This NFL season has been, by far, the most difficult to bet on in my memory. Whether it be because of injuries, Covid craziness, or something else, it's been so hard to correctly predict the outcomes of most of the games that have occurred so far. We finished 3-4 in week 16 to take our season record to 48-52, meaning we have to have a strong showing these final two weeks to finish above .500 on the year. But alas, I will try my best to ensure that happens with the eight, that's right, EIGHT, picks I'm giving out for week 17.
Chicago Bears -6.0 vs. New York Giants
I have to begin by wishing all of our BSSR readers a Merry Christmas.
I must also apologize for missing my betting article last week. I simply forgot all about writing it until this past Monday morning, when I realized I didn't write an article for week 15. I'm sure all of my zero readers were incredibly disappointed that they couldn't see my favorite picks last week. But fear not, for I have returned for week 16.
We actually had a very good week 14, finishing 5-2 (and that was with a bad beat on the under in the Browns-Ravens game). Our season record is now 45-48, and an above .500 season is still within reach if we can finish strong. Let's keep our winnings rolling here through the Christmas weekend.
Los Angeles Rams at Minnesota Vikings Over 49.0
We started relatively strong in the early games last week but finished with a middling 3-3 record for the third consecutive week. So this week, I'll try to switch things up a bit again by giving out seven picks instead of just six. We're 40-46 on the year, but the Fade of the Week actually hit last time, which was a huge relief to Dolphins fans, I'm sure. The Fade of the Week has successfully hit only 4 out of 13 times so far, but as I always say, don't let that pick get hot.
Hopefully we can have a winning record in week 14 for the first time in what feels like years.
âDallas Cowboys at Washington Football Team Under 48.0
I wouldn't normally celebrate a 3-3 week of betting, but considering it followed a 1-6 performance, I certainly won't complain about how last week went for us. I'll keep this intro short and just say that we're 37-43 on the season, but I'm confident we'll get back on the winning side of things here in week 13. Keep fading my Fades of the Week, as you'd be 9-3 now this season if you've done so.
âLos Angeles Chargers at Cincinnati Bengals Over 50.0
The final week of the 2021 BSSR SEC Betting Challenge is upon us, and the overall winner will be decided by the outcome of the lone matchup remaining, the SEC Championship game. Congratulations to Ryne, Jacob, and Alex, who have clinched the money line, spread, and over/under categories, respectively. Now, as Ryne holds a 1 game lead over Jacob overall, we'll see which one of them can pull off the win and take home the second annual BSSR trophy. In case of a tie, Ryne and Jacob have also made final score predictions in addition to their three picks, where the closest prediction will decide the winner if necessary.
âIt seems like Georgia will be able to dominate, relatively speaking, against Alabama on Saturday, but it's always tough to bet against Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide in big games, regardless of how the team has looked in recent weeks. We should be in for a great one this weekend.
Stay tuned for our picks for every bowl game, as well as an analysis of our collective SEC betting performance in the coming weeks.
It was another absolutely disastrous performance for us in week 11, as we had our second 1-6 week of the season. Just unexplainably bad. I apologize for anyone who has followed my advice this season, but the good news for my readers is that if you've faded each of my weekly fades, you'd be 8-3 on the season (which is extremely comical given that that is still the bet I'm most confident in each week).
We're now 34-40 on the season, which honestly hurts to type. Due to the slightly fewer number of games on deck for Sunday and Monday given the three Thanksgiving matchups, I'll only be giving out six picks this week. Maybe that will turn our luck around somewhat if nothing else.
Miami Dolphins +2.0 vs. Carolina Panthers
We certainly didn't have the best collective betting week last time around, but we have 9 games this Thanksgiving weekend to bounce back with. There are several games featuring non-conference Power 5 opponents, so we'll get to see some different matchups from what we're accustomed to. Ryne still holds a slight overall lead over Alex and Jacob, and those three make up the top 3 in all categories in some combination. Time is running out on the season and we're setting up for a down to the wire finish for our second annual SEC Betting Challenge.
I would simply describe our Week 10 betting outing as frustrating. We ended at 3-4 for the week, but two of our losses came at the hands of the Falcons, who couldn't score more than 3 points in a game where they allowed 43 out of a 53.5 point total, and the Titans, who allowed a backdoor cover with just over a minute remaining (and sealed the deal by stopping the ensuing two-point conversion).
Our season record is now 33-34, and the Fade of the Week has dropped to 3-7, meaning you'd be 7-3 if you would have faded that pick each week. So do yourself a favor and fade that pick.
Let's get back to a winning record in 2021 with a successful stretch in Week 11 of the NFL season.
Green Bay Packers -1.0 at Minnesota Vikings
Week 11 of the SEC football season was highlighted by Mississippi State scoring 40 unanswered in a comeback win in Auburn, Florida and Samford putting up a basketball score, Ole Miss holding off Texas A&M at home, and two games that came down to the wire in South Carolina at Missouri and Arkansas at LSU. We're in for a relatively boring weekend of SEC football in week 12 as most teams are facing off against weak non-conference opponents, but there is still room for money to be made regardless.
Alex and Jacob have closed the gap significantly on Ryne and now both trail by just three games overall. As it stands now, I would suggest tailing Jacob against the spread and Alex on the point total if you're only following one person's advice. Let's check out what the five of us are picking collectively.
I felt great about last week's picks, and it paid off for us (literally) with a 5-2 run for week 9. It was a much needed weekend for us after the 1-6 tragedy we suffered a couple weeks ago. We now sit right at .500 with a 30-30 record on the season. The Fade of the Week didn't hit yet again in week 9, and you'd be 6-3 now this year if you faded all those picks. Let's see what games we're rolling with in week 10 of the NFL season.
Atlanta Falcons at Dallas Cowboys Over 54.5