*Lines accurate as of Tuesday evening 9:00PM EST*
Miami Dolphins (+7) @ Cincinnati Bengals
Niko: Miami was a competent kicker away from losing a game at home to the Cleveland Browns. Yes, those Browns, down to their 3rd string rookie quarterback (sound familiar?). I have Cincy bouncing back after a bad home loss to Denver and covering this spread.
Pete: Have to roll with the Bengals here. I just don't see the Dolphins knocking off one of the better teams in the AFC at home.
Jordan: It took OT for the Dolphins to beat the Browns last week. Yes, you read that right, the Browns and Cody Kessler. Not a chance they put together a good enough team effort to beat an elite Bengals team in Cincy.
Indianapolis Colts (-2.5) vs. Jacksonville Jaguars (9:30 AM EST, London)
Niko: Two very bad teams, in a very bad division, at a very cool time and place. I’m more excited for my omelet and mimosa than I am for this matchup. Flip a coin. I’ll go with Jacksonville picking up their first win of the season.
Pete: These games in England suck. They are too busy eating biscuits, drinking tea and watching foot fairies cry all over the ground to watch football. Anyways, since that tangent is over, lets get back to the game. I thought the Jaguars might be able to threaten for a playoff spot this season after having a great offseason and draft, but it looks like some things just never change. However, with that being said, there is no way I am betting on the Colts. Screw that team.
Jordan: Like the Dolphins above, the Colts really didn't impress against a terrible Chargers team. That being said, Jacksonville has looked overmatched so far this year. For that, I'll go against everything I stand for and pick the Colts in this matchup.
Tennessee Titans (+6.5) @ Houston Texans
Niko: Mariota’s had his struggles in the early going this year, and Houston is going to be particularly hungry after getting humiliated last Thursday night. They will rally in the absence of JJ Watt. Billy O and the boys bounce back and cover at home.
Pete: There is no question about it, losing JJ Watt is going to be a significant blow to this team. He was the leader on defense and someone will have to step up in his absence. Additionally, the Titans have the two-headed monster at running back with Demarco Murray and Derrick Henry. I am going to pick the Titans in an upset here.
Jordan: The Texans just lost the best defensive player in football, likely for the season, in JJ Watt. I expect that to open more opportunities for Mariota to make some plays both down field and with his legs. I'll take the Titans by a narrow margin.
Cleveland Browns (+9.5) @ Washington Redskins
Niko: Washington showed up in a big way at New York last Sunday. For a game in September, that was about as close to a must win as it got for them. They’ll stay on the wave and beat the lowly Browns by double digits. ‘Skins cover.
Jordan: The Browns are pathetic, I can't see them even threatening Washington.
Seattle Seahawks (-1.5) @ New York Jets
Niko: One of the toughest games of the week. Wilson’s status is unknown (sprained MCL) and Seattle’s O-line is a big question mark, but their defense is still sick. Ryan Fitzpatrick had maybe the worst performance I’ve ever seen last weekend and the secondary has been shaky, but that defensive line is elite. I’d go with the “under”, and gun to my head, take the ‘Hawks by a hair.
Pete: Sneaky Great Game of the Week. The Jets are suffering from some serious injuries, specifically with Eric Decker and Brandon Marshall questionable. If they were healthy, I may swing with the Jets, but I have to pick the Seahawks and a motivated, yet injured, Russell Wilson.
Jordan: Now that Revis Island has turned into the best spot for a vacation in the NFL, I see Russell Wilson wearing out Doug Baldwin and both having big games. Hawks narrowly prevail.
Buffalo Bills (+4) @ New England Patriots
Niko: Rexy’s last stand. Is the final straw losing to Jimmy/Jacoby? Or will it be at home to Brady in week 8? Sometime in between? Enjoy the antics now, Bills Mafia. You’ll miss him when he’s gone. Pats take care of business and complete the sweep sans Brady. More on this in the “roundtable” coming this weekend.
Pete: We will obviously talk about this game at length in the roundtable this weekend, but all signs point to Brissett and/or Garoppolo being ready to go for this game. I will say the Patriots take care of business yet again and move to 4-0 with the GOAT coming back.
Jordan: With Jimmy G and/or Jacoby likely active for Sunday, I don't think the Bills have the firepower to beat this Pats team. Especially if Gronk is more than just a decoy come Sunday.
Carolina Panthers (-3) @ Atlanta Falcons
Niko: Panthers can’t be this bad, can they? I think Newton re-finds his rhythm against this porous Atlanta defense. Carolina takes it to their divisional rivals.
Pete: The Falcons showed on Monday Night Football this past week that they can put up points with the best of them. However, against a reasonably good defense in the Panthers, they may actually have to play on the other side of the football. Expect Cam Newton and company to wake up against a poor Falcons team.
Jordan: The Panthers have the same issue last year's Pats team had, a WEAK O-Line. Plus, after getting ladled by the Vikings last week, I don't know the direction the NFL Runner-Ups are going in. I'll use my unpopular pick of the week and choose the Falcons to sink the Panthers to 1-3.
