The Chargers are off this week but NFL football will keep on rocking without them. Like every Thursday, we’re going every game and I’m offering picks with my accompanying thoughts.
Curious to see who I like this weekend? Well, let’s get to it. Of course, all odds below are via DraftKings Sportsbook.
Odds/lines subject to change. T&Cs apply. See draftkings.com/sportsbook for details.
Thursday Night Football
Broncos vs. Browns (-1) - O/U 42.5
Prediction: Broncos - I was all in on the Browns for this one but the loss of Baker Mayfield along with their top two backs really sets this offense back. Both teams have notable defenses but it’s the Broncos overall team health that gives them the edge tonight.
Sunday Morning Games
Bengals vs. Ravens (-6.5) - O/U 47
Prediction: Ravens - After seeing what they were able to do against the Chargers, I don’t know how I go against them here. Joe Burrow has looked great so far this season and his rapport with Ja’Marr Chase has been lights out. But I don’t think the Cincy defense or offensive line will be able to handle what the Ravens will throw at them.
WFT vs. Packers (-8.5) - O/U 49
Prediction: Packers - After losing that week one game, the Packers have rattled off five-straight wins. Washington is a pesky team, but I don’t see the Pack’s hot streak ending here. Aaron Rodgers and Davante Adams are still in their prime and as long as that’s the case, they’re a top team in the NFC.
Falcons (-2) vs. Dolphins - O/U 47.5
Prediction: Falcons - Even with Tua Tagovailoa back in the fold, the Dolphins still look like a team that’s going to continue to struggle this season. The Falcons still have a veteran under center and plenty of weapons around him. Both teams aren’t offering much in the way of defense so I have to go with the better offensive team in this one.
Jets vs. Patriots (-7) - O/U 42.5
Prediction: Patriots - The last time the Patriots took on Zach Wilson and the Jets, New England forced the rookie into throwing four interceptions. We all know how ruthless Bill Belichick is when he faces first-year quarterbacks so I cannot imagine picking against the Patriots here.
Panthers (-3) vs. Giants - O/U 43.5
Prediction: Panthers - It’s been a rough slide for the Panthers but a layup game against the Giants is just what the doctor ordered. The struggles of the Giants offensive line will continue against a very athletic front seven for Carolina.
Chiefs (-4) vs. Titans - O/U 56.5
Prediction: Titans - After seeing what the Titans were able to do against the Bills on the ground, I can’t see the Chiefs faring much better. I expect Tennessee to keep the ball away from Patrick Mahomes while shortening the game via a heavy dose of Derrick Henry.
Sunday Afternoon Games
Lions vs. Rams (-15) - O/U 50.5
Prediction: Rams - The Lions are an abysmal team this year and you’d be hard-pressed to tell me that will change against the Rams. Aaron Donald should have a field day against an offensive line that’s missing their Pro Bowl center in Frank Ragnow.
Eagles vs. Raiders (-3) - O/U 48.5
Prediction: Raiders - The Raiders showed no signs of a hangover following the Jon Gruden scandal which speaks to their notable mental fortitude. Derek Carr also hasn’t missed a beat after carving up the Broncos through the air this past Sunday. I see no reason he won’t do the same against the Philly secondary.
Texans vs. Cardinals (-17) - O/U 47
Prediction: Cardinals - The Cardinals are still the last undefeated team in the NFL and they have the lowly Texans up next in what should be another lopsided victory. Kyler Murray is still rightfully in the MVP conversation and you might as well just consider this game a “stat-padder.”
Bears vs. Buccaneers (-13.5) - O/U 47
Prediction: Bucs - Tom Brady and the reigning Super Bowl champs going up against a rookie quarterback who didn’t exactly land in the best situation for him. This will likely be a very long night for Justin Fields as he runs for his life from the Bucs ferocious front seven.
Sunday Night Football
Colts vs. 49ers (-3.5) - O/U 45.5
Prediction: 49ers - I like the 49ers here coming off a bye that’s hopefully allowed the team’s stable of running backs to get healthy. It’s not the best matchup in the world as the Colts are in the top half of both rush yards and points allowed each week, but in a game between two teams trying to fight back after rough starts, I like the team that’s more-rested.
Monday Night Football
Saints (-5) vs. Seahawks - O/U 44
Prediction: Saints - The Seahawks will be without Russell Wilson and Chris Carson this week as both were recently placed on IR. Anyone who watched their recent tilt with the Steelers know this offense doesn’t have much going for them if the quarterback can’t get the ball to their play-makers. I like Sean Payton to cook up some pressure looks to get after Geno Smith early and often.