Which 5 NFL Teams are the most up-and-coming?

  1. Oakland Raiders

 

If you said that the Raiders would be at the top of this list two years ago, I would have laughed in your face. But that’s the amazing thing about NFL futures, a couple of good back to back drafts can get you from last to first. With a promising young quarterback in Derek Carr the Raiders have a solid base to build their future. Add to that arguably the best edge defender in the league, Khalil Mack, and you have some dominant players on both sides of the field. The Raiders also boast one of the leagues most promising wide receiver duos in Amari Cooper, one of the highest rated rookies of the 2015 draft, and Michael Crabtree who is coming off a career year. These two weapons make Derek Carr’s future look even more favorable. Don’t forget the 6’3 athletic freak in the backfield Latavius Murray. The Raiders have plenty of holes to fill, specifically in the secondary, but they are also oozing potential. The Raiders will need to continue to draft well, as they have a top 15 pick this year, but they could make a run at their first playoff appearance since 2002 in the near future.

 

  1. Minnesota Vikings

 

The Vikings are coming off their first division title since 2009, so its no surprise to see them on this list. While their playoff run ended in heartbreak they should take comfort in the fact that they should have bested one of the leagues best team had Blair Walsh been able to make a 27-yard field goal. They have a underappreciated defense with talent at all levels. From Everson Griffen on the defensive line to linebacker Anthony Barr and one of the league’s best safeties, Harrison Smith. On the offensive side they have some question marks to fill, an heir for Adrian Peterson and some weapons for Bridgewater besides Stephan Diggs. If they can compliment their defensive talent with some stability on the offensive side of the ball they can challenge Green Bay for the NFC North every year.

 

  1. Jacksonville Jaguars

 

Young and solid. That’s how I would describe a lot of the starters on the Jags. For a lot of these guys the sky is the limit, however as of now they are just very solid. Blake Bortles has been good his first two years in the league and has one of the best young receiving duos in the league with Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns. T.J. Yeldon should also continue to play well, however they will need to drastically improve their offensive line for this offense to really click. The defense is a little weaker, but if Dante Fowler can live up to his high expectations they will have a brilliant young pass rusher to build their defense around. These good building blocks, paired with a top 5 pick in the 2016 draft and a spot in arguably the worst division in football solidify this teams bright future.

 

  1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

With the number 1 overall pick in last years draft, the Bucs drafted their quarterback of the future, Jameis Winston. A strong connection between Winston and another rising star Mike Evans insures a high flying offense for years to come. It would be beneficial to their offense to resign their pro bowl running back Doug Martin, to ensure balance moving forward. On the other side of the ball you have two great defensive players to build around. Outside linebacker Lavonte David is one of the best in the league. Defensive Tackle Gerald McCoy does not play a flashy position but he is one of the best interior linemen in the league, a position that is key to disrupting opposing offenses. With a solid nucleus of rising stars, this team comes in at 4th in terms of brightest future.

 

  1. Los Angeles Rams

 

It’s hard to put a team on here with a big question mark at QB, however the Rams have arguably both the best offensive and defensive prospects in football. They also have one of the better up and coming defenses in football, centered around interior defensive lineman, Aaron Donald. This former defensive rookie of the year had just as good of a season as his first, finishing with 43 tackles and 11 sacks from the inside! This guy has an unparalleled repertoire of moves, and is often compared to JJ Watt in terms of his disruptiveness. Joined by Robert Quinn, Alec Ogletree, Janoris Jenkins, and Akeem Ayers this defense will be good for years to come if they can a just a few key secondary pieces. The future of this offense will be built around Todd Gurley. Now in a huge new market of Los Angeles and paired with a top 15 pick, they are a few offensive pieces away from being the team to beat in the next 5 years.

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3 Outrageous, and Way too Early Predictions for the 2016 NFL draft

The 2016 NFL season is officially over, and the 2016 NFL draft is only 22 short weeks away. It’s time for some way too early, extremely outrageous predictions for this year’s draft.

 

  1. LA Rams Trade up to #1 Overall

 

New City. New Identity. What better of a way to build a new identity than drafting a young new quarterback to build around? In a flashy way that befits the team’s new hometown to boot. The Rams have arguably the two most intriguing prospects in the game in Todd Gurley and Aaron Donald anchoring both sides of the ball for years to come. What better of a time to take a gamble on the QB of the future?

