Snow is on the ground! The times are a changin’. Weather this year always starts to play a major role in games like we saw last week with Houston @ Cleveland. I expect that to continue henceforth across the league. Now, the holidays are just around the corner so it’s time to make some extra money so you can afford to get every member of the family a gift this year.
Lions @ Panthers Line: DET -3.0
Lesson: make this list earlier than noon on Sunday. This morning, the line on this game was even. Now, the Lions are favored -3.0. I wish I had acted sooner. I like the Lions in this game even if Teddy was playing. Like the Lions? What am I saying? Both teams are dealing with injuries to big time playmakers. Now that Stafford is active and Bridgewater isn’t, I’ll take the veteran.
Pick: Lions -3.0 Lions 24 Panthers 16
Packers @ Colts Line: IND -1.5
I think this could end up being an entertaining game. I’m curious to see what the Packers do against this terrific defense. Yet again, I’m betting on the better quarterback. That’s Aaron Rodgers.
Line: Packers +1.5 Packers 27 Colts 24
Eagles @ Browns Line: CLE -2.5
The weather in Cleveland is going to play a factor again. Poor weather means good news for teams who like to run the ball. Who likes to run the ball? The Browns. They’re pretty good at it, too. Also, betting on an NFC East team just can’t be a good idea this year.
Line: Browns -2.5 Browns 20 Eagles 10
Falcons @ Saints Line: NO -3.5
This game is getting a lot of attention on the networks this week, because of the quarterback controversy. I thought Winston was going to start, but they go with Taysom Hill. It’s a move I don’t understand. Hill is an amazing athlete. He makes big plays and is a valuable weapon to have in the arsenal. I don’t think he should be the main piece, however. You don’t build around his skillset, I think he’s better being utilized as an expected threat. I think…well, I guess it’s kind of hope…it backfires on them, selfishly. I’m betting against them due to my gut (which you should never do by the way) instead of the analytics. I shouldn’t be doing this. Maybe you shouldn’t put your money on it, but sometimes you need to take that extra risk for that extra reward. It’s not even that I think Jameis Winston deserves it or is great, I just feel like he may have been stabbed in the back here and I refuse to get down with that! If that’s even the case…oh well. I’m sticking with the spite pick. Sipping that Latte Larry’s, (yup I’m stealing that now). Give me the Falcons this week to teach Sean Payton a lesson.
Pick: Falcons +3.5 Falcons Falcons 28 Saints 21
Bengals @ Washington Line: WSH -1.5
Ugh. This is a tough pick. Bengals have so much potential but Washington proved to be able to keep up with a mediocre team (at best) against the Lions. Alex Smith’s comeback is impressive and he deserves respect, and that defense is developing into something special, but they aren’t elite yet. I mean…they’re in the NFC East and not winning it. That’s not good. Give me the team not in the NFC East.
Pick: Bengals +1.5 Bengals 23 Washington 20
Steelers @ Jaguars Line: PIT -10.5
The Steelers finally proved they don’t only win close games last week. I expect that to continue against a poor Jaguars team.
Pick: Steelers -10.5 Steelers 33 Jaguars 17
Titans @ Ravens Line: BAL -6.0
I have flashbacks of Henry running all over the Ravens in the playoffs last year. That happened, right? The Mandela Effect? No, that happened. I think the Ravens still win this game but think it could be low scoring and the Titans could keep it close. Or run all over the Ravens, again. History does tend to repeat itself.
Pick: Titans +6 Titans 17 Ravens 20
Patriots @ Texans Line: NE -2.5
Still don’t know what to make of either of these teams. Texans could do quite literally nothing against the Browns in bad weather last week. Patriots continue to show flashes of playoff potential, followed by weeks of disappointment. I don’t like the Texans run defense and that’s what the Patriots do best. It’s a game of matchups, give me the Pats.
Pick: Patriots -2.5 Patriots 23 Texans 20
Dolphins @ Broncos Line: MIA -4.0
Tua Time? He’s shown to be better than I initially gave him credit for against really solid defenses. For the first time, I’ll bet on him and that Dolphins defense which has been on a tear lately.
Pick: Dolphins -4.0 Dolphins 17 Broncos 12
Jets @ Chargers Line: LAC -9.5
I think the Jets have a real chance to go 0-16 on the season. My money is on a big game from Keenan Allen and Justin Herbert. It’s a lot of points…but it’s also the Jets.
Pick: Chargers -9.5 Chargers 28 Jets 13
Cowboys @ Vikings Line: MIN -7.5
The Vikings are showing they can win in a variety of ways. They have a shot at the playoffs since the Bears have been slipping. Skol.
Pick: Vikings -7.5 Vikings 27 Cowboys 17
Chiefs @ Raiders Lione: KC -7.5
The Raiders came away with the W and Derek Carr had a great game the last time these two met. However, Chiefs are fresh off the bye. They’ll split the series against the Raiders and cover. Have to believe there’s a better gameplan in place this go round.
Pick: Chiefs -7.5 Chiefs 35 Raiders 24
Rams @ Buccaneers Line: TB -4.5
Good defenses can frustrate Tom Brady. We saw that against the Saints and Bears. Give me the defense to keep it close.
Pick: Rams +4.5 Rams 21 Bucs 24