The Westgate Las Vegas SuperContest is the most prestigious football handicapping competition in the sports betting industry and Covers' own Las Vegas-based senior writer, Patrick Everson, is throwing his hat in the ring for the 2018 NFL season.
We're back again going head-to-head with over 3,500 football bettors from around the country, but this year our own Las Vegas-based senior writer, Patrick Everson, will be entering his own five best NFL picks each week in hopes of winning the Grand Prize which stands to be well over $1,000,000. Follow Patrick and the COVERS.COM entry, as he goes up against a field that ranges from casual football fans to Las Vegas’ most renowned wiseguys.
Patrick's Weekly SuperContest Blog:
Well, that wasn’t a very fun Week 1 in the Westgate Las Vegas Superbook’s SuperContest. I went 1-3-1 representing the Covers brand. But upon further review, I was honestly pretty close to 4-0-1.
How, you ask? Well, the 49ers committed four turnovers against the host Vikings – including one on second-and-goal from the 1-yard line – in a 24-16 loss, with San Francisco a 6.5-point underdog. Don’t blow that, and I’ve got a cover.
The Steelers were laying 3.5 at Cleveland and had a 21-14 lead late, but gave up a game-tying touchdown with two minutes left. The game ended up a 21-21 overtime tie. And the Giants, 3-point home ‘dogs against Jacksonville, had ample opportunity to cash and perhaps even win outright, getting no help when a deflected Eli Manning pass turned into a pick six in a 20-15 loss.
Fortunately, I got the Bears to cash against the host Packers, my lone Week 1 victory, since the Broncos pushed at -3 against the Seahawks.
Now, it’s on to a hopefully more prosperous Week 2. And the Covers’ plays are (drumroll, please) …
Packers +7 against the Vikings. This all hinges on Aaron Rodgers playing for Green Bay, and it sounds as if he will. Getting 7 points with Rodgers at home? Can’t pass that up.
Steelers -4 vs. the Chiefs. Pittsburgh had the sister-kisser tie at Cleveland last week. Gotta think Big Ben and Co. want to make up for that in their home opener.
Jets -2.5 vs. the Dolphins. I think it’s a fair expectation that at least one of the two NFL franchises that call New York City – or MetLife Stadium, anyway – home should be able to cover in a home opener. The Giants failed to do that last week. I’ll take the Jets to make up for it this week.
The Saints were the toast of bookmakers everywhere last week, laying a fat egg by losing outright to the Buccaneers as 10.5-point home favorites. New Orleans has home cooking again this week, and I’ll give the Saints a try as I hope for a big bounceback, laying 8.5 points against Cleveland.
Finally, I like the Niners to play a cleaner game this week, in their home opener against the Lions, who showed quite poorly on Monday night against the Jets. So I’m taking San Fran -6.
I can’t do much worse, so let’s hope for better in Week 2. Watch this space for a new Supercontest video of each week’s picks and an update of the blog.