Favorites bounced back a bit in NFL Week 5 at 9-7 ATS, but we were still OK here in the Tuley’s Takes home office as we went 3-2-1 ATS with our best bets in this column that we also update during the week in “Tuley’s Takes Today” on VSiN.com, as well as 3-1-1 ATS on the VSiN NFL Best Bets page in Point Spread Weekly.
However, as has been the case most of the season, we continued to ride the wave by expanding our portfolio with 6-point teasers. After two weeks in a row in which we got things rolling on Thursday, the Seahawks actually fell just short of covering our + 8.5 teasers in a 26-17 loss to the Rams. But things returned to form as our other recommended teasers went 6-1 with Washington the other team to fail, so any combinations using the Jets, Vikings, Browns, Cowboys, Bills and Ravens came through. In addition, we capped the weekend with the Ravens -1 while we had a best bet on the Colts + 7 and ended up hitting the middle with Baltimore’s 31-25 overtime win. We hope we helped some readers set that up as well.
Let’s see what we can do with this week’s NFL Week 6 card. Per usual, I’ll give my recommendations from my dog-or-pass point of view, but will also give my “pool play” strategy for those in contests that require a pick for every game.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (-7) at Philadelphia Eagles
I’m not sure how the Eagles rallied to beat the Panthers last week, but I don’t feel I’m getting enough points to back them as home underdogs on “Thursday Night Football.” I know this is a square play (and a lot of these have been coming through), but let’s tease the Buccaneers down to -1 so they basically just have to win the game and tie them up in two-team, 6-point teasers with the Chiefs -1 at Washington, Panthers + 7 (hopefully higher as we've had a change of favorites in this game) vs. Vikings, Chargers + 9 at Ravens; and Cardinals + 8.5 at Browns. Best Bet: Pass on side, but teasing Buccaneers down to -1 (pool play: Buccaneers in all of my rare SU & ATS contests that use “Thursday Night Football”).