a.m. Pacific Time.