<![CDATA[NFL RSS Feed]]> en 120 <![CDATA[Kansas City Chiefs at Pittsburgh Steelers- 10/2/16 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/nfl-picks/2016/10/02/kansas-city-chiefs-at-pittsburgh-steelers-10/2/16-nfl-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Pittsburgh Steelers look to shake off their ugly loss against the Eagles as they host the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.

The Chiefs went absolutely crazy on defense last weekend as they picked off Ryan Fitzpatrick on six different occasions, added two fumble recoveries, allowed just three points, and scored two touchdowns in what was one of the most impressive outings of the season for any unit. The Chiefs will look for more of the same on the road against the high octane offense of the Pittsburgh Steelers and they will have to deal with Le’Veon Bell…

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The Pittsburgh Steelers look to shake off their ugly loss against the Eagles as they host the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.

The Chiefs went absolutely crazy on defense last weekend as they picked off Ryan Fitzpatrick on six different occasions, added two fumble recoveries, allowed just three points, and scored two touchdowns in what was one of the most impressive outings of the season for any unit. The Chiefs will look for more of the same on the road against the high octane offense of the Pittsburgh Steelers and they will have to deal with Le’Veon Bell in this one who returns after his three game suspension and you can be sure he will look to make up to his teammates with a big effort. Kansas City though could get their own running back returning here as Jamaal Charles is questionable to make his season debut and while it could take another week or two before we finally see him back there is still hope he suits up against the Steelers.

Pittsburgh is coming off an ugly outing against their in-state rivals from Philadelphia and you can bet that Ben Roethlisberger will be out to change the culture of this team after a very humbling performance that drew a lot of criticism. The Steelers are without Ryan Shazier in this one which is a huge blow to their defense and should allow the Chiefs to have some success moving the ball, and while they don’t have the greatest offensive unit and could struggle playing at Heinz Field I think Alex Smith can do enough to keep this game close and not allow the Steelers offense to run away with things.

The Chiefs are 2-5 ATS in their last seven overall, 2-5 ATS in their last seven against the AFC, and 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games in week four while the Steelers are 2-0-2 ATS in their last four against the AFC, 3-1-2 ATS in their last six overall, and 0-4-1 ATS in their last five during week four. This is a tough game to call as the Chiefs have been impressive but this Steelers group is going to be incredibly frustrated and with Bell back in the mix I think they make a statement at home.

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Sat, 01 Oct 2016 00:19:24 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=58251
<![CDATA[New Orleans Saints at San Diego Chargers- 10/2/16 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/nfl-picks/2016/10/02/new-orleans-saints-at-san-diego-chargers-10/2/16-nfl-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The San Diego Chargers look to keep the New Orleans Saints winless as the two sides meet up in California on Sunday.

The Saints head into San Diego staring at an 0-3 record and things don’t get any easier here as they take on a Chargers side that has been excellent on offense so far this season and will be licking their chops with the Saints’ awful defense on tap. New Orleans has had great success moving the ball in their own right through three weeks as Drew Brees, Mark Ingram, and Brandin Cooks make up a formidable trio and if Willie Snead is healthy…

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The San Diego Chargers look to keep the New Orleans Saints winless as the two sides meet up in California on Sunday.

The Saints head into San Diego staring at an 0-3 record and things don’t get any easier here as they take on a Chargers side that has been excellent on offense so far this season and will be licking their chops with the Saints’ awful defense on tap. New Orleans has had great success moving the ball in their own right through three weeks as Drew Brees, Mark Ingram, and Brandin Cooks make up a formidable trio and if Willie Snead is healthy this Saints side can put up points with the best of them and they may have to in this one. New Orleans is coming off a home loss against their divisional foes from Atlanta and will now take to the road to face a 1-2 Chargers side that is a couple bounces away from being 3-0.

The Chargers weren’t expected to do a whole lot this season and things still could change as we are only three weeks in but they have looked respectable so far and could have a different outlook after this weekend if they can make a statement. San Diego is led by Phillip Rivers behind centre and will rely heavily on Travis Benjamin now that Keenan Allen is out for the season, but the help doesn’t stop there as Melvin Gordon is looking very good and will be the feature back in this offense. San Diego is without Man’ti Teo who is out indefinitely with an inury which opens things up in the middle of the field for the New Orelans offense and that could ultimately keep this game close.

