It’s that time again when the 3 Guys pick 5 games against the spread. Last week the 3 of us went 3-2 in a crazy week where there were a lot of underdogs either covering or outright winning! Enjoy the games this week & our picks!
Atlanta (-6) vs. Indianapolis: After Houston handing Cincy their first loss, the also tied it up with the Colts for the division. The Colts are looking to bring the fight, but I see that they come up short with a revived Atlanta offense. Julio Jones will have a great game as Matty Ice finds him with a solid performance from their O-Line.
St. Louis (+2) at Baltimore: Sorry Raven fans… But this year seems to be the year that nothing good would go their way. The Rams are coming off a hard loss, but off an expected offense in the Bears. With limited tools Flacco would have to work extra hard to making anything happen. Then flip to the Gurley Show! There’s a big opportunity for Todd Gurley to show up and run more effectively (bonus yards coming in the second half).
Houston (+2) vs NY Jets: Texans are looking to ride their momentum just a little longer, and with the help from coach O’Brien the defense is going to pick Fitzpatrick apart… These mistakes will be the dismantling of the Jets offense and any chance of winning.
Denver (+1) at Chicago: Broncos D isn’t as Elite as it was in the past few weeks but they can pull it together while Peyton works his magic and throws an array of weapons. It will be close, but the Broncos takes it with at least a field goal.
San Francisco (+12.5) at Seattle: Ok, so no surprise a 49er fan is picking them in this game…. But, let it be known that the chances of them outscoring the Seahawks are very slim. I trust in the Niners to keep it close if not take it all… Ok, just keep it close, lol…
Jaguars (-2.5) vs Titans: The Jags are on the rise and I believe the talented trio of Bortles, Robinson, and Hurns will lead the way back into the wild card hunt. Doubtful they make it, but they are headed in the right direction finally. Mariota is having a good rookie season, but they don’t have enough talent around him to make much noise this year.
Falcons (-6) vs Colts: Matty Ice and company haven’t been putting on the offensive show like the beginning of the season as of late, but the beat up Colts are coming to town just in time. No Andrew Luck for a few more weeks gives old man Hasselbeck his 3rd start of the season. He played well the last time he started, but I don’t see that continuing. He is just too old and could be spending a lot of time on the turf like Luck did. Matty Ice, Julio, and Freeman get back on track with a double digit W.
Bucs (+5.5) at Eagles: Sam Bradford has a separated shoulder and a concussion. He says he wants to play this weekend, but knowing his past injury history this could be the beginning of the end of his season. Whether its Bradford or Buttfumble Sanchez, I don’t think the Eagles will have enough offense and the Bucs will put up enough points to keep it close.
Rams (+2) at Ravens: Gurley should be able to take over this game and have his way with the Ravens. They will really start to feel the loss of Steve Smith this week with Kamar Aiken as the #1 WR. Rams D is pretty good so I think they will cause a couple turnovers and steal a win in Baltimore.
Cardinals (-5) vs Bengals: I think this week will be a real eye opener for both teams. All season I have said the Cardinals are going to the Super Bowl. The Bengals are a good team, but were exposed last week against a bad Texans team with their 3rd QB of the season playing. Carson Palmer is an MVP candidate and isn’t afraid of any defense. Will the Red Rocket step it up this week against the Honey Badger and company? I don’t think so. Bengals are a solid team, but their record is better than the talent. Cards show the NFL they are the class of the NFC and the Bengals will be looking for answers to close out the season on a high note.
Jacksonville (-2.5) vs Tennessee: The Titans boast one of the better defenses in the league, and rank 3rd in the NFL against the pass. Yet their offense ranks 30th as they struggle to find their way behind Marcus Mariota, who isn’t having a bad season by any means (1795 Yds, 13 Tds, 6 Int, 98.3 Rating). It feels like the Jags try to give the game away with Bortles practically throwing an INT or, in the case of last week, a near INT (before Meyers kicked the FG to win it). But the Jaguars will win this.
St Louis (+2.5) vs Baltimore: The Rams are making a QB change in favor of Case Keenum while travelling on the road to a tough venue at M&T Stadium. However Keenum just needs to worry about managing the game, controlling the clock, and finding ways to get the ball in the hands of Todd Gurley and Tavon Austin. The Ravens have not fared well at home this season, so far going 1-3; this may be their 4th loss coming.
Carolina (-7) vs Washington: Washington looked good last week as they improved their record to 4-5 with an impressive win over the Saints, but don’t be fooled as they head to Charlotte this weekend. The 8-0 Panthers are a different caliber team and can beat you on all sides of the ball. I expect Cam Newton to have a solid performance and the Panthers to cover this one late.
San Francisco (+12.5) at Seattle: Do I think Blaine Gabbert is the savior for the 49ers? Not at all, but he did play decent last week and if he limits the turnovers the 49ers can cover. The Seahawks boast just a disappointing 4-5 record and will come away with a win this week, don’t be fooled by my pick. But as all divisional games, sometimes the spreads need to be looked at again and in this case, I do think San Fran will cover.
Buffalo (+7) at New England: This will be a fun one for Rex Ryan as he heads to New England for prime time Monday Night Football. The Bills defense will look to confuse Brady and the Patriots. I expect this to be a much closer game, and a low scoring game for that matter, then most experts probably predict. In the end, I think Buffalo will have a chance to even win this game.