The big news out of New Orleans is the injury to Drew Brees. The future Hall of Fame quarterback is likely out this Sunday against NFC South rival Atlanta. With Jameis Winston or Taysom Hill filling in, the Saints are primed for a letdown.
That, plus the fact that Atlanta is 3-1 since firing head coach Dan Quinn, Matt Ryan’s recent success against the Saints, and the Falcons ability to slow down RB Alvin Kamara all lead Coach Rick to this tease.
Kamara hasn’t scored a touchdown against the Falcons in the last six games against them. Ryan averages over 311 passing yards and three touchdowns against the Saints in the last four meetings.
Giving five points might be enough, but teasing to 11 makes this one of the perfect legs for any NFL teaser.
The Raiders pulled off a huge upset earlier this season when they beat Kansas City at Arrowhead Stadium 40-32. Las Vegas enters this game at 6-3 and in good position to claim a playoff berth.
Still, the Raiders are 6.5-point underdogs to a Chiefs team that has won four straight since the loss to the Raiders. Kansas City is also coming off a bye, which will play into this tease.
Backing Andy Reid and the Chiefs has been profitable for NFL bettors. It’s been especially profitable in two distinct situations.
Reid on the Road: 39-19-1 ATS
Reid in AFC West: 29-15-1 ATS
Now, if you drill down even further you will find that the Chiefs under Reid are 17-5 ATS when playing an AFC West opponent on the road. That’s impressive and instead of covering 6.5, we tease it down to 0.5.
And, don’t forget, the Chiefs are 7-4 ATS under Reid in games when they are coming off a bye week.
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.