Backwards Oracle Picks

Every week, I get a ‘best bet’ from my friend, who might not be the worst NFL bettor in the world, but he’s the worst one I have ever met. We call him The Backwards Oracle.

The Backwards Oracle watches TV, listens to podcasts, parrots stats and trends he hears and religiously watches all the games. Somehow, despite information overload, he was 3-14 ATS in the 2020 regular and 0-4 ATS in the playoffs. If 3-18 ATS seems a terrible wallet-draining waste, it is – until you realize that is 18-3 ATS if you faded him every week.

So that’s what we are going to do in 2021. Each Thursday, Sunday and Monday Night games as well as his favorite Sunday day game will get the Backwards Oracle treatment. We will post them here and will deliver them on Twitter.

Backwards Oracle Picks

Week 9

Finally in Week 8, Oracle actually has a winning week, which means followers lose money for the first time this season. He went 3-1 ATS picking all road teams to cover. He is now 15-17 ATS on the season, very disappointing mediocrity in the Backwards Oracle picks. Here is Week 9, starting a Jets Colts matchup on Thursday.

Week 8

Oracle went 1-3 ATS in Week 7, good for a 3-1 ATS run for the rest of us who fade him. He is now 12-16 ATS on the season. Week 8 starts with a gem as Green Bay visits unbeaten Arizona. Check back shortly for his TNF, SNF and MNF plays, along with his ‘lock’ among the early Sunday games.

Thursday Night – Green Bay @ Arizona -3.5 FanDuel

‘No Davante, no problem – they are 6-0 when he doesn’t play. Bet against Rodgers at your peril, Packers win outright!’

Result: 24-21 GB  OracleThe Rest of Us L

Sunday – Miami @ Buffalo -14 at Draft Kings  

‘The Fins sneak a back-door cover while getting thoroughly outplayed. I’ll take the 2 TD head start in this one.’

Result: 26-11 BUF  Oracle The Rest of Us W

Sunday Night – Cowboys @ Vikings  +1.5 at Draft Kings  

‘Dak apparently felt OK in practice Wednesday, if he’s even 50% healthy, he can beat the Vikings, this line probably hops a bit when Dak is cleared, so bet it now.’

Result: 20-16 DAL  OracleThe Rest of Us L

Monday Night – Giants @ Chiefs -10 at Draft Kings 

‘Chiefs are a mess, Giants 20-6 ATS road, 8-1 ATS vs KC, 4-1 ATS past 5 as DD road dogs. I’ll take the 10 points and run.’

Result: 20-17 KC  Oracle W The Rest of Us L

Week 7

Starting quick and ending poorly was how Week 6 unfolded for the Oracle. At 2-2 ATS, he is now 11-13 ATS after six weeks, much better than we ever expected. Week 7 starts with a Broncos pick on the road Thursday and ends with a Saints pick on the road Monday.

Thursday Night – Denver @ Cleveland -3.5 FanDuel

‘Denver will sack Case Keenum repeatedly, Cleveland’s entire offense is injured. This is a Broncos outright win by double digits.’

Result: 17-14 CLE  Oracle L The Rest of Us W

Sunday – Carolina @ Giants +3 at Draft Kings  

‘Panthers stomp the merciless crap out of the hopeless G-Men. Give some extra points, you will still cover this spread.’

Result: 25-3 NYG  Oracle L The Rest of Us W

Sunday Night – Colts @ 49ers  -4 at Draft Kings  

‘Pat McAfee says Carson Wentz is cured. That’s good enough for me, take the points and run to the bank.’

Result: 30-18 IND  Oracle W The Rest of Us L

Monday Night – Saints @ Seahawks +5 at Draft Kings 

‘Bounce game for New Orleans, Seattle in big trouble – don’t buy the ‘Seattle wins on MNF’ hype, they lose by 10 here.’

