Today is Friday the 13th, and whether you believe in superstition or not the date rings a bell in some way for everyone. On a personal note, my sweet 16th birthday was on Friday, Oct. 13th, 2000. I also saw a black cat run underneath a ladder that day at a used car dealership on a school field trip. Needless to say, I didn’t purchase my first car from that place.
Superstitions aren’t had by everyone. But in terms of sports, everyone has a superstition. Have you ever not moved on your couch when your team is making a comeback? I know I have. Onto the bets for the weekend. Keep your superstitions to yourselves.
P.S.: Chris Murray says I can’t do teaser bets anymore. I say boo to that!
* 49ers @ Saints (NO -9.5): Be careful for the letdown game with the Saints after a huge win last week against the Bucs. That being said, Michael Thomas is back and the 49ers are not who they were last year. Backdoor cover for Nick Mullens and company can certainly come into play here, but remember what we saw in the last games for both of these teams. I'll say a 34-17 Saints win, with it not being that close.
* Bills @ Cardinals (Over 56): I liked it much better at 55 points, but with both teams hot right now there's no reason to think both teams won’t get into the 30s. Defense will be optional this game. Kyler Murray will continue his one-man offense and throw some occasional passes to DeAndre Hopkins. Oh, yeah, the Bills got John Brown last week and what a difference that makes with their ability to stretch the field. I'll say a 31-27 Bills win, but it doesn't matter who wins as long as there are touchdowns being scored.
* Vikings @ Bears (Vikings +2.5): Back on the Dalvin Cook train we go. The Bears' defense is good, but the offense is really bad. This game will be close because Kirk Cousins struggles outdoors in cold weather. Check the weather reports to make sure nothing tricky is going on with those Soldier Field winds. Vikings win, 27-20. Take the moneyline on this one if you want to squeeze some extra juice out.
Note to Chris Murray: A 10-point teaser sounds much better on these lines!
Ben Maggio is the Sports Business Development Manager for Nevada Sports Net and occasionally writes for the website. You contact him at email@example.com.