Two weeks into the 2018 NFL season, we’re still looking for our first winning week.
While we didn’t come out on top last week, we survived relatively unscathed — more than can be said for many bettors as underdogs covered at an impressive rate.
Our best bets saw quite an improvement, going 3-2 against the spread. Compare that to the 0-5 performance by the consensus picks in the Westgate SuperContest, and we’re having a pretty good time at the sports book.
Still, our goal this week as every week is to nail these lines as best we can, and Week 3 presents yet another full slate for us to sink our teeth into. Take a look below at our picks to prevail in this week of NFL action.
LAST WEEK: 7-9
New York Jets (+3) at Cleveland Browns
The pick: Browns -3
The logic: The Browns haven’t been home favorites since 2015. So far this year, they’ve found new and innovative ways to lose — a grand tradition in Cleveland football. But on Thursday night, the “Victory Fridges” will finally open.
New Orleans Saints (+3) at Atlanta Falcons
The pick: Saints +3
The logic: After picking the Saints back-to-back weeks as favorites and losing, in this spot we get to grab them as an underdog. This feels like a bounce-back game for New Orleans.
San Francisco 49ers (+6.5) at Kansas City Chiefs
The pick: Niners +6.5
The logic: The Chiefs have been undeniably great so far this season, but their defense presents a glaring issue that will need to be resolved, and this looks like a welcome spot for a backdoor cover from Jimmy Garoppolo.
Oakland Raiders (+3) at Miami Dolphins
The pick: Dolphins -3
The logic: As unlikely as a 3-0 Dolphins start and 0-3 Raiders start seemed heading into Week 1, that’s what I’m banking on come Sunday. Oakland has fallen apart in the second half twice already, and this time will be playing in the Florida heat.
Buffalo Bills (+16.5) at Minnesota Vikings
The pick: Bills +16.5
The logic: Bills bettors are getting spotted three scores. It doesn’t feel good, but it’s the only side to be on as a bettor. Either take the dog or stay away.
Indianapolis Colts (+6.5) at Philadelphia Eagles
The pick: Eagles -6.5
The logic: Honestly, if I wasn’t a homer, I’d be on the Colts in this spot. But I’m an Eagles fan, and Carson Wentz is back, and Philadelphia is going to be absolutely electric for his return. Also, the Eagles defense has given up just eight points per game at home over its last six matchups at Lincoln Financial Field.
Green Bay Packers (-3) at Washington Redskins
The pick: Redskins +3
The logic: It’s not pretty, but this is a situation where you have to shut your eyes and bet the home dog.
Cincinnati Bengals (+3) at Carolina Panthers
The pick: Panthers -3
The logic: If you offered me a bet before the season that Marvin Lewis and the Bengals would start 3-0 on the season, I would have injured myself running to the bank to empty my accounts. Trusting the Panthers to take care of business at home so they can keep pace in the crowded NFC South.
Tennessee Titans (NO LINE) at Jacksonville Jaguars
The pick: Jaguars
The logic: Marcus Mariota’s status is still in doubt, but I’m probably backing the Jaguars no matter what the line lands at on Sunday. Jacksonville might have emptied the playbook to beat the Patriots in Week 2, but they’re more talented almost across the board than Tennessee.
Denver Broncos (+5.5) at Baltimore Ravens
The pick: Broncos +5.5
The logic: The Ravens have the extra rest coming into this one after playing last Thursday and are known as one of the tougher home teams in the league. Still, trust Case Keenum and the Broncos defense to keep things close.
New York Giants (+6) at Houston Texans
The pick: Texans -6
The logic: Good luck to the Giants offensive line with handling J.J. Watt. Have fun with that.
Los Angeles Chargers (+7) at Los Angeles Rams
The pick: Chargers +7
The logic: The Chargers are talented, and the Rams haven’t been tested yet this year. Even with Sean McVay’s tendency to run up the score, this is too many points for Philip Rivers and the Chargers offense.