Result: 13-10 NWO  Oracle L The Rest of Us W

Week 6

The Oracle ran his Thursday record to 1-4 ATS, but then he went 2-1 ATS in disappointing fashion to round out Week 5 at 2-2. He is now 9-11 ATS – we were banking on much worse. But Week 6 is here and his four predictions are on deck, starting with Tampa in Philly.

Thursday Night – Tampa @ Philly +7 at FanDuel

‘For whatever reason, Eagles always win and usually cover on Thursdays. I’m on them here catching 7 points at home on short week with wonky Tommy thumb.’

Result: 28-22 TB  OracleThe Rest of Us L

Sunday – LA Rams @ Giants +10.5 at Draft Kings  

‘Rams by 30. 10.5 points is a gift.’

Result: 38-11 Rams OracleThe Rest of Us L (he was wrong on the 30 points, Rams only won by 27 points)

Sunday Night – Seattle @ Pitt -4.5 at Draft Kings  

‘Hearing weird things about Big Ben – I don’t want to get into it. But I’m on Pitt, Russ Wilson or no Russ Wilson…’

Result: 23-20 PIT  OracleThe Rest of Us W

Monday Night – Bills @ Titans +5.5 at Draft Kings 

‘Tennessee is toast, Bills can win by 20 every week, that’s what they will do on MNF.’

Result: 34-31 TEN  OracleThe Rest of Us W

Week 5

The Oracle resumed his losing ways on Thursdays, but picked the Packers and Chargers correctly which yielded another 2-2 ATS mark for Week 4. He is back with Week 5 shortly, check back for his backwards analysis.

Thursday Night – LA Rams @ Seattle +2 at FanDuel

“Gimme Seahawks as home dogs anytime, especially on a short week. Rams rebound will have to wait, they lose outright here, the points are a bonus for Seattle.”

Result: 26-17 RAMS  OracleThe Rest of US W

Sunday – Miami @ Tampa Bay -10.5 at Draft Kings  

“I love my Dolphins, but I hate losing money, so I’m on TB in a blowout here, not an emotional hedge, this is just a game Miami can’t win.”

Result: 45-17 TB  Oracle W | The Rest of Us L

Sunday Night – Buffalo @ Kansas City -2.5 at FanDuel 

“Not buying KC’s rebound in Philly, the Eagles are dog crap defensively. I am buying the Bills at plus money after that 40-0 thing vs Dolphins. Gimme points with Bills.”

Result: 38-20 BUF OracleThe Rest of Us L

Monday Night – Colts @ Ravens -7 at Draft Kings 

“The Colts are phonies, don’t fall for all their October streak or 10-2 ATS mark against the Ravens – look instead at 1-10 SU as dogs and 2-7 SU on MNF. Ravens smack them silly.”

Result: 31-25 BAL OracleThe Rest of Us W

More shortly…

Week 4

Backwards Oracle started Week 3 with two disappointing wins, but got worse as the weekend went along. We are 2-2 ATS fading him and 7-5 ATS overall. On to Week 4, where he starts by backing the Bengals at home on Thursday.

Thursday Night – Jaxville @ Cincy -7.5 at FanDuel

“Bengals off to impressive start, Jags look to be gearing up for the No. 1 pick already? Bengals cover at home. Burrows to be a supervisor, Lawrence to be a bust.”

Result: 24-21 CIN  OracleThe Rest of US W

Sunday – Pittsburgh @ Green Bay -6.5 at Draft Kings  

“This is Big Ben’s last week as a starting QB. This is another one that goes by two TDs, 6.5 points is a snap.”

Result: 27-17 GB  Oracle W | The Rest of Us L

Sunday Night – Tampa Bay @ New England +6 at FanDuel 

“Handsome Tom goes ‘home’ and lays a beating on the Pats. Big road number but big motivation. I would take the Bucs at -10, because I think they win by 20.”

Result: 19-17 OracleThe Rest of Us W

Monday Night – Raiders @ Chargers -3 at Draft Kings 

“This is a shit-kicking, Raiders start to show true colors. Three points is way too small, grab the Chargers while the public is still confused about Vegas.”

