2018 Forecaster Frank's NFL Picks
Patriots 48 Colts 16
Roses are red violets blue, it really sucks to have the flu. The only thing that sucks more is the Indianapolis Colts when they play the New England Patriots, as Tom Brady and Bill Belichick each look to make them pay for complaining about the deflated footballs. With Julian Edelman returning on Thursday Night, look for this to be a New England delight.
Previous Week No Spread: 9-6 .600
Total No Spread: 32-29-2 .508
Previous Week With Spread: 11-4 .733
Total With Spread: 30-33 .476
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Titans 19 Bills 10
Ever since they lost to the Dolphins in the rain in Week 1, the Tennessee Titans have found a way to win their next three games, with all three being tight battles decided in the final minutes. The Buffalo Bills last week came back to earth getting shutout in Green Bay. The Titans defense has been key to their early success, look for that trend to continue as they shut down the Bills in Buffalo.
Giants 24 Panthers 20
At 1-3, the New York Giants are one of the biggest letdowns in NFL over the first month of the season, as the same problems that plagued them last year continue to haunt them with an underwhelming offense. Prior to taking over Big Blue General Manager Dave Gettleman built the Carolina Panthers and may have some insider secrets. Don’t ask me why, but I sense an upset in the making.
Bengals 27 Dolphins 13
Last week the Miami Dolphins 3-0 start was exposed as the biggest fraud since the Pet Rock. Now add a second injury to their offensive line and we will get that bad Ryan Tannehill that runs around aimlessly and becomes Ryan Bennyhill. The Cincinnati Bengals have just found a way to win and will again this week as the Dolphins first place dreams end again.
Ravens 27 Browns 17
With a little luck and experience, the Cleveland Browns could be sitting at 4-0, instead because of struggles in the kicking game and horrendous calls from the zebras they are just 1-2-1, with no wins on Sunday in three years. The Baltimore Ravens coming off a statement win at Heinz Field, can’t afford a letdown here, look for good things from the Ravens as they battle the Bengals for first.
Packers 26 Lions 16
After a 22-0 win over the Buffalo Bills, the Green Bay Packers appear ready to roll. The Detroit Lions sit at 1-3 and suffered a gut-wrenching loss last week in Dallas. Last year notwithstanding the Packers have always had the Lions number and that will not chance here as the Packers take a step ahead in the NFC North race.
Jaguars 24 Chiefs 20
This could be the first real test for Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs, as the Jacksonville Jaguars and their quarterback eating pass rush. The Jaguars offense takes a hit with Leonard Fournette sidelined for at least the next month with a hamstring injury, but the Jaguars success all season will be determined by their ability to hit and harass the quarterback. The Chiefs defense meanwhile has been its soft underbelly present a chance for Blake Bortles to shine again.
Broncos 23 Jets 9
It will be bird watching day in the stands at the Meadowlands this Sunday, as the boo birds will be out in full force. After winning their opening game, Sam Darnold has gone from Broadway Sam to Browning Darnold. The Denver Broncos defense can make many quarterbacks looks bad and with the Jets offensive line being a week point look for Darnold to spend the entire game running for his life and making a few critical mistakes along the way.
Steelers 27 Falcons 23
This could be a battle for survival as both teams come in struggling and in desperate need for a win. The Atlanta Falcons have had to deal with several major injuries, to their secondary and running game, while the Pittsburgh Steelers missing LeVeon Bell have been a season in turmoil. This game looks like it will be close at the end, which is bad news for Atlanta who freezes up and crumbles when the game is on the line in the fourth quarter.
Chargers 27 Raiders 20
Presented for your approval, a team that plays in a city that everyone in the city hates and has always hated. A city that has a certain segment of their population that pines for a team that briefly played there 30 years ago and what you get is the twilight zone. The fans will never embrace the Los Angeles Chargers, fans down in LA still love the Oakland Raiders even though they are soon to end up in Vegas. Expect the StubHub Center to turn into the Black Hole South. Good thing for the Chargers that the Raiders are terrible.
Vikings 24 Eagles 20
A rematch of the NFC Championship Game sees a pair of teams struggling as the Minnesota Vikings are 1-2-1 while the Philadelphia Eagles suffered a debilitating overtime loss to the Titans to fall to 2-2. The Eagles, even in their two wins a have looked shaky, while the Vikings have had just one real dud in their bad start. Having a few extra days, after playing on Thursday may help the Eagles who come into Philadelphia seeking revenge and getting the revenge they seek.
49ers 20 Cardinals 17
The San Francisco 49ers played well last week in Los Angeles but were unable to coax a win against the Chargers. The Arizona Cardinals look like a team that will wander the desert all season looking for wins, as Josh Rosen underwhelmed in his first start. Look for C.J. Beathard to do just enough this week at Levi’s Stadium to get the Niners a nice home win against one of the worst teams in the NFL.
Rams 51 Seahawks 10
The Seattle Seahawks may be 2-2, but they have all the looks of a team whose house is about to cave in after Earl Thomas saluted his coach and teammates after being ridden off on the cart. The Los Angeles Rams look unstoppable with an offense capable of naming its score. The Rams and Seahawks have had a nice rivalry with the Seahawks usually having the edge in Seattle. The Rams would like nothing more to send a message in Seattle. All those factors come together mean it is going to be ugly for the Seahawks.
Texans 27 Cowboys 17
The Dallas Cowboys have managed to go 2-2 in their first four games, winning two games at home and losing two on the road. The Houston Texans meanwhile needed a big break in overtime to earn their first win in Indianapolis last week. The Texans can’t afford another loss. Look for Deshaun Watson to shine in primetime as the Texans win Lonestar bragging rights by having their defense make a habit of getting in Dak Prescott’s face and causing the big mistake.
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Saints 41 Redskins 20
The Washington Redskins should change their theme song from Hail to the Redskins, to I Don’t Like Mondays. Because for the last two decades, the Redskins have been the Cleveland Browns of Monday Night. Consider this they are 5-21 on Mondays since 1998, 2-13 since 2008 and have just one win in their last eight Monday Nighters. The New Orleans Saints typically shine under the lights, especially with Drew Brees going for the passing record. Look for the Saints to go up and down the field all night as the Redskins continue to have a bad case of the Mondays.