Hi, hello & welcome to Week 2 of the National Football League! Hopefully you read the TNF column on Thursday and got some good money out of it. Now we’re running through the rest of the games! Odds provided by Vegas Insider. (We use the consensus line on the far right.)
Sunday, September 19
New Orleans (-3) vs. Carolina
Panthers when they seen the Saints are up next on their schedule, pic.twitter.com/DZ6bs1Jl8M
— Saints4lyfe (@Nawlins4lyfe) September 14, 2021
The most impressive showing of Week 1 had to be that of the Saints, who made Aaron Rodgers look like an old QB that wasn’t exactly focused on football during his off-season. Jameis Winston was very effective, pretty much everything went right for the Saints in their temporary home of Jacksonville. This week they visit the other 1995 expansion team, who took care of business against the Jets but weren’t quite as impressive in the process. A win is a win though, and the Panthers have a chance to start the Sam Darnold Era 2-0.
Unfortunately for the Saints, they lost some key pieces this week in Marshon Lattimore, Marcus Davenport & Erik McCoy. They also have some illness issues regarding the coaching staff, with seven coaches in total out this week due to virus. I can see the Saints overcoming the issues and winning, but the Panthers should be able to keep things close.
Houston vs. Cleveland (-13)
— DollarDog Nick (@DollarDogSports) September 16, 2021
The Texans got an easy win over a Jaguars team that might somehow be worse than people expected, while the Browns came up just a bit short against a Chiefs team that seems destined for another Super Bowl run. While the way the Browns lost had to be a bitter pill to swallow, they should feel good about their future prospects. They’ll win this game, the question is if they can cover the spread here.
I don’t think they do. Tyrod Taylor might not be the sexiest QB choice out there, but he doesn’t make mistakes and can keep the Texans close in games like this one where they’re out-manned.
Cincinnati vs. Chicago (-2.5)
Ja'Marr Chase can catch the ball
— LSU Football (@LSUfootball) September 12, 2021
The most encouraging development from the Bengals’ Week 1 victory over the Vikings? Ja’Marr Chase catching the football. It seemed like that was going to be an issue during an unimpressive training camp & preseason for the rookie, and he admitted to having problems seeing the football. He didn’t last Sunday. While it took overtime to get the job done, Cincinnati actually finishing a job is a good sign. The less said about Chicago’s Week 1, the better. I told you about Prime Time Andy Dalton, and the Bears laying an egg in the evening certainly wasn’t anything new.
Things will be better this week. The Bears will be back home, Dalton will be in a more friendly setting, and the Bears defense should be able to get to Joe Burrow more often than they got to Matthew Stafford. We know good things don’t last for the Bengals, & I think they lose by at least one field goal.
Las Vegas vs. Pittsburgh (-6.5)
— Steelers Depot (@Steelersdepot) September 16, 2021
You gotta love it when football players remember history, right? Derek Carr knows that the Steelers have always been favored by NFL management, while the Raiders are typically on the wrong end of league decisions. Indeed, that “Immaculate Reception” was actually an incomplete pass. People outside of Pittsburgh know this. People inside Pittsburgh, well they’re not very happy when the truth gets pointed out.
Unfortunately, the Raiders/Steelers rivalry from back in the day hasn’t been too active recently. They haven’t met in the playoffs since 1984. The Steelers have certainly been in the playoffs more often recently, and a win on the road in Buffalo has given their fans hope. They’ll need to win games like this one, which I do see happening this week. However, I’ll take the six points and count on the Raiders keeping things close. They’ll be feeling good after that win over Baltimore on Monday night.
Buffalo (-3) vs. Miami
— Bradley Gelber (@BradleyGelber) September 15, 2021
These teams also faced off in Week 2 last season. If this season’s game is anything like that one was, we’ll be in for a treat. The Bills won 31-28, with Josh Allen throwing for 415 yards & 4 touchdowns in a performance that was a sign of things to come. Stefon Diggs had 153 yards and a touchdown. As for Miami, Ryan Fitzpatrick had a FitzMagic kind of day & Mike Gesicki put up 130 yards and a touchdown.
The Dolphins were looking forward to Will Fuller debuting this week, but that won’t happen due to a “personal issue”. That’s rarely good. They got a narrow win over the Patriots last week, I see them narrowly losing to the Bills this week. Feels like a three-point game, so keep an eye on that spread.
