Week nine was another solid one for my predictions and hopefully these last few performances against the spread aren’t a case of me peaking before the postseason. Entering week ten, 19 of the league’s 32 teams had a winning percentage of .500 or better meaning every single game has even more meaning this point on. These final two months of the season figure to be a lot of fun, so buckle in and get in for a wild ride.
Last week: 8-5, Season: 79-53
Last week against the spread: 9-4, Season: 70-62
Game of the weak: Giants vs 49ers: We knew the 49ers would be taking their lumps this season, but the Giants being this bad is still hard to believe. As I’ve mentioned before though, this could be a blessing in disguise for the franchise as now they have an excuse to look for the heir apparent to Eli Manning.
The 49ers traded for Jimmy Garoppolo hoping he is their eventual franchise quarterback, but now the mystery is when he will play this season if at all. Garoppolo as a competitor I’m sure hopes to play, but considering the 49ers injuries on the offensive line and to the receiving corps financially he could be better off sitting the year as the thought of what he could be drives the market. Giants 23 49ers (+2.5) 20
Game of the week: Saints vs Bills: If you were to tell me in August you thought this game would have a lot of playoff implications, I would be left scratching my head, but here we are. The Saints continue to surprise and get it done on the defensive side of the ball. This doesn’t seem like a fluke either, the group has a lot of young talent and could be even better as players like Marshon Lattimore really come into their own. Between the defense and a running game with Alvin Kamara, this also means less is being asked of Drew Brees. Entering this year, Brees had thrown an average of 39.9 times per game in his time with the Saints. So far in 2017 that number is down to 34.4.
This Saints defense will prove to be an interesting test for Tyrod Taylor who has been fantastic in terms of taking care of the ball so far this season. His offensive line didn’t do him any favors last week against the Jets, so how they respond on more than a week of prep will be a deciding factor in this one. Saints 23 Bills (+3.5) 21
Jets 23 Buccaneers (+2.5) 17
Bengals 20 Titans (-4.5) 26
Packers 16 Bears (-5.5) 21
Chargers 17 Jaguars (-3.5) 24
Vikings 17 Redskins (+1.5) 20
Browns 14 Lions (-12.5) 27
Steelers 28 Colts (+10.5) 20
Texans 16 Rams (-11.5) 28
Cowboys 26 Falcons (-3.5) 23
Patriots 27 Broncos (+7.5) 17
Dolphins 20 Panthers (-9.5) 24