The Titans could move the first overall pick this year, for the right price. They have their QB of the future, and stockpiling picks may be more beneficial to them than a star at #1 like LT Laremy Tunsil or DE Joey Bosa. The Rams have the 15th overall pick, and two second round picks in this year’s draft. Those three picks along with another high pick in next year’s draft, or offensive weapon Tavon Austin could be an offer the Titans can’t refuse.

So if the Titans want to move the first pick, and the Rams decide to trade up, who do they pick? There has been much speculation about who is the best quarterback in this draft, but after pro days, and the combine, I believe one will separate from the pack. I predict that the Rams will select Jared Goff with the first overall selection in the 2016 draft, and keep the CAL star in the Golden State for many years to come.

 

  1. 3 QB’s go in the top 5 for the first time since the 90’s

 

If my prediction above is correct, as outrageous as it is, it could create some turmoil within the top picks of the draft. In this pass happy league, there is nothing more important than a franchise quarterback. I believe this draft will be a historic one for the quarterback position.

3 quarterbacks have not gone in the top 15 since 2012, and regardless of if the first prediction is true, I believe that will happen. However, if the Rams do trade up to nab a QB, this draft will take an even crazier turn. 3 quarterbacks go in the top 5 for the first time since 1999 (when the position went 1, 2, 3.)

There is no doubt that the Cleveland Browns, under the new direction of head coach Hue Jackson, will draft a quarterback at their second overall slot. If the Rams trade up to get Goff, the Browns will be forced to go to the number two guy on their board, who I believe will be Paxton Lynch out of Memphis. This pick will allow Carson Wentz to fall to the Cowboys at selection #4, who need to take a gamble on their QB of the future under the injury prone Tony Romo.

 

  1. Worst First Round for Wide Receivers in the Past 5 Years

 

The times they are a changing, at least for the wide receiver position. As the league puts a higher emphasis on the highflying passing attack, and changes its rules to protect the receiver, this position is at a premium. In the past 5 years, there have been an average of over 4 wide receivers taken in the first round. You have to go back to 2010 to find a draft where only 2 wide receivers were taken in round 1, Dez Bryant and Demaryius Thomas. I believe that this draft will be the first time in the past half decade where only 2 wideout’s are taken in round 1.

The depth of wide receiver talent is just not what it has been in the past couple of drafts, despite the need being there. I believe Laquon Treadwell and Corey Coleman are the only real first round talents at WR, with Michael Thomas right on the outside of round 1. This is a talented draft, but the talent lies not with the pass catchers. I believe the teams searching for their next star WR will search in the second round not the first.

 

By Ben Miller

Where Does the Bronco’s Defense Stand in History?

The Denver Broncos just gave us one of the most dominating defensive Super Bowl performances in NFL history. Now that the game is over it is time to ask where this Broncos defense stands in history. Buddy Ryan’s ’85 Bears are probably the most famously dominant defense, and in recent years the ’00 Ravens, ’08 Steelers, and ’13 Seahawks suffocated opposing offenses on their way to Super Bowl titles. First, let’s compare these teams’ defensive stats.

Yards Allowed per Game (including playoffs):

  1. ’00 Ravens: 240.2
  2. ’85 Bears: 240.5
  3. ’08 Steelers: 246.8
  4. ’13 Seahawks: 284.3
  5. ’15 Broncos: 293.5

Points Allowed per Game (including playoffs):

  1. ’00 Ravens: 9.9
  2. ’85 Bears: 12.2
  3. ’13 Seahawks: 14.3
  4. ’08 Steelers: 14.9
  5. ’15 Broncos: 17.8

Sacks:

  1. ’85 Bears: 65
  2. ’15 Broncos: 52
  3. ’08 Steelers: 51
  4. ’13 Seahawks: 43
  5. ’00 Ravens: 35

Turnovers Forced:

  1. ’13 Seahawks: 52
  2. ’85 Bears: 43
  3. ’00 Ravens: 42
  4. ’15 Broncos: 36
  5. ’08 Steelers: 32

These stats may not look very promising for the Broncos defense, but stats are often deceiving. There are two other important things to take into consideration when looking at these stats. The effectiveness of each teams’ offense during the season and the strength of the offenses that each defense faced. Both of these have the potential to seriously skew the statistics of each defense, and help the Broncos defense’s case as one of the best ever. First, let’s look at the strength of the offenses each team faced. This is done simply by adding the OSRS (Offensive Simple Rating System) score used by Pro Football Reference of each team a defense faced that season.

