Week seven and the NFL begins its second week of games in England. Last week, Seattle and Oakland played at Wembley Stadium in London. This week, Tennessee and the Chargers take their turn, with Philadelphia and Jacksonville heading across the Atlantic next weekend. The league has been playing games in London for over 10 years now with the hope that there may be expansion in the near future for the city. But NFL football in Europe is more of a phase than the wave of the future. NFL Europe as a league failed in the early part of 2000 and most fans in Europe are still football crazy for the other sport called football. The league would be better served having these games every year rather than a potential disaster awaiting an expansion team in London.
Last Week’s Results
Head to Head: 11-4
Against the Spread: 8-4-3
Season to Date
Head to Head: 56-35-2
Against the Spread: 41-35-17
All Odds Courtesy of Oddsshark.com
Bye Week Teams: Green Bay, Oakland, Pittsburgh, Seattle
Thursday, October 18
Denver at Arizona
Line: Broncos by 2½
The Broncos are coming off a tough loss to the Rams at home. They travel to the desert to take on the Cardinals, who are losers of four of their last five games. That’s the same as the Broncos. This could be a low scoring bore fest on Thursday night and a possible final game for Denver head coach Vernon Jordan if he doesn’t win.
Smooth’s Pick – Arizona (16-13)
Sunday, October 21
Tennessee at LA Chargers
Line: Bolts by 6½
This game will be played at Wembley Stadium in London, England. The Titans were humiliated at home, getting shut out by Baltimore. They take the long trip across the Atlantic along with the Bolts, who easily handled Cleveland last weekend. This should also be an easy feast for the Bolts.
Smooth’s Pick – LA Chargers (31-17)
Houston at Jacksonville
Line: Jags by 5
The Texans got a big win over Buffalo last weekend, while the Jags were humiliated in Dallas. This AFC South matchup is important for both teams who are at .500. A loss is not the end of the world, but it will affect them at season’s end for the division.
Smooth’s Pick – Jacksonville (20-13)
Carolina at Philadelphia
Line: Eagles by 4½
The Panthers face their third straight NFC East opponent, so far they’re 2-0 against the division, with the defending champs facing them. The Eagles slammed the Giants and got an extra three days off. Cam Newton vs. the Philly defensive front is the key to their success.
This is my upset special!
Smooth’s Pick – Carolina (21-17)
Minnesota at NY Jets
Line: Vikings by 3
The Vikings had a convincing win over Arizona. They travel to the Meadowlands, where they take on a Jets team that picked off Andrew Luck three times in their win over Indianapolis. This is a rare meeting, only the fourth time since 1997 these two teams have met in New Jersey. I give Gang Green the advantage.
Smooth’s Pick – NY Jets (24-13)
New England at Chicago
Line: Patriots by 3½
A very low point spread for New England in this game. Probably because of the narrow victory over KC on Sunday night. Also because the Bears defense is for real, despite their disappointing loss in OT over Miami. However, the key is the Chicago offense, which I’m not really impressed with.
Smooth’s Pick – New England (28-14)
Buffalo at Indianapolis
Line: Colts by 7½
The Bills had a disappointing loss in Houston last weekend. They travel to Indianapolis where the Colts were knocked off by the Jets. Home will be better for them, as the Bills will be without QB Josh Allen for two to three weeks.
Smooth’s Pick – Indianapolis (23-12)
Cleveland at Tampa Bay
Line: Bucs by 3
The Browns were unable to pull off another upset at home against the Chargers. They travel to Central Florida to take on a Bucs team who had a monster game from Jameis Winston in the loss to Atlanta.
Smooth’s Pick – Tampa Bay (20-14)
Detroit at Miami
The reason for the no line is because of the status of QB Ryan Tannehill. He was a last minute scratch for last week’s game. But backup Brock Osweiller pulled off the win for the fish in overtime. They’ll have a tougher task with the Lions coming to town. They’re coming off a bye week and will be refreshed.
Smooth’s Pick – Detroit (24-18)
New Orleans at Baltimore
Line: Ravens by 2½
The Saints come off a bye week and travel to Baltimore, where the Ravens had a convincing win over Tennessee. Despite their dominance in their last three games at home, the Saints are still a tough draw.
Smooth’s Pick – Baltimore (27-24)
Dallas at Washington
Line: Redskins by 1½
The Cowboys offense finally showed up, dropping 41 points on Jacksonville in the win last weekend. Now they have to travel to DC to take on their division rivals. The Redskins knocked off Carolina and could make it two straight.
This is my Lock!
Smooth’s Pick – Washington (20-17)
LA Rams at San Francisco
Line: Rams by 10
They’re the last undefeated team in the league and they travel to the bay area to take on their division rival. The Niners gave Green Bay a run for their money on the road, but lost on a last second field goal in Monday night. This could be a fool’s pick if you take the Rams.
Smooth’s Pick – San Francisco (28-24)
Cincinnati at Kansas City
Line: Chiefs by 6
The Sunday night game features the Bengals, who were knocked off at home by Pittsburgh and the Chiefs who almost pulled off the upset verses New England. Both teams are evenly matched, but the Chiefs are very tough at home. I give them the edge.
Smooth’s Pick – Kansas City (31-28)
Monday, October 22
NY Giants at Atlanta
Line: Falcons by 6
Big Blue have been having problems scoring and it’s showed in four of its five losses. They now have to travel to Atlanta, where Mercedes-Benz Stadium could be the worst possible place to improve their chances. The Falcons are coming off a win against Tampa Bay. I don’t like the G-men’s chances on Monday night where they have lost their last 6 games.
Smooth’s Pick – Atlanta (34-18)
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