Lines from Sportsbook.com; home team in CAPS
BUCS (0) over Falcons
First time I’m keeping track of my picks, and there’s no spread. When in doubt, go with the good defense right? Or the home team?
Jets (-1) over BILLS
Maybe the defense more than the home team.
Lions (-2.5) over STEELERS
If they can beat the Bears in Chicago, surely they can beat the Steelers in Pittsburgh… right? Right??
The Washington D.C. Football Team (+4) over EAGLES
I’m still undecided on the whole racist names in sports things. I mean I recognize that the names are racist. But there was some article that talked about how some Native Americans don’t care about the Redskins, since the term originates from natives themselves, but rather want to see the end of the Kansas City Chiefs and stuff. He also talks about high schools in predominantly native communities with the same nickname, who love it. But I don’t think a lot of Native Americans are in the Washington D.C. Football Team organization. Anyway, I’m starting Nick Foles in fantasy football this week. Last time I started him the Eagles offense scored zero points. Plus Washington is going to play better after losing to the Vikings. Regression to the mean. You don’t just play at a level of losing to the Vikings week after week. You just don’t.
BEARS (-3) over Ravens
Chicago is down, but not out. Also, right now, in a vacuum, would you rather have Josh McCown or Joe Flacco as your quarterback?
Browns (+6.5) over BENGALS
Cincy is weird. Cleveland is weird. Geno Atkins is out for the season. Plus, wouldn’t it be great if neither of Cleveland’s two first round picks were among the first 16?
Raiders (+9) over TEXANS
So close to buying shares of Case Keenum stock. But not yet.
JAGUARS (+9) over Cardinals
Come on Jags, at home, you can lose by one possession or fewer. You can do it!
Chargers (-2.5) over DOLPHINS
It is entirely possible that Philip Rivers is better at playing quarterback (this season) than the Miami Dolphins are at generating headlines (this season).
Vikings (+12.5) over SEAHAWKS
Something about not thinking double digit favorites come in often against teams that are not the Jacksonville Jaguars.
SAINTS (-3.5) over 49ers
A concussion on each side of the ball. Michael Crabtree still not back. The Saints are coming off a blowout win, but still, I don’t think Drew Brees is going to throw two pick-sixes like he did last year. (Gosh that was nice.)
GIANTS (-5) over Packers
Is Eli Manning done throwing 3+ interceptions a game? Maybe? Thing is, Giants actually have an excellent run defense.
BRONCOS (-7.5) over the Kansas City Football Team
Alex Smith did beat Drew Brees once, in a playoff game. At home.
PANTHERS (-1.5) over Patriots
p>Turns out that Carolina defense is pretty good, especially against the run, and the Patriots can’t throw, or rather, the Patriots can only throw to Gronkowski in double coverage.
I suck at gambling!