Last week, I went 15-1 (33-16 for the season). Probably my best week ever. Here are my picks for this week:
Baltimore over Pittsburgh
I’ve never been a fan of the Steelers-Ravens rivalry and this game did nothing to remedy that. The only thing worse than the play from Joe Flacco and the Ravens was the play-calling from Pittsburgh. Mike Tomlin’s crew blew four opportunities in the final stretch and now they need a new kicker. Hopefully the Week 16 rematch gives us a better product.
Miami over New York Jets
Ideally, the Jets and Dolphins will use this London trip to rebound after poor showings at home. New York is a tough team to pick on paper, especially with Ryan Fitzpatrick under center, unless they’re playing a bad team. Miami hasn’t been a good team by any stretch so far, but they have too much talent to flame out this early.
Jacksonville over Indianapolis
There’s a general consensus forming that Andrew Luck will miss his first NFL start today, which is awful news for the Colts. A healthy Luck vaults the Colts head and shoulders above the rest of the division. Without him, this is probably the worst division in football. But can Jacksonville play well enough to win their first road game since December 2013? I’m leaning toward yes.
Buffalo over New York Giants
The Bills are without LeSean McCoy and Sammy Watkins today, but it shouldn’t be all bad news. For one, Karlos Williams has been the best running back so far. Also, with Tyrod Taylor’s seven touchdown passes going to six different receivers, they should have enough on offense to overcome the losses.
Carolina over Tampa Bay
The Panthers really lucked out with their first four games coming against mediocre teams, but Cam Newton is playing some of his best football yet. He’s the entire offense, but as long as he’s healthy, it isn’t an issue.
Philadelphia over Washington
I’m hoping that Philadelphia just needed a win to get things in gear.
Oakland over Chicago
Jay Cutler is back in the lineup already after suffering a hamstring injury Week 2. Though he probably isn’t 100%, Bears fans saw enough of Jimmy Clausen to know that Cutler is their best option under center. However, I like the way Oakland’s been playing so far. Should be another big day for Amari Cooper.
Atlanta over Houston
With the Matt Ryan/Julio Jones connection in full force and an improving defense, this is a team to watch going forward. They should make it 4-0 today.
Cincinnati over Kansas City
After three good games, maybe Bad Andy Dalton isn’t showing up this year.
San Diego over Cleveland
Definitely didn’t see that loss to Minnesota coming last week for San Diego. They should get back on track today.
Green Bay over San Francisco
Aaron Rodgers puts on a clinic. Colin Kaepernick continues to struggle. Rinse, repeat.
Arizona over St. Louis
Weak schedule or no, this Cardinals team is an NFC contender as long as Carson Palmer stays healthy.
Denver over Minnesota
With a bad Peyton Manning, Denver is a good team. When he puts it all together again, they may be unbeatable.
New Orleans over Dallas
Drew Brees returns this week, but the big question is how much arm strength he’ll have. If he’s good to go, he could burn the Dallas secondary a few times.
Seattle over Detroit
A Detroit Lions team who can’t buy a win right now and led by a struggling Matthew Stafford heads into Seattle. We all know how this ends.
Record (Week): 9-6
Record (Season): 42-27