Result: 28-14 LA OracleThe Rest of Us L

Week 3

Fading the Oracle meant a 3-1 ATS week for NFP readers as he got everything wrong except Baltimore covering against the Chiefs. He is studying right now and will hopefully deliver his third straight losing Thursday Night pick shortly. Check back for details.

Thursday Night – Carolina @ Houston +4.5 at FanDuel

“No QB, no scoring. Carolina by two TDs, let’s say 17-3 so you can bet UNDER as well.”

Result: 24-9 CAR Oracle W The Rest of US L

Sunday – LA Chargers @ Kansas City -7.5 at Draft Kings  

“Chargers unlucky last week, Chiefs are not the Chiefs yet this season. LA +7.5 is safe, maybe outright winner.”

Result: 30-24 LAC Oracle W | The Rest of Us L

Sunday Night – Green Bay @ San Francisco -3 at FanDuel 

“Niners laying only a FG here is a gift. They are superior team, Pack still trying to figure it out, won’t happen this week.”

Result: 30-28 GB Oracle L The Rest of Us W

Monday Night – Philly @ Dallas -3.5 at Draft Kings 

“Cowboys mismanaged the clock and got lucky in Week 2. Eagles are better at this stage and 14-4 ATS in 18 MNF road games. Taking the Birds on ML, but you can get +3.5.”

Result: 41-21 DAL OracleThe Rest of Us W

Week 2

The Backwards Oracle picked losers on Thursday and Monday but went 2-0 on Sunday, meaning a 2-2 ATS mark in Week 1. He was already backwards on his Thursday Night pick, check out his three remaining ‘locks’ for Week 2.

Thursday Night – NY Giants @ Washington -3.5 at FanDuel

“People are doubting Heinicke – big mistake. This is WFT rout after Daniel Jones fumbles 15 times. WFT big, like 45-7 or something embarrassing!”

Result: 30-29 WSH Oracle L | The Rest of Us W

Sunday – Minnesota @ Arizona -3.5 at Draft Kings  

“Arizona will win by 2 TDs, feel free to bet alternate lines all the way up to -10 or more because this one won’t be close!”

Result: 34-33 ARZ Oracle L | The Rest of Us W

Sunday Night – KC @ Baltimore +3.5 at FanDuel 

“Baltimore bounces back, KC run stop is a joke, Lamar puts on a show at home. The hook on the +3 is the cherry on top just in case Mahomes pulls out a last minute FG.”

Result: 36-35 BAL Oracle W The Rest of Us L

Monday Night – Detroit @ Green Bay -11.5 at Draft Kings 

“I know I just said Baltimore would bounce back, but Rodgers is not bouncing all the way back here. Motor City Dan Campbell covers the spread, its guaranteed!”

Result: 35-17 GB Oracle L The Rest of Us W

Week 1

Thursday Night – Dallas @ Tampa -9.5

“Tampa is pumped, I know the line has moved to 9.5 points but the Bucs will cruise. Hammer this, its easy money to start the season.”

Result: TB 31 Dal 29 – Oracle L | The Rest of Us W

Sunday – Miami +3 @ New England

“The Dolphins are going to f*** up the hapless Pats, it’s gonna be great. This is simple ML win!”

Result: MIA 17 NE 16 – Oracle W | The Rest of Us L – Oracle W | The Rest of Us L

Sunday Night – Chicago @ LA Rams -7.5 

“The Rams are going to win big and cover this thing by double digits. The Bears get blown out and embarrassed.”

Result: LAR 34 CHI 14 – Oracle W | The Rest of Us L

Monday Night – Baltimore -4 @ Las Vegas

“No Gus Edwards, no Marcus Peters, no J.K. Dobbins – no problem because Lamar Jackson is gonna go crazy on the Raiders. This is a Ravens blowout.”

Result: LV 33 BAL 27 – Oracle L | The Rest of Us W



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