I’m heavily involved in a friend’s wedding this weekend, so I’m going to keep things relatively brief. I’ll add that I’m now 7-0 on Thursday night games, so make sure to bet your future child’s college fund or your rent money on those picks. They’re gold Jerry, gold…
Locks of the Week:
BALTIMORE -6.5 over Atlanta
The Ravens were my survivor pick of the week. The explanation is included here and continues for the spread.
Kyle’s pick: WEST Baltimore
CHICAGO -3 over Miami
I’m still not buying this Miami team despite how they almost beat Green Bay at home last week. Their only win in the last four games was against Oakland. Color me not impressed.
Kyle’s pick: Chicago
DETROIT -3.5 over New Orleans
The Saints just aren’t what they used to be. Their defense is atrocious and their offense isn’t clicking even if Jimmy Graham suits up.
Kyle’s pick: Detroit
Trap Game of the Week:
Kansas City +4.5 over SAN DIEGO
The Chargers have been dominating opponents. The Chiefs are feisty and hung around against San Francisco and Denver sandwiched around a win over New England. It’s just not a home game for KC so you can’t be too confident.
Kyle’s pick: Kansas City
Rest of the Picks:
BUFFALO -3.5 over Minnesota
Minnesota’s only positive offensive performance in recently memory was against a beaten down Atlanta defense. They need to show me something.
Kyle’s pick: Buffalo
Carolina +7.5 over GREEN BAY
This should be a shootout. If Cam Newton plays like he did last week (and he seems to be healthy now), then they’ll cover this regardless of how bad their defense plays. The pick reverses if Kelvin Benjamin doesn’t play because of a concussion.
Kyle’s pick: Carolina
Cleveland -5.5 over JACKSONVILLE
The Browns are rolling, so let’s hope they don’t have a letdown game. The Jaguars are currently leading the public opinion for worst team after passing Oakland last week.
Kyle’s pick: Jacksonville
Seattle -6.5 over ST. LOUIS
Expect a big effort from the Seahawks after they look to redeem themselves from last week’s embarrassing home loss.
Kyle’s pick: Seattle
INDIANPOLIS -3.5 over Cincinnati
The Bengals’ defense is cracking at the wrong time. The Colts are rolling offensively right now.
Kyle’s pick: Indianapolis
WASHINGTON -4.5 over Tennessee
Speaking of cracking defenses, here we have two. Tennessee’s pass defense numbers are overrated if you look at who they’ve played. The Redskins should be able to win this track meet.
Kyle’s pick: Washington
Arizona -3.5 over OAKLAND
The Cardinals are a different team with Carson Palmer at quarterback. They also lead the NFC West right now…
Kyle’s pick: Arizona
N.Y. Giants +5.5 over DALLAS
The Giants aren’t as bad as they were last week and the Cowboys aren’t as good. Call this a regression to the mean game.
Kyle’s pick: Dallas
DENVER -6.5 over San Francisco
San Francisco is experiencing some injuries on defense and facing Peyton Manning is the wrong time to deal with that.
Kyle’s pick: Denver
Houston +3.5 over PITTSBURGH
Houston gets a little extra time to prepare for this one and the Steelers clearly aren’t as good as they’re historically known to be.
Kyle’s pick: Pittsburgh
This Week: 1-0
Last Week: 8-6-1