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Smooth’s NFL Football Picks – Week 5

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Week 5 and in the last 4 weeks, the league has seen 6 games go into overtime, three just last weekend. Of those 6, two ended in ties, and some NFL bloggers are calling for a change to the overtime rules, preferably to rules similar to college football where eventually, there will be a winner. But we say, “Not so fast”. How often do we get these overtime games that end with a tie? Not very often. The system as it works right now is fine as it is, and it adds to the drama at the end of the season, when that tie could prevent teams from making the playoffs. Too much overreacting, if you ask me.

Last Week’s Results

Head to Head: 8-7
Against The Spread: 5-7-3

Season to Date

Head to Head: 36-25-2
Against The Spread: 26-25-12

All odds courtesy of Oddsshark.com

Bye Week Teams: Chicago, Tampa Bay

Thursday, October 4th

Indianapolis at New England
Line: Patriots by 10

Tom Brady and the Patriots got back to normal, as they crushed Miami last weekend. Now a quick turnaround, as they play the Colts at Foxborough. The Colts had a disappointing overtime loss to the Texans. It will be a harder task for them against a tougher Patriots team.

Smooth’s Pick – New England (34-21)

Sunday, October 7th

Tennessee at Buffalo
Line: Titans by 3½

The Titans pulled off the upset in OT against Philadelphia and put them in the driver’s seat in the AFC South. They travel to Western New York to take on the Bills, who are still stinging from being shut out in Green Bay. They’re still tough at home and should give the Titans a challenge.

Smooth’s Pick – Tennessee (17-12)

Atlanta at Pittsburgh
Line: Steelers by 3

The Falcons were shocked with a last second loss to Cincinnati last Sunday. Now they have a must win situation against a Pittsburgh team who are also in a must win after their poor showing against Baltimore. One of these teams are going to be hurting by the time Sunday is over.

Smooth’s Pick – Pittsburgh (28-24)

Denver at NY Jets
Line: NY Jets by 1

Tough loss for the Broncos on Monday night against Kansas City. They travel to the Meadowlands to take on a Jets team that have lost three straight. Gang Green is still looking to get their offense going after falling to the Jags last Sunday. This is close to a pick ‘em game.

Smooth’s Pick – Denver (22-19)

Jacksonville at Kansas City
Line: Chiefs by 3

The Chiefs pulled off an outstanding comeback in Denver. They travel home to take on a Jags team who stomped the Jets last weekend. This is will be a tough task for them, as KC is tough to beat at home. The defense will be the big key for both teams.

Smooth’s Pick – Kansas City (21-18)

Green Bay at Detroit
Line: Packers by 1½

Even though the Packers shut out the Bills last Sunday, QB Aaron Rodgers was a bit annoyed by his offense. They travel to the Motor City to take on a Lions team that had a heartbreaking loss to Dallas. No sense crying about it. This divisional rivalry is going to be tough, as always.

Smooth’s Pick – Green Bay (24-21)

Baltimore at Cleveland
Line: Ravens by 3

The Ravens take charge in the AFC North with a victory over Pittsburgh last weekend. They travel to Cleveland to take on a Browns team that have finally become competitive. They lost to Oakland by the skin of their teeth, and will be looking to get back in the win column.

This is my upset special!
Smooth’s Pick – Cleveland (19-17)

NY Giants at Carolina
Line: Panthers by 7

Big Blue is having offense problems. They couldn’t get going against New Orleans last weekend, and now have to take on a tougher defense with the Panthers. Carolina is coming off a bye week, so they’ll be refreshed.

Smooth’s Pick – Carolina (27-16)

Miami at Cincinnati
Line: Bengals by 6

The Dolphins came down to earth with a crushing defeat against New England. They must now travel to Cincinnati, where the Bengals look as improving on their 3-1 record. Not many have picked them to be this good, but they are on the move.

Smooth’s Pick – Cincinnati (31-19)

Oakland at LA Chargers
Line: Bolts by 5½

The Raiders finally got in the win column with a narrow victory over the Browns last weekend. The travel south to take on the Bolts, who held on to beat the Niners. This divisional match with be tough and fierce. Look for a big game from Philip Rivers on Sunday.

This is my lock!
Smooth’s Pick – LA Chargers (33-14)

Arizona at San Francisco
Line: Niners by 4

The Cardinals are losers of four straight after their loss to Seattle last weekend. Now they have travel north to the bay area, where the Niners surprised the Chargers with a near-comeback. This will be tough going for the Cardinals, but they should make it interesting at the end.

Smooth’s Pick – San Francisco (23-21)

Minnesota at Philadelphia
Line: Eagles by 3

This is a rematch of January’s NFC Championship game, where the Eagles went on to win and take the Super Bowl. This game will be different. The Eagles are still stinging from an overtime loss to Tennessee. The Vikings had a rough go against the Rams. The extra days of rest favor them.

Smooth’s Pick – Minnesota (20-16)

LA Rams at Seattle
Line: Rams by 7

This is the toughest test for the Rams, as they take on their division rival. Their unbeaten streak is on the line as they face a Seahawks team that won a tough game against the Cardinals. Biggest factor will be the 12th man at Century Link Park. Can they be a factor?

Smooth’s Pick – Seattle (24-21)

Dallas at Houston
Line: Texans by 3½

The Sunday night game will be an interstate rivalry. The Cowboys got a much needed win verses Detroit last Sunday. They travel south to take on a Texans team that is riding high after their first win of the season verses Indianapolis. Both teams look to keep their momentum going.

Smooth’s Pick – Dallas (23-20)

Monday, October 8th

Washington at New Orleans
Line: Saints by 6½

The Redskins are coming off a bye week. They take on a Saints team that wore down a weakened Giants offense. This will be a tough task, as the Redskins will be more refreshed. But the Superdome will always make it hard for opponents to play well.

Smooth’s Pick – New Orleans (30-24)

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Smooth’s NFL Football Picks – Week 15, “So you’re telling me there’s a chance!”

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Week 15 and don’t look now, but the Giants are slowly moving themselves back into the playoff race. It’s a tall order, but after a 1-7 start, the G-men are 4-1 after the bye week, including big wins against Chicago and Washington. Here’s what needs to happen the rest of the way. Big Blue needs to win all their remaining games. That includes opponents such as Tennessee at home this weekend, Indianapolis on the road and a season ending match-up at home against Dallas. Then they need help. Minnesota, Carolina and Philadelphia all need to lose two of their last three games and Green Bay needs to lose one of their last three for any kind of chance. If everything falls into place, the G-men could be looking at a wildcard game on the road against Chicago in January.

