By Josh Mansilla (@Manzilla36)
Throughout the 2017 NFL season, NFL handicapper Josh Mansilla will be providing his weekly plays, along with a brief write-up on how he sees the games playing out. We’ll track his picks each week to see how well he assists our readers.
New Orleans +5.5
I split my two picks last week and now sit at 1-2 on the season. It’s tough to lose an under bet when the first half consists of only 3 field goals, but that’s exactly what happened in last week’s game between Tennessee and Jacksonville.
This week we are going to roll with the New Orleans Saints. I like for them to go into Carolina and not only cover the spread, but win straight up. Carolina’s offense failed to score a touchdown in its last game at home, and only accounted for two touchdowns the week before against a truly awful San Francisco defense (last seen giving up 41 points to the Rams in Thursday Night Football).
Meanwhile, the Saints have faced two defenses that would have been considered among the top units in the league coming into the season, Minnesota on the road in week 1 and New England last week. Although Drew Brees still seems to be finding his groove, I think he will have enough firepower to outscore Carolina. Greg Olsen is a big loss to Carolina’s passing attack and a banged-up Cam Newton being forced to stay in the pocket will only lead to another failed offensive performance. Saints go on the road and pull off the upset 27-20.
Week 2 record: 1-1; Season record: 1-2