Houston Texans vs. Tennessee Titans
Sunday, October 18th, 1:00 PM ET at Nissan Stadium
The Texans celebrated the removal of their head coach with a comfortable win, covering the spread on the NFL odds for the first time this year against the Jaguars last week and they looked far better on offense utilizing more play-action and getting the deep ball working again. They’ve got pace all over the offense and finally got Brandin Cooks going with him doubling his yards on the year after a blank the previous week. He finished the game with 8 receptions for 161 yards and a TD.
They did spread the ball around well with Fuller and Fells also finding the endzone in that game while Randall Cobb had 6 receptions as well. I’ll be the first to admit they’re playing a better defense this week but the Titans have had a tumultuous couple of weeks and played on Tuesday night. That gives them a short week to plan for their divisional rivals.
It's a must-win game for the Texans and Deshaun Watson will keep attacking down the field if they manage to protect him. Something they should be able to do against a Titans team who struggle to pressure opposing quarterbacks.
Atlanta Falcons vs. Minnesota Vikings
Sunday, October 18th, 1:00 PM ET at U.S. Bank Stadium
The Falcons got rid of their head coach last week after a loss to the Panthers left them at 0-5. You’ve got to think they’ll be better than they’ve shown this year, but the defense has been a huge issue and I don’t see that getting any better in just one week with Raheem Morris as head coach for them. They’ve allowed an average of 32 points per game so far this season.
The Vikings on the other hand managed have looked far better on offense in their last three game, covering the spread in the last three games and they should have won against the Seahawks last weekend. The main thing they’ve done to improve was moving Justin Jefferson outside and getting him the ball downfield. So we like him for this NFL pick.
He had a couple of games with over 100 yards through the air and a TD in one of them before getting slowed by the Seahawks defense last week in a game they went run-heavy. He’s had a lot of 20+ receptions this year and if they’re sensible they should go that route against a terrible Falcons pass defense.
Chicago Bears vs. Carolina Panthers
Sunday, October 18th, 1:00 PM ET at Bank of America Stadium
It seems a little bit weird taking someone on the Bears offense to do, well, to do anything frankly. However there’s one man who’s been targeted frequently in the redzone for the Bears and that’s old man Jimmy Graham. He won’t do much between the 20s, he won’t put up many yards, but he’s second in the league in redzone targets this year (9) and has returned 5 TDs in their 5 games so far as well.
The Bears scored their first rushing TD of the season last week against the Buccs which shows that they like to throw it when they get close to the endzone. The Panthers are a young defense who’ve had a couple of easy weeks closing down the Cardinals one man attack and the Falcons playing with injured Julio and Ridley, they’ll be on Allen Robinson leaving softer coverage for Graham.