Last Week’s Results

Head to Head: 8-8
Against the Spread: 7-8-1

Season to Date

Head to Head: 134-72-2
Against the Spread: 102-72-34

All odds courtesy of Oddsshark.com

Thursday December 13

LA Chargers at Kansas City
Line: Chiefs by 3½

The Bolts continue to charge their batteries in the AFC West and they now have a crucial match-up against the Chiefs. LA won their game with Cincinnati, KC took out Baltimore with a narrow victory. The winner will likely win the division.

Smooth’s Pick – Kansas City (34-31)

Saturday December 15

Houston at NY Jets
Line: Texans by 6

Houston’s win streak ended at nine with a narrow loss to Indianapolis last Sunday. They travel to the Meadowlands to take on Gang Green. They won in Buffalo for their 4th win. The Texans are still in the mix for a first round bye. They need this one badly.

Smooth’s Pick – Houston (24-13)

Cleveland at Denver
Line: Broncos by 3

The Browns also have an outside chance for a wildcard spot. They also need to win all their remaining games including this one in the Mile High city, plus get some help. The Broncos are one of those teams standing in their way. This will be a tough match-up.

Smooth’s Pick – Denver (21-18)

Sunday December 16

Arizona at Atlanta
Line: Falcons by 8½

The “dirty birds” season is just about done. Only a half filed stadium last weekend. This weekend will be no different in a meaningless game except for draft position. The Cardinals continue to struggle scoring. This should be easy pickings.

This is my lock!
Smooth’s Pick: Atlanta (38-12)

Dallas at Indianapolis
Line: Colts by 3

The Cowboys are in the driver’s seat in the NFC East. They can clinch the division with a win. But they have the Colts, who are playing better of late. They knocked off the red hot Texans and can do the same with the Cowboys. Look for a competitive match-up.

Smooth’s Pick – Indianapolis (22-19)

Detroit at Buffalo
Line: Bills by 2½

Despite a home loss to the Jets, this is a rare favorite for the Bills. And it’s probably because the Lions have been decimated with injuries the last four weeks. With Josh Allen beginning to show signs of life. They could make the game interesting at home.

This is my upset special!
Smooth’s Pick – Detroit (23-17)

Green Bay at Chicago
Line: Bears by 6

The Pack was able to win last weekend against the Falcons and keep their slim playoff hopes alive. But it may come to an end in the “Windy City” in a game verses their rivals, the Bears. They were able to slow down the Rams last Sunday night. If their offense gets back to business, they could be trouble.

Smooth’s Pick – Chicago (24-18)

Miami at Minnesota
Line: Vikings by 7

The Dolphins pulled off a miracle in the final seconds against New England. They need to continue to win for the wildcard, but this match-up verses the Vikings in Minneapolis could be tough to do. Coming off an ugly loss in Seattle, the Vikings also need this one.

Smooth’s Pick – Minnesota (25-23)

Oakland at Cincinnati
Line: Bengals by 2½

The Raiders escaped with only their third win of the season, a game that slipped off the foot of Pittsburgh’s kicker. They travel to Cincinnati, where the Bengals lost a tough one to the Chargers. They need this to keep from going under .500 on the season.

Smooth’s Pick – Cincinnati (27-21)

Tampa Bay at Baltimore
Line: Ravens by 8

Not a good match-up for the Bucs, as they travel to Baltimore to take on the Ravens. However, they’re going up against a new QB in Lamar Jackson, who is in for the injured Joe Flacco. He is 3-1 in his starts and could be their future.

Smooth’s Pick – Baltimore (33-15)

Tennessee at NY Giants
Line: Giants by 2½

The Titans control their own destiny as they sit in the final wildcard spot in the AFC. But they continue to be inconsistent this season at 7-6. Now they take on a resurgent Giants squad, who we mentioned previously need this game. The point spread will shrink to a pick ‘em by Sunday afternoon. It’s anyone’s guess who will win.

Smooth’s Pick – NY Giants (23-14)

Washington at Jacksonville
Line: Jags by 7

The Redskins got hammered by the G-men last weekend. Mark Sanchez was a horrible pick for a start. They will go with Josh Johnson against the Jags, who looks lethargic last weekend. The Jags may get a break as they look to get win number five.

Smooth’s Pick – Jacksonville (30-10)

Seattle at San Francisco
Line: Seahawks by 5

Impressive win by the Seahawks against Minnesota on Monday night. They travel to the bay area to take on a Niners squad who surprised Denver last weekend. They will try to snap an 11 game losing streak to the Seahawks and play spoiler.

Smooth’s Pick – Seattle (26-22)

New England at Pittsburgh
Line: Patriots by 1½

The Patriots were rocked by a last second loss to Miami and now have to take on a Steelers team that were rocked by their own last minute heartbreak in Oakland last weekend. After losing three in a row, this is the worst time to try and end a losing streak.

Smooth’s Pick – New England (25-24)

Philadelphia at LA Rams
Rams by 9

The Eagles will not have QB Carson Wentz this weekend, and possibly the rest of the season. They go back to Nick Foles to take on the Rams, who had a rare ‘faux-pas’ in Chicago. Will this all lead to another run to the playoffs? Not likely!

Smooth’s Pick – LA Rams (30-21)

Monday December 17

New Orleans at Carolina
Saints by 6

They had lots of time to think about their stinker against Dallas. The Saints will take on a Panthers team, that’s collapsing before our very eyes. They were upset against Cleveland. Another loss will sink them even further in the playoff hunt. Saints need this win to stay even for that number one overall position in the NFC.

Smooth’s Pick – New Orleans (31-19)

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And that’s week fifteen of Smooth’s NFL Football Picks. We’ll see you later!

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Smooth’s NFL Football Picks – Week 14 – Kaepernick Continues to Wait…and Wait.

