NFL Football Picks
The Colts come into this game following a two-game losing streak, capped off by a 38-24 loss to the New England Patriots. Indie was a double digit dog and still failed to cover. Can they get their second win of the season versus the 2-4 Jets? Keith Franks breaks down his NFL pick.
The Redskins might be good. Let’s allow that to marinate… They started the season off easily winning on the road, beating Arizona 24-6. Sure, Arizona is weak this season, but it’s still hard to win on the road. Next they had a clunker at home vs. the Colts where nothing went to plan. As good teams do, they rebounded nicely and trounced the Pack 31-17. Do they have momentum going into New Orleans and facing the -6 Saints?
There are wide ranging opinions on Joe Flacco. He’s definitely experienced as many valleys as he has peaks over his career, but a Joe Flacco with time is among the league’s elite at the position. Against the Steelers, he had so much time in the pocket that by the start of the second quarter the Ravens were all but guaranteed to improve on their 11th ranking in passing. How much time will Flacco have vs the Browns? Rick Wise gives his prediction.
Dallas beat Detroit 26-24. They did so by ramming Ezekiel Elliott down their throats 25 times in which he averaged over 6 yards per rush. Detroit is weak up the middle so it was very apparent going in that this was going to happen. It worked, but barely. Kevin West looks at the Cowboys’ chances on Sunday and their likely strategy. Read Kevin’s full pick.
A great angle to take in handicapping is backing the team that lost on Monday Night Football in its next game. The Denver Broncos are that team and this is a good match-up for the Broncos to take advantage of. The Jets offense is ranked 29th and should be a good game to help Denver get back on track. But is that enough for a play? Keith Franks breaks down the match-up and offers his prediction.
The Green Bay defense is still a long way from an elite unit but Mike Pettine’s system has begun to show dividends. The Packers enter Sunday as the 6th ranked defense in total yards allowed and are 11th in points surrendered at 20.8 per game after shutting out the Bills last week. Will it enough to stop a healthy[er] Aaron Rodgers?
Jacksonville is far from an offensive powerhouse. They rank 15th in the league in passing yards per game, 15th in total offense and 21st in scoring offense. But because they possess one of the best defenses in the league they do enough on offense to win. Can the Jag D stop the Chiefs on Sunday? Rick Wise breaks down his NFL pick.
Last week was just another dominate performance by a Rams offense that is overflowing with talent while leading the NFC with 35 points per game. It is the same Rams offense that will get the opportunity to go into Seattle this week and take on one of the best defenses in the NFL. The bookmakers have the Rams with a TD advantage. Read the pick and see who Jay Horne is backing against the spread.
Predictem NFL Football Handicapper Bob Clark has a strong play on the NY Giants vs the Carolina Panthers. “So we all know that the Carolina Panthers are the better team on paper…and on the field. But with that said, we all have seen that the better team can struggle in games at home when they are a touchdown or more favorite. ” Read Bob’s football pick.
It has not been a glamorous start for Head Coach John Gruden yet the Oakland Raiders finally put a mark in the win column last week with a 45-42 victory over the Browns. The Raiders offense finally got a big performance from quarterback Derek Carr who threw for 437 yards with 4 touchdowns and 2 picks. Sportsbook markets suggest this one will also be a close affair. Jay Horne analyzes the 5 point spread and has his NFL football pick.
Keith Franks breaks down the recent performance of the Buffalo Bills and the Tennessee Titans. The Titans currently sit as only 3.5 point favorites with a 3-1 record while the Bills are playing for the right to approach 500. Keith gives his pick and game prediction.
Bob Clark sees this game close and high scoring right from the beginning. Both offenses have weapons and both defenses are lacking. The Steelers rank 26th in the NFL in scoring defense and the Falcons are worse at 30th. Bob breaks down the game and offers a side play but also has a strong over/under pick.
Coming into last week’s game, the Titans were a running team, coming in second to last in the NFL in pass attempts. In the win over the Jaguars, they ran the ball 35 times and had only 21 attempts in the air. This week they flipped the script, throwing it 43 times and running it 22 times. Which team should the Eagles prepare for next Sunday and does it matter. Rick Wise looks at the 3 point spread and gives his week 5 pick.
With a win to bring the club to 500 and some key pieces returning for week 5, the New England Patriots suddenly feel like a team with momentum. The sportsbook’s line reflects that with a Pats -10 spread at home. Mike Mann makes his NFL week 5 pick here and breaks down injuries, match-ups and team trends.
Kevin West: “I wasn’t surprised to learn that the public is siding with KC, as the media is blasting Pat Mahomes mania after the barrage of touchdowns he’s thrown. What did surprise me was that only 34% of bettors are backing the Broncs. Within that 34% are sharp bettors/wiseguys with ear to ear smiles.” Kevin breaks down the Monday game where sportsbooks currently have the Chiefs as 5 point favorites.
Last season, the Niners were flat on their backs until Jimmy G showed up and immediately put the Niners on the right path. Without him, it’s only fair to wonder if we’ll see the same team we saw early last season. Sportsbooks are hanging a -10 on the Chargers. For those of us who backed San Fran last year, it doesn’t feel like enough. Do the Chargers have the killer instinct to put a hobbled Niner team down?