Strength of Offenses Faced:

  1. ’15 Broncos: 35.8
  2. ’13 Seahawks: 20.7 (This is given a 14.1 boost for facing the Broncos’ historically rated offense in the Super Bowl)
  3. ’08 Steelers: 15.7
  4. ’85 Bears: 7.8
  5. ’00 Ravens: -6.4

While an imperfect rating system, this is one of the best ways to show the aggregate strength of the offenses faced by these teams. It is also important to take into account the rule changes since 2000 that have favored offenses more and more (this is reflected by a general increase in OSRS over time). The Broncos defense faced the most difficult offensive schedule of any of these great defenses, but they were also hindered by the ineffectiveness of their own offense. Now let’s look at the OSRS of each of these teams.

Strength of Own Offense:

  1. ’85 Bears: 6.5
  2. ’13 Seahawks: 4.1
  3. ’08 Steelers: 1.6
  4. ’15 Broncos: 0.3
  5. ’00 Ravens: 0.0

The ’85 Bears are known for their dominant defense, but many people forget they had the league’s second-best offense that year led by dominant running by Walter Payton. The Seahawks similarly, had a fantastic running game in 2013 and the league’s third-rated offense (in a down year for offenses outside Denver). The Steelers, Ravens, and Broncos defenses all had to carry anemic offenses throughout their seasons. The Ravens and Steelers offense turned the ball over on about 12% of their drives and the Broncos offense on about 15%. The Steelers and Broncos each averaged about 105 rushing yards per game, the Ravens 137 yards. With the run game being the best way to compliment a strong defense this cannot be overlooked.

Then there are the intangibles and in-game context of these stats that will be forgotten years from now. The word “clutch” is often thrown around when discussing quarterbacks, but Denver’s defense this year deserves the same moniker. The Broncos set an NFL record this season of 11 wins by seven or fewer points and the defense set a record for most fourth-quarter leads protected. Fittingly, in the first game of the year against the Ravens the Broncos were given the lead with an Aqib Talib pick-six and the game was sealed with a Darian Stewart interception in the endzone. Against the Chiefs in week two Bradley Roby recovered a fumble and took it for a touchdown with 27 seconds left to give Denver the lead. In week 4, T.J. Ward strip sacked Teddy Bridgewater with 35 seconds left to secure Denver’s three point lead. There are too many plays to mention here but almost every week the Broncos defense came through when it mattered most. And in the final game of the season with 4:51 left Bowl it is no surprise that Gary Kubiak felt comfortable punting to the league’s best offense with only a six-point lead, and the defense delivered one last time.

All of these defenses have arguments that can be made against them being the best ever. The Bears lost to the only top 4 offense they played in ’85 (the drop-off from 4th to 5th was significant), the Steelers were torched by Kurt Warner in the Super Bowl and counted on a legendary drive ending with a Santonio Holmes catch to win the game. The Seahawks scored the 8th most points in the league in 2013 and had a dominant rushing attack that helped their defense tremendously, and the ’00 Ravens faced an incredibly weak offensive schedule. In addition to this, the rule changes that have taken place over the years and many variables that are inherent to football muddy the waters when deciding on the best defense to ever play. It is not only impossible, but also not necessary to declare any of these defenses number one. Statistics often lie in football, but anyone who watched these Denver Broncos play knows that they deserve to be called one of the best defenses of all-time.

 

By Alex Rigberg

The Carolina Panthers and Super Bowl 48

 

Tomorrow, the biggest football game of the year will be played when the Carolina Panthers square off against the Denver Broncos. Cam Newton will play for a chance to bring the young Panthers franchise its first Super Bowl win. The Broncos, led by their defense, will play to give Peyton Manning one more Super Bowl ring and avenge their humiliating loss in Super Bowl 48. In this game there is a team that has some striking similarities to that 2013 Denver team, but it’s not the Broncos.

The 2013 Broncos started the season off on fire, with only one loss before their week nine bye. They would finish the season with only three losses. Peyton Manning posted one of the greatest seasons recorded by a quarterback, throwing for 55 touchdowns. Despite their dominant performance in the regular season some said the Broncos had not been tested and faced a weak schedule. Peyton Manning seemingly proved these doubters wrong when he dispatched the Chargers and Patriots in the playoffs to advance to the Super Bowl. Later that day the Seattle Seahawks would defeat the 49er’s in a nail biter to secure their spot in Super Bowl 48. The Broncos were favored coming into the game. People were giving the league’s best offense a slight edge over the number one defense. The first snap of the game Broncos center Manny Ramirez sent the ball over Manning’s head into the end zone for a safety. The Seahawks would crush the Broncos 43-8.