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Week 14 and still no signs of teams in the league who are willing to sign free agent QB Colin Kaepernick.  The most recent team that could have made the call would have been the Washington Redskins, who for the second time in three weeks lost a starting quarterback to a broken leg. The team wound up signing Mark Sanchez and also worked out EJ Manuel, TJ Yates, Kellen Clemens and Josh Johnson, whom they signed as a backup. Kaepernick has not been signed by an NFL team since he opted out of his contract with the 49ers in March of 2017. Kaepernick currently has a collusion complaint against the league. We’ll tell you more about the Redskins later on.

Last Week’s Results

Head to Head: 11-5
Against the Spread: 6-5-5

Season to Date

Head to Head: 126-64-2
Against the Spread: 95-64-33

All odds courtesy of Oddsshark.com

Thursday, December 6

Jacksonville at Tennessee
Line: Titans by 4

The Jags were able to shutout Indianapolis last weekend, but their offense wasn’t able to get much either except two field goals. Still they have an outside chance for the playoff, if they continue to win the rest of their games and hope for help. The Titans can end that dream with a win. They knocked off the Jets last Sunday. This will be tougher than expected game for them.

Smooth’s Pick – Tennessee (28-17)

Sunday, December 9

Atlanta at Green Bay
Line: Packers by 6

Both teams playoff hopes were dashed last weekend. The “Dirty Birds” were beaten at home against Baltimore. The Packers had a humiliating loss at home against Arizona. So bad that they fired long time head coach Mike McCarthy. The team will have to go in a new direction, and will play the season of draft position.

Smooth’s Pick – Atlanta (24-19)

Baltimore at Kansas City
Line: Chiefs by 6½

As we mentioned before, the Ravens ripped Atlanta in a half empty Mercedes-Benz stadium. They get a tougher task with the Chiefs, who got back into the win column verses Oakland. Still, it’s a tough game and the KC offense will be challenged.

Smooth’s Pick – Kansas City (27-21)

Carolina at Cleveland
Line: Panthers by 1½

They suffered yet another bad loss, this time against Tampa Bay. They have their second road game, this time in Cleveland. The Browns came back down to earth with a shellacking by Houston last weekend. This will be tougher than expected.

Smooth’s Pick – Cleveland (21-19)

Indianapolis at Houston
Line: Texans by 4½

The Colts had no offense to show in their shutout loss to Jacksonville. Now, they have to deal with a soaring Texans team that continues to win. It was their 10th consecutive victory last weekend. Another impressive win will put them in the mix for the number one overall seed in the AFC.

This is my lock!
Smooth’s Pick – Houston (30-12)

NY Giants at Washington
Line: Giants by 3½

For the first time all season long, the G-Men are favored. They held on to be Chicago in OT last Sunday. They travel to DC to take on a free-falling Redskins team that lost another QB. Colt McCoy will be replaced by Mark Sanchez, who hasn’t played in two years. This gives Big Blue their best chance for a much need road win and keep their slim playoff hopes alive. Of course, they’ll need lots of help.

Smooth’s Pick – NY Giants (26-10)

NY Jets at Buffalo
Line: Bills by 3½

Both teams are going nowhere fast. Gang Green will get Sam Darnold back to start. Josh McCown was 0-3 in his absence. They travel to Western New York, where the Bills has 13 penalties for 120 yards in their loss to Miami. Discipline is what they need if they win this weekend.

Smooth’s Pick – Buffalo (16-13)

New England at Miami
Line: Patriots by 7½

The Pats put a hurting on Minnesota on Sunday. They travel to South Beach, where the Fish could make the playoffs with four straight wins. This will be tough, but the Dolphins are known to be competitive verses their division rival at home.

This is my upset special!
Smooth’s Pick – Miami (24-21)

New Orleans at Tampa Bay
Line: Saints by 8

It was an ugly loss last Thursday night for the Saints in Dallas. They blew their chance to wrap of the NFC South. They get another chance on the road with the Bucs, who surprised Carolina. This will be a harder offense to stop.

Smooth’s Pick – New Orleans (31-16)

Cincinnati at LA Chargers
Line: Bolts by 14

LA sit one game behind KC in the AFC West. They also won eight of their last nine games including a come from behind win over Pittsburgh on Sunday night. They take on a sinking Bengals squad, who were beaten badly by Denver. This game might not be pretty to watch for Bengals fans.

Smooth’s Pick – LA Chargers (37-12)

Denver at San Francisco
Line: Broncos by 5½

They were able to keep themselves relevant in the wildcard race with a big win over Cincinnati. They’re favored on the road against the Niners, who were hammered in Seattle. Despite that, this is a closer match-up than people and bookies anticipate.

Smooth’s Pick – Denver (22-20)

Detroit at Arizona
Line: Lions by 2½

They were pummeled by the Rams last weekend, and now they travel to the desert to take on the Cardinals, who surprised Green Bay in Lambeau Field. That win will motivate the Cards to play a much better game at home. They’re looking at two straight.

Smooth’s Pick – Arizona (20-16)

Philadelphia at Dallas
Line: Cowboys by 3½

Dallas got a much needed win at home against New Orleans last Thursday night. This will be their biggest test as they take on the Eagles at home. Philly got a much needed win over slumping Washington on Monday night. They need to continue to win if they want to defend their title.

Smooth’s Pick – Philadelphia (24-17)

Pittsburgh at Oakland
Line: Steelers by 10½

If you turned off the set to watch another game, you missed the Chargers epic comeback against the Steelers. The horrible loss will have to be put behind them as they take on the Raiders. At 2-10, the Silver and Black would love to pull an upset on the Steel city.

Smooth’s Pick – Pittsburgh (31-15)

LA Rams at Chicago
Line: Rams by 3

The Rams got a win over Detroit last Sunday and received a playoff berth in the process. They travel to the ‘windy city’ to take on a Bears team that didn’t seem like who they were themselves before in their loss to the Giants. The Bears defense will have their toughest challenge of the year.

Smooth’s Pick – LA Rams (34-19)

Monday, December 10

Minnesota at Seattle
Line: Seahawks by 3

Another big win by the Seahawks as they ripped San Francisco. They get another tough opponent in the Vikings, who were rocked by New England. This is a crucial match up for both teams vying for a wild card berth.

Smooth’s Pick – Seattle (27-20)

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And that’s week fourteen of Smooth’s NFL Football Picks. We’ll see you later!

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Smooth’s NFL Football Picks – Week 12 – Happy Thanksgiving!

