Dolphins @ Patriots(-8)
Niko: Welcome to the 2015 season, Miami Dolphins! With blowout wins against Tennessee and Houston, fiery new coach Dan Campbell seems to have temporarily righted the ship. Unfortunately, Miami’s run will come to a screeching halt on Thursday night in Foxboro. Extended thoughts on this one coming in the Roundtable. Pats cover and the revenge tour keeps rolling.
Pete: This would be a tough game for any team, but the Dolphins are still the Dolphins, regardless of who is the coach. The Dolphins always seem to play the Patriots tough, but on a short week, in The House That Brady Built, I like our chances. Pats cover with relative ease after being threatened early.
Spence: Pats cover here. I think Miami does have some momentum, but the competition they have beaten the last few weeks has been terrible. I think they will have trouble keeping up with the Patriots offense at home.
Lions @ Chiefs(-4)
Niko: The Detroit Lions are absolutely terrible. Several offensive coaches (including offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi) have already been canned this week, and it’s only a matter of time until HC Jim Caldwell gets the axe as well. Back to the drawing board. KC covers at home.
Pete: The Lions are just so bad, but then again, so are the Chiefs. In the battle of suck bag teams, always take the home team. KC in an ugly one.
Spence: This is just a terrible game all around. Both teams are really bad, but I think KC will cover this one. Its amazing how much of a free fall both teams are in right now.
Buccaneers @ Falcons(-7)
Niko: After dropping one 31-21 in New Orleans, followed by squeaking out a 10-7 win at Tennessee, Atlanta comes back to their safe haven dome to host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Tough to pick against the Falcons here, no matter what the line is. Atlanta covers.
Pete: If it was any other team besides the Bucs, I would probably pick them against a struggling Atlanta squad. Unfortunately, the Bucs suck and the Falcons are at home. Falcons cover.
Spence: The Falcons should be able to pull out a win against the Bucs. They are at home and are definitely the better team all-around. The result should be an easy win and it could even end up being a blowout, who knows with the Bucs.
Vikings @ Bears (PUSH)
Niko: Since the week 1 debacle at San Francisco, the Vikings are 4-1 with the only loss at Denver by a field goal. I’m not a huge Vikings guy, but it’s tough to argue the balance of this offense. With AP having not missed a step, Teddy Bridgewater improving every week, and the emergence of rookie wideout Stefon Diggs (last 3 games: 19 catches, 324 yards, 1 touchdown), the Vikings should be able to put up 25+ at Chicago. Vikings cover.
Pete: Hard to pick against the Vikins here. Like Niko already said, they have been on a roll as of late. Against a struggling Bears team, Vikings should spank them .
Spence: The Bears are a total disaster, Jay Cutler is a disaster and the Vikings are actually looking pretty good, AP should tear up their defense and the Bears will probably turn the ball over. Vikings should win easily.
Cardinals(4.5) @ Browns
Niko: The Browns aren’t well coached, aren’t good on offense, and aren’t good on defense. Typically, this results in a bad product on the field. Arizona covers in Cleveland.
Pete: What a joke the Browns are, huh? At some point you have to feel sorry for their fan base. Hopefully the Cavs can give them something to cheer about, because the Browns sure as hell won't. Cardinals big.
Spence: The Cardinals will win in a blow-out. The Browns are the complete laughing stock of the NFL and even though Arizona may be overrated, they are still a playoff caliber team playing against a toga disgrace.
49ers @ Rams(-8)
Niko: While the Rams are one-dimensional offensively (Todd Gurley), at least they have a dimension, which is more than the 49ers can say. Speaking of Gurley, he has racked up 128, 159, and 146 yards on the ground over the last three weeks. I expect more of the same Sunday leading to another Rams victory. That being said, this line is too high. It should be a low scoring slugfest between these division rivals. I’ll take the points and go with San Francisco.
Pete: Surprisingly, the 49ers are playing better than they were at the start of the season. Kap has shown that he isn't terrible, but the Rams may have finally found their franchise player. Todd Gurley is playing on another world right now. Have to take the Rams at home.
Spence: I want to go with San Francisco here. I think they are starting to put it together after a disappointing season so far and a bad year last year. The Rams are pretty good and it will be a high scoring game, but San Fran will pull out the road win.
Giants @ Saints(-3.5)
Niko: I’m really not sold on either of these teams. The Saints hav looked solid recently, with an aforesaid win against Atlanta followed by a victory against the hopeless Colts in Indy. The Giants have had an uneven season but still stand at 4-3 and lead the NFC East. I think the G-men go into New Orleans and get a signature win. Big week for Odell Beckham.
Pete: Maybe its just my heart talking, but there is no way that I see the Giants going into New Orleans and getting a win. The Giants have one of the worse secondaries I've seen in a long time. With Drew Brees at the helm, even as he gets older, I see him slinging the ball all over the field. New Orleans keeps it going.
Spence: No chance the Giants get the win in New Orleans. I think Drew Brees should be able to tear up the Giants secondary. The Giants are too inconsistent on a weekly basis so I don't have confidence in them getting a road win in New Orleans.
Bengals(-1.5) @ Steelers
Niko: I’ve said from day 1 the Steelers are the second best team in the AFC. Cincy’s run has been cute, but the unfolding should begin any week now. With Big Ben likely returning from injury, I like Pittsburgh at home. That offense has a lot of firepower.
Pete: This one should be a real good game. Bengals are "rolling," and Pittsburgh gets back their Field General. This game will all come down to how quickly Big Ben gets back on the horse. There has to be noticeable rust, right? I have to take the more experience team right now, even though they are legit...Bengals.
