Double-digit spreads and iffy pick-em games make this weekend’s game tough to predict, at least upon first glance.
Here are this week’s lines, courtesy of Bovada.lv.
Indianapolis (-3.5) at Jacksonville
When the schedule was released, this game should have been circled as a stinker, and it should still be a stinker. But at least it means something for one team, the upstart 5-3 Colts.
Buffalo at New England (-11)
The Patriots return from their bye week to take on the struggling Bills, favored to cruise to another win at home.
New York Giants (-4.5) at Cincinnati
The Giants coughed one up last week against the Steelers, but they’re favored as they bring their struggling offense to Cincy.
San Diego at Tampa Bay (-3)
Both teams are coming off of wins over bad teams (Kansas City and Oakland), and Doug Martin‘s Bucs are the home favorites against the Chargers.
Denver (-4) at Carolina
Cam Newton and the Panthers silenced the critics for at least week, but they’ve got their plate full this week when Peyton Manning and Co. come to town.
Oakland at Baltimore (-9)
The Raiders’ comeback attempt fell short last week with another killer Carson Palmer interception; they’re not expected to keep things very close on the road in Baltimore.
Atlanta (-3) at New Orleans
The Saints got a much-needed win on Monday night, and now they look to knock off the undefeated (and favored) Falcons in the Superdome.
Detroit (-1) at Minnesota
The Vikings, once thought to be a potential breakout team this season, are now getting a point at home against the last place team in their division.
New York Jets at Seattle (-7)
The Seahawks looked impressive against the Vikings last week, and they welcome the inept Jets offense to town this weekend.
Dallas (-1) at Philadelphia
Neither of these football teams are very good.
St. Louis at San Francisco (-11.5)
The 49ers are just 4-3 this year against the spread as favorites, and they’re big favorites this week against the Rams in this NFC West clash.
Houston at Chicago (-1)
This could be a Super Bowl preview, and the Bears’ dominating defense has them as slight favorites in this one.
Kansas City (-13) at Pittsburgh