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Week 12 and its Thanksgiving Weekend all over the United States. I’m broadcasting here from my parents home in Augusta, Georgia. We have a full house and we’re getting the dinner table all ready for the big holiday. We have a lot to discuss, including this year’s CFL Grey Cup prediction.

Last Week’s Results

Head to Head: 7-6
Against the Spread: 6-6-1

Season to Date

Head to Head: 105-54-2
Against the Spread: 82-54-25

All Odds Courtesy of Oddsshark.com

Bye Week Teams: Kansas City, LA Rams

Thanksgiving Day
Thursday, November 22

Chicago at Detroit
Line: Bears by 4

The Lions have been hosting their annual Thanksgiving game for the last 79 years. This year’s game will have more meaning with the Bears coming to town and the NFC North in play. The Lions get a break with a greedy decision by Carolina going for two points instead of one and the tie game for last Sunday’s win. The Bears get a win verses Minnesota in their last game. Look for a hard fought match. That’s always the case for the Lions on Thanksgiving.

Smooth’s Pick – Detroit (23-21)

Washington at Dallas
Line: Cowboys by 7½

The Cowboys have been hosting Thanksgiving games since 1966 and this game is just as important, as they’re hosting the Redskins and the NFC East is in play. Dallas got a last second field goal to beat Atlanta. Washington not only lost the game verses , they also lost their QB Alex Smith to a season ending leg injury. From what was described, it was similar to Joe Theisman’s injury. In all, the Redskins look like toast.

Smooth’s Pick – Dallas (27-14)

Atlanta at New Orleans
Line: Saints by 13

Big NFC South match up for the third Thanksgiving game. The Falcons cannot afford to mess this game up. They already lost to Dallas and they need to beat the high-flying Saints who are coming off a dominating performance against Philadelphia. A hard task, but they do have the offensive weapons to match up with the Saints. Don’t bother with the point spread. Look for high scoring game in this one.

Smooth’s Pick – New Orleans (37-33)

Sunday, November 25

Cleveland at Cincinnati
Line: Bengals by 3

Another divisional match-up that has immediate implications for the Bengals. They’re coming off a tough loss to division rival Baltimore. The Browns coming off a bye week can only play spoiler and will try to ruin the Bengals playoff chances.

Smooth’s Pick – Cincinnati (24-18)

San Francisco at Tampa Bay
Line: Bucs by 3½

The Niners are coming off a bye week and are simply playing the season out, the Bucs, who were losers to the Giants last Sunday are also looking at next season. This will be game in the trenches.

Smooth’s Pick – Tampa Bay (19-10)

Jacksonville at Buffalo
Line: Jags by 3

Cold conditions will be a challenge for the warm weather Jags, who lost a tough one to Pittsburgh last Sunday. They’re also a favorite in this game. The Bills, coming off a bye week have a chance to end the Jags playoff hopes with a win.

Smooth’s Pick – Buffalo (24-17)

Oakland at Baltimore
Line: Ravens by 11

Despite a victory over Arizona last week, it will be another brutal game in store for the Raiders as they head coast to coast to take on the Ravens. Baltimore, who knocked off Cincinnati last Sunday, needs this win to keep pace with the Steelers.

Smooth’s Pick – Baltimore (33-13)

Seattle at Carolina
Line: Panthers by 3½

Both teams are desperate to stay in the playoff race. The Seahawks, who beat Green Bay last Thursday, need a victory if they want the wild card, as the NFC West looks out of reach. The Panthers, who blew their chance to win against Detroit last week, are also looking at the wild card.

Smooth’s Pick – Carolina (20-16)

New England at NY Jets
Line: Patriots by 9½

Both teams are coming off a bye week. The Patriots do have some breaks in the armor, as witnessed in their last road game against Tennessee. They may get their chance to re-group against Gang Green, who are completely out of whack. This game might spell the end for Jets head coach, Todd Bolles.

This is my Lock!
Smooth’s Pick – New England (31-14)

NY Giants at Philadelphia
Line: Eagles by 5½

Big Blue needs to win all their games and pray for a stumble by all of the NFC East teams to any hope for the playoffs. They got another win last week against Tampa Bay. This week will be tougher, as they head to Philly to take on the Eagles, who had the worst lost of a defending champion in 40 years last Sunday in New Orleans. Look for the Eagles to bounce back, but the G-Men to pull off a shocker.

This is my upset special!
Smooth’s Pick – NY Giants (27-23)

Arizona at LA Chargers
Line: Bolts by 12

The Cardinals continue to spiral out of control with another loss to Oakland and it doesn’t get any easier as they head to Carson, California to take on the Bolts. LA had a horrible loss to Denver last week, and they must keep pace with idled KC, who are on a bye week.

Smooth’s Pick – LA Chargers (28-17)

Miami at Indianapolis
Line: Colts by 9½

The Dolphins are coming off a bye week. They’re only two games behind New England in the AFC East. As for the Colts who got a big win against Tennessee on Sunday, they need this win if they’re going to catch Houston in the AFC South.

Smooth’s Pick – Indianapolis (24-19)

Pittsburgh at Denver
Line: Steelers by 3½

The Steelers are back on track to make the playoffs with another win, this time over Jacksonville. The Broncos got a big win over the Chargers and need to win to get into the playoff hunt. This will be harder to do, despite being at home.

Smooth’s Pick – Pittsburgh (21-18)

Green Bay at Minnesota
Line: Vikings by 3½

The Packers are on a rare free-fall, having lost five of six games in a row and the NFC North is slowly leaving their grasp. They have another divisional match-up with the Vikings, who are coming off a loss to Chicago. Both teams will fight it out and the loser may see their playoff hopes crumble.

Smooth’s Pick – Minnesota (24-21)

Monday, November 26

Tennessee at Houston
Line: Texans by 5

In probably the best match-up of the week, the Titans take on the Texans. Tennessee has a horrible loss to Indianapolis. Houston won their seventh straight after starting the season, 0-3. The Texans could sew up the division this weekend.

Smooth’s Pick – Houston (27-20)

Before we let you go, we’re going to tell you who we think will win this year’s CFL final.


