Considering they are just 2-4, perhaps it shouldn’t be surprising that the Patriots are just 7-point picks over the Jets. However, the Jets are the J-E-T-S and Bill Belichick is still Bill Belichick, so look for the public to bet this line up. While it’s hard to discern which team is better between the Falcons and Dolphins, Atlanta being favored by 1.5 points on the road seems a little high. Look for some money to go Miami’s way, especially with Tagovailoa back. That should not be a surprise considering the Chiefs are scoring and allowing a lot of points.
In the second half, Foles posted a perfect passer rating of 158.3 after completing all 11 of his passes and two of his three touchdowns. If Blake Bortles and the Jacksonville Jaguars can put up 374 yards on the Patriots, there is no reason why Foles and the Eagles cannot. Mack had just three tackles, but he recorded a tackle informative post for loss, a sack, a pass breakup, and an interception that he returned 27 yards for a touchdown that gave the Bears a 17-0 halftime lead. Chicago would go on to lose after Green Bay QB Aaron Rodgers returned from an injury to lead a fourth-quarter comeback, but the Bears defense is for real. The Cowboys defense didn’t play all that poorly in limiting the Panthers to 293 total yards.
The Giants were 0-4 heading into last week’s game against the Chargers, also 0-4, when things took another tumble. Star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. suffered a fractured ankle and he will likely miss the remainder of the regular season. Yes, the Giants lost, 27-22, for their fifth straight defeat of the season. This is fresh off an 11-5 year in which the Giants earned a wild card. Now, they head to Denver to face the 3-1 Broncos who are coming off a bye week.
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Elliott is the key to the Dallas offense which is now second in the NFL in rushing and fifth in scoring (28.3). Elliott ran for 150 against the 49ers and 147 in last week’s win over rival Washington, a win that gives the Cowboys a one-game advantage over the Redskins in the NFC East Division. The Cowboys running back is now third in the NFL in rushing with 690 yards. Elliott will surely be one of the keys as Dallas takes on Kansas City this Sunday afternoon. If history is any indication, the Dolphins might somehow get to 5-3. Miami has beaten Oakland in five straight meetings between the two teams.
Washington averages only 20 points per game on offense, but their defense has been able to keep them in games. The Redskins give up 20.8 points a game, seventh-best in the league. Ben Roethlisberger is second in the league in passing yards with 3,664. Wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster is having a breakout year with 1,055 yards on 77 receptions. They just need to keep control of it and not turn it over against the Chargers.
Double digit underdogs of more than 14 points are ATS since 1980. The Cardinals (6-0) remain undefeated are a 17.5 point favorite hosting the Houston Texans, and the moneyline is on the Cardinals and +950 for the Texans, per odds at BetMGM. But Arizona has strong competition at the top of the NFC as four other teams have a 5-1 record – Dallas Cowboys, Green Bay Packers, Los Angeles Rams and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
While Houston has re-established the run, Denver has yet to establish a consistent ground game something that is imperative in a Gary Kubiak offense. Without the solid run game, the play action passing that Kubiak offenses are known for cannot have great success. First-year quarterback Trevor Siemian, and his backup rookie Paxton Lynch, have both played well, but the lack of a running game does not bode well for the rest of the schedule. For Buffalo to win, QB Tyrod Taylor is going to have to make some plays. While the Bills running game is second in the NFL (154.1 yards per game), the passing game is terrible. He has only been intercepted twice, but he and his receiving corps are far from being considered dangerous.
Look for an offensive showcase of talent from both teams as the two have all the talent and speed on the outside that any defense can handle. Both defenses will be put to the test with the high powered offenses and whichever defense makes the fewest mistakes will likely come out on top of this AFC North matchup. The Broncos will be going against a 2-2 Chargers team that’s just getting back running back Melvin Gordan after his holdout that started back in training camp.
What Tennessee will likely try to do is run the football to keep it away from Brady and All-Pro TE Rob Gronkowski (69 rec., 1,084 yds., 8 TDs). The Titans had success last week handing the ball off to 6-foot-3-inch, 247-pound Derrick Henry who rushed for 156 yards on 23 carries. The New England defense will have its hands full trying to stop Henry and the complementary play-action passing game of the Titans. The Falcons are experienced and are playing very well on defense at the right time. In last week’s win over the Rams, Atlanta held the NFL’s best offense to just 2.6 yards after the catch on their 24 receptions. The Falcons limited Todd Gurley, who was giving NFL defenses nightmares, to just 10 receiving yards.