KEY STATS: No wonder we boo Roger Goodell! One week after the Broncos-Colts slopfest, the NFL spotlights a Bears team averaging 116.6 passing yards against a D.C. dud that has lost four straight. At least Chicago showed promise by rallying from 21-3 down in Minneapolis to make it interesting.
TRENDING: Carson Wentz is 3-0 against the Bears with a 96.0 passer rating. ‘TNF’ games with Totals in the 30s are 18-7-2 to go ⬇️ since 2000.
NBC lead betting analyst Jay Croucher nailed his MNF picks: Over on the Total and Josh Jacobs receiving yards. What do he and the PointsBet duo of Ryan Leaf and Teddy Greenstein have in store this week?
Commanders ML (-115) over Bears
"Carson Wentz has become a punchline but remains a perfectly competent QB -- and the Washington offense can be trusted more than Chicago's 1926 offense."
Iowa State +17 over Texas (-107)
"Matt Campbell has not lost by 17+ points since 2016, his first year in Ames. This is a sandwich spot for Texas between the Red River and Oklahoma State."
THE BIG NAME
Commanders (-1) over Bears (-107)
“The Commanders have been in every game, one play away. The Bears are just bad.”
Tennessee (+7) over Alabama (-107)
“The Vols finally have an offense to keep up. Alabama barely escaped A&M and Bryce Young is questionable.”
Total Under 38 (-107)
"Don't overthink it: The Under is 16-5 in the last 21 TNF games. And the best skill position player on the field is ... Terry McLaurin?"
Michigan State +7.5 over Wisconsin (-107)
"Buy-low spot for Sparty, which is getting healthier on defense and is 7-2-2 ATS in their last 11 at home."
KEY STATS: The battle of top-10 unbeatens might come down to the QBs. Sean Clifford is playing smarter (2 INTs in 137 attempts) but ranks 56th in efficiency. J.J. McCarthy ranks fifth but lacks big-game experience. Blake Corum (+2000) will continue to make a Heisman push.
TRENDING: James Franklin is 3-6 straight-up coming off a bye at Penn State and 0-8 on the road against top-5 teams. The Wolverines have covered four straight following an ATS loss.
INSIGHT: More than 69% of our spread handle is on PSU.
KEY STATS: Nick Saban is 15-0 against Tennessee, but this time could be different. The Vols (46.8 points per game) are getting superb play from QB Hendon Hooker (10 TDs, 0 INTs), and Saban said that reigning Heisman winner Bryce Young (shoulder) has been on a “pitch count” in practice.
TRENDING: Alabama is 14-3 ATS in its last 17 games following an ATS loss, and Tennessee is 4-1 ATS this season. The Vols hit the Over in nine of their last 11.
Not since Oct. 16, 1993 have we been treated to three matchups featuring opponents that are 5-0 or better. Let’s bring some (betting) nuggets to the buffet of Saturday’s best:
Kansas (+9) @ Oklahoma: Jayhawks (5-1) getting no respect against the hideous Sooners. Why? OU QB Dillon Gabriel (concussion) is set to return, while KU’s Jalon Daniels (shoulder) is on mend.
Oklahoma State (+4) @ TCU: Horned Frogs lead the nation in yards per play (8.1), while the Cowboys have a great history in these spots: Nine straight covers on the road against teams with a winning record.
NC State (+3.5) @ Syracuse: The Orange are a soft 5-0, but the Wolfpack could be without QB Devin Leary (shoulder).
Clemson (-3.5) @ Florida State: The ‘Noles have covered five straight as a ‘dog. Clemson’s offense has surged back to life (39.3 ppg).
Mississippi State (-4) @ Kentucky: UK QB Will Levis (foot) has returned to practice. The home team has covered eight straight in the series.
USC (+3.5) @ Utah: The undefeated Trojans are ‘dogs to a 2-loss team. Will Caleb Williams (+1000) produce a Heisman moment?
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