Welcome to our 17th Edition of our Weekly Preview. We started the New Year off on the right foot going 3-1-1.
We are hoping to continue that success this week which will feature a different schedule than usual.
Due to the fact that there is no Thursday or Friday football games, our predictions will be laid out in the following way.
On Saturday, we will focus on the FCS College Football Championship and a NFL Game. On Sunday, we will predict an early NFL game and the Sunday Night Football game.
We will close the week out with our prediction on the College Football Championship which is scheduled for Monday. Best of luck everyone!
If this is your first time reading our Weekly Preview, we offer a five-day slate of predictions starting from Thursday and ending on Monday.
This covers the NFL Thursday Night Football, a Friday college football game, a Saturday college football game, a Sunday NFL game and finally the Monday Night Football Game to end the week!
With that said, let’s get into the winners for the week!
College Football – Montana State Bobcats vs. North Dakota State Bison
Welcome to the FCS Championship. This matchup features the 13-1 North Dakota State Bison against the 12-2 Montana State Bobcats.
If you are a fan of old school football, you’ll be in a treat as both of these teams love to run the ball down their opponent’s throat.
Looking at the Semi-final games, these teams ran the ball for a combined 85 times in their victories. North Dakota ran it 43 times while Montana State had one less attempt at 42.
Ball control will be huge in this game as both teams have played very impressive defence over their last few games. North Dakota State has played three Playoff games and has given up a combined 24 points.
Although Montana State’s defence isn’t as solid, they only gave up a combined 43 points in their last three games. Therefore, instead of choosing a winner here, we are focused on the under 42.5.
As long as there aren’t any boneheaded turnovers, we believe that this game will be a dead under. We expect both teams to run the ball for the majority of the game while playing solid defence.
Expect 6 to 8 minute long drives where the defence’s bend but don’t break in the red zone.
Field goals instead of touchdowns will be what keeps this game under the 42.5 total.
While it may not be fun to start your weekend off with an Under in college football, we believe this is the best play for the FCS Championship.
Selection: Under 42.5 @ 1.89
NFL – Kansas City Chiefs @ Denver Broncos
Are you ready for some NFL action on a Saturday?
The Kansas City Chiefs finish up their impressive season heading into Denver to play a Broncos team that has absolutely nothing to play for.
The Broncos have a ton of injuries in key positions and are in an absolute free fall since blowing their chances of making the Playoffs a couple weeks ago.
A solid 3-0 start for the season has gone down the tube and now the Broncos, who are losers of their last three in a row, have to face a Kansas City Chiefs team that is coming off a loss that potentially took away their #1 seed.
The Chiefs still have a lot to play for seeding wise. A win in Denver guarantees them the #2 seed and if somehow the Titans lose again to the Texans, the Chiefs will jump back to the #1 seed and have a first round bye.
With that said, we expect Kansas City to come out extremely focused after losing last week to the Bengals.
Andy Reid will have his team coached up and we expect a huge first half out of Kansas City.
We are very confident that the Chiefs will come out strong from the gates which will allow their starters to rest for the majority of the second half.
With that said, we recommend taking the Kansas City Chiefs first half here. The Chiefs can not afford a close game that results in any injuries with the Playoffs lurking.
Therefore, expect the Chiefs to dominate the first half and rest their stars once this game is out of reach.
Selection: Kansas City Chiefs 1st Half -6.5 @ 1.88
NFL – Tennessee Titans @ Houston Texans
The Tennessee Titans are back in the driver seat. Turnovers and injuries were about to kill this team in late November.
Now, after not having a turnover in their last two games, the Titans find themselves back in the #1 seed and needing just a simple win against the Houston Texans to have the AFC Playoffs go through Tennessee.
With Derrick Henry activated off injured reserve, everything is looking great for a Tennessee squad that was on the verge of collapse six weeks ago. At 8-2 and rolling, the Titans faced the Houston Texans and lost outright as a 10 point favourite while turning the ball over five times.
Turnovers became an issue after that game where the Titans lost 2 of their next 3 games. Luckily, Tennessee can put this all to bed if they simply get revenge on the Texans in Houston.
