I’ll get to those disappointing NFL fantasy picks I made this week in just a minute but let me gloat here while I chase down my book CharlieM for a nice payout.
You heard it correctly, 4-0 in my NCAA football and NFL picks this weekend. Hopefully you took my advise and cashed in.
In college football Penn State gets it done on the road at Pitt. But. Was it really a road game? The Nittany Lions always travel well. They went 40 miles due west to take on the Pitt Panthers before a sell out crowd at Heinz Field. The weather was great and the points piled up quickly.
Pitt took a 28-14 lead into the half. Penn State never wavered, they hung in there and headed into the 4th quarter down 35-21. The Lions scored 18 and got within 3 points before sophmore QB Trace McSorley over-threw his target and turned the ball over, his lone interception of the day. Penn St had a chance to win it outright or take this into OT. Didn’t matter to me, they take it on the points.
Army buried Rice as expected. This was my lock of the week in college football. Army at home giving 10 to a team that traditionally does not do well on the road.
However the Owls scored a TD on their opening possession giving me instant indigestion. A 64 yard passing play just a minute into the game. Luckily for me the Black Knights responded and scored the next three touchdowns giving me some relief. Army went on too win this game 31-14, covering the spread.
In the NFL I predicted the Buccaneers would upset the Falcons on the road in week one. Maybe I wasn’t going out on a limb here as much as I thought. It’s a division game, Atlanta underachieved last year and Jameis Winston proved to be quite the player towards the end of the 2015 season.
I fully expected a high scoring game and that’s exactly how it played out. Tampa went to the half up 17-13 and scored on their opening drive in the 3rd quarter. The Falcons punted on their next possession, pinning the Bucs down at their 8 yard line. No problem, Winston found Mike Evans eight plays later on a 45 yard circus catch in the end zone. That gave the Bucs a 31-13 lead. Atlanta continued to ball out and got this to within a touchdown late. However the Bucs would win outright, didn’t need the points.
My lock of the week in the NFL were the +5 Jacksonville Jaguars at home against the visiting Green Bay Packers. This was another barn burner with the Pack winning 27-23. Aaron Rodgers threw two touchdowns and hit up 8 different receivers. He finished just shy of 200 yards. Meanwhile Blake Bortels threw for over 300 and a TD. The Jags will be a high scoring team and you’ll want to consider them in over/under match-up’s weekly.
In fantasy, my day didn’t go according to plan.
I expected so much more out of Tyrod Taylor and Ezekiel Elliott. Taylor finished with just 111 yards passing and only 11 on the ground. He was sacked twice. The Bills offense struggled as a whole all day vs a stingy Ravens defense. Things don’t look good for Tyrod in week 2 either, reports out of NY this morning suggest Sammy Watkins, the Bills No. 1 receiver could miss up to a month or more with a foot injury.
Ezekiel Elliott found the endzone in his debut and rushed for 51 yards. This was a tight game, the score was close, the Cowboys didn’t commit to Elliott as I had hoped. Dallas took a 16-13 lead into the 4th quarter and went with the veteran back Alfred Morris down the stretch.
Derek Carr started slow down in New Orleans but came away with some decent numbers. 24/38 and 319 yards passing and a TD. He also converted a 2 pt conversion late in the game.
I’ll be back Saturday morning with more picks. Follow me @wolf3328 all the way to the bank.