Week 11 and the league goes international with a game south of the border. A couple of changes at quarterback and the uncertain future of a head coach. Also, Colin Kaepernick is named GQ magazine’s “Citizen of the Year.” Still no sign of any team wanting to sign him.
Last Week’s Results
Head to Head: 9-4
Against the Spread: 7-4-2
Season to Date
Head to Head: 85-60
Against the Spread: 54-54-21
All odds courtesy of Oddshark.com
Bye week teams: Carolina, Indianapolis, New York Jets, San Francisco
Thursday November 15
Tennessee at Pittsburgh
Line: Steelers by 7
The Titans can pull ahead of the Jags in the AFC South. The Steelers can pretty much put away the AFC North with a victory. On paper this looks like an intriguing matchup. But if you read between the lines, this could be a blood bath.
Smooth’s Pick – Pittsburgh (31-13)
Sunday November 19
LA Rams at Minnesota
Line: Vikings by 2½
Both Case Keenum and Jared Goff are proving naysayers wrong with their outstanding play this season. But have led their teams to 7-2 records. Each team are sporting win streaks. Somethings gotta give.
Smooth’s Pick – Minnesota (24-18)
Washington at New Orleans
Line: Saints by 7½
Tough breaks for the Redskins this season, as they easily could have been 6-3. Instead their 4-5 and have to take on a Saints team that have looked like the team of old when they won the Super Bowl. A win will make it 8 in a row.
Smooth’s Pick – New Orleans (35-14)
Baltimore at Green Bay
Line: Ravens by 2
With the AFC North division title slipping away, the Ravens will have to settle for the wild card. They’ll need to win on the road. The Packers however finally broke through with Brett Huntley at QB. This will be a tough matchup.
This is my upset special!
Smooth’s Pick – Green Bay (23-19)
Detroit at Chicago
Line: Lions by 3
Another division rivalry game between the two. The Bears were playing better despite the two game losing streak. The Lions finally broke into a two game win streak. This is always tough to read. Look for a low scoring matchup.
Smooth’s Pick – Detroit (14-12)
Jacksonville at Cleveland
Line: Jags by 7
A win will give the Jags their first 4 game win streak since 2007. What a better time to do that than with the lowly Browns. The Jags play better on the road and should be able to handle the Browns on the road.
Smooth’s Pick – Jacksonville (27-10)
Arizona at Houston
Line: Cardinals by 1
Houston will need to find a way to get Tom Savage to score some points. He’s been largely ineffective as the Texans have a three game losing streak. The Cardinals have not had too much luck on the road this season. This could be a tug-o-war match.
Smooth’s Pick – Houston (24-21)
Tampa Bay at Miami
Line: Pick ‘em
This is also a re-scheduled game from week 1 because of the hurricane in South Florida. The Bucs got a big win over the Jets thanks to the defense. The Dolphins have had trouble on the road. Thankfully, their at home which should be a slight advantage.
Smooth’s Pick – Miami (26-20)
Kansas City at NY Giants
Line: Chiefs by 10½
Giants co-owner John Mara said he will stay with Ben McAdoo for the rest of the season, putting the team on notice that their jobs are not safe. It’s unknown how fans of Big Blue will react this weekend. With the Chiefs high powered offense coming to town, their might be a revolt.
This is my lock!
Smooth’s Pick – Kansas City (31-13)
Buffalo at LA Chargers
Line: Bolts by 4½
The Bills began the season on a hot streak, only to find them fading away. They were clobbered at home to the Saints. Now they have a cross-country road trip to LA where the Bolts have cooled down after losing two games. They’ve benched Tyrod Taylor for Nathan Peterman
Smooth’s Pick – LA Chargers (33-14)
Cincinnati at Denver
Line: Broncos by 2½
The Broncos have been in a major slump, losing 5 straight and their season in the balance. The Bengals season also is on the line. This will be a good time for one team to turn their season around.
Smooth’s Pick – Denver (20-17)
New England vs. Oakland
Line: Patriots by 6½
This game will be played in Mexico City, where the altitude is higher than in Denver at over 7,200 feet above sea level. For that, throw this line out the window. The team winning the game will be the one rested. The Raiders are coming off a bye week, so that give them an advantage.
Smooth’s Pick – Oakland (26-21)
Philadelphia at Dallas
Line: Eagles by 3½
The Cowboys got spanked last weekend on the road. They’ll need to get back on the ball as the Eagles come to town riding a 7 game win streak. With Ezekiel Elliot out 5 games with a suspension, they look like a different team.
Smooth’s Pick – Philadelphia (24-19)
Monday November 20
Atlanta at Seattle
Line: Seahawks by 3
Both teams off big victories, but for the Seahawks it was a costly one, losing Richard Sherman for the rest of the season. Seattle is deep on defense and should handle the Falcons receivers. This could be the game of the week.
Smooth’s Pick – Seattle (28-16)
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