After a wild Week 5 of the NFL season, it’s time to pick up the pieces and get back on your horse, or if you were lucky, take your winnings to the bank and get ready to make even more this Sunday.
Here are the early lines as of Tuesday, Oct. 11, which are definitely subject to a lot of movement. If you like one a lot, make sure you fire away sooner than later.
Without further ado...
Green Bay Packers (-15) vs. St. Louis Rams
The Packers proved they could cover a giant spread against the Broncos, and now they take on the offensively anemic St. Louis Rams.
This line scares me a bit, but I feel like it is going to move to 14, and that is when I will pounce. The Rams are really bad and the Packers should win by 14, barring some unforeseen circumstance.
Pittsburgh Steelers (-12.5) vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
Everyone was ready to write the Steelers off last week because of Roethlisberger and Mendenhall’s injuries, but they proved they could easily overcome that circumstance.
The Jaguars aren’t a terrible team, but I think the Steelers take this by two touchdowns in a blowout.
Washington Redskins (PK) vs. Philadelphia Eagles
One of the toughest calls of the week, so I’m taking the home team in this NFC East battle.
The Redskins defense is legit, but can their offense score enough to keep up with the Eagles? We will find out Sunday.
Detroit Lions (-5) vs. San Francisco 49ers
The Lions aren’t going undefeated, but they aren’t going to lose to the overrated and over-hyped 49ers.
They are coming off an emotional MNF win and just proved to the world they can play. Expect Megatron and Matt Stafford to go off again this week.
Carolina Panthers (+4.5) at Atlanta Falcons
Never bet against Cam "Cover Machine" Newton.
This guy has been keeping his team in games against every opponent and barely losing.
If you are getting points with Cam Newton as the QB, you take them. I could see them possibly winning this one straight up anyway.
Indianapolis Colts (+7) at Cincinnati Bengals
The Colts might not win this, but they are going to cover in what will be a very boring and ugly game.
Curtis Painter vs. Andy "The Red Rifle" Dalton isn’t going to make for an entertaining game, but it will be close.
Take the points in a match that will be decided by three or less.
Buffalo Bills (+3) at New York Giants
Love the upset special again here for the Bills.
Their defense capitalizes on mistakes from quarterbacks, and Eli is very prone to this.
They baited Vick and Brady into a total of eight interceptions, and Manning might throw that many himself on Sunday. Take the Bills moneyline, because they won’t lose to a team that can’t get past the Seahawks at home.
Houston Texans (+7) at Baltimore Ravens
Houston is going to cover this week. They aren’t getting enough respect after losing a tight game to a Raiders team that was playing with an emotion that can’t be calculated.
They lost Mario Williams, but the team has plenty of capable pass-rushers, and Joe Flacco isn’t an elite QB to begin with. Take the points.
Oakland Raiders (-5.5) vs. Cleveland Browns
The Raiders are going to keep playing for their fallen owner and beat up on the Browns this week at home.
I expect them to pound the rock, make the open throws and just play a nice, clean game of football. They should get out of there with a touchdown victory.
New England Patriots (-7.5) vs. Dallas Cowboys
As with Cam Newton, don’t bet against Tom Brady.
Depending on how you got the Jets game last week, he won, lost or pushed because of all the line movement around that nine-point victory.
I think he beats by Dallas by that same margin or more, and the team airs it out more and puts up a bunch of points on this sluggish Cowboys team coming off a bye.
New Orleans Saints (-4.5) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Love the Saints giving just 4.5 here to a Bucs team that couldn’t do anything against the 49ers.
I expect them to get blown out, as Sean Peyton has obviously watched the tape and will take a few notes from San Francisco on how to beat these guys.
Chicago Bears (-3) vs. Minnesota Vikings
The Bears fought their hardest against one of the most intense Monday Night Football crowds I have ever seen and performed admirably.
Jay Cutler got beat up and picked on all night but kept his chin up and will lead his team to victory this week over Minnesota.
Miami Dolphins (+7.5) at New York Jets
The Jets are imploding in front of our eyes. They won’t make the playoffs this year, and this Monday Night loss to the Dolphins will seal the deal.