*Lines accurate as of Wednesday 9:00PM*
Denver Broncos (-2) @ San Diego Chargers
Niko: Has San Diego been terrible for the most of the year? Yep. Is Denver top to bottom the better team, with better health, and owners of the league’s top defense? Yes, yes, probably. So why am I taking San Diego? No rhyme or reason, just a hunch.
Pete: I wish I had as much balls as Niko, but I just can't bet against the Broncos, especially with the very real possibility that starting QB Trevor Siemian will be good to go.
Jordan: The issue with the Chargers is they seem to always creatively find ways to lose. Last week was on a bad snap to the holder on, what would have been, a game tying field goal. I can't see them rolling into a game against the Broncos (coming off a loss to the Falcons) and winning. Siemien should be back, making Denver the absolute favorite.
Cincinnati Bengals (+6.5) @ New England Patriots
Niko: At least Skip Bayless was good at trolling, unfortunately for his “First Take” replacement Max Kellerman, it appears the cliff Brady was supposed to be falling off didn’t get the memo. Stop. The. Madness. Pats cover. More thoughts on this in the Roundtable coming this weekend.
Pete: I'm not going to lie, that line is a bit high for my liking. Aside from the Patriots, who is an elite team in the AFC? One could make the case that the Bengals are one of the best teams in the conference and I can't necessarily disagree with you. That being said, the Patriots are the Patriots. Couple that with the fact that Tom Brady will be making his home debut, and this game was over before it started.
Jordan: Ahhhh the Bengals; "We're on to Cincinnati." All of the feels from the last Super Bowl run are coming back. Patriots are in prime position to grab a hold of the AFC's throat and crushing it. I see the Patriots doing a repeat of that 2014 game at Gillette, beating up on a Cincy team and covering the spread.
Baltimore Ravens (+3) @ New York Giants
Niko: G-men save their season and cover at home against the Ravens this Sunday. Look out for Odell Beckham; it’s only a matter of time before he goes off for about 150 and two TD’s.
Pete: This should be a pretty damn good game between two evenly matched teams. That being said, I feel as if these teams are kind of heading in different directions. The Ravens have been able to keep their heads above water, but it feels as if they are a loss away from completely collapsing. On the other hand, the Giants have lost a lot early in this season but feel as if they are about to turn it on at any moment. I will go with the momentum and say the Giants win this one at home.
Jordan: Do the Ravens even have an elite corner capable of shutting down OBJ? I don't believe so. This game will rely solely on the prow-bowler's production. I don't see why he cannot bounce back and have a big game at home. Giants win as a result.
Carolina Panthers (-2) @ New Orleans Saints
Niko: Cam Newton will return this week, and something tells me he’ll be on a mission. Not a huge Newton guy, but you have to acknowledge his sheer size, talent, and athleticism. The Saints won’t be able to stop him. Panthers take care of business.
Pete: I can't pick the Panthers. I want to, but look at their stats this season compared to last. They appear to still be hungover and I don't see that changing against a good offense in the New Orleans Saints.
Jordan: I still remember being called out on Twitter for saying the Panthers got lucky last year and that Cam will come back down to earth. Look who's laughing now... If you couldn't tell already, I am the one laughing. Now the Saints defense is easy to beat, but so is the Panthers O-Line. I see the Saints prevailing in a shootout.
Pittsburgh Steelers (-7) @ Miami Dolphins
Niko: Apparently everyone’s at fault except Tannehill. I wonder how much longer that remains the case…Steelers cover in a laugher on the road.
Pete: The Dolphins are in a world of hurt, and it doesn't help that they are in the same division as the best team in all of football. Pittsburgh covers.
Jordan: This is probably the laugher of the week, in my book. Steelers are just too good for this Dolphins team, and that will show on Sunday. Steelers all day, every day, and twice on Sunday.
Jacksonville Jaguars (+1.5) @ Chicago Bears
Niko: Yuck. If you gamble on this game, get help. If you don’t want to, take the Jags on the road.
Pete: As much as the Jaguars have sucked this season, they still have a lot of talent on both sides of the football and should be considered an up and coming team in the NFL. Plus, Chicago BLOWS.
Jordan: Please, for all of your sanity, do NOT watch this game. You will be wasting your Sunday if you do. Jags win this one.
San Francisco 49ers (+7) @ Buffalo Bills
Niko: Left for dead 3 weeks ago, the Bills have tallied off wins against the Cards, a Brady less Pats squad, and the Rams. Not bad. They’ve seemingly established themselves as the 2nd best team in the division in what is always the best race in football. I expect #billsmafia to continue their streak this week at home against a hapless 49ers team. Kapernick making his first start certainly adds another wrinkle to the drama Rex and the boys always bring. Buffalo covers.
Pete: Is this finally the year the Bills threaten for a playoff spot? That remains to be seen, but I still believe this is going to be a laugher in Buffalo. Kaepernick is going to get the nod at quarterback and I hope he sucks. Loser.
Jordan: If the Bills don't play the National Anthem on a Niners third down, they will have failed as an organization. Bills, please win this one time.
