Last week looked doomed early, and then the Ravens took care of business, then Green Bay and Dallas forgot how to play defense, and finally, Kansas City continued their early-season dominance. And just like that, we go from a miserable week to a week in the black. Time to build on it.
- Last Week: 3-2
- Overall: 14-11
- Philadelphia Eagles at Carolina Panthers OVER 46.5
For the first time all year we are playing the Thursday Night game. Philly has proved they can score, putting up 27 points per game and team totals eclipsing 50 points 3 times this year. Carolina is one of those teams that I cannot believe is 4-1. Cam is finally starting to play well, but that defense is porous. They’ve allowed over 20 points in the last three games. Both teams have big-play capabilities and it will be on display tomorrow night.
- Green Bay Packers -3 at Minnesota Vikings
Aaron Rodgers is really, really good. I hate it, but it’s true. Everyone in America knew that giving him the ball with over 1 minute and a timeout was way too much time and sure enough he ripped the Cowboys’ hearts out. Minnesota has a solid defense, but the offense is in limbo with Sam Bradford’s status unknown and Case Keenum playing decent-at-best football. Gotta score to win and I think Green Bay can win this one by at least a touchdown.
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers -2 at Arizona Cardinals
With so many spreads in the double-digits, I wanted to play a smaller one and this was my choice. Tampa has been very up and down this season, but I still love their offense with Doug Martin back from suspension. Arizona just got smacked by Philly who I think has a comparable, talent wise, offense to the Bucs. The Cardinals really don’t have any offense to speak of but will be hoping the new addition of Adrian Peterson can spark their rushing attack.
- Los Angeles Rams +2.5 at Jacksonville Jaguars
The Jaguars are actually a good football team, especially on the defensive side of the ball. Jalen Ramsey is an absolute stud, but that offense is so dependent on the run. LA should be 4-1, but a dropped pass in the end-zone killed their final drive against Seattle. This team has so many playmakers on offense and a solid defensive line. The Rams need to contain the run and force Blake Bortles to beat them.
- Pittsburgh Steelers at Kansas City Chiefs -5
As of right now, Alex Smith is the league MVP. That’s how good he has been this season. Big Ben has been equally bad, his poor season was given an exclamation point last week in a 5 (!!!!!) interception performance against Jacksonville. I expect Pittsburgh to come back and play a much better game, but they simply won’t be able to contain this explosive offense. Big Ben will struggle against a really solid secondary for KC and the offense will continue to make plays.