San Francisco 49ers v. Carolina Panthers
This game has the chance to be one of the games of the week. The undefeated 49ers look to continue rolling and cement their playoff seeding as they head toward the back half of the season. Carolina has won 4 straight games behind backup quarterback Kyle Allen. The 49er defense will give Allen a difficult time this week, so the Panthers will need to rely on their defense to stay in this game. Luckily for the Panthers, their defense has been playing lights out. I am picking the upset in this one as the 49ers take their first loss of the season and the Panthers get their 5th straight win and will be forced to make a tough decision next week when Cam Newton should be ready to return.
- Last Meeting – 2017 Week 1 (23-3 Panthers Win)
Straight up Pick: Carolina Panthers
Against the Spread: Carolina Panthers +6
Over/Under: UNDER 42
New England Patriots v. Cleveland Browns
Before the season started this was a game that a lot of people were looking forward to. After 7 weeks, the game has lost a bit of it’s luster. The Patriots have been cruising and the Browns have been struggling. New England is the heavy favorite and they should be. I anticipate the Patriots defense to dominate the Browns, and the Browns defense struggle to contain Old Man Brady en route to an easy Pats win.
- Last Meeting – 2016 Week 5 (33-13 Patriots Win)
Straight up Pick: New England Patriots
Against the Spread: New England Patriots -13.5
Over/Under: UNDER 45.5
Houston Texans v. Oakland Raiders
Houston has been up and down all season long. The Raiders have been a pretty nice surprise at 3-3. On paper, the teams look quite even statistically. However, the eye test will tell you that the Texans are the better team. Houston should win this game, and honestly needs to win this game so that they can continue to compete for the AFC South title. Look for the Texans to make a statement in this game and come away with the win and cover.
- Last Meeting – 2016 Wildcard Round (27-14 Texans Win)
Straight up Pick: Houston Texans
Against the Spread: Houston Texans -7
Over/Under: UNDER 51.5