Week 6 and we have to talk about the Ereck Flowers situation on the Giants. Management finally pulled the plug on the four year veteran sending him packing. Many in Big Blue Nation is relieved to hear of his release. He was picked in the first round of the 2015 draft by then GM Jerry Reese ahead of Running Back Todd Gurley who was selected by the Rams and is having an outstanding career. I, myself had high hopes for Flowers. I wanted him to succeed. But whether it was the bright lights of the big apple or just plain ignorance, he just couldn’t do the job for the G-Men. I think of change of scenery is better for Flowers, not that it won’t make him a better offensive lineman. But sometimes you need a change, if any team will give him a chance. He still a young guy, only 24 years old. But he needs to mature.
Last Week’s Results
Head to Head: 9-6
Against the Spread: 7-6-2
Season to Date
Head to Head: 45-31-2
Against the Spread: 33-31-14
All Odds Courtesy of Oddsshark.com
Bye Week Teams: Detroit, New Orleans
Thursday, October 11
Philadelphia at NY Giants
Line: Eagles by 3
The GMen still reeling from their controversial loss to the Panthers. The referees didn’t bother measuring after the 4th down with seconds to go in the game. That led to a 63 yard winning field goal for Carolina. No use crying about it. They have a short week and are taking on the Eagles, who are still trying the find their mojo. They lost to Minnesota and they lost their best running back. Jay Adjayi is out for the season with a torn ACL. This is not the Super Bowl winning squad of last year, and they are ripe for the taking.
This is my upset special!
Smooth’s Pick – NY Giants (28-17)
Sunday, October 14
Arizona at Minnesota
Line: Vikings by 10½
The Cardinals finally got their first win of the season over the Niners last weekend. Now they travel to the Twin Cities to take on a Vikings team that got a measure of revenge verses the Eagles. The last time Minnesota was a heavy favorite, they were man handled by Buffalo. This week won’t be as surprising.
This is my lock!
Smooth’s Pick: Minnesota (36-12)
Buffalo at Houston
Line: Texans by 10
Big win for Houston in overtime over the struggling Dallas Cowboys. They’re back home against the Bills, who shocked Tennessee last weekend. Despite the spread, this should be closer than expected.
Smooth’s Pick: Houston (17-13)
Carolina at Washington
Line: Redskins by 1
The Panthers got a break from the refs all day and it paid off with a win over the Giants. They travel to DC, where the Redskins were ripped by the Saints on Monday night. Both teams will run the ball and this will also be a tough match up.
Smooth’s Pick: Washington (19-16)
Chicago at Miami
Line: Bears by 3
The Bears are coming off a bye week and should be refreshed facing the Dolphins, who are coming off a bad loss to Cincinnati. Defense favors the Bears, but the “Fish” could pull off an upset.
Smooth’s Pick: Chicago (20-17)
Indianapolis at NY Jets
Line: Jets by 2½
The Colts have a long layoff from the Thursday night loss to New England and will need the extra rest to take on Gang Green. The Jets won big against Denver last weekend and look to make in two in a row.
Smooth’s Pick: NY Jets (24-19)
LA Chargers at Cleveland
Line: Bolts by 1
The Bolts ripped apart the Raiders last weekend and they now travel to Cleveland, where a revitalized Browns team look to win their third game this season. This is a prime matchup and my other upset special for the weekend.
Smooth’s Pick: Cleveland (18-13)
Pittsburgh at Cincinnati
Line: Bengals by 2½
The Steelers are in deep trouble within the division. They need victories against AFC North teams and this one is a tough task. The Bengals look to increase their lead within the division, but more important, a win puts them near the top of the AFC.
Smooth’s Pick: Cincinnati (30-24)
Seattle at Oakland
Line: Seahawks by 3
The Seahawks missed a golden opportunity last weekend to knock the Rams from the undefeated ranks. They travel to the bay area where the Raiders are losers of four of their last five games this season. Though they’re at home, their liable to be losers once again.
Smooth’s Pick: Seattle (23-14)
Tampa Bay at Atlanta
Line: Falcons by 3½
The Bucs are coming off a bye week and they have a NFC South matchup with the ‘dirty birds’ in the ATL. Atlanta is in danger of seeing their chance at having a home Super Bowl slip through their fingers. A loss this weekend will certainly make it next to impossible.
Smooth’s Pick: Atlanta (31-23)
LA Rams at Denver
Line: Rams by 7
The Rams keep their undefeated streak alive, but they’ll have to go to the “Mile High” city to keep it going. The Broncos are reeling off a bad loss to the Jets last weekend. This will be one of their chances to knock the Rams out of the ranks of the unbeaten.
Smooth’s Pick: LA Rams (24-17)
Baltimore at Tennessee
Line: Ravens by 3
A bad loss on the road to Cleveland pushed them back in the AFC North. Now they have to head to Nashville, where Tennessee looks to forget about their own misfortunes in Buffalo. Another close matchup favors the Ravens.
Smooth’s Pick: Baltimore (20-16)
Jacksonville at Dallas
Line: Jags by 3
The Jags missed an opportunity to improve in the AFC with a loss to unbeaten Kansas City. They travel to Dallas, where the Cowboys are in a bad funk after the overtime loss to Houston on Sunday night. One more loss by the Cowboys and we could be seeing Jerry Jones call for head coach Jason Garrett’s job.
Smooth’s Pick: Dallas (16-12)
Kansas City at New England
Line: Patriots by 3
The Chiefs travel to Foxborough to take on the Patriots. This is a future playoff matchup, with New England showcasing its past and present, while KC showcases its future. If the slight edge to experience.
Smooth’s Pick: New England (34-27)
Monday, October 15
San Francisco at Green Bay
Line: Packers by 9½
The Niners flopped in their game against Arizona. Now they have to travel to Lambeau Field where they must take on a Packers team that also flopped in their loss to division rival Detroit. This matchup favors the Pack for being at home and being a better matchup offensively.
Smooth’s Pick: Green Bay (37-13)
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