Chicago Bears (-5.5) at Arizona Cardinals
The pick: Cardinals +5.5
The logic: The St. Louis Cardinals have scored more runs (11) in their past two games than the Arizona Cardinals have scored points (6) through two games of the 2018 NFL season. Still, it’s tough to see Mitch Trubisky as almost a 6-point road favorite, even with the Bears’ intimidating defense.
Dallas Cowboys (+1.5) at Seattle Seahawks
The pick: Seahawks -1.5
The logic: Seattle is playing at home for the first time this season and favored by less than a field goal. Feels like they find a way to get the win here.
New England Patriots (-7) at Detroit Lions
The pick: Patriots -7
The logic: Former Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia has given up 78 points in two games as new head coach of the Detroit Lions. Expect that total to expand significantly on Sunday night.
Pittsburgh Steelers (-1) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The pick: Steelers -1
The logic: Steelers have burned me twice this season as favorites. The Buccaneers have done the same as underdogs. Third time’s the charm though!
Now check out our power rankings heading into Week 3
Public officers above 58 years and with pre-existing conditions told to work from home: The Standard
Head of Public Service Joseph Kinyua. [File, Standard]
In a document from Head of Public Service, Joseph Kinyua new measure have been outlined to curb the bulging spread of covid-19. Public officers with underlying health conditions and those who are over 58 years -a group that experts have classified as most vulnerable to the virus will be required to execute their duties from home.
However, the new rule excluded personnel in the security sector and other critical and essential services.
“All State and public officers with pre-existing medical conditions and/or aged 58 years and above serving in CSG5 (job group ‘S’) and below or their equivalents should forthwith work from home,” read the document,” read the document.
To ensure that those working from home deliver, the Public Service directs that there be clear assignments and targets tasked for the period designated and a clear reporting line to monitor and review work done.
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Others measures outlined in the document include the provision of personal protective equipment to staff, provision of sanitizers and access to washing facilities fitted with soap and water, temperature checks for all staff and clients entering public offices regular fumigation of office premises and vehicles and minimizing of visitors except by prior appointments.
Officers who contract the virus and come back to work after quarantine or isolation period will be required to follow specific directives such as obtaining clearance from the isolation facility certified by the designated persons indicating that the public officer is free and safe from Covid-19. The officer will also be required to stay away from duty station for a period of seven days after the date of medical certification.
“The period a public officer spends in quarantine or isolation due to Covid-19, shall be treated as sick leave and shall be subject to the Provisions of the Human Resource Policy and procedures Manual for the Public Service(May,2016),” read the document.
The service has also made discrimination and stigmatization an offence and has guaranteed those affected with the virus to receive adequate access to mental health and psychosocial supported offered by the government.
The new directives targeting the Public Services come at a time when Kenyans have increasingly shown lack of strict observance of the issued guidelines even as the number of positive Covid-19 cases skyrocket to 13,771 and leaving 238 dead as of today.
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Principal Secretaries/ Accounting Officers will be personally responsible for effective enforcement and compliance of the current guidelines and any future directives issued to mitigate the spread of Covid-19.
Uhuru convenes summit to review rising Covid-19 cases: The Standard
President Uhuru Kenyatta (pictured) will on Friday, July 24, meet governors following the ballooning Covid-19 infections in recent days.
The session will among other things review the efficacy of the containment measures in place and review the impact of the phased easing of the restrictions, State House said in a statement.
This story is being updated.
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Drastic life changes affecting mental health
Kenya has been ranked 6th among African countries with the highest cases of depression, this has triggered anxiety by the World Health Organization (WHO), with 1.9 million people suffering from a form of mental conditions such as depression, substance abuse.
Globally, one in four people is affected by mental or neurological disorders at some point in their lives, this is according to the WHO.
Currently, around 450 million people suffer from such conditions, placing mental disorders among the leading causes of ill-health and disability worldwide.
The pandemic has also been known to cause significant distress, mostly affecting the state of one’s mental well-being.
