Another positive week for Coach Rick’s teaser picks has him thinking about a clean sweep in Week 10. There are quite a few candidates for a nice two-team, six-point teaser and Coach Rick has narrowed it down to three games.
Remember when the Patriots were 2-1? The whole Cam Newton thing had everyone fooled. Fast forward a few weeks and New England has won just one more game and now sits at 3-5.
The Patriots have the fourth-most turnovers in the NFL, have a bottom-10 run defense, and rank in the bottom-5 in passing yards. Minus Tom Brady, this Patriots team is simply not any good.
Their opponent in Week 10, Baltimore, is very good. Quarterback Lamar Jackson gives the Ravens one of the best rushing attacks in the league. Baltimore also has the NFL’s best defense. They lead the league against the run and in scoring defense.
The question isn’t whether Baltimore will beat New England. It’s just a matter of how bad. Teasing the Ravens to -1 makes this an easy choice for this week’s teaser.
Ahh, the Bears. Coach Rick just can’t get enough of Chicago’s ability to keep game’s close. The Bears have a very good defense. The problem, of course, is that they can’t run the football and score. Chicago is dead last in the league in rushing (82.3 yards per game) and only scores 19.8 points a game.
Despite having given up 12 more points than they have scored all season, Chicago is 5-4 overall and still has a good chance of playing in the postseason.
They will take on Minnesota at home on Monday night. The Bears have beaten the Vikings in four straight. Two of those games were decided by five points or fewer.
Chicago will have to slow down Minnesota RB Dalvin Cook, but the likes of Khalil Mack and Roquan Smith can make that happen. If so, the Bears keep another game close and make this 8.5-point teaser a winner.
The Seahawks lost a tough one on the road last week, but Seattle does very well as a road underdog coming off a loss. Despite being a game ahead of their opponent – the Rams – in the NFC West Seattle is a 1.5-point underdog.
That’s okay because road underdogs have a history of performing well against the spread. In fact in 2020, road dogs are 26-15 ATS thus far.
The other thing you have to like in this matchup is Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson. He is having an MVP-worthy season, but he’s also historically very good against the spread. In his career, Wilson is 73- 56-7 ATS.
He’s even better when he’s playing as the underdog. When getting points as he is against the Rams, Wilson is 23-9-2 ATS. You’ve gotta love Wilson, especially with the tease to +7.5.
A native of Western Pennsylvania, Rick, a Generation X-er, who now lives just north of the Motor City, Detroit, Michigan. A former high school, college, and professional football player, Rick now spends his time as a high school coach and as a personal quarterback trainer. An all-state high school quarterback, he went on to become an Academic All-American at Division II Indiana University of PA. He later coached at his alma mater helping lead the program to the 1990 NCAA Division II national championship game. Rick has also served as a high school head coach and as an assistant in Pennsylvania, New York, and Michigan.
His passion for sports writing started when he was the sports editor for his high school newspaper and continued when he worked as a sportswriter for the Jamestown (New York) Post-Journal in the early 1990s. A true sports fanatic, Rick enjoys all things Pittsburgh: Steelers, Pirates, and Penguins. The Immaculate Reception, the 1979 We Are Family Pirates, and the ’91-’92 Penguins are among his favorites. After working as an educator and athletic director for several years, he again took up sports writing and has contributed to several websites and publications, including Coach & Player magazine, X & O Labs, American Football Monthly, and many others.
When not consumed with coaching, watching, thinking about, or writing about football and other seasonal sports, he finds himself working out like he was still in college and reading everything from military history to Brad Thor novels. Rick has also been chasing rock god stardom as a drummer who has played with bands that have opened for the likes of Fuel, Days of the New, and Alien Ant Farm. He continues to play with his church worship group. Most importantly, Rick is married to the love of his life, Lisa, and has two beautiful daughters.