Green Bay Packers @ Cleveland Browns
I see you all sighing as you read this first pick but lets look into this game a little deeper. Cleveland returns both their no 1. wide Receivers and are still yearning for that all-important first win!
Green Bay with Rodgers on the road is a poor team and now with Hundley under center they’re playing much worse and are considered favourites.
This is definitely a game where you want the points, and whilst there’s the extra .5 in the line, I would take this earlier before it falls down to 3.
Best Bet: Cleveland Browns +3.5
Philadelphia Eagles @ Los Angeles Rams
Last week Philli was a 3-point favourite, now; they’re a 2.5 point underdog. Why? This line move makes no sense whatsoever.
The Rams are a very capable squad, but Philli is the 2nd best team in the league right now. They’ve been in LA all week practicing to acclimatise to the change of coasts. The Rams home field isn’t that formidable. The Eagles beat the Panthers on the road, Chargers on the road and the Skins and Seahawks have beaten the Rams in their own house.
The Rams have a hard time travelling to the Seahawks last week in an interdivisional matchup. The Eagles actually outgained the Seahawks last week that beat the Rams earlier in the season.
Love this at +3 but would happily take the +2.5
Best Bet: Philadelphia Eagles +2.5
Baltimore Ravens @ Pittsburgh Steelers
This game opened at the Steelers-7. It has since plummeted to -4.5, with heavy money coming in on the Ravens. With Pittsburgh’s defensive injuries mounting have they got a shot in this one?
The Ravens are usually competitive at home but their 10-2 ATS record against divisional opponents could be put to the test in this one.
The Steelers have been outstanding at home and faltered hard on the road. Hosting the Ravens will be a significant benefit for Roethlisberger and the lads and I expect the Ravens to find it difficult to hang with Pittsburgh on the offensive end.
Given the gaps in Pittsburgh’s defence we look to take the Steelers to win this one shy of a blowout because that’s been uncharacteristic of these matchups
Best Bet: Pittsburgh Steelers 1-13
Chicago Bears @ Cincinnati Bengals
Cincinnati is beat up after such a physical game against the Steelers last week. Having one less day to rest after that brutal encounter is not going to do the home side any favours.
Trubisky has been improving in recent weeks with a 117 QB rating last week against the 49'ers.
I think Cincinnati knows their season is all but over, their behinds were handed to them last week and there’s nothing left in the tank. 6 points is way too many to be giving away, give me the Bears in what could possibly be an upset.
Best Bet: Chicago Bears +6.5