Jorge cooled off a little bit in Week 5, doing slightly above average with a record of 3-2, bringing the season to 9-6. That Titans win last week was so satisfying, and with a stretch of four very winnable games in a row here, let’s see if we can get some momentum going and keep the season interesting until December… How about it, Marcus? We need you, man. Well, with the Titans finely walking the line between relevance and irrelevance, I need to add an extra element to my Sundays to keep them exciting. If you’re a degenerate like me, read my picks below. If you disagree, let me know and I’m happy to consider the other side.
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Browns at Titans
Spread: Titans -7
Money Line: -310/+260
Look… The Titans as a seven point favorite is just absurd. I do think the Titans are better than the 2-3 record suggests, and I do think that we will win on Sunday, but let’s remember a couple of things. The Browns have beaten the Titans each of the past two seasons. The Titans play substantially worse at home. The Browns are a professional football team, and Josh McCown really isn’t that bad. Plus, Cody Kessler took them to overtime against the Dolphins (I know, I know… we just beat them up). Seven points is too big of a spread for a team like the Titans, so I’m going to say pass here, which I will do or go Browns. Sorry.
Steelers at Dolphins
Spread: Steelers -7.5
Money Line: -115/-105
With Le’Veon Bell back, the Steelers are rolling. Bell opens up the passing game for Big Ben, both with his ability to run and catch out of the backfield. And with just a little bit of extra room, Antonio Brown and Sammie Coates can go to work. The Dolphins have some serious issues, all of the Titans fans could see that, and if Ryan Tannehill continues to play like he has been, those people who were chanting for Matt Moore might actually get their wish. Steelers roll the Fins here.
49ers at Bills
Spread: Bills -7.5
Money Line: +275/-335
I really like the 49ers in this game. I just can’t decide whether to take the points, or pick them to outright win (+275!!!). Look, the Bills are running the ball really well right now, and San Fran won’t have Navorro Bowman to captain their defense, but at the end of the day, it is still a very one-dimensional offense. And when the 49ers played a run dominant offense in Week 1, they looked like the real deal. I love the thought of Colin Kaepernick running Chip Kelly’s offense, and there’s no real tape of him in this offense out there. I’m going to take the points, because I don’t trust them to win when it counts, but I don’t think the Bills win by more than a touchdown.
Chiefs at Raiders
Money Line: n/a
I love me a pick‘em! While the Raiders haven’t figured out their defensive issues yet (except for the game in which they played the Titans…), I don’t think that the Chiefs have the offensive weapons to put up big points, and they’ll need to against this Raiders offense. The Chiefs got embarrassed by the Steelers two weeks ago, and although they’ve had an extra week to prepare for this game, I don’t think it’s enough. Plus, the Raiders seem to have that “it” factor so far this year, and the game is in Oakland. Take the Raiders all day.
Jaguars at Bears
Spread: Bears -2.5
Money Line: +125/-145
While I would love to see the Bears put a whupping on the Jags and see them fall further into the basement of the AFC South, I don’t think it will happen. The Jags are coming off a big win in London against the Colts and an extra week of rest; and let’s face it, the Bears are awful. I’m not going to sacrifice 2.5 points for the extra $25 on the money line, but I’m honestly surprised that the Bears are even favored here, so bet the Jags. Ideally, we have the Bears winning here by 1 or 2.