Jonathon Lee’s Picks:
Atlanta Falcons @ Green Bay Packers Over 50.5
I like the Packers scoring points and bouncing back after losing their head coach during one of the worst years in recent Green Bay history. The Falcons’ defense has allowed over 26 points per game in their four-game losing streak, and I expect that to continue. Green Bay is a different team at home where they are 4-1-1, so I like them winning this game outright while putting up points for a 31-27 final score.
Miami Dolphins @ New England Patriots Under 48
We’ve reached the point of the year where the Dolphins play the Patriots late in the season, and the Dolphins make the whole country question if the Patriots are still Super Bowl contenders. It’s like clockwork every year. While I am too afraid to touch the spread on this game due to those reasons, I do like the under. I expect Miami to keep this close and low scoring until the Patriots decide to put the game away. Patriots win, 27-17, and the under cashes.
NY Giants -3.5
Just like it’s the right thing to fade Brock Osweiler, it’s entirely the right thing to fade Mark Sanchez. If the NY Giants defense is available in fantasy, start them. If you have any Redskins receivers, bench them. Mark Sanchez is in the league to be a third string Quarterback that doesn’t play and just serves as a good teammate to help prepare. He was not supposed to be the guy under center for a 6-6 Redskins team. Fade Mark Sanchez, lay the points. Giants win and cover the spread.
Chris Kennedy’s Picks:
New Orleans Saints -9:
I feel like this pick is a fairly easy one, as the Saints have the best point differential in the league, at plus 150. Yes, the fell to a streaking Cowboys team last week, but I think this will be a big bounce-back week against the Bucs. Tampa Bay gives up the third most points in the league, and even though Brees tends to not play as well on the road, I think that the Saints have enough firepower to get them a double-digit win.
Oakland Raiders +10.5:
Yes, the Raiders are a hot mess this year, but the Steelers are on a two-game skid and are without their bell cow in James Conner. The Raiders played the Chiefs pretty closely last week, and I don’t think the Raiders lose by double digits this week. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Steelers cover, but I usually shy away from double-digit spreads.
Cincinnati Bengals +14:
The same reason I picked the Raiders above is why I’m taking the Bengals. The Chargers run defense has struggled lately, and with the absence of A.J. Green, I see the Bengals involving Joe Mixon a lot more into the game plan. The Bengals should be able to keep the game close, even with Driskell behind center. Cincinnati is 3-2 against the spread, when on the road, while the Chargers are 2-4 at home against the spread.
***All stats from ESPN and Vegas Insiders***