The Wildcat returns for his 24th season in The Post. Including the 1997-2009 seasons in the Bettor’s Guide, Cat’s record in print stands at 636-537 (54.2 percent) against the spread. Home team in CAPS.
Washington (+3) over DETROIT LIONS
We’re less than enchanted with the concept of the Lions as a favorite against any side not hailing from Jacksonville — particularly when we’re talking Matt Patricia against Ron Rivera in the coaching matchup. The road side in no way resembles a good football team, but the return of Alex Smith to the starting quarterback role for the visitors should generate a jolt — and the Lions defense can keep this opponent in this contest. Take the Football Team, for one unit.
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BEARS (+2.5) over Vikings
Divisional matchup has been mousetrap for visitors, especially at Soldier Field, on Monday nights. Offensive woes have contributed to three consecutive Bears losses, but their defense has few league equals. Provided Chicago defense performs to its norms and the offense plays somewhat competently, they should escapealive. Chicago was favored in early openers, but the Vikings assumed that role after the Bears’ lame outing vs. the Titans. Grasp evident value with Chicago, for one unit.
Last week: 2-0.
2020 season: 8-10.