Last week: 8-6, pushing season forecast 98-52. I consider the tie between the Lions and the Steelers to be a loss, which is actually for anyone who has seen that horror of a game …
Eagle Saint (-1.5): I don’t like this line with the Eagles. The Saints have the best run defense in the NFL and it is consistent against all sorts of schemes and runners. The Eagles offense relies on Run and Jalen Hartz’s feet to set up the passing game, which is inconsistent. The offense passed by Hearts and the Eagles surpasses what Trevor Simian and New Orleans can do, but throwing for victory is a bad recipe for young Eagles. I like saints very much and would consider using them as a surviving fantasy pick, even on the street.
Cents 20, Eagle 14
Browns A Lions (-11): It is unknown at this time what he will do after leaving the post. It will be interesting to see what the Lions Dead-to-Right Passing Attack looks like in a more aggressive QB helmet. This is a good opportunity for Boyle, who threw the ball 40 yards more accurately than four throws, as the Browns’ communication and transfer to deep coverage has become a serious problem.
This is the third time this year I have spoken of the Lions without victories: if the two teams here are the same version we saw a week ago, the Lions will win. I said the same thing about the Detroit games with Chicago and Philadelphia – their two ugly losses of the year.
Browns 27, Lions 17
49ers (+6) in Jaguar: This is a test of Kyle Shanahan’s coaching system. This is just a test. If you expect to see void offenses, conceivable play calls, and general lack of clarity from San Francisco, go to the nearest betting window (or app) and square your money in Jaguar. Otherwise, it’s just a fool’s errand and a test to see if the money is split soon.
49ers 26, Jaguar 15
Bill Colts (-7): There is something about the way the Colts are playing that makes me believe they will give the bills some problems. Jonathan Taylor is challenging to win the league title, and the Colts are physical and relentless. That’s the decent thing to do, and it should end there. Meanwhile, the Indianapolis defense is opportunistic. They have a total of 21 takeaways a year and can block big plays out of pocket.
Alas, the most takeaway team is Buffalo (24) and Colts Kubi Carson Wentz, it’s hard to believe he won’t screw up at least once more than his equally fault-prone opponent Josh Allen, whose decision should be a fun one for better playmakers. .
Bill 31, Colt 30
Dolphins in Jet (+3): This game has a very real impact on the 2022 NFL draft. And since the Dolphins have already traded to their first-choice Eagles, there’s no incentive to lose the game here to boost their draft status. If the Jets win here, the first two picks to Detroit and Houston will lock up. And yes, it’s about the only point of interest in this game. I mean, Joe Flaco starts the needle a little for the jets, but it tells me that the jets already know they’re done. There is no bigger white flag in a season than the white flag or the middle finger of a fan base than finding out what Joe Flaco has left in the quarterback.
Dolphin 32, Jet 16
Panthers football team (-3.5): Cam Newton vs. Ron Rivera. I love it. Panthers fans should love it too. I am all for the Panthers in their decision to roll with their former legend. He looked good in limited charge last week, and Washington’s defense – now without Chase Young – also had trouble slowing down PJ Walker in the Cubs.
Panthers 31, football team 22
Ravens at Bear (+4.5): Just a straight gutter game here. I like the beers coming out of the bay against a Ravens team that can’t play consistently as the usual Ravens do as expected. Baltimore can win very well in the 30’s, but I like to snap their four-game losing streak out of the resting Bears’ bye.
Bears 24, Ravens 21
Texans in the Titans (-10.5): The best of the AFC as opposed to the worst of the AFC. I’m going to convince Mike Vrabel that his Titans will focus on the talented Texans, who are leaving bye and have a nice discrepancy with WR Brandin Cooks on the outside.
Titans 38, Texans 25
Vikings Packer (+2): The Packers advanced to their inevitable NFC North crown. A win here gave them a 4.5-game lead over the Vikings with six contests remaining. It’s harder to see Mike Zimmer’s fading team than a speed bump unless their passing crowd suddenly delivers a huge game.
Packers 31, Vikings 24
Bengals at Raider (Pick’M): A peek behind the process of creating this forecast every week …
I usually do the outline and write down the initial thoughts of each game on Wednesday night when I’m at my daughter’s basketball practice. The facility they practice has incredible WiFi and it is easy to see the action in court from the table in the general area where I set up shop. I’m writing Shell for this game, and see, I see a guy walking straight from the NWA 30 years ago after a Riders tracksuit. If this is not a sign from God to take Las Vegas here, I would be worse off than the girl my daughter passed by during practice and hit her buttocks.
Raider 27, Bengals 24
Cardinals in the Seahawks (NL): I know Kyler Murray is set to return to Arizona, but seeing Russell Wilson and the Seahawks last week convinced me of two things. First, the rust is real, even in Russ. Second, adjusting the offense to the starter again requires some adjustment from the rest of the offense. Arizona is one week behind Seattle in that timeline. Nothing against the Cardinals (definitely a good team here) but I like Wilson’s idea of being able to prove and play at home.
Seahawks 24, Cardinal 20
Cowboys at Chiefs (-2.5): Patrick Mahoms and the Chiefs had their “get-right” game last week, and it looks like everyone is back to make their AFC class debut. To quote Lee Corso, “Not so fast, my friend!”
As I pull off the Cowboy hat and keep it in my head to mark the Cowboys as the true Corso fashion winners, I will point to the playmaking Dallas defense with young talent Trevon Diggs and Micah Parsons. Diggs will drop at least one TD in this game for absolute coverage, but he will also make a game on the ball to beat the chances of Mahomes and the Chiefs. And Chiefs Defense will have the butter and hot knives of the post prescott which is the crime of the cowboys.
Cowboy 42, Chiefs 31
Steiler on charger (-5.5): Ben Rothlisberger is expected to start for the Steelers. Mason Rudolph filled in for the COVID-infested Steeler starter last week, but the Chargers will likely beat Rothlisberger. However, the Chargers’ spotty run game and interesting tackling open the door a lot for a (somewhat) capable QB. When Rudolph starts, subtract 12 points from Pittsburgh.
Charger 24, Stiller 20
Giants at Buccaneers (-11.5): I feel bad for the Giants here, I really do. The New York Bears have won 2 out of 3 to go on the weekend and they should gain some confidence and sharpness during the break. But they draw Buccaneers at worst. Tampa Bay received its waking presence at the hands of Washington last week. Now they are crazy and focused again. Hopefully the Giants will play well. Expect the Buccaneers to play better.
Buccaneers 33, Giants 21