My strategy for Monday night football picks has remained fairly consistent throughout the years. First of all, Monday night football games are very different animals than the usual slew of Sunday football games. On Monday night the whole nation is watching, and invariably teams play above their potential due to the spotlight.
When it comes to selecting my Monday night football picks I use a couple of criteria. First of all I love home teams particularly against the spread on Monday Night football. Again everyone plays better when you are at home and half the USA is watching. Secondly, I like Unders as part of my Monday night football picks for essentially the same reasons.
Monday Night Football Picks – New Orleans Saints vs. Minnesota Vikings
For NFL Week 1 there are two Monday Night football games which is always fun. Let’s take a look at both games and do some quick handicapping. Firstly, the New Orleans Saints play the Minnesota Vikings in the early game and this should be an interesting one. Neither team is going to blow up the league this year and neither are favored to win their respective NFC divisions when it comes to football futures betting.
At the moment the hometown Vikings are the -3.5 pointspread favorites in this game which given that they are home means this game is a pick’em. I am a bit surprised that the line is this close and the money line is +145 on the Saints. I think this is a bit close. The Vikes have a solid defense and New Orleans basically has no defense. I like the Vikings on the -165 moneyline as my spidey sense is signalling that this game might be closer than it should be. The Over Under is 48 and I think the Under is most likely the way to go.
And of course the interesting human story in all of this is Adrian Peterson’s return to Minnesota in a Saints uniform. It should be an emotional moment for both Vikings’ fans and Peterson alike.
Online Football Betting – Los Angeles Chargers vs. Denver Broncos
It still feels weird to say the Los Angeles Chargers, but it will be even odder to think about the Las Vegas Raiders. Either way online football betting still works just as well- a rose is a rose is a rose etc. Currently the Chargers are +3 on the road against the Broncos and the moneyline is -150 in favor of Denver. The O/U is 43.
This game looks like a pick’em based on the odds which I find a bit strange given that Denver is playing at home and still has one of the better defenses in the league. Although there is QB controversy in Denver, I suspect they will be competitive this year.
The Rams on the other hand should remain the same frustratingly non-competitive team that they were in San Diego. Philip Rivers will throw for an ungodly amount of yards every game and they will still have a .500 record. I think we are seeing the end of the Rams and major rebuilding will happen starting next year. I think taking Denver on the +3 pointspread is the way to go here. As always take my Monday Night football picks with a little bit of salt and add in your own handicapping!
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