No more byes. Hallelujah. Not that only having a pair of teams on bye last week helped me any as opposed to the previous 2 weeks when 6 teams were on bye. I am saddened that I can't bet against the Browns because they are getting 3.5 points in Detroit against a fellow 1 win team. Who could possibly predict what will happen in that game? So I'm going for 3 road favorites with lines I am sure Vegas came up with specifically to entice fools like me.
home team in bold
Best BetIndianapolis Colts (-1) over Baltimore Ravens
Giving up only a single point in the regular season with the Colts against a 5-4 opponent? The winners of 18 straight regular season games. Probably too good to be true. Could the Colts have a letdown traveling to Baltimore after their huge win on Sunday night? Does Peyton Manning ever allow his team to have a letdown in the regular season? The possibility is not enough for me to stay away.
OthersArizona Cardinals (-9) over St. Louis Rams
The Cardinals have suddenly become road warriors after having problems outside of Arizona last season. This year they are a perfect 4-0 on the road with all 3 of their losses coming at University of Phoenix Stadium. The Rams have actually been playing hard for Steve Spagnuolo. They hung tough with the Saints last week at home scoring in the final 2 minutes to close to within 5. I'm not sure I see them playing that well 2 weeks in a row.
Pittsburgh Steelers (-10) over Kansas City Chiefs
I just can't figure out anything else I really like so I will break my self imposed rule about avoiding Steelers games. The Chiefs were a shambles before LJ got himself released and Dwayne Bowe was suspended reportedly for taking diuretics in training camp to lose weight. Hard to envision the Steelers failing to shut down Matt Cassel, Jamaal Charles and Chris Chambers behind a pathetic offensive line despite all the defensive injuries. Maybe this could have been a trap game for the Steelers if they had beaten the Bengals. Of course they didn't....
Last weekDenver Broncos (-3.5) over Washington Redskins LOSS
Miami Dolphins (-10) over Tampa Bay Buccaneers LOSS
Baltimore Ravens (-10.5) over Cleveland Browns WIN
Record to date: 17-13 Best bets: 5-5