LA Rams (-3.5) vs. Indianapolis
A reminder: Peyton Manning and Edgerrin James will receive their Hall of Fame rings during halftime of Sunday's Colts-Rams game. Both were inducted in August. pic.twitter.com/fRKpGJ5VRJ
— Zak Keefer (@zkeefer) September 14, 2021
Here’s a secret that might affect your opinion of my NFL fandom & expertise: I really don’t care about Hard Knocks except when my favorite team is on it. In-season might make things different, but the fact it’s the Colts…eh. They don’t seem like the most interesting bunch, but maybe they’ll surprise us. Carson Wentz might be fun, we don’t really know.
What we think we know? The Rams will win this game by a decent margin. They’re got the better roster by a wide margin at most areas of the ball.
San Francisco (-3) vs. Philadelphia
"If the 49ers lose to the Philadelphia Eagles, I'll shave my eyebrow off."
— Get Up (@GetUpESPN) September 16, 2021
I’m not sure what Bart Scott’s issue with Philadelphia is. Could be he just knows how over-sensitive & easily riled up Eagles fans can be, and trolling them is a good way to generate interest. The Eagles looked pretty good in Week 1, so I wouldn’t feel as confident about the 49ers as Bart obviously does.
In fact, I’ll take the Eagles here. Waiting to see that Super Bowl contender people tell me that San Francisco is.
Denver (-6) vs. Jacksonville
How Urban Meyer pulling up to the Jags halloween party pic.twitter.com/A7rgmh9DeO
— Josiah Johnson (@KingJosiah54) September 15, 2021
Denver’s had their first two games on the road, which would normally be tough except they’re visiting some of the worst teams in football. Can you believe the Jags were favored on the road last week? I still don’t get that one. The most interesting thing in Jacksonville this season will be when Urban Meyer decides to pull a Bobby Petrino and get outta there.
Am I going to take Teddy Bridgewater on the road two weeks in a row? You know I am! Broncos will take care of business here.
New England (-6) vs. NY Jets
Este domingo los Patriots enfrentan a los Jets.
We shall never forget. pic.twitter.com/sbr4Tv5GgB
— 🇹🇭SOY PATRIOTA🇹🇭 (@SoyPatriota_) September 15, 2021
It feels like these Patriots/Jets games are always closer than one thinks they will be, so it’s tempting to just take the Jets and the points. Then you think about Zach Wilson against a Bill Belichick defense, and you wonder if the Jets will score six points. It’s a good question, but I’ll stick with my initial feeling on the matter. Wilson will at least get a few moments to shine.
As long as he doesn’t run into a lineman’s butt, things should be ok.
Minnesota vs. Arizona (-3.5)
Gus Johnson at all times pic.twitter.com/kSmlUfEhsJ
— Pardon My Take (@PardonMyTake) September 11, 2021
Games that Gus Johnson calls seem to lend themselves to excitement. This has been proven time & again through the years, so it’s a good thing that Fox has him calling a number of NFL games this season. He’ll be joined by Aqib Talib, who people either think is very entertaining or can’t understand. Doesn’t seem to be much of a middle ground there.
The Cardinals looked much better in Week 1 than the Vikings did, but this game needs to be close since that’s when Gus is at his best. So hopefully the Vikings at least keep it close.
Atlanta vs. Tampa Bay (-12.5)
— Sara Walsh (@Sara_Walsh) September 16, 2021
We got bit by the Bucs and a high point spread in Week 1. Are we going to do it again? Of course we are, we don’t bet against Tom Brady. Also, the Falcons looked dreadful against the Eagles, and I’m going to need to see something of value from them to pick them here.
Tennessee vs. Seattle (-6.5)
#NFL Week 2 broadcast maps (CBS Late)
🔴 Cowboys @ Chargers
🔵 Titans @ Seahawks pic.twitter.com/MVEgI4MZXH
— 🏈 404 LEGION 🏈 PITTS SZN (0-1) (@CantGuardPitts) September 17, 2021
The Titans were probably the biggest disappointment of Week 1, getting owned by the Cardinals in Nashville and not looking like the playoff contender we thought/think they were/are. I don’t think the Titans are as bad as they looked in Week 1, but it’s not going to get any easier for them in Week 2.
That being said, I like the number for the Titans. We know the Seahawks are all about those games are closer than you think they should be. Also, as the maps show, not many people will actually see this game, so there’s no reason for Russell Wilson to get too excited.
