By Ryan Faherty
That time of the week again. The road to redemption starts here.
ATLANTA (-7) over Carolina
So far this season, Cam has been mediocre at best, and the Falcons look like the class of the NFL. Matt Ryan has emerged as one of the best passers in the NFL and I don’t see a weak Panthers pass D slowing him down today. Falcons cover in a laugher.
New England (-4.5) over BUFFALO
There might not be a legitimate contender more in need of a win than the Pats this week. I expect Tom Brady to have himself a day, and the battered Buffalo RB core to struggle. New England will come out fired up and in desperation mode, and the Bills won’t be able to withstand their hunger.
KANSAS CITY (+1) over San Diego
I know I’m starting to sound like a broken record, but I just can’t believe in Norv Turner and the Chargers. Jamaal Charles seems to have recovered exceptionally from the devastating knee injury that ended his 2011 campaign. The Chiefs will rely heavily on their running back and control the clock in this one. Chiefs by a field goal.
Seattle (-3) over ST. LOUIS
This Seattle D is the real deal. If not for the surprising Cardinals D, this unit may be the best story of 2012 to date. Sam Bradford will find himself on his backside through the majority of this one. Russell Wilson won’t need too big of a day to take down the weak Rams.
Minnesota (+4.5) over DETROIT
This Lions defense looks horrific so far and despite their proficient offense, any respectable team in the league can hang enough points on them to stay in the game. I expect both teams to put up close to 30 and this one to come down to a field goal.
San Francisco (-4.5) over NY JETS
The Niners should shut down the Jets run game, which will demand a big game from Mark Sanchez. I don’t think he has it in him against this 49ers defense. I think the hangover from losing their most important piece in Darrelle Revis will be apparent today. Jets go quietly in this one.
Tennessee (+12) over HOUSTON
Lot of points on the board. I know Houston is a legit contender, but the Titans proved respectable in their high octane shootout with the Lions. I like Houston in this one, but don’t expect this to be a blow out.
Oakland (+7) over DENVER
As much as it pains me to say this, Peyton Manning is just not the same guy he used to be. His struggles throwing the deep ball this year has allowed defenses to creep up a couple steps, which should limit the run game. Oakland will look to the screen game to open some holes against a fast Denver front 7.
ARIZONA (-6) over Miami
I still don’t believe this offense has enough fire power to sustain this great start, but when the D and special teams provide good field position all day, it certainly makes life easier for Kevin Kolb & co. Ryan Tannehill is in for a long day against this fierce Cards D. Lots of turnovers this afternoon. Cards win comfortably.
Cincinnati (-2.5) over JACKSONVILLE
Lest we forget, Blaine Gabbert is a starting NFL QB.
Washington (+2.5) over TAMPA BAY
This should be a high scoring affair. Redskins D is falling apart and RG3 will present problems for the Bucs. Pierre Garcon could be back for Washington which will stretch the field and open up the ground game. I like Washington to move to .500
New Orleans (+7.5) over GREEN BAY
The 2012 Underachiever Bowl. Yes, Green Bay undoubtedly was dealt a tough hand Monday night, but when you have arguably the best passer in the NFL, you need to put up more than 12 points if you realistically expect to win. I wouldn’t put a dime on this game, but imagine it will be close.
New York Giants (+1) over PHILADELPHIA
The G-Men are always a safer bet on the road. The pass rush will be a problem for Michael Vick, and if Andy Reid doesn’t give the football to LeSean McCoy, the Eagles offense will continue to struggle.
DALLAS (-3.5) over Chicago
The battle over whose offensive line can get their QB killed first. Dallas has more weapons, and their D is going to be hard to throw on.