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The 106th Grey Cup
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Ottawa RedBlacks (12-7) vs. Calgary Stampeders (14-5)
Line: Stampeders by 6½

The last time these two teams met in the Grey Cup two years ago in Toronto, Ottawa broke a 40 year drought and won their first championship as the current RedBlacks beating Calgary in overtime, 39-33. The Stampeders make their 17th Grey Cup appearance and their third consecutive final. They last won in 2014 against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

Looking at the Stampeders on offense, they’re led by quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell out of Eastern Washington. He led the team with 35 TD’s this season. His favorite targets are receivers DeVaris Daniels out of Notre Dame and Kamar Jorden out of Bowling Green. They combined for 13 of those 35 TD’s. Nevada’s Don Jackson rushed for 924 yards and 3 TD’s this season. Overall, the Stampeders were 2nd in total points in the CFL. Defense wise, the Stampeders led the league with the fewest points allowed this season. Alex Singleton of Montana State led the CFL with 123 tackles. Kentucky’s Micah Johnson led the team in sacks with 14. Emanuel Davis of East Carolina led the team with 4 interceptions.

As for the RedBlacks, it will be a different QB leading the team to the Grey Cup this year. Former Jacksonville Jaguars prospect Trevor Harris gets the chance to lead his team to another title. He threw for over 5,100 yards this season and 22 touchdowns. Ottawa Gee-gee’s alum Brad Sinopoli led the team with nearly 1,400 receiving yards this season. Kansas State’s William Powell rushed for over 1,300 yards and scored 6 TD’s. On defense, Ottawa was ranked third in total points allowed. Cambridge, Ontario’s Chris Ackie led the team with 88 tackles. Tennessee State’s A.C. Leonard led the team with 6 sacks. Kent State’s Derico Murray and Nebraska’s Jonathon Rose each had 5 interceptions on the year for the RedBlacks.  (BREAKING NEWS: RedBlacks DB Jonathan Rose has been suspended for the Grey Cup for bumping an official in the Eastern Conference Final last Sunday.)

As for the head to head match-ups this season, they met during week 3, where Calgary won 24-14. They met two weeks later, where the Stampeders hammered the RedBlacks in Ottawa, 27-3. Knowing that, and the fact that Calgary is still stinging from their Grey Cup loss from two years ago, it looks more and more like the Stampeders are looking for revenge and may just get it. Look for a bloodbath in Edmonton on Grey Cup Sunday.

Smooth’s Pick – Calgary (38-17)

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Smooth’s NFL Football Picks – Week 11 – “Lo Siento Mucho, Mexico”.

 

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Week 11 and a tough break for NFL fans in Mexico City. The Monday night game between Kansas City and the Rams was moved to the LA Coliseum because of poor conditions of the playing surface. A month ago, Estadio Azteca hosted a concert featuring Shakira and fans pretty much tore up the field. Rainy conditions also gave the grounds crew little time to replace the sod in time for this week’s game. NFL officials, along with representatives of both teams and the Players Association agreed that the game should be moved due to safety concerns. 90,000 fans were expected on Monday night. We’ll have more on who we think will win later on in the broadcast.

Head to Head: 9-5
Against the Spread: 7-5-2

Season to Date

Head to Head: 98-48-2
Against the Spread: 76-43-24

All Odds Courtesy of Oddsshark.com

Bye Week Teams: Buffalo, Cleveland, Miami, New England, NY Jets, San Francisco

Thursday, November 15

Green Bay at Seattle
Line: Seahawks by 2½

The Pack are coming off a big win at home against Miami. Now they travel west to take on the Seahawks, who lost a tough one to the Rams. A quick turnaround that doesn’t favor Seattle by much. They’re going to need that 12th man to help as much as they can verses a tough Packers offense.

Smooth’s Pick – Green Bay (24-21)

Sunday, November 18

Cincinnati at Baltimore
Line: Ravens by 3½

The Bengals got spanked against New Orleans. They picked up the just relieved Hue Jackson to help on defense. They’re going to need it against a Ravens team that is coming off a bye week and look to even things up in the AFC North. This will be a tough game.

Smooth’s Pick – Baltimore (26-23)

Dallas at Atlanta
Line: Falcons by 3

The Cowboys got a much needed win against Philadelphia on Sunday night to stay alive in the NFC East race. Now they take on a Falcons team that is coming off an ugly loss to Cleveland. Both teams are 4-5 on the season and need this victory to stay in the playoff hunt.

Smooth’s Pick – Dallas (27-24)

Tampa Bay at NY Giants
Line: Giants by 1½

This is the first time this season the GMen have been picked as favorites. They’re just coming off a narrow win against San Francisco. They head back the MetLife Stadium to take on the Bucs, who are still smarting off a bad loss to Washington. Tough call on who has the upper hand in this one, but I think Big Blue slightly in this game.

Smooth’s Pick – NY Giants (24-21)

Pittsburgh at Jacksonville
Line: Steelers by 5½

The Steelers won’t have running back LeVeon Bell for the rest of the season as he is holding out. They don’t really need him, James Carter is doing very well in his place. The Steelers also coming off a bruising win over Carolina on Thursday night. The Jags are in a freefall and look like they could be in danger of missing the playoffs with another loss.

Smooth’s Pick – Pittsburgh (21-16)

Houston at Washington
Line: Texans by 3

Las Vegas was not impressed with the Redskins win battering of Tampa Bay. Otherwise they would have been favored in this game on the road against the Texans. They’re coming off a bye week and should be refreshed and ready for the Redskins. It will be a close game.

This is my upset special!
Smooth’s Pick – Washington (20-17)

Tennessee at Indianapolis
Line: Colts by 2

The Titans got their biggest victory of the season beating New England handedly. They travel to Indy, where this game could factor in the playoff hunt. The Colts got a big win against division rival, Jacksonville and they need this win badly to stay in the hunt. Also a close game.

Smooth’s Pick – Tennessee (19-16)

Carolina at Detroit
Line: Panthers by 4

Carolina got man-handled by Pittsburgh on Thursday night. They need to lick their wounds and re-group as they head to Motown. The Lions who are coming off a tough loss to division rival, Chicago could see their playoff dreams go in smoke with another loss. They could ill afford to lose another game.

Smooth’s Pick – Detroit (27-26)

Denver at LA Chargers
Line: Bolts by 7

The Broncos are coming off a bye week. They head to Carson, California to take on the Bolts who laid the smack down on Oakland last weekend. They can put even more heat on Kansas City in the AFC West with a win. They’re a hot team and they could be a sleeper in the playoffs.