Dallas vs. LA Chargers (-3.5)
I'm really looking forward to watching the Chargers vs. the Cowboys next Sunday! Justin Herbert vs. Dak Prescott, Keenan Allen vs. Amari Cooper, and Joey Bosa vs. Jaylon Smith…it looks to be one of the most entertaining games of the season!
— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) September 14, 2021
The Cowboys have themselves a pretty tough opening schedule, following up Week 1 in Tampa with a trip to LA to take on the Chargers. There should be plenty of Cowboy fans at the new stadium, so that’s nice. Dallas’s performance against Tampa was pretty nice as well, and gives on some hope for their chances in the NFC East.
It’s just too bad they’ll be starting off 0-2. Justin Herbert should be able to have a big game against the Cowboys secondary, and I’m pretty sure all his receivers are healthy. There’s a bonus. Chargers take this one.
Kansas City (-4) vs. Baltimore
Lamar Jackson: “It’s not about me and Mahomes. It’s about the Ravens and the Kansas City Chiefs.” pic.twitter.com/nZFAMh5tiJ
— Jonas Shaffer (@jonas_shaffer) September 15, 2021
It absolutely is about Patrick Mahomes vs. Lamar Jackson. Not like that’s different from pretty much any other NFL game. Things are always about the quarterbacks, and when you have two of the best in the game in the same game, that’s where our minds are going to wander to. However, since Lamar wants us to talk about the rest of his team, it’s worth pointing out that the rest of his team has issues. We got every washed running back in the league lining up to get carries for this team. You saw how they fell apart late against the Raiders. That defense doesn’t look like a typical Ravens defense.
The Chiefs took awhile to get going against the Browns, but you knew they’d get it done eventually. They’ll get it done here too.
Monday, September 20
Detroit vs. Green Bay (-11.5)
Just got off the phone with Davante Adams. Asked him if he had a message for those who are worried after the Packers' Week 1 loss and he pulled out the classic Aaron Rodgers quote:
"Just to relax, as 12 said years ago. There's a lot of football left." pic.twitter.com/bybg2SzmXF
— Jordan Dajani (@JordanDajani) September 15, 2021
R-E-L-A-X. We remember Aaron Rodgers telling everybody to do just that after fans got uneasy over some Green Bay early season struggles. Sure enough, the Packers righted the ship. I have no doubt they’ll do just that here against a Lions team that historically has had problems winning in Lambeau Field and looked pretty abysmal for most of their Week 1 meeting with the 49ers.
That being said, I can easily see Detroit doing the same darn thing they did last week, making things close late & getting within that 11.5 number. Maybe another one of those backdoor covers will be in line for us on a Monday night. That would be fun for everybody, especially if you take my advice and put yo money on the Lions.
- Week 1 Record: 7-8-1
- Overall Record: 8-8-1
Cook’s 2021 NFL Gambling Picks: Week 7
Cook’s pick record is looking as bad as Romeo Crennel’s NFL head coaching record. Maybe he gets the ball rolling? Take a look for the gambling picks!
Hi, hello & welcome to Week 7 of the National Football League! I’m Steve Cook, and last week’s football couldn’t have gone worse for my picks and my fantasy teams if I tried. I had the worst pick week that I can remember, and most my fantasy teams ended up in high scoring matchups that ended in defeat. Those are always the worst, when you’re looking at your league standings and seeing your high point total next to a crappy record because you get everybody else’s best week somehow.
It’s funny, I started doing all this stuff back in the day because the Bengals were completely useless and stuff like fantasy football was the only way to really keep interested. Now the Bengals look like they might be good and it’s all the ancillary nonsense I do that’s making those grey hairs pop up. Strange how life works out, isn’t it? All we can do is move on to the next one and not dwell on the past. So we try once again, hoping that we’ve already hit rock bottom and there’s nowhere to go but up.
Thursday, October 21
Denver at Cleveland (-3)
— ESPN Cleveland (@ESPNCleveland) October 18, 2021
Say what you will about Baker Mayfield’s playing ability and whether or not he deserves to get the fat payday that every NFL starting quarterback gets at some point or another. What we know for sure is that the guy will go out there and play through any injury. It might not be the most intelligent thing in the world, but Mayfield has earned the respect of Browns fans with the fortitude he’s shown since donning the uniform. Granted, it’s a shared characteristic with most football players, but many of them haven’t been injured as often as Mayfield has been.
