The tricky thing about playing a parlay at a Bitcoin sportsbook is that one wrong outcome can ruin an otherwise good ticket. And in the end it’s a loser since every bet has to hit in order to pay out. That’s what happened last week with my three NFL parlay picks. It was a better outcome than the previous week hitting two of three picks after going 1-2 in Week 2. I guess that means I’m trending in the right direction with a winning ticket on the other side. One thing to keep an eye on when betting the NFL is injuries. We saw a few more quarterbacks come up lame in Week 3. Derek Carr exited with a shoulder injury and although he finished the game Vegas’ Jimmy Garoppolo was treated for a concussion.
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Week 4 NFL Parlay Card Wagers
My two winners last week came against the spread when I backed the Texans at +8.5 in their matchup with Jacksonville and took Detroit minus the 3.5 points. Houston embarrassed the Jags winning outright by 20 points while the Lions rebounded from a disappointing loss to hand the Falcons their first setback of the year. I’m not sure which Detroit team shows up on Thursday night, the one that allowed nearly 400 yards in a Week 2 loss to Seattle or the one that held the Falcons to 201 yards without a touchdown. My parlay failed to hit when the Ravens and Colts played below the total of 44.
Broncos / Bears OVER 46.5
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Despite their loss to Indy I like the Ravens plus the points to rebound against Cleveland in an AFC North tussle. The teams have played close games in the past with four of the last five outings decided by six points or less with Baltimore coming out ahead in three of those games. A good sign is that Lamar Jackson was “ticked” over the offenses performance on Sunday. They certainly had their chances but failed to generate in the fourth quarter and overtime. It almost appeared as though the Ravens were playing to not lose rather than to win and in the end it cost them.
Jackson will need to be more active against a good Cleveland defense that has held two of three opponents to a field goal. Two defensive touchdowns by Pittsburgh in the other game inflated the points allowed total. Cleveland has the NFL’s best defense allowing 163.7 yards and 10.7 points, but Deshaun Watson has been shaky leading the offense. And Jackson’s ability to extend plays and run the ball is something the Browns haven’t faced yet this season.
There’s a tendency to overreact when a team favored by 11-points loses outright. And when you’re the Dallas Cowboys everybody likes to pile on. We haven’t seen a team go undefeated since 1972 so it’s hard to expect them to win every game. And there were circumstances during the week that caused some concern. The loss of Trevon Diggs was a blow for the Cowboys defense and their inability to finish is an issue.
The Boys can move the ball but struggle in the red zone converting just 40 percent of their visits into touchdowns. I also expect the defense to be better after dealing with the loss of Diggs by allowing the Cards to rush for 222 yards. The Pats haven’t scared anyone with their offense and the Boys won’t be frightened.
With the two worst defenses in the NFL taking the field the OVER looks like a sure thing. Don’t be so quick, though. The Broncos and Bears aren’t exactly lighting up the scoreboard with their popgun offenses. It is a great opportunity for both clubs to get some momentum. The Broncos should be embarrassed after allowing 70 points to the Dolphins while the Bears were down 41-0 at the end of three quarters in Kansas City last week. There are concerns for both teams and the total appears to be within range.
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