*All lines accurate as of Tuesday 9:00PM*
Jacksonville Jaguars (+3.5) @ Tennessee Titans
Niko: And the NFL wonders why the ratings are down… Their Thursday night experiment is failing because of matchups like this one. I’ll roll with the Jags for the slight upset, but on paper this one has very little appeal.
Pete: Brutal Thursday Night Game. Nonetheless, I guess we have to pick someone, right? I will roll with the Jaguars. Neither team is very good, but I like the Blake Bortles more RIGHT NOW than Marcus Mariota.
Jordan: I'm honestly getting sick of seeing these games on Primetime. But, for sake of the argument, the Titans are just plain better. Plus, they're at home, I do not see Blake Bortles doing much to help Jacksonville at all. Titans at home.
Washington Redskins (+3) @ Cincinnati Bengals
Niko: As much as I don’t trust the Bengals when it matters, I think they’ll parlay their victory last week into another one this week. This team is far too talented to stay below .500 and has a huge opportunity to pick up some ground on Pitt in the absence of Roethlisberger. Bengals in London.
Pete: I was pretty high on the Redskins at the start of the season, but they have underperformed and currently sit in third place in the NFC East. Cincinnati is certainly nothing to write home about, but you have to roll with the better team on a level playing field. Bengals.
Jordan: Coming off of a heart-breaker at the hands of the Lions, one would expect to see Washington bounce back and put up a statement win on the road against a struggling Bengals unit. However, I am pretty sure that Skins lineman, Trent Williams, is out for a while. That's a big blow to the Washington O-line. That'll cause some serious problems in the run game and pass protection, I see Cincy sneaking away at home.
Kansas City Chiefs (-2.5) @ Indianapolis Colts
Niko: Kansas City should beat up the Colts in every phase of the game. Andrew Luck is on an island. Chiefs take care of business.
Pete: As much as I hate the Colts, you have to start feeling bad for Andrew Luck at some point soon. Coming out of college, he was looked at as the next face of the NFL. Unfortunately, he plays on a TERRIBLE team, in a TERRIBLE city for TERRIBLE owners and coaches. Chiefs in a laugher.
Jordan: Basically what Pete said, any decent football fan sees the talent in Andrew Luck and how badly it is misused in Indy. The Colts are an absolute joke right now, and against a team like the Chiefs, you should expect more of the same. KC gets it done on the road.
Arizona Cardinals (+3) @ Carolina Panthers
Niko: Prior to their bye week, the Panthers were a total mess, giving up 41 in a loss to their division rival Saints. The last time these teams met, however, Carolina looked incredible, emasculating the Cardinals to the tune of a 49-15 beat down in the NFC Championship. Newton and co. will probably fall somewhere in between on Sunday, but I’ll take them to extend their season another week. Panthers cover in a huge win at home.
Pete: Even though it was not your typical NFL game by today's standards, I thoroughly enjoyed Arizona's game against the Seahawks last week. It kind of opened my eyes to Arizona's defense, as well. We have not seen them shut down an offense like that, and I believe they can do it again this week against the Panthers.
Jordan: I'll make this short and sweet; until the Panthers prove to me they can win, I'll pick them. Cardinals.
Oakland Raiders (+1) @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Niko: The Raiders are 5-2, but lost to the only two teams currently above .500. They’ve clearly taken a step forward, but how big of a step remains to be seen. With an enormous home bout against the Broncos lurking next week, Oakland can’t overlook a streaky Buccaneer team. I’ll take the Raiders in a shoot out.
Pete: Are the Raiders legit? They currently boast the second best record in the AFC. Furthermore, they are a young team with a lot of talent at the skill positions. Against a weak Buccaneers team, I don't see much of a challenge for Oakland.
Jordan: Boy, the Bucs have been a major dissapointment this year. I thought they would be fighting for a playoff spot. That's not the case, obviously. With dah Raidahs coming into town with the second best record in the AFC, it would be hard to bet against them. Raiders improve to 6-2.
Seattle Seahawks (-2.5) @ New Orleans Saints
Niko: Seattle has its flaws, but the defense isn’t one of them. The Legion of Boom and that front 7 still bring it in a big way every Sunday. ‘Hawks take it.
Pete: I am perplexed as to how this line is less than a field goal. Sure, the Seahawks don't have a great offense, but the Saints may legitimately be the worse team in the NFL if it was not for Drew Brees. Seahawks.
Jordan: This game has the makings of being a laugher. The Saints may have the worst defense in the NFL. Which sucks, given they rack up a ton of points most games. I see this game falling into a score of around 34-21, with the Seahawks winning this one.