As it turns out, Case Keenum will be playing this week, as Sunday-Thursday wasn’t enough time for the Browns to justify running an injured Baker out there. Most of the Browns are fighting off some type of injury at this point, and this is one of those weeks where you really don’t want a Thursday night game right after your Sunday offering. The Broncos have issues of their own, but not quite as many.
Sunday, October 24
Cincinnati at Baltimore (-6)
Lamar Jackson vs the Bengals in his career…#RavensFlock
💥902 pass yds
💥437 rush yds
💥8 pass tds
💥1 rush td
We play them again this Sunday😈 pic.twitter.com/g3VxWz0BDQ
— 𝙕𝙖𝙘𝙝🦦 (@NewEraZach_) October 18, 2021
OK, so even I have to admit that the Bengals are looking different this season. After Zac Taylor’s first two seasons ended with two & four wins respectively, year three sees the Bengals sitting at four wins after six games. Last week’s showing was impressive even if it was against the awful Lions, as that’s the type of game in previous years where the Bengals would screw around and either lose or win very narrowly. The connection between Joe Burrow & Ja’Marr Chase has been tremendous. Chase is making better blocks than Penei Sewell. Joe Mixon is on point. The defense has been tremendous. There’s a lot to like.
There’s one thing I don’t like for the Bengals this week: They’re going to Baltimore. Up to this point in his career, Lamar Jackson has proven unstoppable against these guys. I know I’m supposed to dislike Lamar Jackson for exactly that reason, but he went to my alma mater and was the most exciting college football player I’ve ever seen. This goes against many of my fellow football fans’ belief that you have to hate everybody that plays against your favorite team, but that’s not how I roll. Lamar’s a good kid that’s very fun to watch, and I’m happy that Louisville is retiring his number. (I just hope things stay that way, and we don’t have a Jon Gruden/Tampa Ring of Honor situation in the future. Jackson is a solid character & a credit to Louisville & the Ravens’ organization, but if any school would have something like that happen it would be Louisville.)
The Ravens are on a roll right now and I see it continuing against Cincinnati.
Carolina (-3) at NY Giants
How amazing would it be for Panthers fans and Giants fans to unite in a chant to Fire Gettleman on Sunday? It’s destiny
— Will (@twentee7) October 19, 2021
Sam Darnold returns to Metlife Stadium! Woop Woop! This is me trying to gin up some excitement for a game featuring a team falling off a cliff against a team that’s already at the bottom of the cliff. The Giants are obviously not very good, but I don’t have much faith in Carolina as a road favorite.
Washington at Green Bay (-9.5)
The road was re-dedicated in front of porta-potties.
The sideline number tribute was in the area where VIPs stand.
The half-time ceremony involved no speeches or recognition.
The owner wore a hoodie to the pre-game meeting with family. pic.twitter.com/HeroBghuK8
— Chad Ryan (@ChadwikoTWW) October 18, 2021
I’m pretty sure that fans of the Washington Football Team would rather have Aaron Rodgers as the team’s owner than Dan Snyder. It’s gotta be tough to defend that guy, even tougher than playing defense against NFL teams has been for the WFT in recent weeks. Washington has gotten trucked in three of their last four games, and I suspect the Packers will continue that trend this week.
Kansas City (-5.5) at Tennessee
Rushing yards leaders after Week 6:
1) Derrick Henry: 783
2) Derrick Henry after contact: 587
3) Nick Chubb: 523
4) Ezekiel Elliott: 521
5) Joe Mixon: 480
— Ari Meirov (@MySportsUpdate) October 19, 2021
The Chiefs’ offense got back on track in Week 6 against Washington, and if Tennessee’s defensive performance against Buffalo was any indication, they should be fine this week as well. The main problem facing KC: their defense is awful and they’re going against Derrick Henry. Not a great combination for success! Whether the Titans win or not, I think they can hang in there with the Chiefs in a shootout.
Atlanta (-2.5) at Miami
— Armando Salguero (@ArmandoSalguero) October 19, 2021
To say things have gone poorly for the Dolphins so far would be quite the understatement. They might have hit rock bottom by losing to the Jaguars in England…or perhaps they have even lower points to reach. Time will tell. I do see this being a high scoring game, as neither defense has shown much of an ability to stop opposing offenses. I also see the Falcons scoring more points.
