*All lines accurate as of Tuesday 10:00PM*
Chicago Bears (+8) @ Green Bay Packers
Niko: Green Bay isn’t as good as everyone thought. They’re also not as bad as they’ve looked. Packers win big at home.
Pete: The Bears are arguably the worst team in the NFL. While the Packers are clearly not a Super Bowl contender as we all thought, they aren't on the Bears' level of suckness.
Jordan: Wonder why the NFL rankings are going down the toilet? It's games like this. The Chicago Bears are nowhere near the compete level of a Green Bay Packers team, even without Eddie Lacy. This isn't going to be a good game, but the Packers should be able to cover the spread with relative ease.
New York Giants (-3) @ Los Angeles Rams
Niko: I like the G-men. Momentum carries over from the big win against the Ravens last weekend.
Pete: The Giants look to be back on track after a huge win against the Ravens in Week 6. The season was quickly getting away from the New York Football Giants, but they were able to get a huge win and I believe that will carry over into this week.
Jordan: Remember when the Rams were 3-1? Good times, good times. Anyway, they're now on the right track to finish 7-9 and I see the Giants pinning them back under .500. Giants win this one on another big game from OBJ.
Baltimore Ravens (pickem) @ New York Jets
Niko: The game wasn’t the only thing Baltimore lost last Sunday, as Terrell Suggs went down with a torn biceps. Add him to a laundry list of starters banged up for the Ravens including guard Marshal Yanda, and middle linbebacker C.J. Mosley. The Jets finally right the ship at the Meadowlands.
Pete: The Jets made the bold decision to bench Ryan Fitzpatrick and make Geno Smith the starting quarterback this week. While Fitzpatrick is a poor decision-maker, I have a hard time believing that Smith will be much better. However, when you are 1-5 and just got blown out on Monday Night Football, what else do you have to lose? I will say the Ravens still get it done, however.
Jordan: The Jets look like the runner-up for the laughing stock of the NFL, maybe even edging out the Browns in that regard because many thought the Jets could take advantage of Brady's 4-game suspension and be in a great position to even win the division. They lucked out though, because the Ravens are on a 3-game skid themselves. I see the Jets, led by Geno Smith, winning this one in a low-scoring affair.
Indianapolis Colts (+2.5) @ Tennessee Titans
Niko: Tennessee at home in a level playing field.
Pete: Both teams suck, but I like the backfield that the Titans are working with, plus Mariota seems like he has the makings of a franchise QB.
Jordan: Indy is a mess, they had a 14-point lead with less than 4 minutes to play and lost to Brock Osweiler. I mean, come on! Indy sucks, and the Titans look like a mediocre team with some serious potential for star power. I like the Titans here.
Washington Redskins (-1) @ Detroit Lions
Niko: The ‘Skins have won four straight and the Lions are impossible to trust. I’m rolling with Washington.
Pete: Don't look now, but the Redskins are 4-2 and could very well threaten for a playoff spot, if not the NFC East, in a TERRIBLE division and conference, for that matter. The Lions don't have enough talent on either side of the football to keep this game close.
Jordan: This game will come down to pure talent, and that favors Washington. Especially with the momentum they have coming in.
Cleveland Browns (+10) @ Cincinnati Bengals
Niko: Give credit to Cincy, they hung with the Pats longer than most probably thought they would. Sitting at 2-4, at home against a winless Browns team, the time for them to get going is now. On paper, the Bengals win by at least two scores and cover.
Pete: I agree with Niko. I was surprised that the Bengals were right there with the Patriots up until the second half, especially at Gillette Stadium. That being said, no one should expect this team to come out and play angry after a tough loss. It just isn't in their DNA. I will go with the upset and say the Browns get it done.
Jordan: LOL, Cincy all day.
Minnesota Vikings (-2.5) @ Philadelphia Eagles
Niko: Huge game. The NFC East is quickly slipping out of Philly’s grip with the way Dallas and Washington are playing, and this Sunday they play host to the undefeated Vikings and old friend Sam Bradford. Two very talented defenses, two offenses still shaping their identity. I’m going with Minnesota at Lincoln Financial Field in what should be a good one.
Pete: I'm not sold on either of these teams. The Vikings have been phenomenal on defense and the Eagles have been great on offense, but is there enough talent on the other side of the football to make a deep run in the playoffs? That remains to be seen. I usually always take the defense, but I don't think the Vikings can score in this game. Another upset; Eagles.
Jordan: Wentzlyvannia was an absolute joke. Not saying he isn't going to be a stud, because I think he is, but I think he's getting severely over-hyped right now. The Vikings defense is absolutely bananas and I see them giving Wentz problems. Vikings ride the defense and win this one and improve to 6-0.
Oakland Raiders (+1) @ Jacksonville Jaguars
Niko: The battle between popular sleeper teams coming into the season. So far, one team has looked like a contender; the other has beaten only the Bears and Colts. I’ll take the Raiders to bounce back on the road.
Pete: Man, I am really disappointed in the Jaguars this year. I thought they were going to be able to put some things together and threaten for relevancy. Unfortunately, that hasn't been the case. On the other side, the Raiders look like a borderline Super Bowl contender. Easy choice here, folks.
Jordan: Upset of the week for me, Jags take this one over the Raiders at home. The Raiders defense has been putrid this year and has forced the Raiders to rely heavily on Carr's arm and Cooper's hands. How long will that last before some major issues occur in Oakland? I think we will catch a glimpse of these issues this week.
