[49ers/GIANTS] While it kills me to say it, it is hard to resist a Niners team that is 10-3-2 ATS in their last 15 Road games. Although the Niners have been outscored by nearly 1 point per game this season, the Giants have been outscored by nearly 6; outscored by an average of nearly 13 points per game in giong 1-4 ATS in their last five games. This game is a long way from the Giants big upset back in 2012 in San Francisco. While the Niners offense has struggled in powering only 343 yards per game, the Giants continued battle with injuries and 27th ranked defense allowing over 400 yards per game should provide them plenty of opportunities.
[Steelers/JETS] Having started off slowly, the Steelers have powered over 414 yards per game in their last five games in rolling up 4 of 5 wins ATS. Roethlisberger powering 315 yards per game through the air during the run as his rating has quietly powered up to 110.6. The Jets, 1-7-1 ATS in their last nine games, are averaging only 15 points per game in their last five game in being outscored by over 16 points per game; they simply do not seem to have what it takes to trap the Steelers in New York. Relying on its rushing defense to stay in games, look for the Jets to struggle under the weight of the Steelers passing attack.
[Rams/CARDINALS] Although the Rams have some exciting recent performance, it is too hard to resist the Cardinals in front of their home crowd. 2-5 ATS in their last seven games, outscored by nearly 9 points per game, Davis, 87.8 rating will struggle with a Cardinals defense that is shutting down opposing rushing attacks. 2-0 ATS in their last two matchups with St. Louis, including a 20 point margin of victory in their last battle in Arizona, look for the Cardinals, 4-1 ATS in their last five games to down the Rams.
[Colts/STEELERS] Having fallen off the wagon against in Week 7, it is impossible to resist the Colts. The Colts arrive 5-0 ATS in their last five games in outscoring their opponents by 18 points on nearly 500 yards per game. While the rushing attack is only averaging 86.3 rushing yards per game this season, Luck, 110.5 rating, had already powered out 19 touchdowns. Although Roethlisberger arrives with a 96 rating himself behind an offense averaging over 380 yards per game, the Steelers have struggled versus winning teams in 2014. This game will hinge on the Colts defense that is allowing only a 26% 3rd down percentage this season.
[Texans/TITANS] With its offense only powering 320 yards per game, the TITANS will struggle against the Texans today. Even though their defense is allowing nearly 400 yards per game, the return of Foster, 4.9 yards per carry, has put the Texans back on the right track. Having faced two of the NFL elite over the last three weeks, look for the Texans to run over a Titans team that arrives 0-4-1 ATS in their last five Home games, and 1-5 ATS in their last six matchups with Houston. While both of these defenses have struggled on third down, look for the Texans to have the upper hand versus a Titans defense that is also allowing over 360 yards per game.
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[Browns/JAGUARS] It is impossible to resist a streaking Browns team that is facing a JAGUARS team that has been outscored by nearly 18 points per game in their last five games. The Jaguars opening the game 1-8-1 ATS in their last ten home games, and 1-7-1 ATS in their last nine games. The Browns arriving 3-1-1 ATS in their last five games are averaging nearly 30 points per game.
[Chiefs/CHARGERS ] Zapped again by the Raiders, the CHARGERS return home to face the struggling Chiefs. While the Chiefs have taken three out of their last five games ATS, the Chargers arrive powering over 396 yards per game in their last five games. Although the Chargers have continued to struggle on the ground, they arrive outscoring their opponents by nearly 12 points per game. Having not seen a spread this low in their matchups in last five years, look for the Chargers to continue their 5-0 run SU versus the Chiefs in San Diego.
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[Steelers/JAGUARS] When you are on an 0-7 run ATS, you chase any victory you think you can get your hands on. For that reason, we head to Jacksonville, where the JAGUARS, 0-4 ATS in 2014, and outscored by nearly 24 points per game in their last three games, will face a Steelers team that were shocked by the Bucs. Managing only 279 yards per game to their opponents 451, it would appear an easy window for Rothlisberger, 99.4 rating, and his offense that is powering 412 yards per game to jump through to get back on track. Look for Tomlin, who is 3-9 ATS in his NFL career in games versus winless opponents, including 0-5 SUATS his last five, to get back on track with The Director.
[Jets/CHARGERS] Powering a 114.5 rating, Rivers looks like he has recaptured the magic that west coast buzzing. While the Chargers, 4-0 ATS in 2014, have struggled on the ground without Matthews, River’s air assault has been relentless. Although the Jets arrive a steller 7-0 SU and 6-1 ATS mark in games off three straight losses, their offensive struggles with Smith, 75.1 rating at the helm will continue. Look for the Chargers defense that has held opponents to only 97.3 rushing yards per game to slow a Jets rushing attack powering over 151 yards per game. Like the Director look for San Diego to turn is sour record of 1-6 SU and 0-7 ATS mark in this series when playing off a win.
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[Raiders/PATRIOTS] Of course this could be a trap…or not. 2002 seems like an eternity ago. The Raiders arrive 1-5 ATS in their last five games sporting the 30th ranked Road passing and rushing attack. Having righted itself last week in Minnesota, look for Brady, who has an uncharacteristic 78.9 rating will find his legs in the team’s home opener. With its defense allowing 364.5 yards per game, look for Ridley, 3.7 yards per carry, to find his legs this week. Although the Pats stumbled in Week 1, the defense is only allowinng 288.5 yards per game.
[Texans/GIANTS] A member of the Giants Nation, it is hard to see the Giants play like this. However, the fact is, that Manning arrives a 69.2 rating and 4 interceptions. The Texans Fitzpatrick arrives with a 118.4 rating. While the Giants defense is allowing only 341.5 yards per game, their offense continues to sputter with only 269 yards per game. For Giants fans like me, it will be hard to watch Foster, 4.4 yards per carry, run over big blue. And if he is sidelined, it will be the passing attack of Johnson and Hopkins that proves too much. Nobody would be happier to be proved wrong.
[Seahawks/CHARGERS] Week 2 is always the week that we find out who is for real. I am one that believes that the Seahawks are for real. Look for the CHARGERS rushing attack, that only powered 52 rushing yards in Arizona, to find little traction versus a Seahawks defense that allowed only 80 yards in its opener. Particularly troubling for the Chargers is their defense is facing off with Wilson, 110.9 rating, after allowing over 400 yards in its opener. The recent undefeated 0-4-1 historic record against the Seahawks will definitely be on their mind.
[Chiefs/BRONCOS] After getting blown out in Week 1, the Chiefs arrive as 13 point Underdogs; the largest spread over the last decade. After an outstanding Week 1 performance, it is simply too hard to resist taking a BRONCOS team versus a injury-ridden Chiefs defense that allowed over 400 yards at Home in Week 1. Manning powering a 111.9 rating it their opener by averaging over 12 yards per catch to all his leading receivers. Having lost by 35 points and 20 points in two of their last four visits to Denver, look for the Broncos’ stingy rushing defense that allowed only 54 yards in its opener to hold Charles down again, and turn their recent 1-4 record ATS around.
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