NY Jets at New England (-7)
Week 4: Jets beat Titans
Week 5: Bills beat Chiefs
Week 6: Titans beat Bills
Jets new kings of the AFC? 🙃 pic.twitter.com/kt6RfLCRNu
— Pickswise (@Pickswise) October 19, 2021
Eh…methinks Bill Belichick is going to have something to say about that. The Patriots won 25-6 back in Week 2, and I haven’t seen anything since then that tells me it’ll be much different. We can talk about Bill’s conservative play calling in later weeks, as I don’t think it’ll be much of an issue this week.
Detroit at LA Rams (-15)
— Around The NFL (@AroundTheNFL) October 18, 2021
Uh huh. Quarterbacks always have to say it’s just like every other game, but we all know the truth. Matt Stafford is looking forward to completely decimating the franchise that squandered the early portion of his career. The Lions are looking forward to the season ending. You couldn’t make this line too high for me, the Rams will take this in a laugher.
Philadelphia at Las Vegas (-3)
The Eagles organization watching the Sixers steal the headlines away from them pic.twitter.com/VZTAmdq857
— shamus (@shamus_clancy) October 19, 2021
After six weeks I don’t really know what to make of either of these teams. Philly has had a bunch of close losses against good teams while the Raiders have resembled a yoyo, changed head coaches and somehow sit at 4-2. They seem to be on an upswing now, so I’m going to suggest rolling with the Raiders. Wouldn’t be shocked if this one ended up as a push though.
Chicago at Tampa Bay (-12.5)
In Sunday's Buccaneers-Bears game, Tom Brady vs. Justin Fields will set a new NFL record for the largest age gap between starting quarterbacks.
The previous record was Tom Brady vs. Mac Jones three weeks ago.
Before that it was Tom Brady vs. Justin Herbert last year.
— Michael David Smith (@MichaelDavSmith) October 20, 2021
One wonders just how many times Tom Brady is going to break that record. After six weeks he’s leading the NFL in passing yards, is second in touchdowns and fourth in QBR. Just accept the fact he’s playing until he’s 50. Bears fans are hopeful that they’ll have finally found an acceptable quarterback by then, and that it’ll be Justin Fields. Maybe it will be, but right now the Bucs are a pretty wide favorite and have done a good job of taking care of business at home against inferior opposition. It might not be the highest scoring game of the weekend, but I think the Buccaneers win by enough points here.
Houston at Arizona (-18.5)
"Maybe we're just better."pic.twitter.com/kmdN13S8fJ
— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) October 19, 2021
Yes, the Cardinals are better than previously thought. Certainly better than the Texans here in 2021. But man…that spread is huge and we’re already riding some pretty heavy favorites this week. When you add in the fact that the Cardinals will surely be looking ahead to a Thursday night matchup with the Packers, this thing has “letdown” written all over it. Not saying that I see Tyrod Taylor rising from the ashes and magically leading the Texans to victory. I am saying that he can get the Texans within 18.5 against a team with bigger fish to fry.
Indianapolis at San Francisco (-4)
— #Random49ers (@Random49ers) October 19, 2021
Sure enough, people are buying into the Colts again after a decisive victory over those Texans. To me, it’s like Matt Sydal piling up wins on AEW Dark & Dark: Elevation before returning to Dynamite or Rampage to lose against an actual wrestler. But then on the other side of things there’s a 49ers team that has lost three straight and are looking for answers coming off of a bye week. Pretty much a must-win game for San Fran if they’re going to contend in the NFC West like people thought they were.
Jimmy G will be back in the saddle and lead the 49ers to a win keeping them in the hunt. I know it seems early to use the phrase “keeping them in the hunt”, but those Cardinals & Rams are off to fast starts. Plus, any excuse to talk about Playoffs & play that Jim Mora video is acceptable.
Monday, October 25
New Orleans (-5) at Seattle
manningcast returning for saints/seahawks mnf and the geno vs jameis qb matchup. i need it.
— Michael Scoop (@trichesfaucons) October 18, 2021
It’s tough to imagine a somewhat mediocre team heading into Seattle as a five point favorite, but that’s where we’re at. It’s also tough to imagine the Saints having a better defense than the Seahawks, but again, that’s where we’re at here in 2021. The Saints are well-rested and have the better defense, but something tells me the Seahawks will keep it close. Mostly because it’s a primetime game and that’s what’s been going on lately.
Week 6 Results: 4-10
Overall Results: 40-52-2
Cook’s 2021 NFL Gambling Picks: Week 6
The only thing worse than Cook’s string of picks, would be certain head coaches life choices. Some people will never change, but will Cook’s luck?
