Final week was not good for us. Was it nice for anybody who picks video games?
Weird outcomes dotted the checklist of 16 contests. A 3-0 run within the remaining prime time video games received me to .500, at 8-8. MDS completed 7-9.
For the yr, I am 17-14-1. MDS is 14-17-1.
This week, we as soon as once more disagree on 5 video games. For all picks, scroll out.
Steelers (+4.5) at Browns
taking of MDS: The Steelers’ protection misses TJ Watt, and their offense is not excellent. The Browns bounce again from final week’s stunning loss with a strong win at house.
The MDS Selection: Browns 24, Steelers 13.
The Taking of Florio: Who has a players-only assembly after two video games? The Browns, apparently. In a brief week, it could be an excessive amount of to anticipate the Browns to place the missed alternative in opposition to the Jets behind them.
Florio’s Selection: Steelers 20, Browns 14.
Texans (+3) at Bears
taking of MDS: This Texans crew has seemed higher than anticipated, whereas the Bears do not appear to imagine in Justin Fields and are calling performs to keep away from having to drive him to do something. I just like the Texans in a shock.
The MDS Selection: Texans 17, Bears 14.
The Taking of Florio: The Bears gave the Packers extra of a struggle than anticipated, with a deceptive remaining rating. The Texans’ capability to tie the Colts seemed a lot worse after the Jaguars gave them a hen kick.
Florio’s Selection: Bears 17, Texans 13.
Raiders (-2) at Titans
taking of MDS: The Titans are maybe the most important disappointment this yr, a No. 1 seed from final yr who seems like a rebuilding crew this yr. The Raiders get their first victory of the season.
The MDS Selection: Raiders 23, Titans 20.
The Taking of Florio: How are the Raiders favored on this one? They blew a 20-point lead at house. And whereas the Titans had been crushed Monday evening, it was the Payments. In a 0-2 crew battle the place one has a brand new routine and the opposite does not, I take the one that does not.
Florio’s Selection: Titans 24, Raiders 20.
Chiefs (-6.5) at Colts
taking of MDS: The Colts are a multitude proper now. I’ve a tough time watching them even maintain it shut in opposition to the Chiefs.
The MDS Selection: Chiefs 31, Foals 10.
The Taking of Florio: The Chiefs as soon as blew an enormous lead throughout a playoff recreation at Indy. That won’t occur once more.
Florio’s Selection: Chiefs 41, Colts 17.
Payments (-5.5) at Dolphins
taking of MDS: The Payments have swept the competitors two weeks in a row, and so they’ll maintain it in opposition to a Miami crew that is additionally 2-0 however is not in the identical class as Buffalo.
The MDS Selection: Payments 28, Dolphins 17.
The Taking of Florio: Buffalo’s protection must be higher geared up to make a cease or two of Miami’s offense than Miami’s protection of Buffalo’s offense.
Florio’s Selection: Payments 38, Dolphins 31.
Lions (+6) in Vikings
taking of MDS: The Lions’ offense is healthier than individuals assume, however their secondary will wrestle in opposition to Justin Jefferson and the Vikings will pull out a slim win.
The MDS Selection: Vikings 35, Lions 31.
The Taking of Florio: This has changed into a significant sneaky rivalry, with a few barns in 2021. The Vikings ought to have the ability to win at house. Whichever crew prevails, the ultimate rating have to be shut sufficient for the Lion to cowl.
Florio’s Selection: Vikings 27, Lions 24.
Ravens (-3) at Patriots
taking of MDS: Lamar Jackson is enjoying his finest soccer proper now, and he is touring to an enormous recreation in New England.
The MDS Selection: Ravens 31, Patriots 20.
The Taking of Florio: If Baltimore can get JK Dobbins again, the offense would get an enormous increase. Except for Lamar Jackson, nobody is able to producing actual dashing yards for the Ravens. In the meantime, New England’s offense stays a piece in progress,
Florio’s Selection: Ravens 24, Patriots 14.
Bengals (-4.5) at Jets
taking of MDS: After a tough first couple of weeks, the Bengals will lastly get on the board with a high-scoring win in opposition to a Jets crew with horrible protection.
The MDS Selection: Bengals 38, Jets 27.