The Saints are 6-1 in their last seven ATS playing on Sunday following a Monday night game, 8-2 in their last 10 ATS during week four, and 1-7 ATS in their last eight ATS against a team with a losing record while the Chargers are 6-1 ATS in their last seven overall, 6-0 ATS in their last six on grass, and 3-11 ATS in their last 14 home games. The loss of Teo hurts the Chargers defense but the Saints can’t stop anyone right now and in a game that figures to be high scoring I will take the home team who can make more plays on defense.

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Sat, 01 Oct 2016 00:08:47 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=58248
<![CDATA[Cleveland Browns at Washington Redskins - 10/2/16 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/nfl-picks/2016/10/02/cleveland-browns-at-washington-redskins-10/2/16-nfl-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Washington Redskins look to build on their road win against the Giants last week as they welcome the Cleveland Browns to town on Sunday.

The Browns had the Dolphins on the ropes last weekend and if not for a missed field goal from Cody Parkey they could have pulled off the upset, but they get another shot here as they travel to D.C. to face off with the Redskins. Cleveland’s tumultuous season continued this week as we anticipated the return of Josh Gordon next weekend, but he has since checked himself into rehab and was subsequently released from…

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The Washington Redskins look to build on their road win against the Giants last week as they welcome the Cleveland Browns to town on Sunday.

The Browns had the Dolphins on the ropes last weekend and if not for a missed field goal from Cody Parkey they could have pulled off the upset, but they get another shot here as they travel to D.C. to face off with the Redskins. Cleveland’s tumultuous season continued this week as we anticipated the return of Josh Gordon next weekend, but he has since checked himself into rehab and was subsequently released from the team. This is the latest development in a nightmare off field season for the Browns, but they have actually looked pretty good the last two weeks and if not for a sluggish second half against the Ravens and a missed kick against the Dolphins they could be 2-1.

The Redskins meanwhile got their first win of the season against heir division rivals last weekend on the strength of a big game from receiver Jamison Crowder and they will be out for more here against a Browns team that has been carved up through the air. Washington has still had issues running the football as Matt Jones does not appear to be the answer on the ground and that could play into Cleveland’s favour here as they should be able to drop into double coverage sets more often than usual as they can handle the ground game and afford the extra body to prevent the aerial attack.

The Browns are 9-1 ATS in their last 10 week four games, 2-5 ATS in their last seven on the road, and 3-10 ATS in their last 13 overall while the Redskins are 5-1 ATS in their last six games in week four, 1-4 ATS in their last five at home, and 6-14 ATS in their last 20 following a win. This line is moving in the wrong direction in my opinion which is great news for us as the Browns have been playing teams tight this season and despite all of their injury woes they keep chugging along. The Redskins got a win but have been terrible following up one strong outing with another and this looks like another close call and getting a touchdown plus is a steal.

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Fri, 30 Sep 2016 23:54:02 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=58239
<![CDATA[Indianapolis Colts at Jacksonville Jaguars- 10/2/16 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/nfl-picks/2016/10/02/indianapolis-colts-at-jacksonville-jaguars-10/2/16-nfl-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Indianapolis Colts and Jacksonville Jaguars meet up in London, England on Sunday morning in an AFC South matchup across the pond.

The Colts will look to extend Jacksonville’s miserable start to the season as the teams take to the field at Wembley Stadium in London on Sunday and they will turn to Andrew Luck and their high powered offense to grab a divisional win. Indy hasn’t had a great start in their own accord this season in terms of wins and losses but they probably deserve a bit better fate as they have put up some strong performances but still…

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The Indianapolis Colts and Jacksonville Jaguars meet up in London, England on Sunday morning in an AFC South matchup across the pond.

