How did your fantasy team do last week? The Denver Broncos sparred a bit with the Jaguars in the first half before pulling away to remain undefeated and go 6-0. The Broncos and division foe Kansas City Chiefs are the only teams left with an unblemished record in football.
The Broncos travel to Indianapolis to face the Colts. Manning spent 13 seasons in Indianapolis, going to two Super Bowls, and winning the ring once. Peyton was released March 7, 2012 after sitting out the 2011 due to neck surgery. “While it was a difficult decision, no regrets releasing Peyton Manning,” owner Jim Irsay stated earlier this week. It’s not that Peyton needs motivation, but he has to want this one bad. It will be fun to watch.
Sunday 1 PM
Dallas Cowboys at Philadelphia Eagles (-1)
Matchup:These two 3-3 NFC East teams meet in Philadelphia. The Eagles have been awful at home recently. They haven’t covered a game at home since 2011. Dallas is 4-15 ATS after a win their last 19.
Steve’s Pick: Cowboys 23 – Eagles 20
Dan’s Pick: Cowboys 34 – Eagles 31
Matt’s Pick: Cowboys 24 – Eagles 20
New England (-4) at NY Jets
Matchup:These two teams met in week 2 with the Patriots taking that one 13-10. The Patriots are off the miracle win last week against the Saints, scoring the go ahead TD with 5 seconds on the clock. Generally this could be a flat spot for a team with a dramatic last second win, but Belichick will have the Pats ready. The Jets were flat last weekend in the home loss to the Steelers. They’ll look to bounce back Sunday.
Steve’s Pick: Patriots 30 – Jets 20
Dan’s Pick: Patriots 28 – Jets 17
Matt’s Pick: Patriots 31 – Jets 18
San Diego (-7) at Jacksonville Jaguars
Matchup:Well the Jacksonville Jaguars hung in there with the Broncos for half in Denver last week. While it’s tough to back Jacksonville any point, they catch the Chargers in a tough spot. The Chargers are off the upset win Monday night against the Colts. San Diego has to come across country on a short week for the 1PM start (10AM Pacific). The Chargers also have a bye next week and could be taking the Jags lightly in anticipation of the week off.
Steve’s Pick: Chargers 27 – Jaguars 24
Dan’s Pick: Chargers 27 – Jaguars 21
Matt’s Pick: Chargers 27 – Jaguars 17
Cincinnati at Detroit (-3)
Matchup:These two 4-2 teams collide in Detroit. The Bengals are off an OT win in Buffalo, after blowing a 2 TD lead. The Lions handled the Browns easily in Cleveland. One of the better games of the day.
Steve’s Pick: Bengals 30 – Lions 27
Dan’s Pick: Bengals 33 – Lions 27
Matt’s Pick: Bengals 17 – Lions 14
Buffalo Bills at Miami Dolphins (-8)
Matchup:Both of the teams have lost two in a row, with the Dolphins off a bye. The Bill didn’t quit last week against the Bengals and almost stole one. QB Thad Lewis played well in his first NFL start. Lewis suffered a foot sprain, but is expected to start Sunday. The Bill picked up Matt Flynn who was released earlier this year by the Raiders. Big spread for Miami who is 1-11 ATS when favored by 6 or more at home.
Steve’s Pick: Dolphins 20 – Bills 16
Dan’s Pick: Dolphins 24 – Bills 20
Matt’s Pick: Dolphins 14 – Bills 13
Chicago Bears at Washington Redskins (-1)
Matchup:Why are the Redskins favored here? The 4-2 Chicago Bears travel to Maryland to face the 1-4 Redskins. The Bears had an extra 3 days to prepare for this one. The Redskins continued their struggle through the 2013 campaign with 31-16 at the hands of the Cowboys last Sunday night. Their only win this year is against the Raiders.
Steve’s Pick: Bears 27 – Redskins 17
Dan’s Pick: Bears 28 – Redskins 20
Matt’s Pick: Bears 24 – Redskins 21
St. Louis Rams at Carolina Panthers (-6)
Matchup:Both these teams are off nice wins. The Rams went into Houston last week and cruised to a 38-13 win. The Panthers routed the Vikings 35-10 in Minnesota.
