Inside the Lines is a weekly feature on ScouTurf.com where we outline the NFL spreads, provide a short snippet of match up insight, and give final score predictions. Last week, we made a little cash by going 9-5 against the spread with a 64-55 record on the season.
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Oakland Raiders (+2.5) at San Francisco 49ers
Not to brag, but we were once again successful with our Texans -8 pick last Thursday Night, making us 7-1 on the year for TNF. Even though the game tonight is in San Francisco, I have a feeling the Raiders not only cover, but get the win outright. Now that the trade deadline has come and gone, Raiders players are fighting for their 2019 roster spots and we should see an inspired effort from quarterback Derek Carr and the offense, who have a lot to prove. But make no mistake about it, in tonight's #BosaBowl, the loser is actually the winner when April comes around.
Raiders 21 49ers 16
Detroit Lions (+6) at Minnesota Vikings
The Lions have been flukey this year, and while they added a big piece to bolster their run defense before the trade deadline in acquiring Damon Harrison, they also lost a crucial element to the offense trading away Golden Tate. That's not a good recipe for offensive success right before going up against a top five defensive unit in the NFL with Everson Griffen back in the mix. Add in that the game is Minnesota, and I'll take the Vikings by a touchdown.
Vikings 24 Lions 17
Kansas City Chiefs (-10) at Cleveland Browns
We had the Chiefs -10 last week against Denver, but the Broncos defense had other ideas in mind that allowing us to win some money. The Browns will be better off long-term after pulling the band-aid off and firing Hue Jackson, but it's probably going to take some time for Freddie Kitchens to install his offense and Gregg Williams may be in over his head pulling double duty as both head coach and calling defensive plays. It doesn't help when you have Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs rolling into town after such a drastic regime change. Don't burn me again, Chiefs.
Chiefs 38 Browns 20
Pittsburgh Steelers (+2.5) at Baltimore Ravens
This feels like a game that's either going to be 18-15 or absolutely get weird and become an offensive shootout, but nothing in between. John Brown against Artie Burns is a match up that should have Steelers fans very nervous, and the vaunted Ravens defense will have their work cut out for them defending James Conner and the the Steelers impressive receiving unit. Games in the AFC North are always close, and it's probably going to be a three point swing either way. I'll go with the home team, but I don't feel great about it and probably won't place on this one.
Ravens 18 Steelers 15
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (+7) at Carolina Panthers
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Panthers 28 Bucs 24
New York Jets (+3) at Miami Dolphins
The Dolphins are reeling right now and Osweiler is getting yet another start, which really puts Ryan Tannehill's future in Miami under the microscope. The Dolphins defense has been playing well and should get some turnovers against a rookie quarterback (hot waiver wire pick up in fantasy), but the Jets should pull out a win this week on the road.
Jets 24 Dolphins 21
Atlanta Falcons (+1) at Washington Redskins
The Redskins were the hot play of the week last week and boy did they hit. They've only gotten better by adding Haha Clinton-Dix before the trade deadline, and they now have the two highest-graded safeties in the NFL starting next to each other. The Falcons are coming off a bye, which is concerning, and the offense has proven it can put up points in droves. When you dissect it further, however, Jonathan Allen and Da'Ron Payne getting to feast on Wes Schweitzer and Ben Garland is not exactly advantage Atlanta. Home-field advantage and the ability to run the ball with Adrian Peterson against a knackered Falcons defense has me ALL IN on the Redskins.
Lions 24 Seahawks 20
Chicago Bears (-10.5) at Buffalo Bills
Do we even know who is starting at quarterback this week for the Bills? The offense can't move the football whatsoever and Khalil Mack could get 3 sacks this week against the Bills offensive line. The Bears win this game easy, unless a stray dildo thrown by a Bills fan hits Mack in the eye and forces him out of the game. Hey, there's a prop bet if I've ever seen one!
Bears 27 Bills 10
Houston Texans (-1) at Denver Broncos
Yikes. I don't feel good about picking this one at all. Von Miller and Bradley Chubb is a nightmare scenario for Deshaun Watson and the Texans tackles, but Houston has that boost of having former Bronco Demaryius Thomas in the fold now. Houston has been on a five game win streak, but all good things come to an end. Vance Joseph knows he's on thin ice, so a dog with his back against the wall is a dangerous thing. Long story short, stay away from placing on this one.
Broncos 17 Texans 14
Los Angeles Chargers (+1) at Seattle Seahawks
Chargers are off a bye and even though they are laying on the road (do they really have a home field advantage to begin with anyway?) they stay on the west coast. The Seahawks had a nice performance last week in Detroit, but Phillip Rivers probably gets the job done knowing that they can't drop should win games in a AFC West division that seems like its going to the Chiefs.
Chargers 28 Seahawks 23
Los Angeles Rams (+1) at New Orleans Saints
What a freaking game. The Rams have to lose at some point this year, and while that game could very well be against the Chiefs in Mexico City coming up, I'm going in and saying it's this week on the road in New Orleans. Drew Brees is leading the NFL in shortest time from snap to throw, so Dante Fowler Jr. be damned. Bet the over (59.5)!
Saints 35 Rams 31
Green Bay Packers (+6) at New England Patriots
I thought it was weird last week giving Aaron Rodgers a +9 cushion and I feel the same way at +6 on Sunday Night Football in front of a national audience. The Patriots probably win, but the Packers have the young CBs to cover the Patriots receivers (I can't wait for Julian Edelman vs. Jaire Alexander) and Rodgers will move it against the Pats defense. If you don't feel great about the Chiefs -10 in your three team parlay this week, consider swapping them out for Packers +6.
Patriots 27 Packers 25
Tennessee Titans (+6.5) at Dallas Cowboys
Both teams are fresh off bye weeks and the game being in Dallas likely contributes to the 6.5 point line. Will Amari Cooper have a big game and spark the Cowboys passing attack? We'll see, but my initial gut feeling is that the Titans find a way to cover in this game.
Cowboys 20 Titans 18
3 TEAM PARLAY: CHIEFS -10, BUCS +7, REDSKINS -1
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