This is my lock!
Smooth’s Pick – LA Chargers (30-19)

Oakland at Arizona
Line: Cardinals by 5

The Raiders look like they’re going to tank this season. In four of their last five games, they haven’t been able to score over 10 points. They lost to the Chargers last weekend. Luckily for them, they have the Cardinals, who are also having offense problems. They’re coming off a loss to KC. This is a game that could determine who gets the #1 overall pick in next year’s draft.

Smooth’s Pick – Arizona (17-10)

Philadelphia at New Orleans
Line: Saints by 8½

The Eagles are not the Super Bowl team from last year as evident from their 4-5 record and a disappointing loss to Dallas last weekend. Now they have to go up against the Saints who are clearly the best team in the NFC. This could get ugly real fast, or it could be pretty exciting.

Smooth’s Pick – New Orleans (31-24)

Minnesota at Chicago
Line: Bears by 2½

This is the biggest game in years of the Bears. After a couple of lean years, they’re back on top of the NFC North after a win over Detroit and they’re in a prime time slot against the Vikings, who are coming off a bye week. This matchup will either tighten up the division, or put the Bears in prime position to take the top spot.

Smooth’s Pick – Chicago (28-21)

Monday November 19

Kansas City at LA Rams
Line: Rams by 3½

As we mentioned earlier, this game was supposed to be played in Mexico City, but field conditions at Estadio Azteca were not up to NFL. The game was moved back to LA. The Rams coming off a tough win over Seattle. They take on the red hot Chiefs who are winners of 9 of their last 10 games, including last week against Arizona. This will be a tough game for the Rams’ defense who were smoked by the Saints two weeks ago. The Chiefs offense is the same, and that could pose some problems.

Smooth’s Pick – Kansas City (37-28)

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Smooth’s NFL Football Picks: Week 10 – Dez Finally Has a Home

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Week 10 and Dez Bryant finally found a home. He signed with the New Orleans Saints on Wednesday. That gives Drew Brees even more weapons in his arsenal en route to a possible Super Bowl appearance. He already has one ring, and with him possibly looking at the end of his career this season, and the Saints at the top of the NFC, it’s looking good for another Super Bowl ring.

BREAKING: The New Orleans Saints fear WR Dez Bryant tore his Achilles on the last play of practice on Friday.  That was reported by  and by @AdamSchefter on Twitter.  Team doctors performed an MRI and should have more information on his status this weekend.  But it’s looking like Dez Bryant’s stay with the Saints will be short lived.

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As for Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell, He’s been holding out for the last 10 weeks and he has a hard deadline of November 13th. If he doesn’t report to the Steelers, he won’t be able to play this season. He’s been holding out for a long term deal, and who can blame him knowing the pounding a running back does on a weekly basis. Time is running out on the all-Pro rusher this season.

Head to Head: 11-2
Against The Spread 10-2-1

Season to Date

Head to Head: 89-43-2
Against the Spread: 69-43-22

All odds courtesy of Oddsshark.com

Bye Week Teams: Baltimore, Denver, Houston, Minnesota

Thursday, November 8

Carolina at Pittsburgh
Line: Steelers by 4

This is a heavily anticipated matchup between two hot teams. The Panthers are winners of 4 straight coming off a big win verses Tampa Bay. The Steelers were winners against slumping Baltimore. This game will all depend on who has the better QB.

This is my upset special!
Smooth’s Pick – Carolina (27-23)

Sunday, November 11

New Orleans at Cincinnati
Line: Saints by 4½

The Saints are looking like the team to beat in the NFC after the serious beat down on the Rams’ defense Sunday night. They look to continue their win streak in Cincinnati against a Bengals team coming off a bye week. This will be tougher than expected.

Smooth’s Pick – New Orleans (28-21)

Arizona at Kansas City
Line: Chiefs by 16½

The Cardinals needed that bye week to re-group after starting the season 2-6. But it doesn’t get any better as they have to take on a powerful Chiefs team that has been merciless in their games. It will be another brutal outcome.

This is my lock!
Smooth’s Pick – Kansas City (44-13)

Atlanta at Cleveland
Line: Falcons by 4½

The “Dirty Birds” coming off a huge win on the road in Washington. They continue their road trip in Cleveland against a weakened Browns team who are trying to get back on track. This could be a bruising day for the “Dawg Pound”.

Smooth’s Pick – Atlanta (38-14)

Buffalo at NY Jets
Line: Jets by 7½

If there’s a chance for the Bills to get back into the win column, it would be this weekend. They haven’t had much luck scoring touchdowns and they could give Gang Green some problems. But even without Sam Darnold not playing this Sunday due to a foot injury, Gang Green should be able to handle the Bills defense.

Smooth’s Pick – NY Jets (21-10)

Detroit at Chicago
Line: Bears by 6½

The Lions are coming off a disastrous loss to Minnesota and now have to head to the windy city to take on their arch rivals. The Bears hammered Buffalo last weekend, but expect a harder task in this divisional matchup.

Smooth’s Pick – Chicago (20-17)

Jacksonville at Indianapolis
Line: Colts by 3

Both teams are coming off a bye week. Both have had disappointing seasons as of now. More so the Jags, who were supposed to run away with the AFC South. The Colts were supposed to get better with Andrew Luck returning at QB. This will be a fight for survival.

Smooth’s Pick – Indianapolis (23-19)

New England at Tennessee
Line: Patriots by 6½

A solid showing for the Pats, who hammered Green Bay on Sunday night. They take on a Titans team that shocked Dallas on the road. They’re looking for revenge from last season’s divisional playoff loss. This could be tougher than expected.

Smooth’s Pick – New England (31-28)

Washington at Tampa Bay
Line: Bucs by 3

A horrible loss by the Redskins at home against Atlanta last weekend. They travel to Tampa to take on a Bucs team that got surgically beaten by Carolina. Another tough matchup that will be entertaining as much as it will be brutal.

Smooth’s Pick – Washington (17-13)

LA Chargers at Oakland
Line: Bolts by 10

The surprise of the AFC are the Bolts, who are 6-2 and are on Kansas City’s heels in the West. They beat Seattle last Sunday and take on a Raiders team that was humiliated against San Francisco. Look for more humiliation to come.

Smooth’s Pick – LA Chargers (31-13)

Miami at Green Bay
Line: Packers by 10

The Pack are coming off a loss to New England on Sunday night. They return home when they have a must-win against a Dolphins team that sneaked a victory against the Jets. This game won’t be as easy for the Fish.

