Welcome back to Spread the Field. After a 1-4 week to kick things off, we had a rebound last week, going 3-1-1. The Eagles (-13), Panthers (+2), Texans (+5.5) all covered while the Chargers pushed on +8 and the Broncos (+7.5) crumbled against the Chiefs. Let’s keep the momentum rolling!
Last Week: 3-1-1
Give me the Rams here. Coming off of a bye week and with Jared Goff continuing his rise under Sean McCoy, I like the Rams to come to the east coast and take care of business against a Giants team that has struggled all year long. Aaron Donald will make life miserable for the Giants offense and when you add in that New York’s top cornerback — Janoris Jenkins — has been suspended, I like the Rams chances to cover.
Falcons (-1) at Panthers
Give me Atlanta here. Coming off of a road win against the Jets where it poured rain, I like the Falcons to go into Charlotte and win by at least a field goal. Carolina traded away their top receiver in Kelvin Benjamin this past week and Atlanta needs a division win to keep the hope alive of surpassing the Saints later in the season. I like Atlanta more offensively and defensively here, I’ll swallow the point and take the dirty birds.
Chiefs at Cowboys (-1)
I feel like this is easy money. You get the best team in the AFC on the road in Dallas where home field advantage hasn't meant much of anything since AT&T stadium opened. The Chiefs are coming off a game where they hung almost 30 points on a team the dominated the Cowboys. Factor in that the Chiefs offensive line is starting to get healthy and I like what Kansas City has going on for them. You can take the point, but going with the money line for the Chiefs to win outright wouldn't be bad either. I would also take the over on every Kareem Hunt prop.
Both of these teams stink and it’s a travesty that this is the primetime game. The Raiders were waxed in Buffalo last week and the Dolphins were dominated by the Ravens on Thursday night football. The Dolphins traded away their best offensive player in Jay Ajayi, and I believe that’s enough to give the Raiders the edge. I think Oakland misses the playoffs, but they’ll have enough sense of urgency to come away with a win against a horrible Dolphins team.
Divisional rivalry, I get it, but I really find it hard to pick against the Lions here based on the Packers situation. Brett Hundley has brought shame to the Brett name in Green Bay, and I don’t see that improving. Maybe Green Bay can control the game on the ground and force some turnovers, but Detroit needs this win to stay within striking distance of the Vikings, who they've won against this year. On Monday Night in Lambeau, give me Detroit.