The Colts will look to extend Jacksonville’s miserable start to the season as the teams take to the field at Wembley Stadium in London on Sunday and they will turn to Andrew Luck and their high powered offense to grab a divisional win. Indy hasn’t had a great start in their own accord this season in terms of wins and losses but they probably deserve a bit better fate as they have put up some strong performances but still have a disappointing 1-2 record. Indy is getting healthy on the defensive side of the ball though and that could create headaches for a Jags team that was expecting to be one of the best offensive units in the AFC this season after a strong campaign last year from Blake Bortles and Allen Robinson. Vontae Davis could be back for this one as he will look to keep the passing game in check and with Luck matched up against Bortles I am baffled at the line on this one right now.

The Jags were expected to be one of the breakout teams in the NFL this season but instead they are the same old Jags as they are 0-3 and could fall to 0-4 and hit the quarter season mark without a victory. Jacksonville does have a ton of weapons on both sides of the ball including rookie defensive back Jalen Ramsey who has made waves through his first three starts in the NFL and will likely match up with TY Hilton in this one who is emerging as really the only threat for the Colts through the air. The Jags will also look to their defensive front seven to create pressure on Luck who has looked good through three weeks and certainly gives them the edge behind center in this matchup.

The Colts are 11-3 ATS in their last 14 games in week four, 19-7-1 in their last 27 against the AFC South, and 5-2 ATS in their last seven following a win while the Jags are 1-4 ATS in their last five week four games, 11-5-1 ATS in their last 17 against the AFC, and 5-2-1 ATS in their last eight against the AFC South. Indy has been the better of the two teams here and in a London show down that typically is very sloppy I think the Colts get the cover as they have the better quarterback.

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Fri, 30 Sep 2016 23:44:05 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=58236
<![CDATA[Houston Texans vs. Tennessee Titans - 10/2/16 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/nfl-picks/2016/10/02/houston-texans-vs-tennessee-titans-10/2/16-nfl-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Houston Texans and the Tennessee Titans face off on Sunday in an AFC South NFL Week 4 battle.

The Houston Texans are 2-1 this season and had a few extra days off as they lost last Thursday to the New England Patriots. The Texans offense is averaging a NFL worst 14 points per game and 326.3 yards and they have a minus 2 turnover ratio. High priced Houston QB Brock Osweiler has completed a pedestrian 59.6 percent of his passes with 3 touchdowns and 4 interceptions. Lamar Miller paces the Texans rushing attack with 269 yards thus far and DeAndre Hopkins is the top receiver with 16 catches…

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The Houston Texans and the Tennessee Titans face off on Sunday in an AFC South NFL Week 4 battle.

The Houston Texans are 2-1 this season and had a few extra days off as they lost last Thursday to the New England Patriots. The Texans offense is averaging a NFL worst 14 points per game and 326.3 yards and they have a minus 2 turnover ratio. High priced Houston QB Brock Osweiler has completed a pedestrian 59.6 percent of his passes with 3 touchdowns and 4 interceptions. Lamar Miller paces the Texans rushing attack with 269 yards thus far and DeAndre Hopkins is the top receiver with 16 catches and 2 touchdowns and Will Fuller has 12 catches and a touchdown. The Texans defense is 7th in the NFL in point allowed at 17.7 per game and 5th in yards allowed per game at 277 and they have 1 interception, 4 fumble recoveries, and 10 sacks. Bernardrick McKinney leads the Texans defense with 29 tackles, Kareem Jackson has 18 tackles, and John Simon has 2.5 sacks. The top Texan defenders like J.J. Watt haven’t hit their stride yet but the Texans defense is one of the better units in football but they will need the offense to improve if they are going to be a factor this season.

The Tennessee Titans are 1-2 this season as they appear to have a lot of talent but can’t avoid the mistakes that are costing them games. The Titans offense is 31st in the NFL in points per game at 14 and are averaging 357.3 yards but are crippled by their minus 5 turnover ratio. Tennessee QB Marcus Mariota has completed 62.6 percent of his passes with 4 touchdowns and 4 interceptions and he has rushed for 52 yards. Demarco Murray is the Titans top rusher with 245 yards and touchdown and he has 17 receptions with two of those going for touchdowns while Tajae Sharp has 14 catches and Rishard Mathews has 10. The Titans defense has been stingy allowing 19 points and 348 yards per game with 2 interceptions and 5 sacks. Avery Williamson is Tennessee’s top tackler with 21, Da’Norris Searcy has 17 tackles, and Jason McCourty has 16 tackles. The Titans are an improved team over recent years but their inexperience is costing them the mistakes that put them in the hole each week.