Smooth’s Pick – Green Bay (26-14)

Seattle at LA Rams
Line: Rams by 10

The Seahawks were beaten by the Chargers at home. Now they take on the crosstown Rams at the LA Coliseum, who were the last of the undefeated to lose last Sunday night to New Orleans. The Rams should regroup at home, but may have trouble with the mobile Russell Wilson at QB.

Smooth’s Pick – LA Rams (24-17)

Dallas at Philadelphia
Line: Eagles by 7

Both teams are underachieving this season. The Cowboys are 3-5 with their loss to Tennessee on Monday night. The Eagles are at .500 with a 4-4 record and are coming off a bye week. That should give them the edge in this crucial NFC East matchup.

Smooth’s Pick – Philadelphia (31-14)

Monday, November 12

NY Giants at San Francisco
Line: Niners by 3

The GMen needed the bye week to regroup after a 5 game losing streak. But don’t look now. They’re still 4 behind in the loss column in the NFC East. But they need a victory in Santa Clara against the Niners. They’re coming off a shellacking of their cross bay rivals, Oakland. It may be a different story with this Big Blue defense, they just need the old Eli Manning to return to form.

Smooth’s Pick – NY Giants (24-21)

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Smooth’s NFL Football Picks – Week 9 – Trade Deadline

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Week 9 and the trade deadline has come and gone. Unlike baseball, football trades doesn’t have as much excitement unless it’s a big name and it’s for a key position. You don’t see too many trades of QB’s where their impact is immediate. Most transactions involve a big name position player for a high or middle draft pick. Many involve getting rid of salaries. Last year’s trade that sent RB Jay Ajayi from Miami to the Eagles made huge dividends and led the team to a Super Bowl victory. Marshawn Lynch from the Bills to the Seahawks in 2010 was another that led a Super Bowl win for Seattle. It’s still exciting to watch, and it will be interesting to see the results down the road.

Head to Head: 13-1
Against the Spread: 12-1-1

Season to Date

Head to Head: 78-41-2
Against the Spread: 59-41-21

All Odds Courtesy of Oddsshark.com

Bye Week Teams: NY Giants, Arizona, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Jacksonville and Philadelphia.

Thursday, November 1

Oakland at San Francisco
Line: Niners by 2½

Both teams fortunes have gone south at the halfway point of the season. 1-6 for the Raiders, 1-7 for the Niners, who actually have the better chance in this matchup. Look for the Niners to take full advantage of the Raiders defensive problems.

Smooth’s Pick – San Francisco (33-14)

Sunday, November 4

Chicago at Buffalo
Line: Bears by 10

Chicago goes on the road to take on a Bills team that cannot get into the end zone as was shown on Monday night against the Patriots. The Bears beat a poorly run Jets team. They should be able to handle a poorly run Bills squad.

Smooth’s Pick – Chicago (27-12)

Tampa Bay at Carolina
Line: Panthers by 6½

The Bucs suffered a narrow loss to the Bengals last weekend. Now they have a divisional matchup against the red-hot Panthers, who won their 2nd straight game knocking off Baltimore. Look for the Panthers to do a number on the Bucs.

Smooth’s Pick – Carolina (34-17)

Kansas City at Cleveland
Line: Chiefs by 8½

A big win by the Chiefs over Denver last Sunday. They travel to Cleveland, where the Browns fired their head coach Hue Jackson after another bad loss. Assistant Gregg Williams takes over, but it won’t make a difference. Another lost weekend in the “dawg pound.”

This is my lock!
Smooth’s Pick – Kansas City (44-13)

NY Jets ay Miami
Line: Dolphins by 3

Even with Allen Robinson and Khalil Mack inactive, Gang Green failed to take advantage of a weakened Bears squad. Now they have a must win in South Florida. The Fish looks to bounce back from a horrible loss to Houston. This is always a tough divisional matchup.

Smooth’s Pick – Miami (23-19)

Pittsburgh at Baltimore
Line: Ravens by 3

Yet another divisional matchup. The Ravens lost their second in a row last weekend. They also have a must win situation against the Steelers, who look much better even without holdout LeVeon Bell. The big test will be how accurate Ben Rothlisberger will be.

This is Upset Special!
Smooth’s Pick – Pittsburgh (24-21)

Detroit at Minnesota
Line: Vikings by 4½

The Saints got their revenge against the Vikings last Sunday night. Now Minnesota gets a divisional opponent in the Lions, who were humiliated at home against Seattle. Look for some redemption on the Vikings side.

Smooth’s Pick – Minnesota (20-14)

Atlanta at Washington
Line: Redskins by 1½

The Falcons look to win their third straight and keep pace in the AFC South. They’re coming off a bye week. They take on the Redskins, who beat the Giants and are pretty good at home. Something’s gotta give for these two teams.

Smooth’s Pick – Atlanta (27-24)

Houston at Denver
Line: Broncos by 1

This is another tough matchup. The Texans will be coming in refreshed after last Thursday night over Miami. The Broncos were losers at home to KC. This matchup favors the better rested team.

Smooth’s Pick – Houston (31-20)

LA Rams at New Orleans
Line: Saints by 1½

The still undefeated Rams gets their biggest challenge of the season as they head to the “Big Easy”. They narrowly defeated Green Bay. The Saints are feeling better after beating Minnesota. This could be a preview of the NFC Championship game, and it should be a good one.

Smooth’s Pick – New Orleans (37-31)

LA Chargers at Seattle
Line: Seahawks by 1½

Seattle was our upset special last weekend, and they proved us right in their win over Detroit on the road. They go home to take on the Bolts, who are coming off a bye week. The Seahawks will look to slow down Philip Rivers offense and their 12th man should be able to give them an assist.

Smooth’s Pick – Seattle (24-17)

Green Bay at New England
Line: Patriots by 5½

Even though the Patriots disposed of Buffalo on Monday night, Tom Brady looked flat. He should be back on track at home, but keep a watchful eye on the Packers defense. They almost knocked off the Rams from the unbeaten ranks. But this will be a harder task.

Smooth’s Pick – New England (36-19)

Monday, November 5

Tennessee at Dallas
Line: Cowboys by 6½

Both these two teams are coming off bye weeks. Both teams are 3-4. But there are differences. The Titans have a three game losing streak, while the Cowboys have been inconsistent having lost two of three. I usual favor the home team and the point spread agrees.

