This week’s lines are from USAToday.com (as of Thursday night).
ATS – Against the Spread; SU – Straight Up; O/U – Over/Under
San Francisco at Atlanta (+4)
San Francisco is coming off an impressive win over Green Bay last week.
Niners quarterback Colin Kaepernick set a new record for most rushing yards by a quarterback with 181 yards. He accounted for four touchdowns, two rushing and added the other two through the air. Atlanta has a weak run defense and will have trouble stopping the Niners run game. The Niners run defense has been one of the best in the NFL this season and should be able to shut down the Falcons who ranked 29th in the league in rushing yards.
Atlanta will look to do most of their damage in the air, making them one dimensional and predictable. San Francisco has the better defense and will run the pistol offense with Kaepernick which the Falcons will struggle to stop.
Gimme the Niners minus the points.
Baltimore at New England (-8/51)
Last year, the Ravens were a Lee Evan’s catch away from defeating the Patriots and going to the Super Bowl. Baltimore will look to avenge that loss in this year’s rematch and the timing couldn’t be better, the Ravens are currently playing the best ball of the season after an exciting 38-35 victory over the Denver Broncos last week. The Patriots are coming off a 41-28 win over the Houston Texans last week and will look to keep the offense rolling without one of their top playmakers in tight end Rob Gronkowski, who re-fractured his forearm in last week’s win. I’m expecting a close, high-scoring affair similar to their Week 3 matchup earlier this season where the Ravens won 31-30.
Gimme the Ravens plus the points and the Over.
SEASON RECAP (W-L-T)
Total Record: 127-93-7
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