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
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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