Houston is 5-0 against the spread against the AFC South, 5-1 against the spread against a team with a losing record, and 6-2 against the spread in their last 8 home games. Tennessee is 1-4 against the spread in their last 5 road games, 15-36-1 against the spread against a team with a winning record, and 3-21-3 against the spread against the AFC South. The road team has covered the point spread in 5 of the last 7 meetings of these two teams.

These teams are defense first and the offenses barely seem to have a pulse and when they do come to life, they turn the ball over. Look for the first team to 17 to win this one so my free pick is the under which is set at 40.5

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Fri, 30 Sep 2016 11:45:00 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=57861
<![CDATA[Arizona Cardinals vs. Los Angeles Rams - 10/2/16 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/nfl-picks/2016/10/02/arizona-cardinals-vs-los-angeles-rams-10/2/16-nfl-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Arizona Cardinals and the Los Angeles Rams face off on Sunday in Arizona in a week 5 NFL NFC West battle.

The Arizona Cardinals are a disappointing 1-2 this season after losing badly in week 3 to the Buffalo Bills. The Cardinals offense is averaging 26.3 points and 369.3 yards per game and they have a plus 3 turnover ratio. Arizona QB Carson Palmer has completed 57.3 percent of his passes with 5 touchdowns and 4 interceptions. The Cardinals rushing attack is paced by David Johnson who is averaging 4.6 yards per carry with 3 touchdowns and he has 10 receptions while Larry Fitzgerald…

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The Arizona Cardinals and the Los Angeles Rams face off on Sunday in Arizona in a week 5 NFL NFC West battle.

The Arizona Cardinals are a disappointing 1-2 this season after losing badly in week 3 to the Buffalo Bills. The Cardinals offense is averaging 26.3 points and 369.3 yards per game and they have a plus 3 turnover ratio. Arizona QB Carson Palmer has completed 57.3 percent of his passes with 5 touchdowns and 4 interceptions. The Cardinals rushing attack is paced by David Johnson who is averaging 4.6 yards per carry with 3 touchdowns and he has 10 receptions while Larry Fitzgerald is the top receiver with 20 catches and 3 touchdowns. Defensively the Cardinals are allowing 21 points and 322 yards per game with 5 interceptions, 4 fumble recoveries, and 9 sacks. Tony Jefferson is Arizona’s top tackler with 30, Tyvon Branch has 21 tackles, and Chandler Jones and Markus Golden each have 3 sacks. The Cardinals appear to be doing a lot right but it hasn’t added up to the right results.

The Los Angeles Rams got of to a disastrous start to the season in week 1 but since then they have won their last 2 games and stand at 2-1. The Rams offense is averaging a 29th ranked 15.3 points and a NFL worst 262.7 yards per game but they are net zero in turnovers. L.A. QB Case Keenum has completed just 53.8 percent of his passes with 2 touchdowns and 3 interceptions and he has been sacked 6 times. Todd Gurley is the Rams top rushing option but he is averaging just 2.9 yards per carry with 2 touchdowns and Kenny Britt is the top receiver with 14 catches and Tavon Austin has 14 receptions as well. The Rams defense is allowing 21 points per game and 366 yards with 1 interception, 5 fumble recoveries, and 4 sacks. Alec Ogletree leads Los Angeles with 29 tackles, Mark Barron has 22 tackles, and Lamarcus Joyner has 21 tackles. The Rams aren’t making it look pretty but they are getting it done and they are playing their 3rd road game in 4 weeks.

