TAMPA BAY (ML) - Its amazing what a little success will do for your outlook. Despite all the turmoil the Bucs have actually been a tough out this year. On the other side Atlanta has been underperforming expectations and are reeling. Falcons do not have a viable deep threat, they can’t rush the passer, and they can’t run the ball… surprisingly the Bucs do all three. They win this one straight up.
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CHICAGO - Bears are the better team on all three units.
MINNESOTA (ML)(+) - The Giants don’t have the pressure from the defensive front to take advantage of a quarterback new to the system. This one should stay close, and don’t be surprised if Minnesota runs at will all day.
SEATTLE - Just don’t see where the Titans points are going to come from here… They should put up 7-13, while the Seahawks will roll up 21-34. Titans defense is solid, but on offense they are struggling to move the ball on the ground, struggling in the redzone, and have no one to stretch a defense. Seahawks roll - B rated Play.
CLEVELAND (+)(ML) - They are very tough on D, and have one of the leagues few “shutdown” corners in Joe Haden. If CJ plays he’s not 100%, and he probably won’t play all the snaps. Cleveland has been a solid play as underdogs at home, and Detroit has not been a good road team. Cleveland has enough on offense to stay in it to the end. This one has upset all over it. A rated play.
TAMPA BAY (+)(ML) - Another contest where the unit on unit fundamental matchups favor the home dog. Consider the Bucs have a true shut down corner in Revis to matchup on the loan Philly deep threat, and the Bucs run defense has been very very good. The Philly defense has not been able to get pressure on the QB, or stop the run. Look for the Bucs to protect their rookie QB by running the ball ALOT. Great value play on the MoneyLine.
ALSO LIKES: San Francisco, New England
CINCINNATI (ML) - Coming in off a surprise upset to the Browns last week, they have a top notch defense that will give the Patriots struggling offense trouble. It’s tough to run up the middle on the Bengals and that is a solid fundamental matchup here. Line opened at Bengals as slight favorites, has now flipped. We’re calling for the Bengals to win a close game straight up - good Money Line value pick.
OAKLAND (+)(ML) - They’re a lot better with Pryor under center. Generous points at home against a division foe they traditionally play very well against.
ALSO LIKE PICKS: NY Giants, Dallas, Houston
CHICAGO (+)(ML) - Da Bears getting a FG, are you kidding me, they may outright win this one. Detroit may have the better over the top pass attack, but Chicago is superior everywhere else - including special teams. Bears have a solid secondary, and can game plan for Megatron. Either way, this one will probably be decided by a FG, and we won’t be surprised if Chicago ends up on top.
ATLANTA - Falcons are very tough to beat at home, and they should be focused for this one. Atlanta starts two rookies at cornerback, however New England has their share of new wideouts. Falcons have a very potent downfield pass attack, Patriots have been struggling on offense, and this is a tough spot to play on the road. Falcons by a 3-7 point margin.
NFL ALSO LIKES: Tennessee, Houston, Miami
MINNESOTA - A PLAY - Vikings playing with a lot of enthusiasm and energy, they’ve taken each opponent to the wire. Returning home winless. Fundamentally they can run the ball on anybody, and have a respectable defense. Cleveland just had the life sucked out of them, losing their most gifted player and team leader, now they’re going on the road - its hard to emotionally adapt on short notice. We actually like QB Hoyer, but not the situation. Minnesota by double digits.
BUFFALO (ML)(+) - Bills have a very good front 7, they do have a vulnerable secondary but the Jets don’t have the weapons over the top to take advantage. Don’t see NY able to run the ball on this D. On the other side the Bills at least have a potent running game to rely on. We won’t be surprised if Buffalo wins straight up.
TAMPA BAY (ML)(+) - Lots of noise coming out of Tampa, however, this is still a fundamentally sound team, and a very good defense. Pats have issues on offense, and this is a large spread. Bucs can run the ball, have a shut down corner, are stout up the middle, and should be in this one to the end. This will be decided by a FG either way.
NFL ALSO LIKE PICKS: Jacksonville (+) the final score will be closer than last weeks game with San Fran…, Carolina (+)
GREEN BAY A+ rated pick. Packers defense playing at home off a frustrating road loss to an elite “pistol” quarterback… they should be more than ready for a less than perfect RG3 coming in off a short week. On the other hand Rodgers should be primed to have a stellar game - and he has plenty of healthy weapons. Pack by 10, as an
TAMPA BAY (ML)(+) - This will be a true test how much the Saints run defense has improved, as the Bucs will test them on the ground. They now have the tools in the secondary to limit the Saints pass attack. Saints just are not the same team on grass on the road, and the Bucs have a chip on their shoulder after giving away last weeks game. This ought to be a great game to watch as I expect it will be closely contested to the wire… decided by a FG either way.
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