Ultimate week wasn’t nice for us. Was once it nice for someone who alternatives video games?
Bizarre results dotted the slate of 16 contests. A three-0 run within the ultimate prime-time video games were given me to .500, at 8-8. MDS completed 7-9.
For the 12 months, I’m 17-14-1. MDS is 14-17-1.
This week, we disagree as soon as once more on 5 video games. For all alternatives, scroll away.
Steelers (+4.5) at Browns
MDS’s take: The Steelers’ protection misses T.J. Watt, and their offense simply isn’t excellent. The Browns rebound from ultimate week’s stunning loss with a forged house win.
MDS’s select: Browns 24, Steelers 13.
Florio’s take: Who has a players-only assembly after two video games? The Browns, it sounds as if. On a brief week, it can be an excessive amount of to be expecting the Browns to position the blown alternative in opposition to the Jets at the back of them.
Florio’s select: Steelers 20, Browns 14.
Texans (+3) at Bears
MDS’s take: This Texans group has seemed higher than I used to be anticipating, whilst the Bears appear to be they don’t imagine in Justin Fields and are calling performs to keep away from having to make him do a lot of anything else. I just like the Texans in an disappointed.
MDS’s select: Texans 17, Bears 14.
Florio’s take: The Bears gave the Packers extra of a combat than maximum anticipated, with the general ranking deceptive. The Texans’ talent to tie the Colts seemed so much worse after the Colts were given goose-egged by means of the Jaguars.
Florio’s select: Bears 17, Texans 13.
Raiders (-2) at Titans
MDS’s take: The Titans are most likely this 12 months’s largest unhappiness, a No. 1 seed from ultimate 12 months this is having a look like a rebuilding group this 12 months. The Raiders get their first win of the season.
MDS’s select: Raiders 23, Titans 20.
Florio’s take: How are the Raiders appreciated on this one? They blew a 20-point lead at house. And whilst the Titans have been blown out on Monday night time, it used to be the Expenses. In a combat of 0-2 groups the place one has a brand new regime and one doesn’t, I’ll take the one who doesn’t.
Florio’s select: Titans 24, Raiders 20.
Chiefs (-6.5) at Colts
MDS’s take: The Colts are a multitude at this time. I’ve a troublesome time seeing them even preserving it shut in opposition to the Chiefs.
MDS’s select: Chiefs 31, Colts 10.
Florio’s take: The Chiefs as soon as blew an enormous lead right through a playoff recreation in Indy. That received’t occur once more.
Florio’s select: Chiefs 41, Colts 17.
Expenses (-5.5) at Dolphins
MDS’s take: The Expenses have steamrolled the contest two weeks in a row, they usually’ll stay it going in opposition to a Miami group that also is 2-0 however isn’t in the similar elegance as Buffalo.
MDS’s select: Expenses 28, Dolphins 17.
Florio’s take: The Buffalo protection must be higher provided to make a forestall or two of the Miami offense than the Miami protection will probably be of the Buffalo offense.
Florio’s select: Expenses 38, Dolphins 31.
Lions (+6) at Vikings
MDS’s take: The Lions’ offense is healthier than folks assume, however their secondary will combat in opposition to Justin Jefferson and the Vikings will pull off a slim win.
MDS’s select: Vikings 35, Lions 31.
Florio’s take: This has grow to be a sneaky nice competition, with a few barnburners in 2021. The Vikings must have the ability to win at house. Whichever group prevails, the general ranking must be shut sufficient for the Lion to hide.
Florio’s select: Vikings 27, Lions 24.
Ravens (-3) at Patriots
MDS’s take: Lamar Jackson is enjoying a few of his highest soccer at this time, and he’ll cruise to a large recreation in New England.
MDS’s select: Ravens 31, Patriots 20.
Florio’s take: If Baltimore can get J.Ok. Dobbins again, the offense would get a significant spice up. As opposed to Lamar Jackson, nobody is in a position to generate any actual speeding yards for the Ravens. In the meantime, the New England offense is still a piece in development,
Florio’s select: Ravens 24, Patriots 14.
Bengals (-4.5) at Jets
MDS’s take: After a coarse first couple of weeks, the Bengals will after all get at the board with a high-scoring win in opposition to a Jets group with an terrible protection.
MDS’s select: Bengals 38, Jets 27.