Arizona is 2-7 against the spread against a team with a winning record, 2-7 against the spread in their last 9 home games, and 16-6 against the spread following a game that they didn’t cover the spread. Los Angeles is 5-2 against the spread against the NFC, 2-5-1 against the spread in their last 8 road games, and 5-2 against the spread in their last 7 games. The road team has covered the point spread in 5 of the last 7 meetings of these two teams.

This should be a hard hitting game and the Cardinals are clearly the better team and are desperate for a win so I expect the Cardinals to win it but I don’t think it comes easy and I am going to take the points in what is a lean at best. 

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Fri, 30 Sep 2016 11:45:00 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=57867
<![CDATA[San Diego Chargers vs. New Orleans Saints - 10/2/16 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/nfl-picks/2016/10/02/san-diego-chargers-vs-new-orleans-saints-10/2/16-nfl-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The San Diego Chargers and the New Orleans Saints face off on Sunday in Week 4 NFL action.

The San Diego Chargers are off to a 1-2 start to the season after falling in week 3 at Indianapolis to the Colts.  The Chargers offense is averaging a 3rd best in the NFL 29 points per game and 367 yards and they have a plus 2 turnover ratio. San Diego QB Phillip Rivers has completed 68.7 percent of his passes with 5 touchdowns without throwing an interception. The Chargers rushing attack is led by Melvin Gordon who is averaging 3.6 yards per carry with 4 touchdowns and Travis Benjamin is the top…

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The San Diego Chargers and the New Orleans Saints face off on Sunday in Week 4 NFL action.

The San Diego Chargers are off to a 1-2 start to the season after falling in week 3 at Indianapolis to the Colts.  The Chargers offense is averaging a 3rd best in the NFL 29 points per game and 367 yards and they have a plus 2 turnover ratio. San Diego QB Phillip Rivers has completed 68.7 percent of his passes with 5 touchdowns without throwing an interception. The Chargers rushing attack is led by Melvin Gordon who is averaging 3.6 yards per carry with 4 touchdowns and Travis Benjamin is the top receiver with 17 catches and 2 touchdowns. The Chargers defense is allowing 24.3 points and 4-3.7 yards per game with 4 interceptions, 3 fumble recoveries, and 7 sacks. Brandon Flowers is the Chargers top tackler with 19, Denzel Perryman has 18 tackles, and Melvin Ingram has 2 sacks. The Chargers have been close in their losses and are a few plays away from being unbeaten.

The New Orleans Saints are off to a 0-3 start to the season after losing at home to their arch rivals the Atlanta Falcons on Monday Night Football. The Saints offense is averaging 26.3 points and a third best in the NFL 423 yards per game with a net zero turnover ratio. New Orleans QB Drew Brees has completed 66.4 percent of his passes with 8 touchdowns and 1 interception while being sacked 5 times. Mark Ingram is the Saints top rusher averaging 4.6 yards per carry while Michael Thomas is the top receiver with 17 catches and a touchdown and Brandin Cooks has 15 catches and 2 touchdowns. The Saints defense is 31st both in points and yards allowed with 32 points and 448.3 yards against per game with 3 fumble recoveries and 4 sacks. Craig Robertson leads the Saints with 35 tackles, Jairus Byrd has 17 tackles, and Kenny Vaccaro has 16 tackles. The Saints can’t stop teams from moving the ball and scoring and their offense can’t keep up.

San Diego is 6-1 against the spread in their last 7 games, 4-1 against the spread against a team with a losing record, and 1-6 against the spread at home against a team with a losing road record. New Orleans is 6-1 against the spread on a Sunday after playing on Monday Night, 1-7 against the spread against a team with a losing record, and 3-7 against the spread on the road against a team with a losing home record.

Saints games have meant points and I don’t see this one being any different so my play here is going to be the over. 

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Fri, 30 Sep 2016 11:45:00 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=57870
<![CDATA[Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Indianapolis Colts - 10/2/16 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/nfl-picks/2016/10/02/jacksonville-jaguars-vs-indianapolis-colts-10/2/16-nfl-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Indianapolis Colts and Jacksonville Jaguars meet early Sunday afternoon in London at Wembley Stadium.