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With the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic attributed to the novel Coronavirus disease, millions have been affected globally with over 14 million infections and half a million deaths as to date. This has brought about uncertainty coupled with difficult situations, including job loss and the risk of contracting the deadly virus.
In Kenya the first Coronavirus case was reported in Nairobi by the Ministry of Health on the 12th March 2020. It was not until the government put in place precautionary measures including a curfew and lockdown (the latter having being lifted) due to an increase in the number of infections that people began feeling its effect both economically and socially.
A study by Dr. Habil Otanga, a Lecturer at the University of Nairobi, Department of Psychology says that such measures can in turn lead to surge in mental related illnesses including depression, feelings of confusion, anger and fear, and even substance abuse. It also brings with it a sense of boredom, loneliness, anger, isolation and frustration. In the post-quarantine/isolation period, loss of employment due to the depressed economy and the stigma around the disease are also likely to lead to mental health problems.
The Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) states that at least 300,000 Kenyans have lost their jobs due to the Coronavirus pandemic between the period of January and March this year.
KNBC noted that the number of employed Kenyans plunged to 17.8 million as of March from 18.1 million people as compared to last year in December. The Report states that the unemployment rate in Kenya stands at 13.7 per cent as of March this year while it stood 12.4 per cent in December 2019.
Mama T (not her real name) is among millions of Kenyans who have been affected by containment measures put in place to curb the spread of the virus, either by losing their source of income or having to work under tough guidelines put in place by the MOH.
As young mother and an event organizer, she has found it hard to explain to her children why they cannot go to school or socialize freely with their peers as before.
“Sometimes it gets difficult as they do not understand what is happening due to their age, this at times becomes hard on me as they often think I am punishing them,”
Her contract was put on hold as no event or public gatherings can take place due to the pandemic. This has brought other challenges along with it, as she has to find means of fending for her family expenditures that including rent and food.
“I often wake up in the middle of the night with worries about my next move as the pandemic does not exhibit any signs of easing up,” she says. She adds that she has been forced to sort for manual jobs to keep her family afloat.
Ms. Mary Wahome, a Counseling Psychologist and Programs Director at ‘The Reason to Hope,’ in Karen, Nairobi says that such kind of drastic life changes have an adverse effect on one’s mental status including their family members and if not addressed early can lead to depression among other issues.
“We have had cases of people indulging in substance abuse to deal with the uncertainty and stress brought about by the pandemic, this in turn leads to dependence and also domestic abuse,”
Sam Njoroge , a waiter at a local hotel in Kiambu, has found himself indulging in substance abuse due to challenges he is facing after the hotel he was working in was closed down as it has not yet met the standards required by the MOH to open.
“My day starts at 6am where I go to a local pub, here I can get a drink for as little as Sh30, It makes me suppress the frustration I feel.” he says.
Sam is among the many who have found themselves in the same predicament and resulted to substance abuse finding ways to beat strict measures put in place by the government on the sale of alcohol so as to cope.
Mary says, situations like Sam’s are dangerous and if not addressed early can lead to serious complications, including addiction and dependency, violent behavior and also early death due to health complications.
She has, however, lauded the government for encouraging mental wellness and also launching the Psychological First Aid (PFA) guide in the wake of the virus putting emphasis on the three action principal of look, listen and link. “When we follow this it will be easy to identify an individual in distress and also offer assistance”.
Mary has urged anyone feeling the weight of the virus taking a toll on them not to hesitate but look for someone to talk to.
“You should not only seek help from a specialist but also talk to a friend, let them know what you are undergoing and how you feel, this will help ease their emotional stress and also find ways of dealing with the situation they are facing,” She added
Mary continued to stress on the need to perform frequent body exercises as a form of stress relief, reading and also taking advantage of this unfortunate COVID-19 period to engage in hobbies and talent development.
“Let people take this as an opportunity to kip fit, get in touch with one’s inner self and also engage in reading that would help expand their knowledge.