Tennessee needs a first round bye so Henry can possibly get healthy enough to return.
With that said, we would be absolutely shocked if the Texans beat the Titans again.
Though laying 10 points on the road is never a smart thing to do in the NFL, we believe that the Titans will treat this game as a Playoff game.
They have a ton to lose seeding wise if they have a slip up here, and we believe this Playoff tested Titans squad will be completely focused.
With impressive wins against the 49ers and Dolphins, we expect the Titans to continue their momentum into the Playoffs and dominate the Houston Texans.
Lay the 10 points and expect the Titans to easily cover the spread.
Selection: Tennessee Titans -10 @ 1.91
NFL – Los Angeles Chargers @ Las Vegas Raiders
We are in for a treat on Sunday Night Football when the Los Angeles Chargers face off against the Las Vegas Raiders.
It’s a very simple scenario for both teams. Win and make the Playoffs. Lose and your season is over. Less than a month ago this scenario was almost impossible.
The Las Vegas Raiders were losers of 5 out of their last 6 and staring at a 6-7 record. Miraculously, they rallied together as a team and won three in a row against quality opponents.
On the flip side, the Chargers were sitting a 8-5 and were in the driver seat of winning the AFC West.
An overtime loss to the Chiefs derailed that dream and then an inexcusable loss to the Texans put their Playoff dreams on the back burner.
Luckily for them, they bounced back in Week 17 and now are in a win or go home situation. Both of these teams have been up and down all season but we believe the Chargers will get it done.
In a situation like this, we like to look at the quarterback situation.
Although Justin Herbert is only in his second season, he is an elite quarterback. We believe a game like this will propel him to the next level and we are quite confident that he will have a big game.
Derek Carr, on the other hand, is a solid quarterback in the NFL but has never won a big game in his life.
With all the controversy that has happened to this Raiders team this year, we believe that they will ultimately fall short of their Playoff goal.
An offseason of what ifs will mostly likely be the main subject regarding this talented yet undisciplined team.
With that said, we are quite confident that the Chargers will not only win but cover the 3 point spread on Sunday Night.
This will be the moment for Justin Herbert and we expect him to shine in Primetime with millions of viewers watching.
Selection: Los Angeles Chargers -3 @ 1.90
College Football – Georgia Bulldogs vs. Alabama Crimson Tide
The College Football Championship is finally here and we are in for a good one. While these teams just played recently in the SEC Championship, we expect a much different game this time around.
While Georgia was a 6 point favourite in that game, they really had nothing to play for. Alabama, on the other hand, needed a win to make it to the Playoff and embraced the underdog role.
Unfortunately for them, they now face a hungry Georgia defence that was embarrassed by them. Georgia has been by far the crème of the crop in college football.
Their defence is downright amazing and their offense moves the ball with ease. After their dominate performance against Michigan, there is no doubt in most people’s mind that this is the best college football team in the nation.
But to be the best, you have to beat the best, and Georgia has never been able to get over the hump and beat Alabama in a big game.
Nick Saban will definitely have his team ready for this game but we believe it’s finally time for Georgia to get their big win against Alabama.
The oddsmakers also believe this as Georgia is still a favourite despite getting killed in the SEC Championship.
While many people in the media will be hyping up the underdog role for Alabama, there is a reason why they are underdogs. Alabama has not been impressive this year at all.
Their offense can look very limited and their defence is prone to giving up big plays. While they do have the better coach and the championship pedigree, we believe that Georgia is by far the better program this year.
Expect the Bulldogs to have revenge on their mind. While this game will be close, it won’t be as close as most people believe.
Lay the 3 points with Georgia and expect a comfortable victory here in the College Football Championship!
Selection: Georgia Bulldogs -3 @ 1.93
We came extremely close to hitting our parlay last week but was unfortunately done in by the Cleveland Browns on Monday Night.
With this being the last week of the regular season, we hope we can deliver on our parlay. At almost 25/1, we are quite confident that we will finally hit our multi for the week!
Best of luck everyone!
Multi slip for this week