Smooth’s Pick – Dallas (24-13)

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Smooth’s NFL Football Picks – Week 8, Power Rankings

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Week 8 and we’re almost at the halfway point of the season. The power rankings are out and as expected, the undefeated Rams are at the top spot followed by New England, Kansas City, New Orleans and Minnesota. The Bottom five are the Giants, Buffalo, Arizona, San Francisco and Oakland. Taking the biggest tumble was Jacksonville, who fell 8 spots to #23, as they were losers of their last 4 games. The biggest mover was Denver, who won two straight and climbed up 7 spots to #19 on the NFL power rankings. Wanna know where your favorite team is, then go read this week’s picks on our blog. You’ll find a link to the article.

Last Week’s Results

Head to Head: 9-5
Against the Spread: 6-5-3

Season to Date

Head to Head: 65-40-2
Against the Spread: 47-40-20

All Odds Courtesy of Oddsshark.com

Bye Week Teams: Atlanta, Dallas, Los Angeles Chargers, Tennessee

Thursday October 25

Miami at Houston
Line: Texans by 7½

The Texans have taken the lead in the weakened AFC South with their win over Jacksonville last weekend. They can solidify their lead in the division. But first, they have to take on the Dolphins, who are hurting from their own loss to Detroit. The short week favors the Texans based on the more agile DeShaun Watson at QB. The Fish will need to rely more on the run game on the road, a tough task for them.

Smooth’s Pick – Houston (34-12)

Sunday October 28

Philadelphia at Jacksonville
Line: Eagles by 3

This is the final game of three in London. The Eagles were up 17-0 on Carolina when the bottom fell out on their defense and lost. As for the Jags, they’ve lost their fourth straight game and are slowly falling out of playoff contention. Both these teams need the win badly, more so the Eagles.

Smooth’s Pick – Philadelphia (23-17)

Baltimore at Carolina
Line: Ravens by 2

As we mentioned, the Panthers shocked Philly in the 4th quarter and got a big win last Sunday. That win was on the road. Now they come home to a more fordable opponent. The Ravens control the AFC North but they’re coming off a disappointing loss to New Orleans. This should be a much closer game for both teams.

Smooth’s Pick – Carolina (17-16)

Cleveland at Pittsburgh
Line: Steelers by 8

This is an important AFC North matchup. The Steelers coming off a bye week. The Browns coming off an overtime loss to Tampa Bay. Last time these two teams met in week 1, they wound up in a tie. This one will be just as tough, but the Steelers are looking for some redemption to finish the job they should have in the first place at the beginning of the year.

This is my lock!
Smooth’s Pick – Pittsburgh (34-18)

Denver at Kansas City
Line: Chiefs by 10

The Broncos got a huge win against Arizona on Thursday night. They get the extra time off to take on the top team in the conference. The Chiefs put a serious hurt on Cincinnati on Sunday night. Always a tough AFC West match up, look for the Chiefs to continue their strong showing.

Smooth’s Pick – Kansas City (37-14)

NY Jets at Chicago
Line: Bears by 7

Gang Green looked sloppy at home in the loss verse Minnesota. They travel to the “windy city” to take on a Bears team that was a foot away from overtime against New England. The Jets will have their hands full against this Bears defense.

Smooth’s Pick – Chicago (23-10)

Seattle at Detroit
Line: Lions by 3

This is a rare underdog for the Seahawks, but this isn’t the same Seattle team that could command respect with the bookies. They come off a bye week to the motor city, where the Lions got a big road win against Miami. The key will be the two QB’s and who can excel on Sunday.

This is my upset special!
Smooth’s Pick – Seattle (26-23)

Tampa Bay at Cincinnati
Line: Bengals by 4½

The Bucs hold off a big comeback by Cleveland, winning in OT. They’re on the road again verses a Bengals who were manhandled by KC on Sunday night. They should make it much more competitive verses a lesser opponent.

Smooth’s Pick – Cincinnati (30-27)

Washington at NY Giants
Line: Redskins by 1

They survived a last second missed field goal by Dallas to win the game last weekend. They travel to the Meadowlands to take on a beleaguered Big Blue team. More pieces from the Jerry Reese era gone as they traded Eli Apple to the Saints and Damon ‘Snacks’ Harrison to the Lions. Last week’s loss was a disaster with poor time management. Early this week, I thought they had a better chance this weekend for the win, but with all the changes, forgettaboutit.

Smooth’s Pick – Washington (24-21)

Indianapolis at Oakland
Line: Colts by 3

They destroyed Buffalo at home last weekend. Now, they travel to the west coast to take on a Raiders team that have struggled mightily this season. They come off a bye week without their top WR. Amari Cooper was traded to Dallas this week. This will be another tough game to watch for fans of the Silver & Black.

Smooth’s Pick – Indianapolis (30-16)

San Francisco at Arizona
Line: None

That’s because both teams are struggling badly with 1-6 records and both have poor offenses. The Niners were slammed against the Rams on Sunday. The Cardinals looked horrible on Thursday night against Denver. The only thing going for them is that the Cards have a six game win streak against the Niners. They also have an extra three days’ rest.

Smooth’s Pick – Arizona (23-20)

Green Bay at LA Rams
Line: Rams by 9

The Packers are also coming off a bye week. They travel to “Tinseltown” to take on the undefeated Rams. They ripped apart San Francisco last weekend. This is the biggest underdog spread in Aaron Rodgers career. Look for the Rams to do some damage.

Smooth’s Pick – LA Rams (37-13)

New Orleans at Minnesota
Line: Vikings by 1

This is the much anticipated rematch from last season’s Divisional Semi-final, where the Vikings got a last second touchdown over the Saints to go on to the NFC Championship game. The Vikings got a big win over the Jets. The Saints won a close game against Baltimore. This game is expected to be a pick ‘em by the end of the week. Stay far away if you’re a better man or woman.

Smooth’s Pick – Minnesota (26-24)

Monday, October 29

New England at Buffalo
Line: Patriots by 14

The Patriots held off a late rally to beat Chicago. They travel to Western New York to take on a Bills team that continues to struggle scoring points. Buffalo usually plays the Patriots tough at home, but without an offense, this could be a long night for them.

Smooth’s Pick – New England (38-10)

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