Detroit Lions (+2.5) @ Houston Texans
Niko: Both teams are 4-3 but they certainly look different doing it. Houston has struggled badly, and that starts with Brock Osweiler and the QB position. On the contrary, Stafford has looked better than expected this season, spreading the ball around nicely following the retirement of long time go-to target Calvin Johnson. I’ll take the Lions on the road.
Pete: Remember when the Texans gave Brock Osweiler tens of millions of dollars to suck? Yeah, me too. Like Niko mentioned, both teams are 4-3 but have gotten there in very different ways. I am going to roll with the Texans in a close one, but I would not be surprised either way. This is your modern day NFL, Goodell. Suckfest.
Jordan: Brock Osweiler, needless to say (but I'm going to say it anyway), is TERRIBLE. He has Deandre Hopkins, Will Fuller, Braxton Miller, and co and still plays like the backup he used to be. Detroit is coming off of a statement win against the Redskins last week, and I expect them to roll into town and win.
New England Patriots (-6.5) @ Buffalo Bills
Niko: Brady’s back for Round 2 with Rex. Advantage, Pats. More on this one in the Roundtable coming this weekend.
Pete: As always, Patriots.
Jordan: A Buffalo newspaper came out and did a weekly prediction before the season started. So why do the Pats win? I'll give the same reason they gave: Tom Brady.
New York Jets (-2.5) @ Cleveland Browns
Niko: Gang Green can’t possibly lose to the Browns, can they? They’re not that bad. Jets in what will probably be a close one.
Pete: I will pay money for the Jets to lose. To the friggen' Cleveland Browns; the new epicenter for the sport's world, right? You know what, screw it. Cleveland is winning this game.
Jordan: It's about time the Browns win a game. Why not beat up on a team with a major debacle at QB? BelieveLand in this one.
San Diego Chargers (+5) @ Denver Broncos
Niko: As much as I’d like to, I can’t pick San Diego again in this matchup. The Broncos at Mile High are a completely different team and their defense seems to be really hitting its stride. Denver rolls at home.
Pete: There is no way you can pick the Chargers this week. As mediocre as the Broncos looked for large portions of their game Monday against the Texans, they still have one of the best defenses in the NFL. It is tough to see a way in which they lose this game at home.
Jordan: I honestly just have a feeling that the Chargers are going to win this week. I see Philip Rivers making some deep throws and connecting on a few. It'll likely take 350 and 3 TDs to get it done. But why not? They already beat Denver. Chargers win a close one.
Green Bay Packers (+3) @ Atlanta Falcons
Niko: Big, interesting matchup. Not sure if I’m completely sold on either of these teams moving forward, so for that matter I’m going with the home squad. Falcons in what should be a very entertaining game.
Pete: I don't think I have given out my Sneaky Great Game of the Week award in a little bit. Well, here it is. Coming into this season, did anyone think the Falcons would be this good or the Packers being this mediocre? I sure as hell didn't. I will take the Packers in this game. Nonetheless, the Packers have not looked good this season, regardless of their record.
Jordan: It's funny how Aaron Rodgers sucks now that he can't over-inflate his footballs. But the Falcons have now lost back to back, meaning they're ready to collapse and finish 7-9. Packers take this one, in ugly fashion. Just 'cause that's how they seem to win nowadays.
Philadelphia Eagles (+4.5) @ Dallas Cowboys
Niko: By the time this is published, Alshon Jeffery could be an Eagle. That would be a great move, and a necessary one, giving prized rookie Wentz a legit outside threat for the next handful of years (assuming they agree to an extension). Enough of the speculation for now, with or without Jeffery this could be the game of the week. I’ll say Dallas wins by a field goal, so give me the Eagles and the 4.5.
Pete: This game is going to be awesome. Game of the Week. Eagles, because screw the Cowboys and their bandwagon franchise. You know who you are.
Jordan: It's getting tough for me to pick against Dak Prescott, especially in a home game. It's also tough to bet against the Eagles, who just beat up on the, then undefeated, Vikings. That being said, I'll go with Niko, Cowboy win by a field goal, so Eagles cover.
Minnesota Vikings (-6) @ Chicago Bears
Niko: The Vikings took their lumps last week, but should bounce back in a big way against the hapless Bears. Minnesota in a laugher.
Pete: Vikings, but you are a loser if you actually watch this game. I would rather eat white dog shit than watch the Chicago freakin' Bears. Yuck.
Jordan: LOL. Vikings bounce back in another joke of a Primetime football game. Thanks Goodell!