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New York Jets @ Indianapolis Colts (-10.5)

Against another mid-tier team, I would be thumping the idea that the Jets are flying high after their win against the Cincinnati Bengals, but running back Jonathan Taylor is going to run up his rushing totals and the Colts are going to pick up a (much-needed) win. Pick: Colts


Cleveland Browns @ Cincinnati Bengals (-3)

The Browns can keep this divisional game close, but the Bengals are going to be looking to take out some aggression from their loss to the Jets. Pick: Bengals


Denver Broncos @ Dallas Cowboys (-10)

If Cooper Rush were playing, I would like the Broncos to keep this game close, but these are two teams going in different directions for the rest of the season. Don’t discount, either, the mental aspect on their players of the Broncos being “sellers” at the deadline even though they are at .500. Pick: Cowboys


Houston Texans @ Miami Dolphins (-6.5)

Picking the Texans seems risky, but the “transitive property” says that they beat the Jaguars who beat the Dolphins so this is a lock. (I’m kidding, I promise.) In all seriousness, Davis Mills has been quietly rolling for Houston and the Dolphins defense is going to make him look elite. Pick: Texans


Atlanta Falcons @ New Orleans Saints (-6)

Normally, I would pick the Falcons to beat the Saints now that their defense has had time to prepare for Trevor Siemian, but it’s not like the Falcons have any kind of defense to do such a thing. Their offense, too, will struggle against the Saints Top 5 defense. Pick: Saints


Las Vegas Raiders (-3) @ New York Giants

The Raiders have been through a lot this season, but they’ve continued to persevere. The Giants, meanwhile, played the Chiefs tough in primetime. I’ll take the Raiders because I believe in their offensive skill position players just a little bit more than the Giants’. Pick: Raiders


New England Patriots (-3.5) @ Carolina Panthers

The Panthers are a bad team, and the Patriots are a good but very flawed team. As I noted in my notebook, the Patriots are bringing a Top 10 defense and a Top 10 offense to this game and the Panthers are just hoping to bring a healthy Christian McCaffrey. Pick: Patriots


Buffalo Bills (-14.5) @ Jacksonville Jaguars

Bills by a mile...make that two miles. Pick: Bills


Minnesota Vikings @ Baltimore Ravens (-5.5)

The Vikings are at their best when they can win defensive matchups and pick up easy yardage on the ground with Dalvin Cook. I don’t think they’ll be able to do either here against the Ravens coming out of a bye week. Pick: Ravens


Los Angeles Chargers (-1.5) @ Philadelphia Eagles

This line is egregiously bad thanks to the Eagles’ drubbing of the Lions last week. I’ll take the Chargers to win this one handily thanks to a more porous Eagles defense than what they’ve seen in recent weeks. Pick: Chargers


Green Bay Packers @ Kansas City Chiefs (-7.5)

This game felt like Packers all the way right up until reports that Aaron Rodgers is unvaccinated, has COVID and will miss (at least) this game. We’ve seen backup QBs come in and do some crazy things this season, but still... Pick: Chiefs


Arizona Cardinals @ San Francisco 49ers (-1)

If homefield advantage means (on average) 2.5-3.5 points, then this line is saying that the Cardinals are less than a field goal better than the Niners. That’s just not true. The Cardinals are the far better team and the 49ers are notoriously bad at home the last few season. Pick: Cardinals


Tennessee Titans @ Los Angeles Rams (-7.5)

The Titans have everything they need to keep this game close, but it’s going to turn into a shootout down the stretch and the Rams will have them right where they want them. Pick: Rams


Chicago Bears @ Pittsburgh Steelers (-6.5)

I’m concerned about the Steelers inability to stop a mobile QB—especially one they don’t have ample tape on. That said, the first one to 20points probably wins this game, and the Steelers can do that against the Bears secondary. Pick: Steelers