Oakland Raiders (+3.5) @ Baltimore Ravens
Niko: Baltimore has beaten the Bills, Browns, and Jags by a combined 13 points. Their “resume” doesn’t stack up against the rest of the undefeated. It will take a big hit this weekend, with Oakland coming to town and stealing one. Raiders with the points.
Pete: Another candidate for Sneaky Great Game of the Week. Baltimore is featuring a great defense, but I will have whatever you are smoking if you don't think they are overachieving. The Ravens are having an extremely difficult time putting up points, and I don't think that will change against the Raiders.
Jordan: I don't know what's in the water in Baltimore, but they've really been impressive in the first 3 weeks. I believe Steve Smith Sr. has these guys rallied behind him and they're putting in a monster team effort week in and week out. I'll take the Ravens at home.
Detroit Lions (-3) @ Chicago Bears
Niko: Chicago might be the worst team in football. Detroit certainly isn’t anything to write home about, but they won’t be picking first in the 2017 NFL Draft. Lions scoop up the W on the road.
Pete: I was so wrong on the Bears. I actually thought they could fight for a .500 record. I'm sorry.
Jordan: Lions, NEXT.
Denver Broncos (-3) @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Niko: I’m thinking ‘upset’ in this one. No rhyme or reason, just a feeling we’ll see “Good Jamies” this Sunday. The Trevor Siemian hype train hits a fork in the road as well, and Denver slips up away from Mile High. I’m going with the Bucs.
Pete: Jameis Winston has been playing some great football for the Buccaneers early in this season. That being said, the Broncos' defense is just too damn good. They will force some turnovers in this game and seal the deal for them.
Jordan: I think this game is really going to be close until very late. It's all going to come down to a potential heroic final drive for Jameis and the Bucs to prevail, and I don't see that happening against a filthy Broncos Defense. Broncos ultimately take a close one.
Los Angeles Rams (+8.5) @ Arizona Cardinals
Niko: This is a lot of points for an underachieving Arizona team to cover. I like the Cards to win, but I’ll take the points and roll with LA. Gurley with a big one.
Pete: What has happened to the Arizona Cardinals? All those national media pundits had them being the best team in the NFL, yet they can't be a Brady-and-Gronkowski-less Patriots team and an subpar Buffalo Bills squad? If they can't beat the Rams at home, they should be ashamed of themselves.
Jordan: So the Rams are 2-1? LOL. They'll find a way to lose just to stay on pace to finish around 7-9, 8-8. Cards with another bounce back win.
New Orleans Saints (+4) @ San Diego Chargers
Niko: If you like scoring, tune in to this one. It should be a shoot out. I’ll roll with the (slightly?) healthier Saints’ squad on the road.
Pete: Two very mediocre teams. However, after MNF, the Saints sounded like a PISSED OFF football squad. Look for Drew Brees to come into this game and rack up the fantasy points against a pretty bad Chargers squad.
Jordan: Remember when the Saints were elite? Good times; second favorite team in the NFL. I love me some Drew Brees and I can see him taking advantage of an even further banged up Chargers squad.
Dallas Cowboys (-3) @ San Francisco 49ers
Niko: Is the NFC East sneaky good this year? It’s been refreshing to watch the two young QB’s (Prescott, Wentz) impress in the way that they have. Cowboys roll against old rival Chip and co.
Pete: Dak Prescott should pick apart this terrible 49ers team. Cowboys by a lot.
Jordan: If you have Dak or Zeke on your Fantasy squad, start 'em. Boys continue to prove why they should cut Romo and roll to a massive victory against the 49ers. "America's Team" hopefully puts Kaepernick in his place and absolutely DESTROY the Niners.
Kansas City Chiefs (+5.5) @ Pittsburgh Steelers
Niko: I like Pitt to roll in this one. Le’Veon Bell is the best overall ‘back in football, and I expect him to look like it on Sunday. Steelers win big at home.
Pete: This could be the Game of the Week. Should be a great football game against two potential playoff squads. Just to mix it up, I will go with the upset here and say the Chiefs' defense can stifle Big Ben and the Steelers offense.
Jordan: I don't know what is going on in the NFL right now. The Eagles absolutely merked the Steelers last week and has caused me to question the legitimacy of my existence. I see them bouncing back with Bell coming back.
New York Giants (+4) @ Minnesota Vikings
Niko: Minnesota looks like the class of the NFC. That defense is legit and the offense should improve every week as they get acclimated to Sam Bradford and life without Adrian Peterson. Vikings cover at home.
Pete: I want to pick the Vikings here, but I just don't think they have enough horses on offense. The Giants are loaded on both sides of the football and could be a potential Super Bowl team, or at least they look like it so far this season. Giants, but I will be rooting for the feel-good Vikings storyline.
Jordan: I can't wait for the Vikings to win this ballgame. Come at me, Watts.