ENGLISHTOWN, NJ – I’m feeling out of sorts as I pen today’s effort. Maybe it has to do with eating a pie plate full of pasta with Bolognese sauce for dinner last night but I’ll never admit to that. Maybe I’m not feeling so confident about today’s picks, due to my gustatory endeavors or going 2-2 last week. That ended a streak of four consecutive 3-1 Sundays. Anyhow, just be careful how you invest on my Cheesy Bruin’s Weekly Free NFL Picks.
But what about Tim Tebow? As far as we can tell, it’s just a Trump-ed up rumor to get your attention. He’s still sucking at baseball for the Mets.
FAVORITE – When is a favorite not a favorite? When the team is at home and they’re only laying one point as the Jacksonville Jaguars find themselves courtesy of the Las Vegas odds sharks. The Oakland Raiders are a perfect 3-0 on the road thus far and are taking another cross country trek for today’s contest with the Jags. These trips usually spell doom for the West Coast squads but the Raiders three road wins are all 1:00 starts (New Orleans, Tennessee, and Baltimore). Granted two of the three W’s have been by one point but they are finding a way to victory nonetheless. There’s another trip East next week against Tampa Bay and I just think all this early travel will catch up with the Silver & Black. Jax comes into the game having won their last two and look to even the record at 3-3 and a place a the top in a dreadful division. JACKSONVILLE -1 over Oakland
UNDERDOG – Speaking of the dreadful AFC South, there’s an inter-division meeting between the Colts and Titans that will further muddy the water. I don’t like the way the Colts go about their business as an organization. When you have an all-world QB talent like Andrew Luck you make sure to keep him protected and Robert Irsay & Co have done nothing of the sort. Luck gets battered around on most weekends by opposing defenses and still manages to keep this team competitive at a cost. The Titans have surprised some but I had them pegged for an ‘over’ win total this year. The ball-control offense seems to fit the team and running backs Demarco Murray and Derrick Henry. A Colts win and Titans loss get both to 3-4 records which sums up the division perfectly. Indianapolis +3 over TENNESSEE
OVER – I had one heckuva time trying to find an over selection and this is nothing more than a dart throw. Seeing if this sticks and make no guarantees whatsoever. New Orleans/KANSAS CITY OVER 50.5
UNDER – The total in this game should be a field goal higher than what it actually is so Captain Obvious and everybody else will be betting the ‘over’ since it looks so easy. Don’t fall for it folks. The Dolphins have turned their offensive fortunes around lately as the Bills are managing to put up bucket loads of points somehow. With all things clicking the line is off as I’ll follow my nose to victory. Las Vegas is expecting a reversal of the norm in this game and we’re all over it. Buffalo/MIAMI UNDER 44
Changing gears, let’s all give a high paw to the Chicago Cubs, who are making the irrelevant Bears irrelevant. Cubs vs Indians. That’s right out of a movie script.
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