Cleveland Browns (5-4) @ Baltimore Ravens (7-2): I never like to pick against my favorite team, but the Ravens are too good. Lamar is still playing like an MVP in November (he’s usually sidelined with an injury by now or close to it) and he gave Cleveland’s defense issues last time. Baltimore could also make an argument for best defense in league only giving up 10 points per game at home this season. I’ll take Baltimore.
My pick: Baltimore Ravens
Houston Texans (4-4) @ Cincinnati Bengals (5-3): Cincinnati has turned a 1-3 start into a four-game winning streak and really clicking. C.J. Stroud has been so fun to watch and will be a star for years to come, but Joe Burrow and the Bengals have hit another gear.
My pick: Cincinnati Bengals
San Francisco 49ers (5-3) @ Jacksonville Jaguars (6-2): Two teams that have gone in opposite directions lately and both are coming off of a bye. Picking San Francisco to lose their fourth straight game sounds crazy, but the Jags can’t be overlooked. I’m curious to see what Chase Young adds to this defense. The Jags are at home with a better quarterback, run game and weapons all-around. I like the Jags.
My pick : Jacksonville Jaguars
New Orleans Saints (5-4) @ Minnesota Vikings (5-4): The Saints have been the most disappointing team for me personally this season. It felt like they were going to be way better than everyone else in the NFC South, but they aren’t really standing out. I like Minnesota in this one. Joshua Dobbs played an admirable game last week and I think he will be a little more comfortable under center this time out. I’ll take Minnesota to win their fifth game in a row.
My pick: Minnesota Vikings
Detroit Lions (6-2) @ Los Angeles Chargers (4-4): The Lions will be rested coming off of a bye. The downfall for the Chargers will be their defense. Justin Herbert and the offense can score points, but they can’t stop anybody. The Lions have the second-ranked offense and they will have a field day.
My pick: Detroit Lions
Washington Commanders (4-5) @ Seattle Seahawks: The Seahawks got throttled last week against Baltimore so hopefully they’ll get back on track. The Commanders have been very up and down this year and struggled on the road last week against a very mediocre Patriots team. Not to mention Washington lost Chase Young and Montez Sweat at the trade deadline. The Seahawk’s offense should have fun. I’ll take Seattle at home.
My pick: Seattle Seahawks