BUCS (6.5) at CARDS
The Cards were nearly a touchdown favorite last week against the Patriots and laid an egg on Sunday Night at home. I should’ve known better than to bet against the Hoodie even if Brady and Gronk were absent. Jameis Winston and the Bucs took care of the Falcons on the road, and I like them to hang with the Cards this week. Arizona is suspect at corner besides All-Pro Patrick Peterson. Wide receiver is an area of strength for Tampa Bay with Mike Evans and Vincent Jackson on the outside. Guard Evan Mathis is also missing this week’s game inserting rookie Earl Watford into the starting lineup. Watford will line up next to second year tackle DJ Humphries making for a shaky right side of the line protecting Carson Palmer. I like the Cards to squeak out a win, but the Bucs to cover getting almost a touchdown.
RAVENS at (Browns 6.5)
The Browns looked like the Browns last week even with new head coach Hue Jackson. However, this week veteran Josh McCown will be the team’s starting quarterback as RG3 might be done for the season with a shoulder injury. Cleveland is the home underdog getting nearly a touchdown which I like in this divisional battle. Joe Flacco returned for the Ravens in Week 1, but Baltimore did not impress on offense scoring only one touchdown. I still think Flacco may be shaking off the rust and ultimately believe McCown is a better option at quarterback for Cleveland. Take the Browns getting the points at home.
CHIEFS at TEXANS (-2.5)
Kansas City fell behind early last week at home against San Diego in one of my picks for the week. They stormed back in the fourth quarter and eventually won the game in overtime because the Chargers coughed it up per usual. However, San Diego covered getting 6.5 points on the road. Kansas City will likely still be without Jamaal Charles as well as Justin Houston who remains out until November. Houston is looking for revenge at home after being embarrassed by the Chiefs in the Wild Card round last season. The Texans covered against the Bears at home in Week 1 winning by 9 points. I like the Brock Osweiler led Texans to cover the 2.5 points at home this week.
OHIO STATE at OKLAHOMA (3)
I have seen the spread fluctuate on this game throughout the week and the final number I pulled from Bovada. Oklahoma was beaten on the road in Week 1 by Houston in an upset which I liked from the minute the line was set. I am not the biggest Bob Stoops fan in the world, but the Sooners are a different team when they play at home especially as an underdog in this case. Ohio State is a talented team no doubt, but they lost roughly 14 starters to the NFL as this will be the first road test of the season. The Buckeyes pounded cupcakes the first two weeks in Columbus. JT Barret is a skilled quarterback and Urban Meyer is a good coach regardless of his personality. However, I’m siding with Baker Mayfield and the Sooners at home getting the points in this one.
Season Record: 2-2