The Taking of Florio: The Bengals are getting determined. The truth that the Jets beat them final yr will make them much less prone to take the Jets frivolously.
Florio’s Selection: Bengals 31, Jets 24.
Eagles (-6.5) in Commanders
taking of MDS: Jalen Hurts vs. Carson Wentz must be a enjoyable matchup, and I like that Hurts will get the very best end and exhibits why the Eagles had been smart to make him their franchise quarterback.
The MDS Selection: Eagles 28, Commanders 20.
The Taking of Florio: The Eagles appear to be a crew of future. That is one thing the Commanders have not seen in over 30 years.
Florio’s Selection: Eagles 31, Commanders 17.
Saints (-3) at Panthers
taking of MDS: The Panthers’ rebuild simply hasn’t gotten off the bottom beneath Matt Rhule, and he is operating out of time to show issues round.
The MDS Selection: Saints 17, Panthers 10.
The Taking of Florio: If Matt Rhule does not win this one, he could not make it to the top of the season. (He could not make it anyway.)
Florio’s Selection: Panthers 23, Saints 20.
Jaguars (+7) in Chargers
taking of MDS: The Jaguars have performed some spectacular soccer for brand new coach Doug Pederson, and an upset right here would not shock me, however I believe they will fall brief in opposition to Justin Herbert and Chargers offense.
The MDS Selection: Chargers 28, Jaguars 27.
The Taking of Florio: The Jags are on the up. They’re adequate to maintain this one closed, and perhaps win it.
Florio’s Selection: Chargers 24, Jaguars 20.
Rams (-3.5) at Cardinals
taking of MDS: The NFC West seems huge open proper now, however on this large recreation I just like the Rams to indicate they’re nonetheless the very best crew within the division.
The MDS Selection: Rams 30, Cardinals 17.
The Taking of Florio: Kyler Murray seems like a special participant when he has mobility and is given the inexperienced mild to make use of it. Within the playoff recreation in opposition to the Rams, he wasn’t wholesome. now it’s #LetKylerCook.
Florio’s Selection: Cardinals 30, Rams 23.
Falcons (+2) at Seahawks
taking of MDS: I haven’t got excessive hopes for the Seahawks this season, however I see them enhancing to 2-1 in opposition to an outmatched Falcons crew.
The MDS Selection: Seahawks 24, Hawks 20.
The Taking of Florio: Seattle will not be an ideal crew, however they’re adequate to beat the Falcons at house. If not, Drew Lock’s time is coming.
Florio’s Selection: Seahawks 17, Falcons 14.
Packers (+1.5) at Buccaneers
taking of MDS: The Buccaneers’ protection has been glorious to date this season and can play nicely in opposition to Aaron Rodgers in what seems to be an in depth, low-scoring recreation.
The MDS Selection: Buccaneers 17, Packers 16.
The Taking of Florio: The Bucs have gotten a crew that likes to run the ball and play protection. No matter it takes to win. And it is going to be sufficient to win on Sunday.
Florio’s Selection: Buccaneers 23, Packers 20.
49ers (-1.5) at Broncos
taking of MDS: Jimmy Garoppolo is healthier than Trey Lance, which implies the 49ers have a greater likelihood of profitable within the brief time period, as unlucky as Lance’s harm was for the 49ers’ long-term plans. They are going to win a troublesome one in opposition to Russell Wilson and the Broncos.
The MDS Selection: 49ers 24, Broncos 20.
The Taking of Florio: One thing is incorrect with this line. The Broncos are twisted up in play mechanics. The 49ers have an elite roster. Now that the quarterback scenario has been resolved, anticipate the 49ers to start out thriving.
Florio’s Selection: 49ers 34, Broncos 20.
Cowboys (+2.5) at Giants
taking of MDS: Sure, the Giants are 2-0, however they’re about as unimpressive a 2-0 because it sounds. Sure, the Cowboys do not have Dak Prescott, however Cooper Rush has proven that he can adequately substitute him. I am shocked the Giants are the favorites.
The MDS Selection: Cowboys 28, Giants 20.
The Taking of Florio: Some 0-2 groups should win. Some groups which can be 2-0 are going to lose. The Giants are going to lose, and the Cowboys beneath Cooper Rush can do sufficient to win.
Florio’s Selection: Cowboys 21, Giants 17.