New Orleans Saints (+6.5) @ Kansas City Chiefs
Niko: The Chiefs bounced back in a big way against their division rival Raiders and have Jamaal Charles ready to break out any week now. I like KC to keep it going at Arrowhead, rattling Brees and co. early and often.
Pete: Offense vs. Defense. Unlike the Minnesota-Philadelphia game, I am going to roll with the defense here and say the Chiefs get it done at Arrowhead.
Jordan: To quickly refute Niko's point, Drew Brees doesn't get rattled. He's played in hostile environments and won in the past. However, let's be real here, the Saints just aren't good and proved nothing to me by beating the even worse Panthers last week. Chiefs win.
Buffalo Bills (-3) @ Miami Dolphins
Niko: The Dolphins dismantling the Steelers was so downright shocking it can already be classified as a “fluke”. Buffalo takes care of business in Miami to set up a whole ton of momentum for what is setting up to be a massive matchup with the Pats next week.
Pete: Are the Bills finally relevant? While that remains to be seen, this game should be a no-brainer. Regardless of playing on the road, if the Bills want to act like a legitimate playoff team, then they need to win games like this. I don't think they do it. Dolphins in an upset.
Jordan: As a Patriots fan, you want to have hard games where you really need to gut out a big win. Haven't really had one since the Cardinals game. I'll pick the Bills here because, 1, they're better than Miami, and 2, it sets up a really good matchup in Week 7.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (-2) @ San Francisco 49ers
Niko: I’ll take Tampa Bay coming off the bye. Expect the Bucs to establish the run and some balance on offense. Bucs take care of business on the road.
Pete: Talk about a suck-fest. I don't care about records; the state of these two franchises is awful. The Bucs are, well, the Bucs, and the 49ers have a QB that would rather kneel during the National Anthem to get on CNN than win football games and cash a paycheck. Call me old fashion, but, well you know my stance on that. Bucs take this one.
Jordan: The Buccaneers were, in my opinion, a sleeper team this year. They've disappointed me so far. It's been one step forward, two steps back for the most part. But with the return of Doug Martin, I see TB riding the ground game and taking this one in San Fran.
San Diego Chargers (+6.5) @ Atlanta Falcons
Niko: The Falcons were within minutes of upsetting the Broncos and Seahawks on the road in back to back weeks. I respect the hell out of Phil Rivers and his game, but Atlanta should win big against the banged up Chargers.
Pete: Tough time to be a Chargers fan. The team is more than likely relocating, and the careers of Rivers and Gates are dwindling into irrelevancy. Are the Falcons legit? Probably not. However, the Chargers are simply not a good football team.
Jordan: The Falcons are starting to really look legit. Starting with the upset of the Broncos and followed that by taking the Seahawks down to the final minutes before a blown call cost them a potential game-winning drive. I expect a pissed off Falcons team this week and I feel bad for the Chargers. Falcons roll at home.
New England Patriots (-2) @ Pittsburgh Steelers
Niko: Pats roll against a Roethlisberger-less Steelers squad. More on this one coming in the Roundtable this weekend.
Pete: Pats. More thoughts in Roundtable.
Jordan: It sucks that Big Ben can't play. Thought it would be a really exciting game. Don't sleep on Landry Jones though, he beat the Cardinals last year as a starter. That being said, Pats win, but it won't as easy as everyone thinks.
Seattle Seahawks (+2) @ Arizona Cardinals
Niko: This could be the best game of the week with the injury to Big Ben taking some air out of the previous matchup. I’m going to roll with Seattle to pull the “upset” on the road. They always seem to play their best in big games, especially against division rivals.
Pete: Don't look now, but the Seahawks are making a name for themselves as the cream of the crop in the NFC. The Marshawn Lynch-less offense is effective with Russell Wilson at the helm, and the defense is elite, as always. I don't see a scenario where the underperforming Cardinals take this one.
Jordan: Coming off of a really impressive victory against the Falcons, despite almost blowing an early 2 score lead, the Seahawks look to be a little more rejuvenated after a rough game a few weeks back. I'll take the Seahawks in this one, deadening the already rattled Cardinals even more.
Houston Texans (+7.5) @ Denver Broncos
Niko: The return of Brock. Broncos’ president John Elway hasn’t been afraid to throw shade at Osweiler and his new team since he jumped ship for big money. To put it nicely, he hasn’t looked very good at all. I can’t see it getting any easier for the signal caller on the road against old friends Von Miller, Chris Harris, Aqib Talib and co. That being said, more than a touchdown is a bit of a gift to a Denver team coming off of two horrific losses. I’ll take the points and go with Houston to cover, but I have Denver winning by a field goal.
Pete: That is a mighty big spread in favor of a team that still does not have a quarterback. Look, I love Denver's defense. They are one of the best in all of football and put up historic numbers last season, specifically in the postseason. However, they aren't going to be able to carry this team into the playoffs and to another Super Bowl. The offense has too many weapons at wide receiver to be this bad. I am going to go with the upset and say the Texans win this game and drop the Broncos out of the discussion for the top seed in the AFC.
Jordan: I think it's about time we see a good matchup on Primetime. Brock vs. his old employer. The rich vs. the cheap. What more could we ask for? Does Brock Osweiler outperform Trevor Siemien and show that maybe he was worth the extra change, or does the Denver defense crush him? I'll go somewhere in between here. This is going to be a really entertaining, close game. Ultimately, I'll roll with the home team, Denver, but Houston does cover the spread. Broncos by a FG.