I’m having trouble gaining any momentum with my NFL picks this season. In week 6 I went 0-2 with both the Bucs and Chiefs, who were favoured in both games and picked by me, losing their games. That brings my season record to 4-10 betting on NFL spreads. My goal from here is to get into the black by the end of the season, but follow these picks at your own risk because I am on quite the cold streak.
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Carolina Panthers @ Chicago Bears
- Carolina -3
- Chicago +3
The Panthers lost a tough game at home in Thursday Night Football this past week to the Philadelphia Eagles. That said, the Eagles are without a doubt a top 3 team to this point in the season and the game was really back and forth from start to finish. Newton is starting to use his legs a lot more in the past few games including 11 carries for 71 yards and a touchdown against the Eagles, and if Newton starts to include that part of his game this Panthers team could really start to resemble the team that made the Super Bowl a couple years ago.
I also like the long week here for the Panthers who get a 10 day week, which should allow them to come into Chicago completely fresh and ready to put last weeks loss behind them.
The Bears have actually been a bit of a surprise this season in the fact that they have been quite competitive, especially over that past four weeks. They pulled off a big win over Baltimore last week, but the team asked Mitchell Trubinsky to really not do much in that game and allowed Jordan Howard to really go wild against the Ravens run defense. The Panthers have allowed only an average of 83 rushing yards per game to this point in the season and I really think with this defense being able to clog the box and not worry as much about the rookie QB throwing the ball that Howard will have a hard time picking up the first downs in this game.
I expect the Panthers to shut down the Bears offense, while Cam and company put up enough points to force Trubinsky to get very involved in the game, and when that happens I expect mistakes to follow.
Play: Panthers -3
Denver Broncos @ LA Chargers
- Denver +1.5
- LA Chargers -1.5
The Broncos put up a stinker in Sunday Night Football as 13.5 point favourites over the Giants. They lost that game 23-10 and now they head to LA as 1.5 point underdogs against the Chargers.
Coming out of their bye week, the Broncos simply didn’t look ready to play in that game. I expect them to be fully focused heading into this weeks game knowing how important it is against division rivals.
The Chargers have a couple nice road wins in a row, but they are still 0-3 at home and I’m not getting overly excited about the wins over the struggling Giants and Raiders.
This should be a close game, but Denver is simply the better team. I would take Denver straight up in this spot easily, so taking the extra 1.5 points and I’m definitely on board.
Play: Broncos +1.5