Vegas veteran Benjamin Eckstein, author of America’s Line, brings three decades of experience to make weekly picks in his “Ecks & Bacon” column.
Las Vegas - Gonna take me a while to catch up to 61-0, but after last week's 3-0 column, I'm on the road. If you're wondering, the 61-0 is the record of consecutive winning months for the sportsbooks out here in Nevada without a loss. Not easy to beat the guys behind the counter, but keep reading, and we might just make a dent.
Start you with a little baseball tonight, and gonna get high. Relax, I'm talking altitude. Jumping on the Rockies with Kyle Freeland over the Nationals. The Rocks are fighting for the National League West, just a game in front of the Dodgers, so NOBODY is gonna rest. And after looking at Freeland's recent body of work, you'll understand my excitement. The kid has been brilliant down the stretch, actually perfect since August 6, starting 10 games, winning seven, with three no decisions. Also, Freeland is pitching to a gorgeous 2.84 ERA, which is actually SPECTACULAR, considering he has made 14 starts at Coors Field. If you play rock, paper, scissors, ROCK wins this one easy.
And if you go back to 2016, PSU posted a 24-21 victory at home. Speaking of home cookin', Penn State is working on a gorgeous 16-0 run at State College, and has covered 5 of the last 6 as an underdog. But what about the loss of RB Saquon Barkley? Well, say hello to Miles Sanders who rumbled for 200 yards last week. And without superstar DE Nick Bosa to clog the running lanes for Ohio State, it should be a sweet day for James Franklin and his Lions.
Now we'll move to Sunday, and drop some love on the Jaguars -7.5 points over Jets. Of course, we're buying the hook and making the line -7. Was thrilled to hit my BEST BET in this spot last week with the Rams, but kind of a dope for picking Jacksonville over Tennessee. The Jags were coming off a MONSTER upset/REVENGE-win against the Patriots, and never showed up for the game with the Titans. Can't really blame 'em. They had been waiting for New England since the AFC title tilt and the early season was all about giving Tom Brady and the Pats a bloody nose. Mission accomplished.
Now they can get back to abusing QBs and rookie Sam Darnold is gonna pay the price. After Sportsbook with a 48-17 win over the Lions, and putting Slingin' Sam up for an early entry into the Hall of Fame, the New Yorkers bombed at home against the Dolphins and lost at Cleveland. YEA, CLEVELAND! Of course, if you can buy the hook, and lower the line to -7, do it. And since the Jets have won ONLY two of the last 11 on the road, just one thing left to say. Yup, this is my BEST BET BABY!!!
And PLZ hit me on Twitter over the weekend, @vegasvigorish, just in case anything pops.
Benjamin Eckstein is a nationally syndicated sportswriter/oddsmaker. His column, America’s Line, with the Ecks & Bacon appetizer, has run in the New York Daily News and over 100 other papers since 1988. You can follow him online at www.americasline.com. He is beloved by most, when he picks Sportsbooks, and detested by others, when he picks the occasional loser. If you wanna piece of Eck, hit his Email...firstname.lastname@example.org.