Hi, hello & welcome to Week 6 of the National Football League! It’s definitely been an up & down season over here. We narrowly had a winning record last week, but still sit below .500 overall. If previous years are any indication, we’ll be under .500 for awhile, make a classic comeback in the second half of the season, go up & down like a yo-yo and finish just over .500. What I’m saying is that y’all better stick around, because things are about to get interesting.
Speaking of things getting interesting, we have to talk about Jon Gruden, don’t we? I would have put a lot of money on Urban Meyer being the first head coach to get replaced this season, turns out he’s going to out-last at least one guy. Gruden joins an ever-growing list of people ruined by their e-mails, as messages he sent to Bruce Allen were uncovered as part of an investigation into misconduct by Allen while he was president of the Washington Football Team. Gruden being the first domino to fall as a result of an investigation into Washington seems a bit odd, though it’s hard for me to argue he doesn’t deserve the backlash he’s getting. Can’t feel bad for the guy, but the whole situation feels kinda weird. The fact that the first e-mail made public was a racist insult about NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith, and the fact it got released just prior to a vote on Smith’s future with the NFLPA, seemed awfully fishy.
It makes one wonder how deep this thing is going to go. Who else in the NFL was exchanging e-mails containing opinions best kept out of the public eye with Bruce Allen or other people in the WFT front office? How many people employed by NFL teams are deleting all of their e-mails? Something tells me we’ll never know the answer to any of these questions, but we’ll find out what somebody wants us to find out about.
I’m not sure I’d call Gruden’s second stint with the Raiders a disappointment, since most of us expected it to not go particularly well. He ended up going 22-31 during his 3.25 season stint with the Raiders, and early returns seemed to show that this season’s Raiders team wasn’t going to improve that winning percentage too much. Especially if their showing against the Bears on Sunday was any indication. Looking back, it seems like a sign that the team had given up on him. Whether that’s true or not is irrelevant at this point. Gruden’s out of Las Vegas, and I wouldn’t count on him being back anywhere too soon.
Heck, Tampa Bay booted him out of their Ring of Honor! I wonder if they’ll have a ceremony for that on Thursday night…
Thursday, October 14
Tampa Bay (-7) at Philadelphia
The new leader in quarterback DYAR, the quarterback with the most value by our numbers and thus theoretically the leading candidate for MVP?
It's not Allen, or Herbert. Or Mahomes, or Stafford, or Prescott, or Murray.
44-year-old Tom Brady.
— Aaron Schatz 🏈 (@FO_ASchatz) October 11, 2021
Tom Brady allegedly has some kind of hand injury. Does anybody really think it’s going to hamper him in this game? Even on a Thursday night? Come on, that’d be betting against greatness, and you know darn well we don’t do that around here. Seven points is a tricky number, especially in Philadelphia, but the Eagles have yet to win a home game this season and the slimmest margin is six.
Sure, they’ve only played at home twice, but doesn’t that sound like a good stat? We riding with the Buccaneers, it’s not like anyone there has any reason to be distracted with this Gruden stuff. Unless they sent some sketchy e-mails to Bruce Allen…
Sunday, October 17
Miami (-3.5) vs. Jacksonville
The NFL sending the Miami Dolphins and Jacksonville Jaguars to London should be considered an act of war.
— Mike (@mikeyj2208) October 10, 2021
I mean…Jets vs. Falcons was at least somewhat entertaining when the Jets tried to make it a game in the second half. The Falcons also had some real nice looking uniforms. I’m struggling to find anything positive to say about this one. You got a sorry, no account Dolphin team that have gotten their doors blown off most of the season after somehow winning in Foxboro by a point, then there’s a sorry, no account Jaguar team with a coach that is bound to either quit or get fired or have a mutual parting of ways during the bye week after this game. I’d be shocked if Urban Meyer is still coaching the Jags when they go to Seattle on Halloween. Tony Khan & the rest of the Jags brass better hope the Dolphins cover here, it’ll make their job much easier.
Houston at Indianapolis (-10)
The AFC South is 5-15 through the first 5 weeks of the season.
The Texans, Colts and Jaguars are a combined 2-13. pic.twitter.com/4wTaMXPjOG
— Zach Gelb (@ZachGelb) October 12, 2021
I mean, we knew the AFC South was going to be pathetic, but this is somewhat ridiculous. People will want to sell me on the Titans, and they probably end up “winning” this division, but it’s a pretty sorry collection of teams. The Texans are absolutely brutal, and the Colts aren’t a whole lot better. My honest recommendation to you would be to avoid watching this game or having any kind of association with it.
