Injuries, home field and jockeying for a playoff berth are reasons for teams laying it all on the line and we think our five Best Bets this week are exactly that! The surprising Jets winning in Buffalo and the Kansas City Chiefs losing their first game of the season make up two of this week’s predictions…
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Jets Over the BILLS- With Bills WRs Stevie Johnson and Robert Woods both sitting out this week with injuries, and the Jets WR Santonio Holmes and TE Kellen Winslow (the Jets’ leading receiver before his suspension) both returning to the lineup, this should be enough of an edge for the Jets to avenge their 27-20 loss at Met Life Stadium back on Week 3. The Bills haven’t had their bye week yet and their schedule, Ed Reeds Jets debut, and a better defense will spell victory for the visiting Jets.
Lions over the STEELERS- Clearly a must-win game for the Steelers, however the visiting Lions have too many weapons to combat any fight that Pittsburgh might muster. Matt Stafford has been on a roll and is on pace to throw for the third most yards in a season in NFL history. Reggie Bush, Megatron & company will prove too much for the lackluster Steeler offense.
TEXANS over the Raiders- With fourth string quarterback Matt McGloin slated to get his first NFL start while Terrelle Pryor rests his sprained MCL, this could be a long day for the visiting Raiders. The Texans have the number 1 pass defense in the league which will force McGloin to make errant throws and rely on a running game devoid of a healthy Darren McFadden (hamstring).
BENGALS over the Browns- Even though the Browns took the game in their first meeting at Cleveland 17-6, the Bengals offense has begun to gel and become a more cohesive unit over their past few games. Winning both games against a rival team in the regular season is like winning both ends of a double-header in baseball; possible but difficult.
BRONCOS over the Chiefs- If our pick is correct, this will spell defeat for the Chiefs for the first time this season. Denver is undefeated at home this year (5-0) and even a wobbly Peyton Manning is better than a healthy Alex Smith. Coach Andy Reid, for all those superstitious ones out there, is an overwhelming 13-1 following a bye-week for his career.