After another crazy week of NFL action in week 10, we’re in store for another great week in the NFL. Can the Patriots and Panthers stay undefeated? Will the Bengals avenge their first loss of the season to a solid Arizona Cardinals squad? Let’s take a look at each week 11 NFL contest and see which we you should lean:
Tennessee Titans @ Jacksonville Jaguars (-3)
This is a tricky game here, an AFC South matchup that can go either way. I like what I’ve seen from Tennessee in their short Mike Mularkey stint, even if they are coming off a loss to Carolina. I am, however, taking Jacksonville with the spread in this game. The Titans running game is non-existent making them a one-dimensional football team on offense which the Jaguars defense will feast off of. I see a big day for Blake Bortles as Jacksonville continues to battle for the division crown.
Prediction: Jaguars, 27-16
Oakland Raiders (-1.5) @ Detroit Lions
I think it’s criminal for the Raiders to only be favored by 1.5 in this game, they’re a club on the rise and are playing against arguably the worst team in football – even with their win against the Packers. Derek Carr and Amari Cooper torch Detroit’s defense en route to a big win for Oakland.
Prediction: Raiders, 31-17
Indianapolis Colts @ Atlanta Falcons (-6)
No Andrew Luck? The Falcons coming off a bye? Playing in the Georgia Dome? All signs point to a Falcons win which I will attest to, but what about the spread? The Colts are 2-0 under Matt Hasselbeck, but his body can only play so much at this stage of his career. I’ll take Matt Ryan, MVP candidate Devonta Freeman and the dirty birds as they narrowly evade the spread.
Prediction: Falcons, 23-13
New York Jets @ Houston Texans (E)
The Texans shocked the world this past Monday Night, handing the Bengals their first loss of the season. Brian Hoyer should be ready to go, but even at that I’m taking the Jets straight up. New York has had a long week to prep, whereas Houston has had somewhat of a short week. Fitzpatrick leads a victory over his former team in a game mainstayed by defense.
Prediction: Jets, 17-9
Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Philadelphia Eagles (-6) – PUSH
Even with Mark Sanchez the Eagles enter this week as a favorite by nearly a touchdown over the Jameis Winston squad. The Buccaneers have alternated wins and losses their past 5 games, so if history repeats itself, they should lose in this one. I’m taking Philly in this one – I think Sanchez will bring some fire under center for the Eagles, they desperately need some igniting on that side of the ball. However, the Bucs meet the spread.
Prediction: Eagles, 27-21
Denver Broncos @ Chicago Bears (E)
No way the Broncos enter this game with an even spread against the Bears, a team who just a few weeks ago were ready to pack in their season. Jay Cutler has really turned it up the past few weeks, and he would love nothing more than a win against his former team. However, he hasn’t run into a defense like Denver’s, and while they’ve been playing poorly, they’re going to need to step up without Peyton. Brock Osweiler wins his first career start in a shootout with Cutler.
Prediction: Broncos, 38-34
St. Louis Rams @ Baltimore Ravens (-2)
What a horrific season it’s been for the Baltimore Ravens, their record could easily be reversed with the amount of close games they’ve been involved in. The Rams are among the most inconsistent teams in the league, and they’ll be with a new starter under center after the benching of Nick Foles; Case Keenum will get the start. While I see Todd Gurley turning in a big day, the Ravens are the better football team and way overdue for a clean win.
Prediction: Ravens, 23-16
Dallas Cowboys @ Miami Dolphins (E)
The Cowboys with an even spread in Tony Romo’s return? That’s an easy one against a weak secondary and one of the most inconsistent teams in football – I doubt the Phins can string together back-to-back wins against NFC East opponents. Expect a huge game from Romo. But that doesn’t necessarily mean they’re going to win the whole thing.
Prediction: Cowboys, 30-17
Washington Redskins @ Carolina Panthers (-7)
The Redskins are arguably the hottest trending team in the league right now with Kirk Cousins and that new high powered offense. Can they hand Carolina their first loss of the season? No. Can they at least meet the spread? I don’t think so. The Skins have lost by double-digits in 3 of their 4 road losses this season. The Panthers are typically involved in close games, but they are a much better football team than Washington. We can expect more Cam Newton dancing a lot as the Panthers cover.
Prediction: Panthers, 31-17
Kansas City Chiefs @ San Diego Chargers (-3)
Like Baltimore, the Chargers have lost a lot of close games this year. Even though the Chiefs are coming off a win against Denver, I’m taking San Diego with the spread in this one. Coming off a bye week and at home, it’s hard to go against a pissed off Philip Rivers.
Prediction: Chargers, 34-26
Green Bay Packers @ Minnesota Vikings (E)
No way Aaron Rodgers and the Packers lose a 4th consecutive game, especially with the division on the line. I don’t know what’s wrong with this team, but it won’t go on any longer. I love Teddy Bridgewater and that young Vikings squad, but they’re just not quite there with Green Bay yet. Rodgers proves why he’s one of the best QBs in the game and carries the Pack to a big win in a big game.
Prediction: Packers, 33-24
San Francisco 49ers @ Seattle Seahawks (-13)
Clearly this is a game the Seahawks are meant to win. Even though Blaine Gabbert is under center (although he did play well against Atlanta, a game SF won) I can see the 49ers meeting the spread in this one. 13 points in Seattle’s favorite is quite generous, considering the mess of an offense they have right now.
Prediction: Seahawks, 20-7
Cincinnati Bengals @ Arizona Cardinals (-4) – PUSH
This was probably the hardest game to pick of the week, a battle of top teams in each conference and two quarterbacks that hold solid MVP odds. The Bengals are coming off their first loss of the season whereas Arizona is coming off a big win in Seattle. I’m taking Carson Palmer and the Cards in this one as he battles his former team. I see another failed game-winning drive engineered by Andy Dalton while Palmer adds more fuel to his MVP campaign.
Prediction: Cardinals, 28-24
Buffalo Bills @ New England Patriots (-7)
I think they’re sleeping on Buffalo in this game, especially after their win against the Jets. not only that, they’ve had an extra long week to prep for this Monday night football game which is probably their biggest game of the year – and you know how bad Rex Ryan wants to beat Bill Belichick. I fully expect Buffalo to meet the spread in this game, and wouldn’t even be all that surprised if they actually completed the upset. I just don’t think their offense will quite keep up with that of New England’s as the Pats win on another field goal.
Want more justification regarding the spread? They beat the other New York teams by a combined 4 points.
Prediction: Patriots, 24-21