NFL Picks Week 9 - Page 2
San Diego (-1.5) at Houston
San Diego is on top of almost every significant stat category, both on offense and defense, yet they come in here with a 3-5 mark, trailing KC and Oakland in the AFC West. “They play stupid football,” says Bobby-Big-Fingers. “They turn the ball over every couple of minutes or so.” True. They are -8 in turnovers. They face a Houston squad that got beaten badly by the Colts on national TV last Monday night. “And the Texans ain’t so hot in turnovers either,” says Fingers. They are a shade better than the Bolts at -3. History favors the Chargers – San Diego has had a habit of waking up in the second half of the season, and so, taking the Chargers to cover.
New Orleans (-6.5) at Carolina
New Orleans comes into this off a big win over the Steelers last Sunday, keyed by a stout defense and a hot Drew Brees in the second half. But the Saints barely beat the Panthers in New Orleans on October 3, 16-14. Which team will show up for New Orleans this Sunday? Carolina is ranked last in the NFL in total offense. Matt Moore starts again at QB and top RB DeAngelo Williams hopes to return, but is questionable. Sallie Boy tells us, “These teams is both losers against the spread – the Saints is 3-5 and the Panthers is 2-5.” But Carolina is playing worse than ever – taking New Orleans to cover.
New England (-4.5) at Cleveland
The Pats enter off a 5-game winning streak and the Browns off a bye. Last week New England beat the Vikings, 28-18. Benny Bagels reminds us that “there’s bad blood between these two coaches, Belichick and Mangini – they hate each other’s guts.” Tom Brady has had a lot of new faces around him with RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis and Jets’ cast-off Danny Woodhead, but it hasn’t seemed to affect production – New England averages 29 points a game to Cleveland’s 17. The Browns are expected to start rookie QB Colt McCoy again, still high from his upset win over the Saints going into the bye. Bobby-Big-Fingers tells us, “The Pats is 5-2 against the spread.” Taking the Pats to cover.