Do you like football?
You better really love football, like C-Lo Green “love football” this week because there are going to be a bunch of crappy football games. Crappy as they may be, at least leading up to the Sunday night and Monday nights, NESN.com editors John Beattie and Mike Cole are back at it for their weekly picks. They combined to go 14-14 last week, which is par for the course. Only two games separate the two of them, so business is about to pick up — or something like that.
See their fantastic picks below and enjoy your week of football — or try to, at least.
All lines are from Bovada as of Thursday. If lines are off on Bovada Thursday, Yahoo! lines will be used for those games.
Why: Ryan Fitzpatrick. And Indy may be inconsistent this year, but they’re 9-2 ATS against teams with a losing record.-JB
Why: Because I’m pretty much at a “I’m not taking the Falcons or Texans for the rest of the year” stage. -MC
Why: When you wake up from your nap during the Bucs-Falcons game, toss this one on to fall right back asleep.-JB
Why: The Steelers’ pass defense is not as good as the stats say. Teams just beat the tar out of them and end up running on them as opposed to slinging it. Did you see the game against the Patriots? As long as that Bane guy doesn’t emerge from the Heinz Field turf or however that pop culture reference goes, I think the Lions will roll. -MC
Why: Foles. So hot right now. Foles.-JB
Why: I still can’t get over how good Josh McCown looked against the Packers a couple of weeks ago, and I’ve got lofty expectations for him this week. And even if he falls on his face, I still don’t like the Ravens. -MC
Why: Dalton’s really looked awful, you guys. I’ll take the points. -JB
Why: See my reasoning for the Atlanta-Tampa Bay game. -MC
Why: The Jags haven’t lost since Oct. 27! And they’re getting points at home? Sign. Me. Up. -JB
Why: I was so wrong about the Dolphins last week, and they’re this close to joining the Texans and Falcons in my doghouse. This line feels sketchy, but I’m not looking back. -MC
Why: Too many points, my friends.-JB
Why: Colin Kaepernick is going to have a field day favoriting negative tweets after this one. -MC
Why: The Giants have built a nice little three-game winning streak and should be able to handle an undrafted quarterback with a “z” in his name. -JB
Why: Because Peyton Manning can barely walk. And because the Chiefs lead the league in sacks. -MC
Why: The Pats getting points after a bye week? Sure.-JB