Written by: James Davis and Perry Griffith IV
Introducing the initiation of the fiercest rivalry in the history of Blitz the Bookie’s two week existence: #TeamPerrynormalActivity vs. #TeamJames. It is said that competition breeds excellence, and after a rough start last week we need the spark.
James: When it comes to beating the bookie you are looking at one of the best to do it. Now that Perry and I have split up i.e. Kyrie and Lebron, it is time to see who really needed who, and we all know how that ended.
Perry: I’ve chosen a variation of the horror movie Paranormal Activity for my team name, since putting down money can sometimes feel like a bloodbath.
San Francisco at Kansas City (-6), Sunday 1:00 PM ET
I’m hopping on the Patrick Mahomes bandwagon! Mahomes is out there making playing QB in the NFL look way too easy. He has set the record for touchdowns through the first two weeks of the season with 10, which is more than Cam Newton (3), Matt Ryan (2), Deshaun Watson (2), Derek Carr (1), Alex Smith (1) and Sam Bradford (0) combined. This game has the highest total of the week at 56, which signals to me that vegas has this as a shootout. Jimmy Garoppolo has everyone excited with a record of 6-1 in his first 7 games with the 49ers, but in that span the team has faced a rookie Mitch Trubisky, TJ Yates, Blake Bortles, Marcus Mariota and Sean Mannion. I’m not buying the hype. Arrowhead stadium will be rocking as Chiefs fans get their first chance to see Mahomes this season. Take the Chiefs to cover the 6pts and jump on board Team James.
LA Chargers (+7) at LA Rams, Sunday 4:05 PM ET
Blitz the Bookie isn’t the only one initiating a rivalry this week. The Chargers are a fairly big underdog here while playing in their own city, but from the sound of things in LA, there may not be much of a home field advantage at either team’s stadium. The Rams have kicked off their season with a couple of flashy blowout wins over a couple of unimpressive teams, Oakland and Arizona. Their blowouts come to an end this week against the Chargers, who hung in with a Chiefs team that is one of the best in the league. Let us not forget the Chargers’ win over Buffalo, when they lay down such a whooping that a dude retired at halftime. I feel comfortable with plus seven here for the Chargers.
NC State (-5) at Marshall, Saturday 7:00 PM ET
In the history of this matchup Marshall has yet to come up with a win against NC State, so it’s no surprise that NC State are set as favorites here. I’m looking at the mismatch at QB in this one. NC State has Ryan Finley returning for them. He faced this Marshall team last year in a 37-20 victory, and contributed 3 TDs while completing 29 of 36 passes for 341 yds. As for Marshall, head coach Doc Holliday has given the starting QB job to freshman Isaiah Green. The young QB has shown he has a bright future, but against a defense that returns plenty of guys from last season, this will not be a winning match up. Take the better team, give the 5 pts and lets get a W on the books.
Wisconsin at Iowa (+3), Saturday 8:30 PM ET
Imagine a black and gold striped college football crowd: that’s what you’ll be getting Saturday night in Iowa City. This is a national TV night game on FOX, and it’s being promoted by the school as a “spirit game.” Yet Wisconsin is still a road favorite against a 3-0 Iowa hawkeyes team. This pick feels like a “keep it simple stupid” one. Iowa has pulled off big home upsets against better ranked teams in recent years. I see Iowa competing well against this staggering Badgers team following their upset loss vs. BYU. This is a significant opportunity for Iowa to make their presence known in the Big Ten early in the season. I like Iowa +3.
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