Okay, so another “winning” week! I’ll take 1-0-1 any day, so that puts me at 4-2-2 for the season. With that in mind, I am going to lean on a trusted source once again this week as I tackle another relatively short slate:
New England (-2) at Chicago
No Gronk? That may be no problem for the Pats, who are adjusting to life with an oft-double-covered Gronk, anyway. New England is due for a road win and the Bears might be a little stung by losing in overtime to the Dolphins last week. A less-than-100% Khalil Mack does not bode well for Chicago at all. Go with the trusted source here. Pick: Patriots.
Carolina at Philadelphia (-5)
Speaking of trusted sources, how about the defending champs? The Eagles will be well rested off their thrashing of the Giants, and it’s really hard to know what to make of this Carolina team. The Cats barely escaped the Giants and were smacked around a bit by Washington. Carson Wentz is rounding back to form more and more each week, and don’t expect him and the Birds to lay another egg at the Link. Pick: Eagles.
Minnesota (-3.5) at New York Jets
Why not go Gang Green here? Sam Darnold runs hot and cold somewhat, but the flashes of brilliance are tantalizing. The defense could ultimately emerge into something special, and the Vikings have been a very up-and-down team this year. If nothing else, expect this one to stay close throughout. Pick: Jets.
Buffalo at Indianapolis (-7)
Derek Anderson?!? That’s how bad things have gotten in Buffalo, where the joy of the Bills’ shocking win at Minnesota in Week 3 has mostly faded with two losses in their next three games and now an Allen injury. The Colts are salivating for their first home win of 2018 and this is the perfect patsy. Pick: Colts.
New Orleans at Baltimore (-3)
The Ravens’ defense is the Real McCoy, but the Saints will be their toughest test yet. Still, what exactly has the Saints’ defense done to inspire all that much confidence? New Orleans is unbeaten on the road today, but expect that to change in the Ravens’ nest, as Baltimore just finished off an impressive 2-1 roadtrip with wins over playoff teams from 2017 (albeit sandwiched around a loss to the Browns). Pick: Ravens.
Cincinnati at Kansas City (-6.5)
Andy Dalton, welcome to your nightmare! That would be prime-time television. The Bungles are 3-15 in these under-the-lights affairs under the Red Rocket, and the Chiefs should be ready to rock after narrowly losing a shootout on Sunday Night Football to the Patriots seven days ago. The Bengals should be disgusted at how they once against managed to choke away a critical home game late to the Steelers and may experience a hangover from said meltdown. Pick: Chiefs.