Florio’s take: The Bengals are getting determined. The truth that they have been upended by means of the Jets ultimate 12 months will make it much less most probably that they take the Jets frivolously.
Florio’s select: Bengals 31, Jets 24.
Eagles (-6.5) at Commanders
MDS’s take: Jalen Hurts vs. Carson Wentz must be a a laugh matchup, and I really like Hurts to get the simpler finish of it and display why the Eagles have been smart to make him their franchise quarterback.
MDS’s select: Eagles 28, Commanders 20.
Florio’s take: The Eagles are having a look like a group of future. That’s one thing the Commanders haven’t gave the impression of in additional than 30 years.
Florio’s select: Eagles 31, Commanders 17.
Saints (-3) at Panthers
MDS’s take: The Panthers’ rebuild simply hasn’t taken off beneath Matt Rhule, and he’s operating out of time to show issues round.
MDS’s select: Saints 17, Panthers 10.
Florio’s take: If Matt Rhule doesn’t win this one, he won’t make it to the top of the season. (He won’t make it anyway.)
Florio’s select: Panthers 23, Saints 20.
Jaguars (+7) at Chargers
MDS’s take: The Jaguars have performed spectacular soccer for brand new trainer Doug Pederson, and an disappointed right here wouldn’t surprise me, however I feel they’ll fall simply quick in opposition to Justin Herbert and a excellent Chargers offense.
MDS’s select: Chargers 28, Jaguars 27.
Florio’s take: The Jags are on the upward thrust. They’re excellent sufficient to stay this one shut, and perhaps win it.
Florio’s select: Chargers 24, Jaguars 20.
Rams (-3.5) at Cardinals
MDS’s take: The NFC West seems to be vast open at this time, however on this large recreation I just like the Rams to make a commentary that they’re nonetheless the most efficient group within the department.
MDS’s select: Rams 30, Cardinals 17.
Florio’s take: Kyler Murray looks as if a distinct participant when he has mobility and is given the fairway mild to make use of it. Within the playoff recreation in opposition to the Rams, he wasn’t wholesome. He now could be. #LetKylerCook.
Florio’s select: Cardinals 30, Rams 23.
Falcons (+2) at Seahawks
MDS’s take: I don’t have excessive hopes for the Seahawks this season, however I do see them bettering to 2-1 in opposition to an overmatched Falcons group.
MDS’s select: Seahawks 24, Falcons 20.
Florio’s take: Seattle might not be a perfect group, however they’re excellent sufficient to overcome the Falcons at house. If now not, Drew Lock time is coming.
Florio’s select: Seahawks 17, Falcons 14.
Packers (+1.5) at Buccaneers
MDS’s take: The Buccaneers’ protection has been superb to this point this season and can play smartly in opposition to Aaron Rodgers in what figures to be an in depth and low-scoring recreation.
MDS’s select: Buccaneers 17, Packers 16.
Florio’s take: The Bucs are transferring towards a group that loves to run the ball and play protection. No matter it takes to win. And it is going to be sufficient to win on Sunday.
Florio’s select: Buccaneers 23, Packers 20.
49ers (-1.5) at Broncos
MDS’s take: Jimmy Garoppolo is healthier than Trey Lance, because of this the 49ers have a greater likelihood of profitable within the quick time period, as unlucky as Lance’s damage used to be for the 49ers’ long-term plans. They’ll win a tricky one in opposition to Russell Wilson and the Broncos.
MDS’s select: 49ers 24, Broncos 20.
Florio’s take: One thing’s now not proper with this line. The Broncos are twisted up within the mechanics of play calling. The 49ers have an elite roster. Now that the quarterback scenario has been resolved, search for the 49ers to start to thrive.
Florio’s select: 49ers 34, Broncos 20.
Cowboys (+2.5) at Giants
MDS’s take: Sure, the Giants are 2-0, however they’re about as unimpressive a 2-0 because it will get. Sure, the Cowboys are with out Dak Prescott, however Cooper Rush has confirmed he can fill in adequately. I’m stunned the Giants are appreciated.
MDS’s select: Cowboys 28, Giants 20.
Florio’s take: Some 0-2 groups are because of win. Some 2-0 groups are because of lose. The Giants are because of lose, and the Cowboys beneath Cooper Rush can do sufficient to win.
Florio’s select: Cowboys 21, Giants 17.