Every week my friend and I each pick three Sunday games, so I thought I would start sharing my picks. One is an absolute lock (the favorite) pick. One is an upset and must be an underdog in points. The last is a random game of choice, so you can pick the favorite or underdog in whatever game.
Lock: Saints (-9.5) over Buccaneers
Drew Brees and the Saints look to keep pace with the Rams for the top seed in the NFC. In their first meeting this season, New Orleans’ defense gave up over 40 points and 500 yards to Ryan Fitzpatrick. The defense has greatly improved since then and will look to force Jameis Winston into some bad throws.
Upset: Cardinals over Lions (-3.0)
I don’t really like the odds of any of the underdogs today, but this game seems to have the best chance of an upset. The Cardinals went into Green Bay last week and pulled the upset that cost Mike McCarthy his job. Now, Arizona has the chance to win two straight for the first time this season as they take on the Lions at home. This pick has a lot to do with coaching. I have not been impressed with Matt Patricia in his first year as a head coach, and it’s mostly because of his game management. Can he make the right calls when it matters?
Random: Steelers (-10.0) over Raiders
The Steelers have to use this game to get back on track. They left 17 points off the board at Denver and were screwed over by the refs on two plays last week against the Chargers. Oakland traded two of its best players this year and ranks 28th in total defense. Even without James Conner, Pittsburgh should still be able to move the ball with rookie Jaylen Samuels coming out of the backfield.