Raiders (PK) at Bucs
The Raiders are used to traveling to the East Coast for an early kickoff at this point. Oakland is 4-0 this year on the road, all of the wins coming on cross country trips. Derek Carr and the offense picked apart the Jags pathetic defense last week. Tampa is coming off two road wins, but they came against a Panther teams minus Cam Newton and Chip Kelly. I’m still not a Dirk Koetter fan and like the Raiders to continue the winning East Coast trend. The fact the game is a pick em doesn’t hurt the cause either.
Pats (-6) at Bills
The first time these two divisional foes squared off Jacoby Brissett was playing for the Pats and dealing with an injured thumb. New England’s offense did not score a point the entire game in the last contest before Tom Brady returned from his four game suspension. I expect the Pats to score this time around with Brady under center and a healthy Gronk. Buffalo will be missing speedy receiver Marquise Goodwin and Shady McCoy is not likely to play either with a hamstring injury. Bills Mafia certainly makes this a tough road game for any team even the odds on favorite to win the Super Bowl. However, Buffalo ruffled a few feathers during the first pregame and I think Belichick will have his guys fired up to beat Rex Ryan.
Seahawks at Saints (+2.5)
Seattle is coming off a hard fought tie against Arizona where special teams was both good and bad for the Seahawks. They face a potential trap game traveling cross country to play the Saints in the Superdome. While the Saints are light years away from the team they used to be the Superdome still carries a homefield advantage. Seattle’s defense was practically on the field the entire game, and this week they face a Saints offense which puts up points at home. New Orleans kept it surprisingly closer than I thought on the road last week at Arrowhead. The Saints defense is still abysmal, but I like Drew Brees playing at home getting the points.
West Virginia at Oklahoma State (+3.5)
The Mountaineers quietly remain one of the nation’s undefeated teams and cracked the top 10 rankings after walloping TCU at home last week in Morgantown. This week they face a tough Big 12 test traveling to Stillwater to face OK State for an early kickoff. Dana Holgorsen will be returning to where he previously coached which always adds an unknown element to the situation. The Cowboys are known for a high-scoring offense while West Virginia has leaned on their defense this season. I envision this game coming down to a field goal so I’ll take the home team getting 3.5 points.
2016 Record: 14-14
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