By: Reign of Styles
Atlanta Falcons at Denver Broncos -7.5 Julio Jones and Matt Ryan went ballistic last week and churned out fantasy points like on a conveyor belt last Sunday. The Orange Crush Defense and high altitude in Mile High Stadium may have them wishing they had a few touchdowns in reserve from last week.
The Dirty Birds have soared high and fast during the first .25 of the NFL season. The Broncos present a much bigger challenge from the defenses they’ve faced so far this season.
Rookie QB Paxton Lynch is making his first start for the Broncos. In reality all Lynch needs to do is hold onto the ball and not turn it over. Hand off to the RB and get them in FG range and the Broncos smothering defense will do the rest. Pick: Falcons +7.5
New England Patriots at Cleveland Browns +10.5 He’s baaaaack. Tom Brady is back from his 4 game Deflategate suspension. The Patriots went 3 -1 during Brady’s suspension. The Brown’s aren’t a match for the Patriots on a good day. “On Any Given Sunday,” does not and will not apply when Brady and company take the field in Cleveland.
Gronk is still nursing an injury, LaGarette Blount is questionable and tomorrow none of that will matter. The only thing that could hinder the Patriots is if they are looking past the Browns.
Brady is at his best when he can play with a chip on his shoulder or he’s trying to disregard some imagined slight. Brady is adamant he shouldn’t have been suspended so he definitely feels the NFL and Goodall slighted him with the suspension. The league might be in trouble the rest of this season especially if Brady’s team is able to get healthy after their Bye. Pick: Patriots -10.5
Philadelphia Eagles at Detroit Lions +3 The Eagles are coming off a bye. The hapless Lions are well the Lions. which might not be a good thing considering how they were playing.
The Lions also have a number of people starting on the injury report. This one is too easy. Pick: Eagles -3
Chicago Bears at Indianapolis Colts -5 You know the deal. Even though my Bears are coming off a win, I still have nothing for you. Besides, do you really want to roll the dice on either of these teams?
Tennessee Titans at Miami Dolphins -3.5 All the signs point to it being a long day for the Tennessee Titans. Tennessee is on the road for the 2nd week in a row. Miami Is coming with 10 days of rest. Hit the snooze button this one could bore you to death. Pick: Dolphins -3.5
Washington at Baltimore Ravens -4 This is the Beltway Battle. The Ravens are a 1 pt. loss from being perfect on the season but they still haven’t found their identity. They are starting the committee at RB. Flacco’s best weapon is Steve Smith. This could go either way. The Ravens best hope lies in Washington’s nonexistent defense. The Ravens will probably edge out a victory but it’ll be close so take the underdog and the points. Pick: Washington+4
Houston Texans at Minnesota Vikings -7 The Texans don’t have an answer for the Vikings defense on either side of the ball. The offense can’t overcome the Vikings defense and the Texans defense won’t be able to get to Sam Bradford quick enough or often enough to make a difference. Mark It down Vikings start the season 5-0. PICK Vikings-7
New York Jets at Pittsburgh Steelers -8 This is going to be UGLY. The Jets couldn’t find an answer for a hobbled Russell Wilson. This week they face Ben Roethlisberger and his high powered offense. Add in Ryan Fitzpatrick’s inability to throw a pass that doesn’t result in an interception spells LOOOOOONG day for the J-E-T-S. Pick: Steelers -8
Cincinnati Bengals at Dallas Cowboys +2 The Bengals are coming in with rest. Dak Prescott isn’t turning the ball over. If Cincinnati can stop the run the rookie tandem of Prescott and Ezekial Elliott will face another pressure test. Can Prescott shoulder the weight without a run game to support him? We may find out today. Still the Cowboys are at home and strange things happen in Jerry’s House when the games are close. Pick: Bengals -2
Buffalo Bills at Los Angeles Rams Pick
The Rams defense is one of the best in the league. The Bills might still be celebrating their win against the Patriots san Tom Brady in Foxborgh. Look for Todd Gurley to run long and often. Even Vegas can’t make a decision in this game. Flip a coin and then Pick: Rams
San Diego Chargers at Oakland Raiders -4 The Raiders are at home and 3-1 on the season. You never know which of the Chargers’ teams will show up. They have blown two leads which resulted in losses. Round 1 goes to the Raiders in this division rivalry. Pick: Raiders -4
New York Giants at Green Bay Packers -7 Back to back road games for the G-men and Eli on a short week. The Giants seemed to implode Monday Night behind Odell Beckham Jr.’s prima donna attitude and tantrum and Eli’s inconsistent play.
Rashad Jennings is still out with an injured thumb. Aaron Rodgers and the Packers are coming off a bye. The Packers at home with rest are a hard combination to beat under the best o f circumstances. The Giants though may get some juice from Beckham since he seems remorseful for his recent actions and plans to focus less of theatrics and more on football. This could turn into a shoot out that’s decided by a FG. Pick: Giants +7
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Carolina Panthers +4.5 Cam Newton has been ruled out this week while he undergoes concussion protocol. The Panthers are trying to shake the Super Bowl curse. They are 1-3 and have a lot of work to do to make it back to the playoffs let alone the Super Bowl. The Bucs aren’t playing well. Jameis Winston and a Mike Evans could take advantage of taking on the Panthers while Cam is out. Pick: Bucs -4.5
Jacksonville, Kansas City, New Orleans, and Seattle all have byes this week.
Karintha is 32-19-1 ATS for the season