A winning week! Who said that it couldn’t be done?
For the first time all season, we’ve finally put together a winning week for our NFL Pick ‘Em games, and we can feel the positive run set to come upon us. Last week was just the beginning, and Week 7 hopes to be yet another successful one.
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Cleveland Browns +5.5 vs. Tennessee Titans – We’re glutton for punishment for sure. The Browns stink. We don’t need to tell you that. But we also know that Marcus Mariota is still legitimately hurt. The fact that he played on Monday Night Football against the Colts and has to come back six days later and play again on that banged up hamstring is alarming. Had Jacoby Brissett not ultimately been a victim of several dropped passes, Indianapolis could have won that game on MNF. Meanwhile, the Browns have turned back to DeShone Kizer after putting him on the bench. Maybe having that week to step back and not have the pressure of playing in his rookie year will be good for him. We suspect Cleveland is at least going to stick around in this game, if not ultimately win it outright.
Minnesota Vikings -5.5 vs. Baltimore Ravens – The Ravens might be 3-3, but the three quarterbacks they’ve beaten so far this year are Andy Dalton, Kizer and EJ Manuel. Of course, adding Case Keenum to that list wouldn’t make it any more impressive. Yet we don’t think this game is going to be all that close. The Minnesota defense is one of the more underrated units in the NFL, and we think it’s going to make life a living hell on Joe Flacco and the Baltimore offense. The Ravens couldn’t successfully take care of the Bears at home last week; we can’t imagine that playing on the road in Minneapolis is going to be any easier.
Green Bay Packers +5.5 vs. New Orleans Saints – Just based upon the betting line in this game, the oddsmakers are telling us that the difference between Aaron Rodgers and Brett Hundley is around 12 points. That’s just flat out too many points. Hundley was a wreck last week against the Vikings, but this is a far different defense that he’s playing against. To their credit, the Saints have been much better this year on that side of the ball. But we’re still not sold they’re anywhere near worthwhile on defense. Drew Brees is going to put his points on the board against a Green Bay defense that isn’t anything to write home about. Still, to give us nearly a full touchdown with the Packers at home on what should be a cold, wet and dreary day at Lambeau Field is blasphemous.