NFL BEST BETS FOR SUNDAY:
TAMPA BAY AT WASHINGTON:
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have started to show some signs of life. This is due in large part to the improvement in rookie quarterback Jameis Winston who is starting to figure out the NFL game. At the very least, the Bucs have a starting quarterback. The Redskins quarterback situation is a mess. Lost amid the Winston hype is the dramatic improvement in the Tampa Bay defense. The Bucs have the #5 total defense in the NFL and their pass rush is becoming downright formidable. Tampa Bay has the situational pointspread advantage as well. The Bucs are 6-3 ATS in their last nine road games while the Redskins have only covered 3 of their last 10 home games. And don't think they take advantage of matchups against weaker opponents—Washington is on a 3-10 SU/ATS run against opponents with losing records. Tampa Bay is coming off a bye week while Washington is looking forward to theirs.
BET TAMPA BAY BUCS +3' OVER WASHINGTON REDSKINS
ATLANTA FALCONS AT TENNESSEE TITANS:
The Falcons head to Nashville to take on the Titans. One of the toughest things to do in sports betting—and particularly in the NFL—is to lay points with a road team. This looks like one of the spots where you should do it. The Falcons 5-1 SU record is no fluke though we're still a bit concern about their legacy of under achievement as favorites (5-10 ATS L15 as chalk). The problem here is that with the exception of Marcus Mariotta the Titans don't have much. They've also got a banged up offensive line with a rookie center (starter Brian Schwenke dislocated his ankle last week). The Falcons are coming off a loss—their first loss of the season—and they can't fixate on that needing to keep pace with undefeated Carolina in the NFC South. That game was on a Thursday night giving them 10 days to seethe.
BET ATLANTA FALCONS -6 OVER TENNESSEE TITANS
HOUSTON TEXANS AT MIAMI DOLPHINS:
If the Dolphins' first game under new head coach Dan Campbell is any indication they're trying to reinvent themselves as the NFL version of the infamous hockey 'Broad Street Bullies' Philadelphia Flyers teams. That aggressive intimidation style worked last week against the lowly Titans. It won't work this week against a team that can take advantage of penalties. The Texans have a far superior rushing attack, a better quarterback in Brian Hoyer and a more cohesive team. Dolphins on a 1-4 SU/0-5 ATS run at home.
BET HOUSTON TEXANS +4' OVER MIAMI DOLPHINS