The 2015 Carolina Panthers bear some striking similarities to that 2013 Broncos team. A likely league MVP quarterback in Cam Newton leading an offense that has steamrolled the competition. Like that Broncos team; however, the Panthers faced one of the weaker schedules in the league and have been heavily favored coming into the game, they will also face the league’s number one defense. All season the Panthers and Broncos have been doubted by fans and analysts. For one of the first times this year the Panthers are not playing the underdog role and have spent the past two weeks being inflated by the media. The Panthers will need to The Broncos, on the other hand, have been doubted throughout the playoffs. People didn’t believe they could beat a healthy Patriots team in the AFC Championship. They responded by hitting Brady 23 times and stifling the Patriots offense. The Broncos face an uphill battle against the Panthers, but have thrived off the underdog role this season. They need to harness that energy for one more game and set the tone on Sunday. If the Broncos defense can come out and punch the high flying Panthers offense in the nose, they can avenge their loss in Super Bowl 48.

Mirkin’s Picks Week 3

EverybodyHatesDallas Week 3 Picks:

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 24TH, 2015

-Washington @ New York (Giants)

NYG -2.5, O/U 44

*Our Pick: NYG -2.5

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 27TH, 2015

 

-Atlanta @ Dallas

EVEN, O/U 45

*Our Pick: OVER 45

-Indianapolis @ Tennessee

IND -3, O/U 45

*Our Pick: IND -3

-Oakland @ Cleveland

CLE -3.0, O/U 42.5

*Our Pick: OAK +3

 

-Cincinnati @ Baltimore

BAL -2.5, O/U 44.5

*Our Pick: CIN +2.5

 

-Jacksonville @ New England

NE -14.5, O/U 47.5

*Our Pick: NE -14.5

-New Orleans @ Carolina

CAR -3.0, O/U 45

*Our Pick: NO +3

-Philadelphia @ New York (Jets)

NYJ -2.5, O/U 45.5

*Our Pick: NYJ -2.5

 

-Tampa Bay @ Houston

HOU -7.0, O/U 40

*Our Pick: TB +7

-San Diego @ Minnesota

MIN -1.0, O/U 44.5

*Our Pick: OVER 44.5

-Pittsburgh @ St. Louis

EVEN, O/U 47.5

*Our Pick: Pittsburgh

-San Francisco @ Arizona

ARI -7.0, O/U 44

*Our Pick: OVER 44

 

-Buffalo @ Miami

MIA -2.5, O/U 43

*Our Pick: Buffalo +2.5

-Chicago @ Seattle

SEA -15.5, O/U 43.5

*Our Pick: Chicago +15.5

IF JAY CUTLER IS RULED OUT: OVER 43.5

-Denver @ Detroit

DEN -3, O/U 44.5

*Our Pick: DEN -3

 

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 28TH, 2015

-Kansas City @ Green Bay

GB -7.5, O/U 49

*Our Pick: GB -7.5

Rigberg’s Matchups Week 2

Broncos @ Chiefs

The two AFC West rivals meet up in what should be a tough defensive battle. It’s probably not time to hit the panic button on the Broncos’ passing offense just yet, but this probably won’t be a week where it shines. Still, it’s hard to sit Sanders and Thomas just yet. Rival running backs Jamaal Charles and CJ Anderson should be heavily featured in this one, and standout tight end Travis Kelce should do well. Sit just about everyone else.

Patriots* @ Bills

You know Rex Ryan is excited for this game. After throttling the Colts week 1, the Bills defense will look to keep up its excellent play against their hated rivals. While the Bills offense isn’t too threatening, Karlos Williams may be worth looking at as a high-upside play if Shady’s hamstring injury is still nagging him come Sunday. On the Pats* side of the ball Gronk and Scott Scott Chandler are likely to get looks in the redzone. Edelman should be the beneficiary of several quick passes to combat a defense that will be blitzing a lot.

Titans @ Browns

Holy shit, Marcus Mariota looks pretty good. After tearing apart the Bucs week 1, Mariota’s Titans take on another soft looking defense. While Mariota needs to prove he can keep up his excellent play when everything is not going his way. I have trouble recommending too many players in this matchup, but if you need to start someone Bishop Sankey may have another good performance against a bad run defense.

