*Sunday, October 24th*
Cincinnati 2-3 at Atlanta 4-2 1:00 PM [Line: Atlanta by 3.5]
Atlanta is undefeated at home. Cincinnati has scored the fewest touchdowns in the AFC (tied with Miami).
-RJ’s Pick: Atlanta by 10
Washington 3-3 at Chicago 4-2 1:00 PM [Line: Chicago by 3]
Chicago has a much better defense than Washington. Jay Cutler has not thrown a TD pass since Week Three.
-RJ’s Pick: Chicago by 7
St. Louis 3-3 at Tampa Bay 3-2 1:00 PM [Line: Tampa Bay by 3]
The Rams haven’t played well on the road. But then, the Buccaneers haven’t played well at home.
-RJ’s Pick: St. Louis by 1
San Francisco 1-5 at Carolina 0-5 1:00 PM [Line: San Francisco by 3]
Oh, yeah. This has “Game of the Week” written all over it.
-RJ’s Pick: San Francisco by 6
Buffalo 0-5 at Baltimore 4-2 1:00 PM [Line: Baltimore by 13]
You’ll want to have Ray Rice on your fantasy team this week.
-RJ’s Pick: Baltimore by 21
Philadelphia 4-2 at Tennessee 4-2 1:00 PM [Line: Tennessee by 3]
The Eagles are undefeated on the road this season. I believe they will remain that way if they can manage to keep Chris Johnson under 100 yards rushing.
-RJ’s Pick: Philadelphia by 4
Jacksonville 3-3 at Kansas City 3-2 1:00 PM [Line: Kansas City by 9]
The Chiefs have dropped two straight, but are 2-0 at Arrowhead Stadium. Todd Bouman (who?) will likely be starting at quarterback for the Jaguars due to injuries to David Garrard and Trent Edwards.
-RJ’s Pick: Kansas City by 5
Pittsburgh 4-1 at Miami 3-2 1:00 PM [Line: Pittsburgh by 3]
The Steelers have given up the fewest points in the NFL (by far), and are allowing the fewest rushing yards per game. The Dolphins are winless at home.
-RJ’s Pick: Pittsburgh by 11
Cleveland 1-5 at New Orleans 4-2 1:00 PM [Line: New Orleans by 13.5]
The Super Bowl champs finally won a game convincingly last week. They should do so again this week.
-RJ’s Pick: New Orleans by 18
Arizona 3-2 at Seattle 3-2 4:05 PM [Line: Seattle by 6]
Looking at Arizona’s statistics, it’s a little difficult to understand how they are 3-2. They have the numbers of a 1-4 team. Seattle’s defense is solid against the run, so it will be up to rookie quarterback Max Hall to give the Cardinals a chance to win on the road.
-RJ’s Pick: Seattle by 9
New England 4-1 at San Diego 2-4 4:15 PM [Line: San Diego by 2.5]
Okay, wrap your head around this. San Diego has the top passing offense in the league, and is also first in yards per game. They have scored the fifth most points per game in the NFL. Defensively, they are number one against the pass, and allow the fewest yards per game in the league. But their record is 2-4. They’ve lost four close games on the road and won two blowouts at home. Now 4-1 New England comes to town with the top scoring offense in the NFL, but a porous defense. I expect a close, high-scoring, very entertaining game.
-RJ’s Pick: San Diego by 6
Oakland 2-4 at Denver 2-4 4:15 PM [Line: Denver by 8.5]
You gotta give the Broncos the advantage, since they are playing at home. But by 8.5 points?
-RJ’s Pick: Denver by 3
Minnesota 2-3 at Green Bay 3-3 8:20 PM [Line: Green Bay by 2.5]
Two somewhat disappointing teams playing in a crucial divisional matchup with the Brett-Favre-goes-back-to-Lambeau-Field storyline thrown in for good measure. I guess I know what channel I’ll be watching on Sunday night. (Hint: It has three letters, and starts with N B C.) At least I won’t have to worry about muting the TV when Keith Olbermann comes on anymore.
-RJ’s Pick: Minnesota by 2
*Monday, October 25th*
New York Giants 4-2 at Dallas 1-4 8:30 PM [Line: Dallas by 3]
This will be low-scoring and close. And fun to watch.
-RJ’s Pick: Dallas by 1
(Bye Week Teams: Detroit 1-5, Indianapolis 4-2, New York Jets 5-1, Houston 4-2)
If you’re interested, here is the full list of Danny Sheridan’s odds.