Los Angeles Rams (+2.5) @ Detroit Lions
Niko: It’s honestly impossible to predict this game. These teams are so terribly inconsistent this game could really go either way. I guess I’ll roll with a big one from Todd Gurley and a W for the Rams. At least that will help my fantasy team.
Pete: Like Niko said, this is a tough game to predict. Both teams are wildly inconsistent, but talent trumps all. One team has Todd Gurley, the other doesn't. It is that simple. Rams cover on the road.
Jordan: Who would've thought the Rams would be 3-2 right now? I sure as hell did not. That being said, I see them stretching it to 4-2 behind a dominant performance by Todd Gurley. Rams win on the road.
Cleveland Browns (+6) @ Tennessee Titans
Niko: This is an excellent opportunity for the Titans to even their record up at 3-3, and stake their claim as a contender to win (read: not lose) the AFC South. Titans get it done.
Pete: Similar to the Jags, I like what the Titans did in the offseason and thought they may be able to creep up into relevancy. This week against the Browns, they should be able to inch closer.
Jordan: You know what? The Browns are due for a win, despite having to start ANOTHER body at QB this week (thanks, Hightower). I see them abusing Crowell and Pryor and sneaking out with their first win.
Philadelphia Eagles (pickem) @ Washington Redskins
Niko: I’ve grown an affinity for the NFC East because of me going to school in Pennsylvania. All four teams genuinely can’t stand each other. I’ll roll with the ‘Skins at FedEx Field.
Pete: Tough to see the Eagles losing to an inferior (?) Redskins team after this start to the 2016 season. Let the good times roll...?
Jordan: This game will be a test to Carson Wentz' manhood. It isn't going to be an easy game; hostile environment against a division rival. I see this game as a learning process for the rookie QB, Skins ultimately win in a close one.
Kansas City Chiefs (+2) @ Oakland Raiders
Niko: Out with the old, in with the new? The 4-1 Raiders are continuing to find ways to win games. The last time we saw the Chiefs (last week was a bye week for them) they were thoroughly embarrassed by Pittsburgh. We will find out exactly what these teams are on Sunday in a big divisional showdown. I’ll take the home team Raiders.
Pete: I agree with almost everything Niko said. The Chiefs have been relevant for the past couple of years, and everyone thought they would play a big role in the playoff picture this season. Conversely, the Raiders are one of the most up and coming teams in the NFL, even amid all of their relocation speculation. I will say the Raiders get it done in Oakland.
Jordan: This is going to be another close one, as the Raiders have had to win numerous shootouts already this season. I want to see what they can do when they're not doing well (low scoring, I mean). I see the Raiders covering this spread, but barely, in a defensive battle.
Atlanta Falcons (+6) @ Seattle Seahawks
Niko: We’ll find if the Falcons are for real on Sunday. Going into Mile High and beating the Broncos is impressive, but doing it back to back weeks against the Seahawks? That’d be something. Something I don’t think they’re capable of. Seahawks cover.
Pete: The Falcons don't have any defense to speak of. Sure, you can have a stellar offense, but ask the Patriots what happens if you don't have an at least average defense against legitimate teams. Hawks cover.
Jordan: The Falcons are, once again, fooling everyone. Unfortunately this year, I have been sucked in. The Falcons are just a really. Good. Team. Matty Ice has been a boss, as has Julio Jones. Last week, the Falcons won in Mile High, and this week, I see them narrowly beating the Hawks in the Legion of Boom.
Dallas Cowboys (+5.5) @ Green Bay Packers
Niko: Dak is legit. The better the Cowboys play, the more curious Romo’s “return” becomes. Will he return the savior or get “Bledsoe’d”? If Prescott gets it done at Lambeau, we may have our answer. I just don’t see it. Packers squeeze one out.
Pete: Will there be some controversy at the quarterback position when Tony Romo returns? If Jerry Jones is smart, I would like to think so....but back to the game. The Packers have been just average this season, but the NFC is wide open. A big win at home could be just what the doctor ordered, but I don't see it happening. I have to roll with the hot hand and pick Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys.
Jordan: Much like the Falcons, I've been fooled by the Cowboys this year. Dak Prescott has yet to throw a pick, and Zeke Elliott has seemed to rebound nicely despite early struggles. If the Boys win, and I see them doing so, they really need to assess the Romo situation. Cowboys win at Lambeau.
Indianapolis Colts (+3.5) @ Houston Texans
Niko: Texans in a level playing field.
Pete: Colts suck. Houston gets back on track and lands a much needed win.
Jordan: LOL, Texans.
New York Jets (+6.5) @ Arizona Cardinals
Niko: Zona wins, but the desperate Jets will keep this thing close throughout. Catanzaro does what he couldn’t do in Week 1 and drains a field goal as time expires. Jets with the points.
Pete: Both teams surprisingly suck this year. I just can't root for the Jets, even though Brandon Marshall has been a significant factor on my fantasy team this year. Arizona rolls at home.
Jordan: Boy, the Jets have been BAAAAD this year. Then again, so have the Cards. This week will be the turning point for one, and the final nail in the coffin for the other. Given the fact the Cards are at home, I'll roll with Zona, but the Jets cover the spread.