Here’s a closer look at those as well as some of our top choice picks.
Analysis: The spread on this matchup is a fair one considering that Chiefs (5-0, 2-0 home) remain undefeated on the season and are rather good at home as well. Raiders (2-3, 0-2 away) aren’t bad but they aren’t that great either, although they did return to winning form against San Diego Chargers last week with a 27-17 win at home and with Terrelle Pryor going 18-23 for 221 yards and 2 TDs. Still, the Raiders boast a rather conservative offense that ranks 19th in total offense with an average of 19.6 score per game and their defence ranks 20th with an average of 21.6 points per game. Not encouraging stats when looking at their matchup against a Chiefs side that has a considerably good defence mainly, which ranks 10th with 11.6 points per game allowed. While you can’t write off the Raiders completely, the correct pick has to be the Chiefs at home.
Free Picks: Chiefs to win straight up and cover.
Analysis: Packers (2-2, 0-2 away) return to winning form and, in turn, into bookies’ good books. Well, they did return to winning form in a big way last weekend, disembowelling the Lions 22-9. Meanwhile, the Ravens who lost to the Bills and then bounced back against Miami last weekend (only just with a 26-23 win) return from their back-to-back road stretch to the M & T Bank Stadium, installed as the three-point dogs. Tough sportsbook love for the defending Super Bowl champions and Joe Flacco who is 37-5 career at home. But the Ravens simply aren’t the same this season. Obviously, bookies are buying what the Packers are selling and so are we. In fact, the Packers are better than three-point favourites, making this pick too good to be true.
Free Picks: Packers to cover
Jacksonville Jaguars +26.5 @ Denver Broncos -26.5
Analysis: At first glance, this looks rather an outrageous spread. But it really isn’t considering the clinic Peyton Manning has been putting on through the first five rounds of NFL that has carried the Broncos to an undefeated start on the season. Let’s not forget also just how bad Jaguars (0-5, 0-3 away) have been. It’s not just that they can’t buy a win no matter how hard they try but they can’t seem to get even close enough to any semblance of it. As crazy as this spread appears to be, look for Peyton Manning to put up some more ridiculous stats.
Free Picks: Broncos to cover the NFL odds
Analysis: Despite succumbing to defeat last week, Seattle Seahawks are primed to bounce back with a date at home to the Titans. Russell Wilson is a solid and perfect 10-0 career at home and the Hawks haven’t dropped a home game since forever. It’s hardly likely they will do so against the Titans and Ryan Fitzpatrick. Question is though whether they can cover the spread?
Free Picks: Seattle to win straight up, Titans to cover.
Analysis: San Francisco 49ers (3-2, 2-1 home) are starting to pick up pace and find their rhythm and, as such, are correctly tipped as the favourites in this matchup with home advantage to boot. They are a far cry from their Super Bowl selves granted. But things are starting to click into place and Kaepernick seems to have settled in and shaken off whatever season-starting jitters he may have been harbouring. Overall, San Fran should win this game hands down. When comparing San Frans offense to Cardinals defence that leaves much to be desired that matchup tips the scale towards the offense and as such 49ers should be able to cover the rather generous 10.5-spread for our NFL picks.