Beating the Book: Handicapping Week 1

Beating the Book: Handicapping Week 1

This article is part of our Beating the Book series.

Beating The Book – Year 22

I started writing this column in 1999 when I was 28, and now I'm 49. Last year I compared my run to Vin Scully's (1950 to 2016), but this year I'm going bigger and likening it to that of this tree.  

As usual, I'll make a best bet each week for Staff Picks, and will post that and my Super Contest picks in the comment section below. 

For the podcast version of the article — usually up on Thursday morning, click here.

As for this week, I especially like the Bengals. 

THURSDAY NIGHT

Texans +9 at Chiefs

I love rooting for the Chiefs, but I made this line only 8.5, so I'm narrowly on the Texans. My gut was that Deshaun Watson would make it a game. Take the points. 

Chiefs 29 - 23

EARLY GAMES

Dolphins +6.5 at Patriots

I made this line 7.5, as I think Cam Newton is good, and the Patriots have a much better defense. I'm not sure how much the home field will matter on a warm day without fans, but give me the Pats. 

Patriots 20 - 13

Browns +8 at Ravens

I think the Browns will improve, and I made this line 8.5, thinking it would put me on them. But the real line is even lower, so I guess I'm taking the Ravens.  

Ravens 30 - 21

Jets +6.5 at Bills

The Jets are bad, and the

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Chris Liss
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