And we’re back for our second installment of the Tums Preview of the Week. We can’t move on to Week 4 without talking about the madness that occurred in last week’s Tums game.
Bills @ Vikings -16.5: I told you how you should ignore this enormous spread and take the Vikings in my blog last week. Whoops. Josh Allen had something else in mind! My god. I thought it was cute when the Bills got up early here, waiting with the rest of the world for the Vikings to storm back and cover the spread. Never happened. I’m still baffled by the result of this one. But, then I remembered what the Swami has been telling us for years. FINAL: Bills 27 Vikings 6. This is a 10/10 TUMS METER and is how you feel on the Monday morning after the first weekend of March Madness when you debate bringing an extra pair of boxer briefs to work with you.
Pepe Silvia chirped at me in his TNF blog but I don’t concern myself with someone who is destined to be 0-2 in his locks of the week (#plug for our newest pick’em pod). Alright enough of that, let’s get to this week’s game:
49ers @ Chargers -10.5.
Philip Rivers and the Chargers look to bounce back fresh off their 12-point loss vs. the Rams. On a more somber note, the 49ers and all of their fans (including myself) are mourning the loss of Jimmy G. All he had to do was step out of bounds. But, he didn’t, and now I’m here about to tell you everything you need to know about the 49ers new starter, C.J. Beathard (“BETH-urd”), and their chances of covering this 10.5 point spread.
The Case for the C.J. Beathard-Led Niners
- The Niners may be down Jimmy G, but don’t fret Niners fans because we’ve got the next Tom Brady calling the shots now. Well, not according to me. Our president made this bold claim back in 2016 and I certainly hope he’s right!
- Beathard already has five starts under his belt so he’s not totally starting from scratch. He went 1-4 as a starter with four TDs and 6 INTs. Not awesome.
- It’s looking like both Matt Breida and Marquise Goodwin will suit up for the Niners despite their injuries. Plus, Beathard and TE George Kittle played together at Iowa so they’ve got that special Hawkeye connection.
Getting to three reasons why C.J. can lead the 49ers to a backdoor cover was TOUGH. In addition to the banged up offense, the 49ers defense has largely been a disappointment, currently ranking 27th in the league. This sets up poorly for the Niners as the Chargers come into this one with the 8th best offense in the NFL. While the Chargers aren’t exactly known for their home-field advantage, they are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 home games after consecutive road games. I took the home favorite last week and got burned by it. But, I’m going with the same strategy this week so lay the points, munch on some Tums, and hope C.J. Beathard doesn’t break your heart. I’ll end this one with a note from Arnold.
TUMS PICK OF THE WEEK: Chargers -10.5