If you insist on involving yourself in this type of filth…well, you probably need to call one of those hotlines for people with gambling problems. I do have the feeling the Texans will come within 10, but it’s a disgusting situation all around that I would want no part of.
Green Bay (-4.5) at Chicago
Probably bring this up every year before the 1st Packers-Bears game, but …
Justin Fields will be 20th different starting QB that CHI has used against Packers since 1992.
GB has used 3 different starters vs. Bears during that span: Brett Favre, Aaron Rodgers, Brett Hundley.
— Rob Demovsky (@RobDemovsky) October 13, 2021
This is certainly the most historical rivalry in the NFL. It isn’t the most competitive. The Packers have had a 44-15 edge since 1992, when Brett Favre became the team’s QB1. And, to be honest, it wasn’t really competitive for most decades. The Bears dominated from the 1920s-1950s. The Packers dominated during the 1960s when Vince Lombardi came along. Then the Bears dominated from Lombardi’s leaving the Packers until Favre’s emergence. It’s been a rare occasion where both of these teams are good at the same time, and this isn’t one of those occasions.
That all being said, I’m leaning Bears based off that spread. The Packers have some defensive weaknesses that can be exploited.
Kansas City (-7) at Washington
He misspelled “the Kansas City Chiefs defense” but I’ll forgive him
— Dustin James (@dustinjames) October 12, 2021
I’ve been giving the Chiefs the benefit of the doubt so far, and they’ve been doing all they can to convince me they don’t deserve it. Then they go to Washington to face a Football Team that just lost to the Saints by 11. What am I supposed to do with this? By all rights, the Chiefs should be able to take care of this, and that’ll be my pick. Will I be shocked if it doesn’t work out? Absolutely not, even if a team QBed by Patrick Mahomes should easily take care of a team QBed by Taylor…good lord, I can’t even remember. Hendrix? She used to be around. Was nice for a second.
Minnesota (-1) at Carolina
Panthers' Rhule: McCaffrey '50-50' for Sunday vs. Vikings https://t.co/QBjyGlh7an
— AP NFL (@AP_NFL) October 14, 2021
I’ve arrived at this conclusion about the Panthers: If Christian McCaffrey can play, the Panthers can win. If McCaffrey can’t play, they can’t win. I mean, if Panthers fans want to correct me on this they can, but I’m pretty certain this is the deal. Assuming he actually plays, I have to roll with the Panthers, especially if Dalvin Cook’s status is also up in the air. This game could either feature two of the best RBs in the league or be absolutely not worth watching.
LA Chargers at Baltimore (-3)
Can @SNFonNBC flex Chargers Ravens to prime time? No one wants to see Geno Smith vs Big Ben
— Cut Vizcaino Now ⚡️ (@randallchargers) October 11, 2021
That’s what I was thinking. This seems like a perfect fit for SUNDAY NIGHT IS FOOTBALL NIGHT, doesn’t it? The Chargers have charged their way to the top of power rankings while the Ravens have kept doing their thing. They had one of the craziest comebacks in recent memory while we were all figuring out that Jon Gruden nonsense. While that whole news story was happening, we assumed the Colts had somehow blown out the Ravens in Baltimore. That didn’t happen, thanks to Lamar Jackson being an absolute freak of nature. Some people forgot. Lamar wasn’t MVP for a season, and some people forgot. That man gonna be a problem for people for at least the next few years. Probably longer.
Winning here would be a big deal for the Chargers. That would be their official coronation as the top AFC team for this 2021 season. I realize that betting against Justin Herbert might be betting against greatness one of these days…but so would betting against Lamar Jackson. I’m taking the Ravens, though this feels like a push kinda game. Especially when Justin Tucker is kicking for the favorite.
