Residence staff in CAPS:
Payments (-1) over TITANS: The latest COVID-19 influences on the beleaguered Titans compelled a shift to this weekday kickoff. Payments QB Josh Allen isn’t the flashiest league operator — but — however he’s improved markedly, and WR Stefon Diggs serves as a devilish distraction.
Cardinals (-7) over JETS: Sam Darnold’s sore throwing arm compels the house aspect to achieve for Tremendous Bowl-winning QB Joe Flacco as a stopgap. The Jets are coming off successful the turnover battle by three in opposition to Broncos, at MetLife — although they misplaced! Notice Jets’ COVID points, which surfaced Friday morning, when Gang Inexperienced gamers had been despatched dwelling, however appeared to be resolved with unfavorable assessments later within the day.
Giants (+8.5) over COWBOYS: Dallas’ so-called defensive effort versus the Browns was an abomination. The Massive Blue cease unit has exceeded expectations when away from MetLife. Hearty LT Tyron Smith’s absence for the ’Boys wounds dwelling aspect.
Panthers (+1.5) over FALCONS: Reluctant to hurry to the Falcons, who’ve demonstrated a sustained unwillingness to piece collectively 60 targeted minutes defensively. Matt Rhule has flashed a number of sharp inspirations as Carolina’s head coach, and Teddy Bridgewater charges favorably in our NFL quarterback rankings.
CHIEFS (-12) over Raiders: Easing of worth of admission on defending champs prods us their approach. Silver and Black haven’t proven any benefit in Ok.C. lately. The Raiders’ prevailing floor protection hasn’t been as much as snuff — a harmful mode of residing, when searching for to topple Pat.Mahomes.
Eagles (+7) over STEELERS: Off an sudden bye because of the Titans’ COVID concerns, Pittsburgh stays its targeted, proficient self, and Ben Roethlisberger (the present which retains on giving) endures — however the Iggles lastly bought off the schneid after they exercised their better starvation within the Sunday night time sport’s fourth quarter versus San Francisco.
Rams (-7) over WASHINGTON: D.C. has seen sufficient of Dwayne Haskins at quarterback and has turned to College of Houston product Kyle Allen — beforehand coached by Ron Rivera at Carolina. Allen threw 17 landing passes and 16 picks whereas mopping up the conclusion of final season for the Panthers, however we’re doubtful about his skill to maintain prolonged drives in opposition to the Rams’ vaunted protection.
Bengals (+13) over RAVENS: Cincinnati has endured points with AFC North energy sides — however these previous performances had been laid down earlier than the appearance of star rookie QB Joe Burrow. Tie in Burrow with the return of wholesome RB Joe Mixon, who ran wild in opposition to the Jaguars final week. The Ravens determine to advance, with out having to indicate their greatest stuff.
Jaguars (+6.5) over TEXANS: Houston coach Invoice O’Brien hit the bricks on the heels of the Texans’ dwelling loss to the Vikings, as veteran protection specialist Romeo Crennel assumed the head-coaching function on an interim foundation. Any diffusion of Houston’s deal with this activity may go away the door open for the Jags, whose QB, Gardner Minshew, owes hosts loads for twin stuffings in 2019.
Dolphins (+9.5) over 49ERS: Jimmy Garoppolo shall be again calling indicators for the Niners, however Ryan Fitzpatrick — the skilled QB out of Harvard — is having fun with one other spectacular marketing campaign for Miami, managing a number of stout efforts regardless of being dissed out there. Information and expertise usually goes a great distance on this league. Anticipate aggressive affair.
BROWNS (+1.5) over Colts: Hopefully, Cleveland shakes off the happy feeling that comes from thrashing the Cowboys. Philip Rivers might imagine he has gone to heaven, working behind Indianapolis’ offensive line, however can envision sustained Cleveland enchancment.
Vikings (+7) over SEAHAWKS: Sunday night time underdog isn’t any certainty, given imposing Seattle expertise show, which hasn’t didn’t cowl but this season — however distinctive wideouts (Justin Jefferson, Adam Thielen) as Kirk Cousins’ targets will trigger points for the Seahawks D.
PATRIOTS (-10) over Broncos: Awaiting standing clarifications of New England QB Cam Newton and ace nook Stephon Gilmore, COVID-19 considerations. For Denver, QB Brett Rypien stays possible starter if Drew Lock out, and RB Phillip Lindsay ought to function a stout issue. The Patriots’ standing indicators are cloudy, however can be shocked if Newton doesn’t play.
Chargers (+7.5) over SAINTS: Justin Herbert has been entrusted with the beginning QB job for the Chargers. The Oregon rookie has earned it, passing the attention take a look at in a major approach. Jared Prepare dinner and Michael Thomas — amongst different high-profilers — lead New Orleans’ relative return to well being, although Drew Brees isn’t in peak kind. Bolts RB Austin Ekeler’s absence (hamstring) is unlucky.
Final week: 6-6-2.