Tennessee at L.A. Chargers, 9:30a, CBS (Chargers -7, O/U: 45)
No one has done better away from home than the Chargers. Playing in a soccer stadium in LA that you can’t fill prepares you for something like this. I guarantee you that there will be more Chargers fans in Wembly than all season so far at home in LA. Take the Chargers to win, covering in the over, Chargers 28-20.
Buffalo at Indianapolis, 1:00p, CBS (Colts -7, O/U: 43)
The colts have improved from last year but Josh Allen can ball! Take the Colts to win but the Bills cover in the loss, in the under, Colts 24-18.
Carolina at Philadelphia, 1:00p, FOX (Eagles -5, O/U: 45)
The Panthers have a strong offense with emerging rookies/young guys, however, their defense still hasn’t answered the call on big games. The Eagles and Wentz have started to hit their stride. Wentz off to an fantastic start (8 picks to 1 interception) but they will have a hard time running against this defense. Take the Eagles to take advantage amongst the Panthers (once) touch team win in the over, Eagles 34-28.
Cleveland at Tampa Bay, 1:00p, FOX (Buccs -3.5, O/U: 52.5)
Nick Chubb named the guy in the backfield, is averaging 10.8 yards per carry on 16 carries. Look for Chubb top double his yearly total on carries with minimum of 20. Baker has been sitting at about 55% completion should have a field day against a Tampa Bay defense that allows 9 yards per play attempt. Winston had a strong game last week in a close loss to a solid Falcons team. Look for Winston to be effective moving the ball but this defense loves causing turnovers so also expect him to throw some picks. Take the Browns to steal one and cover in the over, Browns 34-28.
Detroit at Miami, 1:00p, FOX (Dolphins +3, O/U: 46.5)
Osweiler leading the Fins? No wonder they went out and got Gore. The Lions aren’t usually the greatest on the road but Stafford has one of the best receiving tandems in the league. Take the Lions to cover in a win, in the under, Lions 27-17.
Houston at Jacksonville, 1:00p, CBS (Jags -4, O/U: 41.5)
It’s the battle of the defenses. Bortles plays better at home. The Watt/Clowney duo should pressure Bortles into some hurried throws, possibly some turnovers. Take the Jags to win but the Texans to cover in the under, Jags 21-20.
Minnesota at N.Y. Jets, 1:00p, FOX (Jets +3, O/U: 46)
A young rookie completing just under 60% of his throws all season, 9 touchdowns to 7 interceptions, all I need to know. Take the Vikings to cover in the under, Vikings 28-14.
New England at Chicago, 1:00p, CBS (Bears +3, O/U: 43)
Brady was just in a shootout with a hot young gun in Mahomes now has to figure out if he’ll survive against one of, if not, the best pass rusher today, Khalil Mack. No Gronk for the Pats makes this game a tough call. Take the Bears to cover in a win, in the over, Bears 27-24.
New Orleans at Baltimore, 4:05p, FOX (Ravens -3, O/U: 49)
The Saints are typically a different team on the road however there are too many weapons to account for and Brees has been money all year, 11 touchdowns to zero interceptions. The Ravens offense has done well and the Saints do give up yardage. Take the Saints to cover in a convincing win, in the over, Saints 31-24.
Dallas at Washington, 4:25p, CBS (Redskins +1, O/U: 41.5)
Both teams haven’t really had that wow factor that allows them to rise to the top of the division. The standout between the two has been Elliott but even his games haven’t been consistent. I’m going to give this one to the better defense. Take the Cowboys to win and cover in the over, Cowboys 31-24.
L.A. Rams at San Francisco, 4:25p, NBC (49ers +10, O/U: 52)
The Rams may be without Kupp but they still have the weapons to get it done. It’s not going to be a normal road game given the distance so expect the Rams to play well. Beathard has done a phenomenal job in Jimmy G’s absence but only has a few weapons he’s comfortable with in Kittle and Goodwin. The Rams defensive front will be all over Beathard forcing him into throws he hasn’t been making lately. Take the Rams to cover in the over, Rams 35-20.
Cincinnati at Kansas City, 8:20p, CBS (Chiefs -6, O/U: 58)
Mahomes has been on fire all season long and solidified himself as a legit threat and top contender lead his team to a super bowl appearance. No brainer, Chiefs cover big at home in the over, Chiefs 42-28.
Colin Cowherd’s Blazin 5:
- Buffalo at Indianapolis – Indianapolis (-7.5)
- Carolina at Philadelphia – Carolina (+4.5)
- New Orleans at Baltimore – Baltimore (-2.5)
- Dallas at Washington – Washington (-1.5)
- NY Giants at Atlanta – NY Giants (+5.5)