Bonjour! C’est Mike James et bienvenue dans une autre édition de Smooth’s NFL Football picks!
So why am I speaking French? That’s because at this moment I am on holiday, in the beautiful location of Mont St Michel in the northern part of France just outside of Normandy. The island commune is located just off the coast and it is one of France’s most recognizable landmarks. Of course, Normandy was also the site of one of the largest amphibious invasions during World War II over 70 years ago. I will be visiting Omaha beach on Friday, and then end my vacation by going to see my newly adopted football squad, Paris Saint Germain play in Ligue 1 football on Saturday. But of course, we have football to take care of as well. NFL football that is. Let’s do this!
Because we’ve pre-recorded this, we won’t have our usual recap of Week 3 games and the Odds for week 4 have not been reported as of this broadcast. So we’re only going to do head to head predictions without the scores.
Thursday, September 28
Chicago at Green Bay
Always a tough matchup between these two long-time rivals. However, this rivalry will be one sided this season, simply because the Bears are in a re-build and the Packers are playoff contenders.
Smooth’s Pick: Green Bay
Sunday, October 1
New Orleans at Miami
This game will be played across the English Channel in London, the 2nd of four games across the pond. New Orleans still having issues on defense. Miami transitioning with a new QB. This could be a high scoring matchup, which would favor the Saints.
Smooth’s Pick: New Orleans
Carolina at New England
The Panthers need to get back to scoring. They’ll have a mountain of a task going into Gillette Stadium this weekend. The Patriots are always tough at home, although the Panthers are tough on defense. Eventually, this is the Patriots game to lose.
Smooth’s Pick: New England
Jacksonville at NY Jets
The Jags are technically on the road for the 3rd time in 4 games. But they’ll have to take on the Jets, who are usually tough at MetLife Stadium. This is not gonna be an easy win, and Gang Green may actually be in line for an upset.
Smooth’s Pick: NY Jets
Tennessee at Houston
The Titans take on their division rivals the Texans. On paper, the Titans are usually the favorites, but this game is in Houston, and the Texans defense is always tough at NRG stadium. It will come down to a last second drive to win it.
Smooth’s Pick: Tennessee
Pittsburgh at Baltimore
This is an important game for the Steelers. Also an important one for the Ravens, as well. The winner with take the first step in the AFC North and it will come down to a controlled run game. That favors the Steelers.
Smooth’s Pick: Pittsburgh
Cincinnati at Cleveland
Given the struggles with the Bengals, this would be a great time for the Browns to pull off an upset. In order for that to happen, the Browns offense needs to step up and execute. With this being a home game, now is their chance.
Smooth’s Pick: Cleveland
Detroit at Minnesota
Another NFC North matchup, this time in Minneapolis where the Vikings are a much stronger squad. But the Lions are working on all 4 cylinders and looking good. Look for a decisive victory from the team from the Motor City.
Smooth’s Pick: Detroit
LA Rams at Dallas
This will be a test for this young Rams team. Playing in a loud and hostile stadium with a tough offense. The Cowboys should be able to manhandle this squad.
Smooth’s Pick: Dallas
Buffalo at Atlanta
The Bills will test this high-octane offense of the Falcons. But in the end, the dirty birds will wear down the Bills.
Smooth’s Pick: Atlanta
Philadelphia at LA Chargers
The Eagles will fly to Carson, California to take on the Bolts. Both teams will put the ball in the air often. The advantage goes to the Eagles defensive line who will keep the chargers offense busy all day.
Smooth’s Pick: Philadelphia
San Francisco at Arizona
The Niners continue to get better despite losses. But now they have to travel to Glendale, where the Cardinals look to take advantage of a weak secondary.
Smooth’s Pick: Arizona
NY Giants at Tampa Bay
In-fighting have turned to Giants from contenders to pretenders. Their next game against the Bucs will determine if their season is a wash. Look for a tough game between the two.
Smooth’s Pick: NY Giants
Oakland at Denver
This will be the game of the weekend. The Raiders, tough on the road gets their biggest test of the season in the Mile High city. The Broncos looking to stop a hot offense.
Smooth’s Pick: Denver
Indianapolis at Seattle
The Sunday night game features the Colts heading to the Emerald City to take on the Seahawks and 12th man. Very hard to win in Seattle, but can the Seahawks find offense. My guess says, “yes”.
Smooth’s Pick: Seattle
Monday, October 2
Washington at Kansas City
The Redskins take on the Chiefs in Arrowhead. Both teams have great offenses. It will come down to who has the best defensive secondaries. KC is very tough at home.
Smooth’s Pick: Kansas City
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