NFL Football Picks
Online sportsbooks have the Raiders -2.5. Many people will look at this game and measure the teams against their expectations, as opposed to the match up against each other. By an expectations-standard, the Browns have been far-better than the Raiders, but are they better than the Raiders overall? That’s a trickier question. Let’s try to answer that question and make our pick.
Bob Clark reviews the first three games for Indianapolis and Houston and focuses on strength of schedule before making his NFL pick. Bob also has a total play for this Sunday game.
Bob Clark anticipates a hard nosed, low scoring affair between two average offenses and two amazing defenses. Bookmakers have the over/under set at 41 points. Read Bob’s pick on the spread and total play.
Loot Levinson warns against overreacting to the Cowboys loss or the beatdown the Lions placed upon the New England Patriots. Loot analyzes the state of both teams and who will cover the spread in week 4.
The Cleveland Browns finally won a football game against you guessed it, the New York Jets. The Jets were also smoked at home at the hands of a divisional rival. If you told the Jets they would have the same record as the Pats going into week 4 they would probably have been pretty happy but instead they head to Jacksonville where sportsbooks have them pegged to lose by 8.
The Patriots have lost back-to-back games only nine times since Tom Brady took over as quarterback in 2001, and the fact that they were so clearly outplayed in both their previous games only adds another level of concern from an already hyper-reactionary fan and media base. See why Mike Mann believes the Pats will get it done and cover the -6.5.
After just three games, Atlanta’s defense has been decimated by injury. In week one, they lost Pro Bowl safety, Keanu Neal for the year. In week two the Birds lost Pro Bowl linebacker, Deon Jones and then this past Sunday against the Saints, the leader of the defense, Ricardo Allen, tore his Achilles tendon and will also miss the 2018-19 campaign. Tak McKinley is still “day to day.” Do the Falcons have enough to stop this Bengals team and cover the 6 point spread?
We know the major injury in Green Bay belongs to Aaron Rodgers and his busted-up knee. The offense has looked decent at times with the hobbled Rodgers but it is apparent that he cannot hit 6th gear. Ted makes his pick and prediction on a game where the betting lines suggests the Green Bay Gimp has enough to outscore Buffalo by 10.
Many feel that the Steelers are a great home team because of Roethlisberger’s success at home and struggles on the road. But the Steelers are only 3-7 against the spread at Heinz Field since the start of 2017. They have only covered the spread twice since losing Ryan Shazier in week 13 of last year. Keith Allen uses that narrative, and the sportsbook’s reaction to it, to find value in this Sunday play.
The NFL has the greatest athletes in the world, and this game will include some of those athletes Odell Beckham Jr and Saquon Barkley to name a couple, but Alvin Kamara week in and week out is the best player on the field. There are few line linebackers in the league that can stay with Kamara, and none of those wear a Giants jersey. Will Alvin make enough plays to get the cover? Keith Allen breaks down Saint vs Giants.
On Sunday, we saw some bad things from the Vikings. It was one of those results that could lead us off-track if we put too much weight on it. The Bills won by 21, a staggering feat for the biggest underdog to win straight-up since 1995. With only one win Minnesota is feeling the pressure to come into form as they take on the 3-0 Rams.
A big takeaway after last week’s Steelers game is that Ben Roethlisberger might possibly be the biggest home/road splits quarterback I’ve ever seen. This guy plays with confidence at home and looks like garbage on the road. Does he not like to travel? Does he get homesick? Does his giant frame not do well on hotel beds? It could be a number of things, but the bottom line is that this guy sucks on the road. Will he suck enough on Monday to allow for the TB cover? Let’s look at the numbers.
Loot Levinson feels the Cowboys were underestimated before the season while almost everyone had the Seahawks ready for their fishing trip in January. Loot is betting on the Dallas Cowboys +1 beating the Seattle Seahawks. The game kicks off at 4:05 in Seattle.
Matthew Stafford was able to turn things around with a three touchdown game against San Francisco. He’s looking forward to a match-up against a Patriots defense that ranks 20th or below in every major defensive category and over their last couple games against pocket passers have gotten lit up by Nick Foles and Blake Bortles. But the Pats win over 80% of their last 52 games after a loss… and they have Tom Brady as well as a 6 point spread. Mike Mann goes in depth.
The season has opened a little unevenly for a Niners team that rode Jimmy Garoppolo’s arm to a strong 2017 finish. Then again, a one-score loss at the Vikings and beating the Lions isn’t so bad for a team that hasn’t much to celebrate recently. 49er backers are getting 6.5 points versus the Chiefs, a full touchdown less than last time these two teams met.
A lot of us looked at the Rams with some restraint, as they were ballyhooed all preseason as big Super Bowl contenders. Granted, they improved drastically last season, winning their division, followed by a frenzied offseason, obtaining valued personnel. But are the Rams as good as they look? And do they look 7 points better than the chargers? We take a… look.