Texans @ Panthers

Two tough defenses square off in Carolina this week. There aren’t too many great looking fantasy players in this game, although Hopkins should be a locked in starter if you have him. The Panthers offense without Kelvin Benjamin is also pretty bad and it’s hard to recommend starting Johnathan Stewart against JJ Watt and Jadaveon Clowney. Basically stay away from everyone but Hopkins.

Cardinals @ Bears

After dismantling the Saints week 1, the Cardinals travel to Soldier field to face the surprisingly not totally terrible Bears. John Brown and Carson Palmer should do well against a weak Bears secondary. David Johnson looks like the most talented non-injured back in Arizona and should be starting by the end of the season. Right now though it looks like Arians is giving the nod to CJ2K, who might not be a bad play. On the Bears Matt Forte will have a harder time against a Cardinals front that’s much stronger than Green Bay’s, but should still be locked in as your starter. Alshon Jeffery and Martellus Bennet are other starts.

Chargers @ Bengals

STEVIE JOHNSON ISN’T DEAD. As many predicted, Stevie Johnson returned from the fantasy grave last week, along with Keenan Allen and a strong Chargers offense. Allen, Johnson, and Rivers will face a tougher secondary on the road in Cincy but should still do well. Geno Atkins remains a force upfront and Melvin Gordon’s lackluster start will likely continue. Woodhead and Oliver seem like more talented backs, and Woodhead is someone to start if you need to. For Cincinnati, Tyler Eifert should have another good game as Andy Dalton stared him down in the redzone multiple times last week and Eifert rewarded him, making some impressive catches in traffic. The level of trust Dalton has in Eifert is a good sign for the tight end. AJ Green should bounce back after a disappointing week 1, the Bengals should be forced to pass more in a tighter contest this week. Jeremy Hill should also carry over his excellent week 1 play into his home opener.

Lions @ Vikings

The Vikings looked completely flat in their season opener against San Fran, and will be looking to bounce back against a division rival in front of a home crowd. Adrian Peterson will face another tough front this week but is still locked in as a starter. AP is the only Viking I would be confident starting after their disappointing week 1 showing, but Mike Wallace and Charles Johnson remain players with good potential. Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate should bounce back this week, as the Lions didn’t have to pass too much after they built up a 21-3 lead quickly in San Diego. Ameer Abdullah is also really good at football and remains a good flex/RB 2 play with high upside.

Buccaneers @ Saints

A showdown between two teams from the worst division in football. Two bad defenses face off this week and Brees, Cooks, and Ingram should have a field day against a defense that gave up 4 TD’s to Marcus Mariota. For the Bucs, Vincent Jackson had a TD negated by a penalty last week and should bounce back against the Saints’ poor secondary. If healthy, Mike Evans is also a must start.

Falcons @ Giants

After snatching defeat from the jaws of victory against Dallas, the Giants will look for a win in their home opener. Odell Beckham had a disappointing showing but should be ok this week. The Giants offense looked sluggish and unprepared last week and it’s hard to recommend anyone else as a starter. Julio Jones’s huge week 1 performance will be burned into my nightmares for a while and his excellent play should continue this week. Tevin Coleman also looked impressive in his rookie debut and is a possible start against a soft Giants front.

49ers @ Steelers

The 49ers come to Pittsburgh after their surprisingly successful debut, and Carlos Hyde should have another good game against a Steelers team that does not play defense. Torrey Smith is someone to think about starting if your week 1 receivers disappointed, as this secondary looks about as awful as most people expected. Antonio Brown will continue his convincing campaign to be called the best receiver in football, he simply cannot be stopped. The rest of the Steeler’s offense should probably be avoided this week against a defense that looked much better than most expected.

Rams @ Redskins

Not to many fantasy starters in this matchup. The Rams always play the Seahawks tough, and a lot of their success looked like poor defense rather than good offense. The Redskins defense also looked surprisingly competent against Miami, particularly in stopping Lamar Miller. The Rams defense also looks terrifying. Aaron Donald continues to be amazing, dropping into coverage last week against Jimmy Graham. I would stay away from this matchup.

Ravens @ Raiders

After being suffocated by the intimidating Broncos defense week 1, Flacco and the Ravens have a much easier test on the road against Oakland. Steve Smith and Justin Forsett didn’t look great last week. It’s too early to hit the panic button considering the team they were facing, but I would avoid starting them unless you have no other choices. As for Oakland, they’re still Oakland. While Amari Cooper looks good, the Ravens have one of the tougher defenses in the league and I would avoid starting any Raiders.

