TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (-6.5) at PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (O/U 52.5)
The Buccaneers got back on track this past Sunday against the Dolphins, while a game Eagles squad battled back with a victory over Carolina. The Eagles’ defense keeps this game close for a while, but Tom Brady and the Bucs have too much firepower and pull away late.
PREDICTION: Bucs 31 Eagles 17
MIAMI DOLPHINS (-3.5) at JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS (O/U 47)
The Dolphins and Jaguars take the battle for the state of Florida (sorry Buccaneer fans) across the pond to London. Tua Tagovailoa should be back under center for the Dolphins–which is good news. I do wonder if Tua will be a bit rusty. I’ve been banging the drum for Trevor Lawrence and the Jags to get off the snide, and here is the spot. The Jaguars win this one outright.
PREDICTION: Jaguars 23 Dolphins 20
HOUSTON TEXANS at INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (-9.5) (O/U 43)
The Indianapolis Colts looked the best they have all season on Monday night. I do wonder about a potential hangover after giving up that game. Houston continues to play tougher than you would think. I like the Colts to win in this spot, but I will take the Texans to keep it to a one-score game.
PREDICTION: Colts 27 Texans 20
LOS ANGELES RAMS (-10.5) at NEW YORK GIANTS (O/U 47.5)
Even if Daniel Jones can suit up in this one, he will be without Saquon Barkley, Kenny Golladay, and a host of others on offense. The Rams are too diverse on offense to hold down for too long. The Rams win this one going away.
PREDICTION: Rams 30 Giants 13
CINCINNATI BENGALS (-3.5) at DETROIT LIONS (O/U 47.5)
Poor Lions fans–I’m so sorry. The Lions have fought hard every game but keep finding themselves on the wrong side. The Bengals could have easily won last week against the Packers, but I like the Lions at home to cover.
PREDICTION: Bengals 27 Lions 24
GREEN BAY PACKERS (-4.5) at CHICAGO BEARS (O/U 45)
If the Bears have any chance in this one, they will have to let Justin Fields play. The Bears have been very conservative in their play-calling, and that won’t fly against the Packers. I like the Packers’ balanced offensive attack to secure a victory on the road and cover in the process.
PREDICTION: Packers 30 Bears 17
MINNESOTA VIKINGS (-1) at CAROLINA PANTHERS (O/U 46)
The Vikings sneaked out a much-needed victory last week against Detroit while the Panthers blew a game that they had in the bag against the Eagles on a special teams blunder. Admittedly, I am a bit surprised by the spread here. I thought the Panthers, at home, would be favored. I believe in both teams’ offenses, but I believe in the Panthers’ defense much more than the Vikings’ defense. Panthers get the bounce-back victory.
PREDICTION: Panthers 28 Vikings 24
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (-7) at WASHINGTON FRANCHISE TEAM (O/U 55.5)
The Chiefs’ defense has been the topic of conversation around the league this week. They simply are not getting it done, and they are putting their team in jeopardy of sliding into a hole that they cannot climb out. The Washinton defense hasn’t been what it was cracked up to be either getting sliced and diced by opposing passing offenses. The Chiefs are not dropping to 2-4, are they? No way–Mahomes and company get it done here on the road.
PREDICTION: Chiefs 37 Franchise Team 27
LOS ANGELES CHARGERS at BALTIMORE RAVENS (-3) (O/U 51.5)
This game has me on the edge of my seat in anticipation. Chargers vs. Ravens–Herbert vs. Jackson–get your popcorn ready! Carson Wentz and the Colts’ passing game did whatever they wanted to on Monday Night. Now Baltimore has to deal with Justin Herbert and all the receiving weapons they have. I believe the Chargers outlast the Ravens and outright road victory.
PREDICTION: Chargers 31 Ravens 30
ARIZONA CARDINALS at CLEVELAND BROWNS (-3) (O/U 49.5)
The Cardinals were stymied a week ago by a tough 49ers defense and were lucky to escape with a victory. The Browns wound up on the wrong side of an instant classic against the Chargers. The Browns need to control the ball and the clock to keep Kyler Murray and this electric offense off the field. I have been impressed with the Cardinals’ defensive front, and I believe they hold up against the Browns’ impressive running game.
PREDICTION: Cardinals 28 Browns 24
DALLAS COWBOYS (-4) at NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (O/U 51.5)
The Dallas Cowboys have been one of the most impressive teams in the early going. We knew the Cowboys’ offense would be tough to deal with, but their defense-making game-changing plays were not something we foresaw. The Patriots play such a conservative style of offense, I don’t see how Mac Jones and the Patriots’ passing game can keep up.
PREDICTION: Cowboys 27 Patriots 17
LAS VEGAS RAIDERS at DENVER BRONCOS (-3.5) (O/U 44)
It will be fascinating to see if the Las Vegas Raiders rally or succumb following a tumultuous week that ultimately saw their head coach Jon Gruden fired. The Raiders have been in a bit of a tailspin as of late. The Broncos looked horrific last week in Teddy Bridgewater’s return to the lineup. The Broncos have just enough to get out with a victory.
PREDICTION: Broncos 20 Raiders 16
SEATTLE SEAHAWKS at PITTSBURGH STEELERS (-5) (O/U 42.5)
Geno Smith will be starting at quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks, which is not good news for the franchise. The Steelers, however, have had their quarterback question marks as of late. Big Ben played well last week, and the Steelers won a much-needed game. I don’t see how the Seahawks can get it done in a hostile environment with a suspect backup quarterback.
PREDICTION: Steelers 24 Seahawks 13
BUFFALO BILLS (-5.5) at TENNESSEE TITANS (O/U 54)
The Buffalo Bills are red hot coming into this Monday Night Football game. The Bills may very well be the best team in the NFL. The Titans’ defense is suspect, and they do not match up very well with Josh Allen and the plethora of weapons the Bills have at their disposal. The Titans get run out of their own building on Monday Night.