Last Week: 9-4-1
Thursday, October 22nd
8:25 pm CBS Levi’s Stadium
The 49ers have shown signs of life scoring as many points in each of the past two weeks as they scored in all of weeks three and four. However, the success has come against dastardly defenses from New York and Baltimore. Seattle looks nothing like the team that went to the Super Bowl last week, but I trust them on short rest more than San Francisco.
Winner ATS: Seattle
Sunday, October 25th
9:30 am Yahoo Wembley Stadium
How these two teams will fair without a home field advantage is anyone’s guess. The Jaguars are middle of the league in offense, but are 30th in scoring. Rex Ryan will likely fire his team up with some nonsense about how rare it is to play in England.
Winner ATS: Buffalo
1:00 pm CBS Arrowhead Stadium
Landry Jones put up some impressive numbers filling in for Mike Vick. Jones completed several throws down the field, 15 yards or more, against a formidable Cardinals defense. Kansas City looks lost running the ball (57 yards) as was expected with the loss of Charles. Adjustments make me think the Chiefs will be able to handle a third string QB.
Winner ATS: Kansas City
1:00 pm CBS Sun Life Stadium
Miami is running a different defensive scheme under Dan Campbell, which seems to have helped Cam Wake to four sacks against the Titans. Houston will be going with Hoyer on Sunday, which could change mid game. None of it will matter.
Winner ATS: Miami
1:00 pm FOX Nissan Stadium
Atlanta will get back to doing what they do best against the Titans: beating bad teams. Three lost fumbles is not a sustainable number. Tennessee will be sharing snaps between Mettenberger and Mariota during the week, which always results in trouble come Sunday.
Winner ATS: Atlanta
1:00 pm CBS Edward Jones Dome
St. Louis is coming off of a bye, but Josh McCown is coming off of a performance against the Broncos in which he threw more TD passes than anyone has against them. The Browns will need to limit the rushing of Todd Gurley.
Winner ATS: Cleveland
1:00 pm FOX FedEx Field
Kirk Cousins has thrown a TD pass in each of the Redskins’ six games this season—literally one TD pass in each game. He seems prone to interceptions against the better teams. This will likely be the time he gets two TDs and limits the mistakes.
Winner ATS: Washington
1:00 pm FOX Ford Field
Adrian Peterson hasn’t topped 100 yards in the past two weeks, averaging just 2.3 yards per carry last week. However, those two weaker performances were against top half of the league rushing defenses. The Lions are 28th in the league and will likely have their hands full.
Winner ATS: Minnesota
1:00 pm FOX Lucas Oil Stadium
The Colts appear to have figured out that they’re playing football this season, that is if you discount the trick play to top all trick plays. Luck finally stayed interception free against the Patriots of all teams. New Orleans will be coming off of a Thursday night mini bye, but Luck shouldn’t have a problem solving the still weak New Orleans defense.
Winner ATS: Indianapolis
1:00 pm CBS Gillette Stadium
Despite New England’s dominance of the league, the New York Jets always give them troubles. Back in 2014 when the Patriots were dominating teams by three TDs, they managed to beat the Jets twice by a combined three points. While Rex Ryan is no longer there to make this matchup the Jets’ Super Bowl, Darrell Revis is, which will be an added advantage for the Jets.
Winner ATS: New York
4:05 pm CBS Qualcomm Stadium
Rare is the game where a quarterback throws for 500 yards. Rare is the game when a quarterback throws for 500 yards and no turnovers. Rare is the game when a quarterback throws for 500 yards and his team loses. While Rivers may not hit 500 this week, what he will have will be enough.
Winner ATS: San Diego
4:25 pm FOX MetLife Stadium
Matt Cassel may inject some life into the sliding Cowboys, but he too is prone to have many turnovers in a short span. The Giants couldn’t circumvent the Eagles’ pressure last week, but should be able to make enough adjustments.
Winner ATS: New York
Philadelphia (3-3) at Carolina (5-0) -3
8:30 pm NBC Bank of America Stadium
Cam Newton is winning games with little to no help around him. Greg Olsen is whatever remains of the equation that’s keeping Carolina undefeated. However, Newton is rushing ten times per game, an area that he relies on and one that the Eagles are better than average at stopping.
Winner ATS: Philadelphia
Monday, October 26th
8:30 pm ESPN University of Phoenix Stadium
Arizona came back to Earth in last week’s loss to the third string QB of the Steelers. But the better teams often have a way of erasing down weeks. The Ravens used to be one of those teams but have struggled in the first half of this season. They may not win, but they’ll come within 8.5.
Winner ATS: Baltimore
Bye week: Chicago, Cincinnati, Denver, Green Bay
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