The Indianapolis Colts need a big victory here in order to get back to a .500 record and kind of save their season. Andrew Luck is completing 61.3 percent of his passes for 913 yards, six touchdowns and two interceptions. Luck has two or more touchdown passes in six of his last eight games. T.Y. Hilton and Phillip Dorsett have combined for 445 receiving yards and one touchdown while Jack Doyle has 13 receptions. The Indianapolis Colts ground…

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The Indianapolis Colts and Jacksonville Jaguars meet early Sunday afternoon in London at Wembley Stadium.

The Indianapolis Colts need a big victory here in order to get back to a .500 record and kind of save their season. Andrew Luck is completing 61.3 percent of his passes for 913 yards, six touchdowns and two interceptions. Luck has two or more touchdown passes in six of his last eight games. T.Y. Hilton and Phillip Dorsett have combined for 445 receiving yards and one touchdown while Jack Doyle has 13 receptions. The Indianapolis Colts ground game is averaging 86 yards per contest, and Frank Gore leads the way with 185 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, Indianapolis is allowing 31.7 points and 401.3 yards per game. Sio Moore leads the Colts with 26 tackles, Erik Walden has three sacks and Antonio Cromartie has two pass deflections.

The Jacksonville Jaguars could also use a victory in hopes of shaking a rough 0-3 start to the season. Blake Bortles is completing 62.2 percent of his passes for 843 yards, five touchdowns and six interceptions. Bortles has thrown 10 picks in his last five games. Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns have combined for 362 receiving yards and two touchdowns while Julius Thomas has 11 receptions. The Jacksonville Jaguars ground game is averaging 55 yards per contest, and T.J. Yeldon leads the way with 84 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, Jacksonville is allowing 28 points and 311.3 yards per game. Paul Posluszny leads the Jaguars with 28 tackles, Dante Fowler Jr. has two sacks and Tashaun Gipson has one interception.

The Colts are 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games in October and 22-6 ATS vs. a team with a losing record. The Jaguars are 5-2-1 ATS in their last 8 vs. AFC South and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Colts are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 meetings. 

The Jags are a team that's better than their record, but they're still a young team that struggles to finish games and has a quarterback who consistently turns the ball over. The Colts may not be good defensively, but it's easier to trust their offense and assume they're going to put points on the board. Indy has won six of the last seven games against Jacksonville. These trips across the pond can be weird, but the Colts should be able to win and cover the small line.

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Fri, 30 Sep 2016 11:45:00 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=57810
<![CDATA[Atlanta Falcons vs. Carolina Panthers - 10/2/16 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/nfl-picks/2016/10/02/atlanta-falcons-vs-carolina-panthers-10/2/16-nfl-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Carolina Panthers and Atlanta Falcons square off Sunday afternoon in a key NFC South game at the Georgia Dome.

The Carolina Panthers hope to bounce a shaky 1-2 start by snagging their first road win of the season. Cam Newton is completing 58.3 percent of his passes for 809 yards, five touchdowns and five interceptions. Newton has two or more touchdown passes in five of his last eight games. Greg Olsen and Kelvin Benjamin have combined for 458 receiving yards and four touchdowns while Ted Ginn Jr. has six receptions. The Carolina Panthers ground…

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The Carolina Panthers and Atlanta Falcons square off Sunday afternoon in a key NFC South game at the Georgia Dome.

The Carolina Panthers hope to bounce a shaky 1-2 start by snagging their first road win of the season. Cam Newton is completing 58.3 percent of his passes for 809 yards, five touchdowns and five interceptions. Newton has two or more touchdown passes in five of his last eight games. Greg Olsen and Kelvin Benjamin have combined for 458 receiving yards and four touchdowns while Ted Ginn Jr. has six receptions. The Carolina Panthers ground game is averaging 146 yards per contest, and Fozzy Whittaker leads the way with 135 yards on 24 carries. Defensively, Carolina is allowing 23.3 points and 273.3 yards per game. Luke Kuechly leads the Panthers with 34 tackles, Thomas Davis has one sack and James Bradberry has one interception.