Spence: I think Pittsburgh here. Big Ben should have a pretty big game coming back and that offense could put up a lot of points on the Bengals. I think it will be a good game to watch and a close game since the Bengals are a very talented team but ultimately, the Steelers will get the W.
Chargers @ Ravens(-3)
Niko: Two of the biggest disappointments in football this season. Baltimore’s offense has looked stagnant all season, and it’s tough to find a silver lining for a team standing at 1-6 with losses to the Raiders, Browns, and 49ers. It just doesn’t get any worse. I’ll go with Philip Rivers and the Chargers to pickup the road win.
Pete: Like Niko said, saying the Ravens are a disappointment this season is an understatement. Similarly, but for different reasons, the Chargers are in the same boat. While San Diego has played relatively decent, they have had one of the tougher schedules in all of football. San Diego gets back on track and kill the Ravens.
Spence: The Ravens have been a huge letdown this season, which I'm happy about for the role they played in deflategate. San Diego is a middle of the pack type team, but I think they are the better team here. I hope to see Danny Woodhead have a big game.
Titans @ Texans (PUSH)
Niko: The Texans are officially in turmoil. With internal tension between Head Coach Bill O’Brien and GM Rick Smith over what to do with Ryan Mallett, and fresh off losing 44-26 to Miami dropping to 2-5, Houston’s season should be effectively over. Luckily, the AFC South may be the worst division of all time, and the 1-5 Tennessee Titans come to town this Sunday. I’ll take Houston in an ugly, ugly game.
Pete: I can't think of anything I would rather do less than watch this game. Just terrible football. With the uncertainty of Marcus Mariota after his knee injury, I will take the Texans. Don't worry Bill O'Brien, once Josh McDaniels gets a head coaching gig, you can come back to the Patriots.
Spence: Houston should get the W here. This is a terrible game to watch, but the Titans are just such joke and Houston is at home here so I have confidence that they will win.
Jets(-2) @ Raiders
Niko: Despite the loss Sunday, the Jets impressed me. That defense is no joke and Ryan Fitzpatrick does just enough every week. Derek Carr is a promising young quarterback and should have a long successful career, but in the understatement of the century, he’s no Tom Brady. Jets go into Oakland and beat the Raiders.
Pete: As a Patriots fan, I just can't pick the Jets. After getting roughed up (injury-wise) and being mentally drained by the Patriots, I really do think that the new look Raiders can threaten them. If Derek Carr and Amari Cooper can lead the offense against this stout defense, I think they having a fighting chance. I'll go with the upset and say the Raiders beat the hungover Jets.
Spence: As much as I want to say the Jets will loose, their defense is legit and the Raiders are the Raiders, nothing to be taken seriously. Jets win easily here.
Seahawks(-6) @ Cowboys
Niko: Jerry Jones continues to defend Greg Hardy and overstep Jason Garrett and the rest of the Cowboy coaching staff. Even with the potential return of stud receiver Dez Bryant, Cowboy tensions will further escalate on Sunday, with the Seahawks coming to town. The Cowboys will have a very tough time moving the football against the Seattle D, which appears to have some of its “swagger” back. Seattle covers at Jerry World.
Pete: Screw the Cowboys. I hate your stupid, egotistical owner and your new "leader," Greg Hardy. I hope the Seahawks knock your doors off. Seahawks in a HUGE win to get back on track.
Spence: The legion of boom will get back on track sunday against Big D. I think Dallas is imploding. Greg Hardy is a disaster and I think the Seattle defense will roast the weak and depleted Dallas Offense.
Packers(2.5) @ Broncos
Niko: Best game of the week. Strength vs. Strength showdown between Green Bay’s offensive attack and the Bronco defense, which have both been exceptional this season. It won’t be easy for Aaron Rodgers and co., but Denver simply can’t score, and they finally have matchup that can make them pay. The Broncos suffer their first loss of the season Sunday night. Green Bay covers.
Pete: Finally, a Game of the Week that doesn't involve the Patriots. Two teams are undefeated, and only one is going to come out that way (obviously, that probably sounded pretty stupid). The Broncos offer a Top 2 defense in the entire National Football League, while the Packers offer their Top 2 Offense. This is going to be a hard-fought, old school style football game. If Peyton is able to channel it together for one game, then the Broncos will win. Defense > Offense, always. However, the old Peyton is gone. Packers squeak by, but are exposed offensively and defensively.
Spence: This game is going to be huge. The Broncos have been praised all year for their defense and while it has been impressive I think Green Bay is a cut above Denver overall as a team. Peyton Manning has really fallen of this year and as a result Denver's offense has struggled at times. I think the balance on the Green Bay roster will ultimately get them the victory here.
Colts @ Panthers(-7)
Niko: Indy now stands at 3-4 and their next 3 games are as follows: at Carolina, home vs. Denver, at Atlanta. I’m going to go ahead, jump the gun, and predict 3-7. Thank goodness for this level playing field GM Ryan Grigson so heroically voiced for. Carolina wins big at home.
Pete: Should be another relatively decent game. Panthers are playing out of their mind, and it is time to start asking if they are a legit contender. I'm still not buying in on it, but think that Carolina will be able to down a pathetic excuse for a football team in the Indianapolis Colts.
Spence: Carolina will get the win here. A home game, for "Scam Newton" should be helpful and I predict that he will have a big game against the Colts. Who knows if Carolina blows them out enough they may find something to accuse Cam Newton of.