2018 Forecaster Frank's NFL Picks
Raiders 20 49ers 19
What happens when two inept teams that appear to have no desire to win get together on Thursday Night with Joe Buck doing play by play. The most unwatchable game of the season. It is not the NFL’s fault; they had no idea that Jon Gruden would trade his best players. They had no idea that San Francisco 49ers would lose Jimmy Garoppolo to a torn ACL in Week 3. Without Jimmy G, the Niners have lost their last six, while the Raiders have just one win as well and appear to be in full tank mode. This one has tie written all over it.
Previous Week No Spread: 9-5 .643
Total No Spread: 68-51-2 .571
Previous Week With Spread: 7-7 .500
Total With Spread: 61-60 .504
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Steelers 23 Ravens 20
This is the second meeting of the two heated rivals from the AFC North. On September 30, the Baltimore Ravens beat the Pittsburgh Steelers 26-14 at Heinz Field. Since that game, the Ravens have lost three of four, with the Steelers, have won three straight. Double digits wins have been rare, as the game more often than not has been decided by a field goal. The Ravens poor play has to be a concern, especially with the Steelers finding their stride. Though the Ravens will bring their best effort, though it will fall just short as the Steelers continue to surge towards a division title.
Bears 19 Bills 0
The Buffalo Bills have a good defense, as they did an excellent job keeping the Patriots offense under wraps for most on their game on Monday Night. However, their offense has been beyond awful it gives them no chance to win. Hosting the Chicago Bears, it is likely that the WOAT (Worst of All-Time) Nathan Peterman will have to play with Derek Anderson suffering a concussion. The Bills offensive line has also been problematic as their number one draft pick; Josh Allen is already on the shelf. If possible, the Bills would score negative points as the Bears come in and hang a zero on the Bills.
Panthers 34 Buccaneers 20
It is the ultimate individual honor in college football; the Heisman Trophy assures legendary status on Saturdays. Some Heisman winners become legends on Sunday and get another bust in Canton. Others become busts and fade away. Jameis Winston is experiencing the ladder as his career is at a crossroad after being benched in favor of Ryan Fitzpatrick. There may be some Fitz Magic in his arm, but it will not be enough to overcome the Tampa Bay Buccaneers terrible defense, as the Carolina Panthers quietly are having a great season win at home.
Chiefs 37 Browns 23
Anyone watching Hard Knocks could tell that the relationship between head coach Hue Jackson and new offensive coordinator Todd Haley was not going to work for the Cleveland Browns. This week it came to a head as both were fired, as Gregg Williams like a cockroach surviving the nuclear winter takes over. The coach famous for bountygate likely will not be in Cleveland beyond next year as his task is a soft landing for this season, while helping the Browns improve. The Kansas City Chiefs meanwhile just need to avoid looking ahead as they got Patrick Mahomes and their superpower offense to get an easy win.
Vikings 31 Lions 20
The Minnesota Vikings were beaten up by the Saints last week on Sunday Night, in front of their home fans. The Detroit Lions did not fare much better with a chance to over .500 against the Seahawks. The Vikings should be better than the 4-3-1 record that they are displaying, while the Lions 3-4 mark is matching expectations. The Lions tend to play well against the Vikings, winning last year at U.S. Bank Stadium. Kurt Cousins needs to stand up and lead at this point, as the Vikings should win the NFC North. The Lions do not have the firepower to match the Vikings that will be the deciding factor in this one.
Dolphins 20 Jets 16
This game is the last chance café for the Miami Dolphins, who after starting 3-0 have lost four of their last five and sit at 4-4 on the verge of fading into irrelevance. The New York Jets at 3-5 have had their ups and downs with rookie Sam Darnold. Coming off two straight losses the Jets’ offense is beaten up with Bilal Powell’s career likely over and Darnold’s favorite pass catcher Quincy Enuwa dealing with an ankle injury. The Dolphins defense had their manhood taken by the Lions and Texans in their last two games, if they have any pride at all, they need to shut down the Jets and make like easier from Brock Osweiler making his fourth straight start.
Falcons 23 Redskins 20
At 5-2, the Washington Redskins are the top team in the NFC East. Am I willing to buy into them, absolutely not? I just cannot see how they have won five games, maybe I am stubborn but I do not believe in the Redskins at all. The Atlanta Falcons despite their fourth quarter foibles won two straight before their bye and are on the verge of getting back to .500. The Falcons bye should help them get healthy, while the Redskins come in with three straight wins, but seem due for a loss. I think Matt Ryan will have a strong game in Washington and lead the Falcons to a road win.
Texans 27 Broncos 16
The Houston Texans made a significant upgrade to their offense at the trade deadline Tuesday, picking up Demaryius Thomas from the Denver Broncos. Thomas will return to Denver Sunday facing his former team in his Texans debut. The Texans after losing their first three games have won five in a row, with both their defense and offense getting stronger by the week. Last week Deshaun Watson looks healthy for the first time all season and shredded the Miami secondary as J.J. Watt had a big game on defense. The Broncos played well in Kansas City but lost their fifth game in six last week, as they appear set to begin rebuilding with the trade of Thomas to the Texans.
Seahawks 26 Chargers 20
Playing in honor of their late owner Paul Allen, the Seattle Seahawks got a big effort coming off a bye and beat the Lions on the road. The Los Angeles Chargers also have had their owner pass away in October are hoping to follow the same path and win a road game after a bye week following a game in London. The Chargers have won four straight and come in with a 5-2 record with their only losses coming against the Rams and Chiefs. The Seahawks still have some magic with their 12th man and have Russell Wilson playing at a high level, look for that to continue as Seattle wins a close one.
Saints 37 Rams 33
The Los Angeles Rams remain the last unbeaten team in the NFL, rallying to beat the Packers last week as Ty Montgomery’s fumble took the ball out of the hands of Aaron Rodgers. The New Orleans Saints are also rolling improving to 6-1 with an impressive win in Minnesota last week. Both teams are playing at a high level, with the Saints erasing the bad taste of their Week 1 loss with a defense that seems to be getting better, while their offense continues to fly high led by Drew Brees. The Saints are extremely hard to beat in the Superdome and the Rams are ready for a loss, having come close last week. Look for the Saints to ignite a cork popping celebration for the 1972 Dolphins.
Patriots 37 Packers 24
The Green Bay Packers have all the indications of a team in turmoil as they traded Ty Montgomery after he ran the ball out of the end zone and fumbled taking a chance to win the game out of the hands of Aaron Rodgers. They also traded away Ha Ha Clinton-Dixon, as there were reports of tension following their loss to the Rams. Now they have to go to Foxboro on a Sunday Night. The New England Patriots meanwhile are rolling, with five straight wins and are on their annual surge. Rodgers could keep them in the game, but he will need an all-time great game to get the Packers to beat the Patriots.
Cowboys 23 Titans 17
It has been a tale of two Dallas Cowboys teams, as have lost all four games on the road, and won all three at home. Coming off a bye week, the Cowboys offense gets a big boost with the Dallas debut of Amari Cooper picked up from the Raiders. The Cowboys passing game has struggled all season with the departure of Dez Bryant and Jason Whitten. Whitten will be in the booth as the struggling Titans lost three straight before their bye. It is hard to see Tennessee winning this as the Cowboys could make a big run for the postseason with the addition of Cooper.
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