This is the condensed version of my regular predictions against the spread series that has minor summaries of each of the games. I had my best week in Week 8 after going 10-2 on my straight picks and 9-3 on my spread picks going into Monday Night. I will attempt to continue that success this week.
In a season of parity, it is normally wise to take the points. There have been many close and competitive games this season that have turned into upsets. This season has been satisfactory for office pool players who enjoy betting on underdogs. This week could be much of the same.
The New England Patriots are the NFL’s last one-loss team heading into Week 9. They will face a Cleveland Browns team who is coming off a bye week and an emotional victory against the New Orleans Saints. Eric Mangini used to be an assistant under Bill Belichick so he has a better understanding of Belichick’s schemes. However, don’t expect the Patriots, who maintain one of the NFL’s best turnover ratios, to give the Browns touchdowns like Drew Brees did in the Saints defeat.
There were a lot of tough games this week. One of the most difficult was the New York Jets at Detroit Lions. The Lions have scored 44 and 37 in their past two home games and are looking better every week. The Jets are coming off a shutout in which they had two weeks to prepare. Could this be the start of a mid-season slump for the Jets similar to last season? The Jets season could spiral downward if they fail in this contest.
Watch out for the Seattle Seahawks. The Seahawks are one of the best home teams in the NFL, but they’re coming off a 33-3 defeat to the Oakland Raiders (don’t forget that they lost 31-14 to the Denver Broncos, also). The Giants have had two weeks to prepare for the Seahawks, but they are one of the NFL’s worst in turnover ratio. That could play a factor in “False Start City.”
I’m feeling the best in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Atlanta Falcons match-up. The Buccaneers are a solid team, but they’ve been dominated in their two games against more prestigious teams (Steelers and Saints). The Falcons could be one of their most difficult challenges as they have an abundance of firepower when playing in Atlanta. I like the Falcons here for a 14-17 point victory.
These picks will be finalized around Thursday with updated lines and picks on the first two games. If you’re looking for more picks, then visit the Associated Content NFL Pick ‘Em competition for predictions from nearly a dozen sports enthusiasts. They can be found HERE.
11-3-10: Everything is updated. Good luck!
OVER 51 San Diego Chargers at Houston Texans (+3)
OVER 46.5 Indianapolis Colts (+3) at Philadelphia Eagles
OVER 41 New Orleans Saints at Carolina Panthers (+7.5)
OVER 41.5 New York Jets at Detroit Lions (+4)
OVER 40 Miami Dolphins (+5) at Baltimore Ravens
UNDER 43.5 New England Patriots at Cleveland Browns (+4.5)
OVER 40 Chicago Bears at Buffalo Bills (+3)
OVER 41 Arizona Cardinals (+9) at Minnesota Vikings
OVER 44.5 Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Atlanta Falcons (-8)
OVER 41 New York Giants at Seattle Seahawks (+6.5)
UNDER 40.5 Kansas City Chiefs (+3) at Oakland Raiders
OVER 45.5 Dallas Cowboys at Green Bay Packers (-8)
UNDER 41.5 Pittsburgh Steelers at Cincinnati Bengals (+4.5)
Coopers Picks, Accessed November 3, 2010.
NFL Stats http://www.nfl.com/stats/team Accessed November 3, 2010.