There are several teams coming off of losses that could get them fired up this week. Some of those teams include the Cowboys who are coming off a devastating loss at home vs the rival Redskins and the Colts who got thumped by a 522 passing yard performance by Big Ben. As the second half gets underway, we’ll get to see who are the real contenders and who the pretenders will probably be. Here are our selections for Week #9…
*Home team in CAPS
Chargers +2 1/2 over the DOLPHINS– We haven’t won with the Fish all season so either we’re due or we will continue the losing streak. It’s just hard not to go with a quarterback who has thrown 20 touchdown passes against just five interceptions in what has been a career-like year for Rivers. Anticipate a close game, as the line suggests, but San Diego, who is a little banged up, still looks like they’ll be 6-3 when it’s all over.
BROWNS -6 1/2 over the Buccaneers- We continue to be in shock over the Browns loss at the then winless Jaguars, but cannot see them losing at home to the less talented 1-6 Bucs. The Browns are capable of putting together much better performances as they did when they torched the Steelers by three touchdowns.
Cardinals +4 over the COWBOYS- Our second underdog this week pits the 6-1 Cardinals against a Cowboy team who loss to the aforementioned visiting Redskins led by a rusty Colt McCoy (who showed no worse for wear). Tony Romo is far from being healthy for this contest with his back ailing after he injured it in the game against Washington. As this goes to post (Saturday afternoon) Romo is still a game time decision. Although he’s a fighter, should he decide to play Romo will be pounded and pressured by the Cardinal’s defensive line all afternoon.
Raiders +15 over the SEAHAWKS- Anytime you give more than two touchdowns to a team, even one that is still winless this season, you’re asking a lot. Yes, Seattle will win this game, but consider this; the ‘Hawks, over their last six games, are 3-3 with wins by just six, ten, and four points. Not exactly blowouts…
Colts-3 1/2 over the GIANTS- Indeed the Colts got whacked by 17 points by the Steelers in Week 8 and gave up a ton of yards in the process, however the Colts have been a staunch defensive team all season long and is entitled to a let down. We just cannot see them having two letdowns in back-to-back weeks especially to a 3-4 team who averages 120 less yards per game on offense and not on the national stage of MNF. The G-Men, led by an improving Eli Manning, will still be without Rashad Jennings leaving them with a so-far unsuccessful rookie in Andre Williams in the backfield.
Last week 2-3
Should be a very interesting week as our selections include two home underdogs. We’re off to a 6-4 record after the first two weeks of the season, with issues beyond our control keeping us from posting our selections for week 3. We’re making the Packers our Best Bet overall week…
*Home team in CAPS
RAIDERS +4 over Dolphins- Miami gets to travel cross country and will face a strong Oakland secondary that helped keep them close in their games vs the Patriots and the Jets. This week there will be no Knowshon Moreno and a struggling Ryan Tannehill. After their stunning win over New England in week #1, the Fish who ‘tanked’ the next two weeks, won’t have an easy time across the pond in London.
Packers -1 1/2 over BEARS- Aaron Rodgers has won the last 10 games following a loss, and after only putting up 7 points last week, look for Rodgers and Co. to put on a better show at Soldiers Field this Sunday. Bears are coming off a short week and will put a beat up secondary on the field. One other note; Rodgers has a career 10-2 record vs Chicago and has won his last seven.
STEELERS -7 1/2 over Buccaneers- We just can’t see the Bucs go from being pummeled 56-14 in Atlanta last week to winning IN Pittsburgh a week later. It’s just not happening… Expect Big Ben to enjoy a Big day playing catch with Antonio Brown.
Falcons -3 over VIKINGS- Teddy football will make his first start after relieving last week and he’ll do so without the services of Adrian Peterson, leaving him with Cordarelle Patterson as the core of the Vike’s offense. We’re expecting nothing short of another blowout by Atlanta.
CHIEFS +3 1/2 over Patriots- New England’s offense has struggled mightily this season due to the issues surrounding their offensive line. The Chiefs get Jamaal Charles back with Kniles Davis (132 yds., 1 TD last week) providing a 1-2 punch that should keep the ball away from a regressing Tom Brady.