1* Take Tampa Bay (#471)
It’s not hard to make a case for betting against San Francisco in any game that they’ll need to win to cover the pointspread. Make no mistake about it – Chip Kelly’s team is a dumpster fire right now, particularly on the defensive side of the football.
The results don’t lie. Since losing their best defender, pro bowl LB Navarro Bowman , to a season ending injury, the Niners have allowed 102 points in less than eleven quarters; gashed by Dallas, Arizona and Buffalo in successive weeks.
Coach Kelly made the ‘desperation’ switch to Colin Kaepernick as the starting QB last week. It didn’t work. Kaepernick looked like he did before his benching last year, unable to generate any sort of offensive rhythm with his extremely limited receiving corps. And with a subpar offensive line protecting him, the Niners offense is fundamentally flawed, regardless of which QB lines up behind center. In my opinion, San Fran can’t be pick ‘em or favored over anyone except Cleveland!
The Bucs have only played one good game all year. Back in Week 1, when Dirk Koetter had extra time to prepare, Tampa went to Atlanta and controlled the game. Off their bye week, as healthy as they’ve been all year, Koetter’s had extra time to prepare for this game as well. And with Tampa having saved their season with that win over Carolina on Monday Night before the bye, another victory here and they’re right back in the mix of the playoff race. I expect them to get that win, with relative ease. Take the Bucs.
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