Not a lot on offer this week so we’ve trimmed our selections from 4 to 3. However, we’re always able to find some winners and this week offers a prime selection in the late Monday game. Without any further nonsense, lets get to the picks.
Cheers, Nik Hatzi
CAROLINA PANTHERS AT LOS ANGELES RAMS
Carolina is a good team. They haven’t had the best run so far this season, however, statistically they’ve been on of the NFL’s best.
The Panthers’ most glaring weakness is their secondary. Since losing Josh Norman, Carolina hasn’t been able to protect against the pass. In this game, they face one of the most anemic teams when it comes to throwing the ball. They face the 3rd worst offence in the league with the Rams averaging 17.1 points per game. Carolina has been averaging 34 points per game since Cam Newton has returned.
They laid a beat down on the Cardinals last week, a team who are considered one of the contenders for this year’s Super Bowl. With Cam Newtown taking hits in the media recently, I look for this team to be galvanized and come together to really show the gulf in class between these two squads. Lay the 3 points with the Panthers.
TENNESSEE TITANS AT SAN DIEGO CHARGERS
I love betting on San Diego when they’re underdogs. I’m not a big fan when they’re the favourites, and 5-point favourites at that. San Diego is 1-7 against the line when favoured at home.
The Titans have won 3 of their last 4 and Mariotta has improved his passing by 40 yards over this stretch. This shows that Mariotta is getting on the same page as his receivers, which will add additional, help to their smash mouth style of play. San Diego is 24th against the pass, which may offer some opportunities to the Titans in this one. Titans are more than capable of hanging close in this one and catching a late field goal to cover this line.
DENVER BRONCOS AT OAKLAND RAIDERS (Play of the Week)
The Raiders have been a good team that we’ve been backing over the past couple of weeks. With that said, their schedule hasn’t been all that difficult. They’ve beaten the Saints when they were at their worst by 1 point, they beat a very underwhelming Baltimore team by 1 point and they beat San Diego by 3 points when San Diego was finding ways to lose games for themselves. Against quality opposition in Atlanta and Kansas City they got waxed.
This team has given up 400+ yards per game to the opposition in 5 games this season. If you give that to the Broncos with their stout defence and manageable offence, I expect Denver to take full advantage of it. The Broncos are 6-0 when scoring 20+ points this year, and I believe the Raiders will hand them 20 points on a platter.
The Broncos just named Siemian a co-captain of the offence. This is a huge step which will give this team added confidence and a bucket load of confidence to Siemian himself. The Raiders have won 1 of 3 games at home and failed to cover the line in each encounter.