The Atlanta Falcons look to build on their surprising 2-1 start by picking up their first home win of the season. Matt Ryan is completing 70.9 percent of his passes for 970 yards, seven touchdowns and one interception. Ryan has two or more touchdown passes in four straight games. Julio Jones and Tevin Coleman have combined for 355 receiving yards and two touchdowns while Jacob Tamme has 14 receptions. The Atlanta Falcons ground game is averaging 136 yards per contest, and Devonta Freeman leads the way with 265 yards on 42 carries. Defensively, Atlanta is allowing 30.3 points and 433 yards per game. Kemal Ishmael leads the Falcons with 27 tackles, Desmond Trufant has one sack and Robert Alford has three pass deflections.

The Panthers are 9-2 ATS in their last 11 games in October and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 road games. The Falcons are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 home games and 4-11 ATS in their last 15 games overall. The Panthers are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 meetings in Atlanta and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 meetings overall.

The Panthers don't look like the Panthers from last year and now have to go into a building that produced their only regular season loss. The Falcons have been a surprise team out of the gate and are being led by a quarterback who looks like the quarterback of old. Ryan is playing some good football right now and is getting help from a top-five rushing attack. The Falcons have impressed me in the first few weeks and I think they can win this game outright at home. However, there's great value with the field goal and the hook.

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Fri, 30 Sep 2016 11:45:00 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=57813
<![CDATA[Baltimore Ravens vs. Oakland Raiders - 10/2/16 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/nfl-picks/2016/10/02/baltimore-ravens-vs-oakland-raiders-10/2/16-nfl-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Oakland Raiders and Baltimore Ravens square off Sunday afternoon in a AFC showdown at M&T Bank Stadium.

The Oakland Raiders look for their third road victory to get off to an impressive start to the season. Derek Carr is completing 66.9 percent of his passes for 867 yards, five touchdowns and one interception. Carr has at least one touchdown pass in nine straight games. Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree have combined for 490 receiving yards and one touchdown while Clive Walford has 11 receptions. The Oakland Raiders ground game is averaging…

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The Oakland Raiders and Baltimore Ravens square off Sunday afternoon in a AFC showdown at M&T Bank Stadium.

The Oakland Raiders look for their third road victory to get off to an impressive start to the season. Derek Carr is completing 66.9 percent of his passes for 867 yards, five touchdowns and one interception. Carr has at least one touchdown pass in nine straight games. Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree have combined for 490 receiving yards and one touchdown while Clive Walford has 11 receptions. The Oakland Raiders ground game is averaging 148.3 yards per contest, and Latavius Murray leads the way with 153 yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, Oakland is allowing 26.3 points and 476 yards per game. Reggie Nelson leads the Raiders with 26 tackles, Bruce Irvin has one sack and David Amerson has one interception.

The Baltimore Ravens look to start the year 4-0 for the first time since the 2006 season. Joe Flacco is completing 64.4 percent of his passes for 774 yards, three touchdowns and four interceptions. Flacco has thrown two picks in four of his last five games. Dennis Pitta and Steve Smith have combined for 253 receiving yards on 34 catches while Mike Wallace has 10 receptions. The Baltimore Ravens ground game is averaging 82.3 yards per contest, and Terrance West leads the way with 119 yards on 33 carries. Defensively, Baltimore is allowing 14.7 points and 254.3 yards per game. Zachary Orr leads the Ravens with 24 tackles, Timmy Jernigan has three sacks and C.J. Mosley has two interceptions.

The Raiders are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 road games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games in October. The Ravens are 2-9-1 ATS in their last 12 home games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Raiders are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 meetings in Baltimore.

Oakland has to be the pick considering we're getting points with the better team. The Raiders have more overall talent and have two road victories under their belt already. Sure, the Ravens are 3-0, but those wins came against Buffalo, Cleveland and Jacksonville and were decided by a combined 13 points. I need to see more from the Ravens before I think this is a true team to keep an eye on. Oakland should be able to win this game outright and the fact we're getting points makes the wager that much sweeter. 

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Fri, 30 Sep 2016 11:45:00 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=57816