Steve’s Pick: Panthers 24 – Rams 23
Dan’s Pick: Panthers 24 – Rams 20
Matt’s Pick: Panthers 23 – Rams 17
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Atlanta Falcons (-7)
Matchup:The 0-5 Tampa Bay Buccaneers travel to Atlanta to meet the 1-4 Falcons. This has been especially been disappointing for the Falcons who made it to the NFC Championship game last year. The Bucs have been a disaster as well. Releasing QB Josh Freeman has not helped the Bucs thus far as they are 0-2 to start the Mike Glennon era.
Steve’s Pick: Falcons 24 – Bucs 20
Dan’s Pick: Falcons 24 – Bucs 13
Matt’s Pick: Falcons 24 – Bucs 20
Sunday 4:05 PM
San Francisco 49ers (-4) at Tennessee Titans
Matchup:Quarterback Jake Locker is set to start Sunday against the 49ers. Locker missed the last two, both losses, with a sprained right hip and knee. San Francisco has righted the ship after two consecutive losses, with three straight wins. The Seahawks suffered their first loss last week in Indianapolis. They return to Seattle where they’ve nearly been unbeatable the last few years to face the Tennessee Titans. Titans QB Jake Locker, the former Washington Huskie, is out with an injury.
Steve’s Pick: 49ers 27 – Titans 24
Dan’s Pick: 49ers 27 – Titans 20
Matt’s Pick: 49ers 20 – Titans 10
Sunday 4:25 PM
Cleveland Browns at Green Bay Packers (-3)
Matchup:The Packers return home to Lambeau after a nice win last Sunday in Baltimore. The Browns went down last week at home against the Lions, breaking their three game winning streak. Packers are 23-8 ATS last 31 at home.
Steve’s Pick: Packers 34 – Browns 17
Dan’s Pick: Packers 32 – Browns 21
Matt’s Pick: Packers 28 – Browns 20
Baltimore Ravens at Pittsburgh Steelers (-1.5)
Matchup:The Pittsburgh Steelers finally got their first win of the year last week against the Jets. The Ravens were handled by the Packers last week at home and now stand at 3-3. These two teams have played close in recent history as 7 of the last 9 have been decided by exactly 3 points. Look for another tight one here.
Steve’s Pick: Steelers 23 – Ravens 20
Dan’s Pick: Ravens 23 – Steelers 20
Matt’s Pick: Ravens 17 – Steelers 14
Houston at Kansas City (-6.5)
Matchup:It’s been a miserable year for the Houston Texans. Some of had picked the Texans to go all the way. Well the Texans are off a lopsided defeat to the very average St. Louis Ram team in Houston. The Kansas City Chiefs took care of business against the Raiders last week and ran their record to 6-0. Undrafted QB Case Keenum gets the start for the Texans. The former Texas A&M Aggie faces the league leading Chiefs on the road.
Steve’s Pick: Chiefs 20 – Texans 17
Dan’s Pick: Chiefs 20 – Texans 14
Matt’s Pick: Chiefs 20 – Texans 17
Sunday 8:30 PM
Denver Broncos (-7) at Indianapolis Colts
Matchup:Peyton Manning returns to Indianapolis for the first time Sunday Night to face his former team. The Colts with the first pick in the 2012 draft opted to release Manning, who was off the neck surgery. They chose Andrew Luck, and he led the Colts to the playoffs last year. The Colts are off a loss in San Diego. Two weeks ago they took stopped the unbeaten Seahawks, and will look to do the same here against the Broncos. The Broncos have won 17 regular season games. The TV ratings should be superb for this one.
Steve’s Pick: Broncos 31 – Colts 20
Dan’s Pick: Broncos 28 – Colts 20
Matt’s Pick: Broncos 31 – Colts 23
Monday 8:40 PM
Minnesota Vikings at NY Giants (-3)
Matchup:The Giants remain winless, but somehow are favorites in this one. Hard to believe the Giants were Super Bowl Champions a few years ago. For the those of you that think Eli is a better QB than Peyton, give it a rest please. The Vikings will start quarterback Josh Freeman, ousted from Tampa Bay just a few weeks ago. The Vikings haven’t exactly set the world on fire, with their lone victory coming in London against the Steelers. What a stinker for Monday Night Football this week.
Steve’s Pick: Giants 24 – Vikings 23
Dan’s Pick: Giants 24 – Vikings 20
Matt’s Pick: Vikings 21 – Giants 17
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