Cincinnati (-3.5) at Detroit
#LionsWeek #BengalsRecordBook : The longest rushing TD in #bengals history. 96 yarder by Corey Dillon vs #lions in 2001. Cincy wins 31-27 (CD with 184 yards rushing). #RuleTheJungle #CincinnatiFootballHistory
— Bengal Jim’s BTR (@bengaljims_BTR) October 11, 2021
I’d like to tell y’all to predict the Bengals running over the Lions like in that clip up above, but things have me a bit concerned. Like the whole Joe Burrow throat contusion thing. If the guy can’t talk to much leading up to the game, he’s going to have problems screaming. Which he’ll need to do whilst running the Bengals offense in a loud Ford Field. I’ve been under-selling the Bengals all season, and people say I’m over-selling the Lions…but that team tends to keep things close. If the Bengals actually do win this game, it’ll be one of those field goal differential games.
LA Rams (-10.5) at NY Giants
So the Giants might have to face the Rams on Sunday without QB Daniel Jones, WR Kenny Golladay, RB Saquon Barkley, WR Kadarius Toney and maybe LT Andrew Thomas, WR Sterling Shepard and WR Darius Slayton.
— Ralph Vacchiano (@RVacchianoSNY) October 11, 2021
Well, reports say that Daniel Jones is working out, and that’s reason for Giants fans to be optimistic. No, there’s actually no earthly reason I’ve seen to not take the Rams, as everybody involved with their passing game & defense appear to be healthy. Sometimes these things aren’t hard.
Arizona at Cleveland (-2.5)
The Arizona Cardinals are going to need more of these run stuffing plays from JJ Watt in Week 6 against the Browns beast RBs. pic.twitter.com/b7oQSok5AZ
— Bo Brack (@BoBrack) October 13, 2021
I’m a big fan of what Arizona has been doing early. Not so much of Cleveland. So that means the Browns are the team to pick here. I know that sounds strange, but trust me.
Jake Roberts voice: Trust me.
I know how these things work. You’ll see the Browns blow the Cardinals out here…it doesn’t mean Arizona is screwed going forward, it just means they got woke up.
Las Vegas at Denver (-3.5)
NFL referee Ron Torbert assigned to #Raiders vs Broncos game.
The #Raiders have a 1-5 record when he refereed.
* Solely for the purpose of information. pic.twitter.com/2cxc9et2bN
— AFL Godfather🏴☠️👓🏈 (@NFLMAVERICK) October 12, 2021
Raiders fans already reaching for explanations when they lose…I mean, as much as I’d love for that team to be good due to a historical fetish I have, they really haven’t been in a long time, and we can’t blame referees for it. The Broncos have gotten owned the last two weeks like I figured they would, but now they have an inferior team to feast on at home again.
Dallas (-4) at New England
— Sohe Coop (4-1) (@SoheCoop) October 13, 2021
America’s Team vs. The Team That Wants To Be America’s Team So Badly They Called Themselves “Patriots”. If the Patriots are looking for a silver lining, it’s that all the asskickings the Cowboys have dished out lately took place in JerryWorld. Their two road games were much closer affairs. That being said, we’re talking about a team that barely beat the Texans after the national media told us how great they were since Tom Brady took mercy on them. The Cowboys take no mercy. Just ask-you know what, I better calm down right now before people start asking questions.
Seattle at Pittsburgh (-5)
LMFAOOOOO SEAHAWKS STEELERS IS SNF THE WHOLE WORLD IS GONNA BE FORCED TO WATCH BIG BEN VS GENO SMITH IM CRYING
— AlexATM44 (@AlexATM44) October 11, 2021
Yeah, this thing won’t be worth staying up for. Alls I’m saying is that y’all shouldn’t keep under-selling the Steelers. That’s when they’re at their most dangerous. You let them slide under the radar while the national media goes gaga over Lamar, the Browns and even the Bengals for some reason…Pittsburgh loves that shit. They thrive off of it. They want you to keep doing it. I don’t, so I give the Steelers their proper respect and say they’ll win this game easily.
Monday, October 18
Buffalo (-5.5) at Tennessee
Out of the three losses last season, the Titans game was the only one where the #Bills got absolutely embarrassed. As with KC, new season, different team, etc, etc… but I'm sure they'd love to return the favor.
— Bradley Gelber (@BradleyGelber) October 13, 2021
Last week we had a lot of people telling us how the Bills would get exposed in Kansas City. Pretty sure some FS1 geek staked his career on it. His reasoning was how the Chiefs had embarrassed the Bills in previous meetings. Well, that didn’t hold up. This week, the reasoning for picking the Titans would be that they embarrassed the Bills last season. Pretty sure the Bills remember that, and that’ll be a reason they don’t sleep on an AFC South team.
The Titans do have Derrick Henry…but not much else. I lean towards the Bills handling their business.
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