Ravens (+7) at Cowboys
I’ve been waiting for the Cowboys to lose for weeks now and it just hasn’t happened. I don’t think they’ll lose this week at home against the Ravens, but I do like the road team getting the points in this matchup. Baltimore brings in the league’s best rush defense to square off with the Cowboys lead ground attack. I like the Ravens to muck it up enough on the road to keep this one close and cover the spread in the end.
Dolphins at Rams (+2)
Jared Goff will finally make his NFL debut on Sunday at home against the streaking Dolphins. This may not be one of the smartest picks I’ve made on the surface, but the Rams have been winning games despite the awful play from Case Keenum. My thinking is Goff gives the team a slight jolt in the arm against a hot Dolphins team. Miami will be playing their second straight in California after beating the Chargers last weekend. I like the Rams defense to carry the team in this one covering the spread at home, and potentially an outright win.
Patriots (-12) at 49ers
I was convinced the Pats would cover last week at home against the Seahawks, that did not happen obviously. This week the NFL’s best team travels to possibly the worst team in the 49ers. Interestingly enough this will be the first time Tom Brady has played in San Francisco around where he grew up. New England will be without Gronk who was hammered by Earl Thomas, but I don’t see that mattering all that much in this lopsided matchup. I’ll place my money on a Patriots team coming off a home loss facing a Chip Kelly coached football team.
Oklahoma (-4) at West Virginia
Bob Stoops is one of the more overrated coaches in the NCAA, but he has the Sooners playing solid football right now. Oklahoma is a long shot at best to make the College Football Playoff. However, a road win at Morgantown on a Saturday night would certainly help their chances coupled with some other teams losing. Oklahoma has one of the most dynamic offenses in college football including the backfield tandem of Joe Mixon and Samaje Perine. Baker Mayfield slinging it to Dede Westbrook isn’t a bad option either. West Virginia is a good defensive football, much improved from year’s past, in the end though I like the Sooners to cover the spread on the road.
2016 Record: 18-22
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