Top 5 Pick ‘Em
Season Record: 29-23-3
Minnesota -2 (@ Detroit) – The Vikings have covered five straight spreads and are coming off a commanding win against the Rams last week. The Lions on the other hand, while they have been impressive on Thanksgiving, had trouble edging out wins against the Browns and Bears in prior weeks. The Lions have been one of the worst teams against the spread this season, especially at home.
San Francisco +7 (vs. Seattle) – The Seahawks hosted the 49ers during Week 2 in a game that was easy to forget on both sides, finishing 12-9 in the Seahawks favor. Now Russell Wilson and company are coming off a tough loss and travel to San Francisco. They still do not have a running game and defensive leader Richard Sherman is out for the year. We can all expect another low scoring, sloppy affair this Sunday.
Carolina -4 (@ New York Jets) – The Panthers are in the thick of the wild card hunt with the Lions and Falcons on their heels. The Panthers success revolves around Cam Newton. 50% of what we saw last week from Newton will be enough to get it done this Sunday.
Miami +17 (@ New England) – A 17 point spread is the biggest we have seen this year and the Dolphins have historically played the Patriots very tough. Dating back to 2013, the Patriots are only 5-3 against the Dolphins. In other words, the Dolphins have delivered 25% of the Patriots losses from 2013-2016. I’m not calling for a Dolphins win here, just a semi-close game.
Los Angeles Rams -2.5 (vs. New Orleans) – The Saints have not won an away game against the Rams since 2009. Looking back to 2011, the 13-3 Saints ended up giving the Rams their first win of the season on their quest to 2-14. The Rams will be without Robert Woods, but it also seems that the Saints will have a bigger void to fill with Marshon Lattimore still recovering from his ankle injury.
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Pittsburgh (vs. Green Bay) – Brett Hundley versus the Steelers Top-5 pass defense is really all you need to know.
Atlanta (vs. Tampa Bay) – The Falcons are coming off an impressive win in Seattle and will continue their quest to secure a wild-card spot.
Cincinnati (vs. Cleveland) – The Bengals are the second most popular pick this week. The Browns are pesky and anything can happen in this division game.