Dolphins @ Jaguars

The Dolphins take a break from NFL play this week when they travel to Jacksonville to face the Jaguars. The Dolphins offense sputtered last week in a game many thought would be a blowout. However, the Jaguars are probably the best team in the league to bounce back against. Cameron, Landry, and Miller should all have a good day against the Jags. Hopefully no one fell for the Jaguars’ annual attempt to convince everyone they are a professional football team this offseason and you avoided putting any Jags on your fantasy squads.

Cowboys Cowpies @ Eagles

The Eagles offense came out flat against a Falcon’s defense that might be better than expected this year. However a second half surge showed some of the potential of this squad. Jordan Matthews is clearly the most talented receiver on the team and carry over his fantastic play from week 1. The running game got away from the birds as the Falcons D sold out to stop the run. Expect a more balanced attack this week. Demarco Murray should have a good game against his former team, and Darren Sproles is a good flex play. Agholor was invisible in his debut, but was facing star corner Desmond Trufant. Agholor had the snaps to be productive, but I would wait a few more games for him to start contributing significantly. The loss of Dez Bryant obviously is a huge blow for the Cowboys and neither Randle nor McFadden looked impressive in their debut for the evil empire. Terrance Williams is someone to consider starting at WR 2/3 against an Eagles secondary that continues to have issues stopping big plays.

Seahawks @ Packers

The newest incarnation of the Legion of Boom looked pretty terrible in their debut without Kam Chancellor. Even without Jordy Nelson, Aaron Rodgers should be able to have success against a weakened Seattle secondary. The rapport between Rodgers and James Jones evidently is still in place. After catching about 27 touchdowns his first week back in Green Bay, it looks like Jones never left the team. The level of trust Rodgers has in him is a good sign of things to come. Cobb, Adams, and Lacy are also fantasy starters this week. For Seattle, Lynch will look to take advantage of a soft Packers run defense and Jimmy Graham should find more success than he did in his debut for the Seahawks.

Jets @ Colts

Two teams whose starts could not have gone much differently. The Colts face another tough AFC East defense this week, and Todd Bowles’s squad will face an offense with many more teeth than what the Browns fielded against them. If TY Hilton misses this game, Dante Moncrief should be starting on your fantasy team. Andre Johnson looked his age in his debut with Indy and probably won’t find too much success against another tough defense. Gore will have another rough outing and probably won’t have an opportunity to make an impact until week 3. For the Jets, Chris Ivory should have a good game against a bad defense if the Jets can keep the game close. Eric Decker may have a good game as Vontae Davis will likely be covering Brandon Marshall, but he is still only a boom or bust wide reviever.

Mirkin’s Picks Week 2

EverbodyHatesDallas Week 2 Picks:

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 17TH

-Denver @ Kansas City

KC -3.0, O/U 41.5

*Our Pick: Kansas City -3.0

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 20TH

-Houston @ Carolina

CAR-3.0, O/U 40

*Our Pick: Houston +3.0

-San Francisco @ Pittsburgh

PIT -6.0, O/U 45.5

*Our Pick: Pit -6.0

-Tampa Bay @ New Orleans

NO -11.0, O/U 47

*Our Pick: Under 47

-Detroit @ Minnesota

MIN -2.5, O/U 43

*Our Pick: Det +2.5

-Arizona @ Chicago

ARI -2.0, O/U 46

*Our Pick: Ari -2.0

-New England @ Buffalo

EVEN, O/U 45

*Our Pick: Over 45

-San Diego @ Cincinnati

CIN -3, O/U 47

*Our Pick: San Diego +3

-Tennessee @ Cleveland

EVEN, O/U 41.5

*Our Pick: Tennessee

-Atlanta @ New York (Giants)

NY -2.5, O/U 51.5

*Our Pick: Atlanta +2.5

-St. Louis @ Washington

STL -3.5, O/U 41

*Our Pick: St. Louis -3.5

-Miami @ Jacksonville

MIA -7.0, O/U 41.5

*Our Pick: Miami -7.0

-Baltimore @ Oakland

BAL -7.0, O/U 43

*Our Pick: BAL -7.0

-Dallas @ Philadelphia

PHI -5.0/ O/U 55

*Our Pick: Over 55

-Seattle @ Green Bay

GB -3.5, O/U 49

*Our Pick: GB -3.5

MONDAY, SEPTERMBER 21ST

-New York (Jets) @ Indianapolis

IND -7.0, O/U 47

*Our Pick: NY +7.0