There are dozens of nationally televised football games and hundreds of betting markets this weekend. Which games provide the maximum entertainment value for spectators, fans, friendly bettors, and sharps alike? Keep reading to find out.
Must Watch Weekend Games Sept 22-24
#22 Texas A&M at #1 Alabama -27
Bryant-Denny Stadium, Tuscaloosa
Saturday, Sept 22, 2:30 pm ET
Nick Saban is an undefeated 12-0 against former protégées. This week he faces former assistant Jimbo Fisher who served as Saban’s OC at LSU from 2000 to 2004.
Moreover, the Aggies have beaten the Tide just once since joining the SEC. That win came in 2012 will be remembered by now NFL cast-off and current CFL QB Johnny Manziel.
#3 Clemson -16½ at Georgia Tech
Bobby Dodd Stadium, Atlanta
Saturday, Sept 22, 2:30 pm ET
The game inside the game for this tilt will be Georgia Tech’s triple-option versus Clemson’s freakish defensive line. The Tigers beat TCU last week thanks to a three TD, four-minute span early in the second half. Don’t expect Clemson to have to play from behind on this one. Their game plan will be to score early, so the Yellow Jackets have to throw.
#7 Stanford -2 at #20 Oregon
Autzen Stadium, Eugene, OR
Saturday, Sept 22, 8 pm ET
Pac-12 football is always fun. This week it will be Stanford visiting Eugene to face the Oregon Ducks. Is this west-coast colligate rivalry back after a few off years?
Yes! This tussle is reminiscent of the Cardinal-Ducks showdowns from 2010-2013. Both teams are ranked in the top 25, have big offensive weapons, and will battle it out for the PAC-12 title.
Oregon QB Justin Herbert has been excellent so far and the Ducks play in top-gear all game long. Stanford rusher Bryce Love is back after missing a game and they will need him at 100%. In his previous two games against the Ducks, Love has totaled 229 yards rushing and two TDs.
New York Giants at Houston Texans -6
NRG Stadium, Houston
Sunday, Sept 23, 1 pm ET
Both the Giants and Texans need each other. Both teams are winless and have struggled to get on the same page offensively through two games. Both sides have offensive stars coming back from injury in Odell Beckham Jr and Deshaun Watson.
The Giants have the edge in rushing with rookie Saquon Barkley while JJ Watt gives the Texans a defensive advantage.
Los Angeles Chargers at Los Angeles Rams -7
Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles
Sunday, Sept 23, 4:05pm ET
The battle of Los Angeles! What’s not to love. Two high-powered offenses that have dynamic rushers will battle it out to see who will be the king of L.A. until the Lakers start to play.
New England Patriots -6½ at Detroit Lions
Ford Field, Detroit
Sunday, Sept 23, 8:20pm ET
The Patriots are only 6.5-point betting favorites in a prime-time nationally televised game against a winless Lions team. That is crazy even after New England embarrassing loss last week.
Recently, the Pats have gone 8-1 ATS against teams with a losing record, and are 9-3 ATS after a loss. Moreover, since 2016, the Pats are 8-3 ATS in road games they have been favored by 4+ points.
Plus Bill Belichick faces former assistant Matt Patricia who left New England for the Motor City this past offseason. That alone is worth the price of admission.
Pittsburgh Steelers -1½ at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Raymond James Stadium, Tampa
Monday, Sept 24, 8:15 pm ET
The Steelers are winless. The Buccaneers are undefeated. While Pittsburgh is struggling without their star, Tampa Bay is flourishing without theirs. Neither Le’Veon Bell or Jamies Winston will play in this game. But there is no shortage of talent in this tilt. AB and FitzMagic will make this game the most entertaining Monday Night Football game of the young season.