Busy week offline this time, so an abbreviated and tardy Confessions of a Sportscaster/Someone Still Loves You Alberto Riveron Week 7 picks against the spread column appears below. Hope you guys enjoy it!
Thursday Night: Seattle Seahawks at Arizona Cardinals (+6.5)
Both Lucas and Nathaniel: Cardinals. We’re off to a great start!
Sunday, Early Afternoon: Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Atlanta Falcons (-7.5)
Lucas: Buccaneers. I know this game is in Atlanta, but what have they shown this year that should make them this big a favorite against anyone? Yeah, Tampa is bad too, but I’m taking the points.
Nathaniel: Buccaneers. I’m gonna miss the crap out of Julio Jones for the rest of the season – that guy was probably the most fun receiver to watch over the first month of 2013.
Buffalo Bills at Miami Dolphins (-8.5)
Lucas: Dolphins. Still not quite sure what to make of Miami, but without Manuel I don’t know that the Bills can pull it off.
Nathaniel: Bills. My new strategy this week is to generally pick the teams that are getting points, unless I don’t see any possible way they can cover. Ryan Tannehill will probably let himself get sacked enough for the Bills to get the cover this week.
Chicago Bears at Washington Redskins (-1.5)
Lucas: Redskins. Anyone else think Deangelo Hall has had this game circled on his calendar?
Nathaniel: Bears. Thanks for the reminder of one of the most painful Bears losses of the past five years, Lucas!
Cincinnati Bengals at Detroit Lions (-2.5)
Lucas: Lions. I think Ndamukong Suh is as big a scumbag as anyone, but I’m not so sure the hit on Brandon Weeden he had this past week is deserving of a fine for once. Give him and the Lions the benefit this time.
Nathaniel: Bengals. My faith in the Bengals flip-flops tremendously every week. Right now, I think they’re the odds-on favorites to win the NFC North. Tune in next week when I pronounce them chokers and the heirs to an eventual 7-9 record!
Dallas Cowboys at Philadelphia Eagles (-2.5)
Lucas: Cowboys. Dallas already showed they can get into a shootout with elite offenses. Even on the road I think they can pull this one off.
Nathaniel: Eagles. I’ve always been a big Nick Foles supporter, ever since he started playing well last week.
St. Louis Rams at Carolina Panthers (-6.5)
Lucas: Rams. Taking the points despite feelings of “Holy crap! Ron Rivera is reading Bill Barnwell!”
Nathaniel: Rams. Can’t take the Panthers in good conscience unless I feel confident their game is going to be decided by 25 points or more.
New England Patriots at New York Jets (+4.5)
Lucas: Patriots. At this point I feel like Nathaniel and I could be Tom Brady’s wide receivers and the Pats could still be 5-1. I’m just waiting to see what happens when Gronk comes back.
Nathaniel: Jets. No, I haven’t heard that Gronk is coming back this week, why do you ask?
San Diego Chargers at Jacksonville Jaguars (+7.5)
Lucas: Chargers. I’m much more comfortable picking a 7.5 point spread than the one 20 points bigger. And Phil Rivers has been better this year. I’ll pounce on this one.
Nathaniel: Jaguars. No, I haven’t heard that the Jaguars haven’t lost a game by fewer than 10 points this season, why do you ask?
San Francisco 49ers at Tennessee Titans (+4.5)
Lucas: 49ers. People have been kind of quiet about the Niners for much of the season. I think this might be a statement game.
Nathaniel: 49ers. That poor schmuck Ryan Fitzpatrick gets another chance at starting and the first three defenses he has to face are the Chiefs, Seahawks and 49ers? NOT COOL.
Cleveland Browns at Green Bay Packers (-10.5)
Lucas: Packers. I was going to take Cleveland at first based on the size of this spread, plus Jarret Boykin potentially being Green Bay’s #2 wide receiver. Then I remembered Brandon Weeden is Cleveland’s quarterback.
Nathaniel: Browns. Equally as ugly as the above Weeden-ception was virtually any attempt Jarret Boykin made at catching a pass last week – and he might be Rodgers’ #2 receiver.
Houston Texans at Kansas City Chiefs (-6.5)
Lucas: Chiefs. Brandon Flowers pick six? Anyone?
Nathaniel: Chiefs. Feeling roughly a zillion times more confident about this one after Gary Kubiak pushed the panic button and decided to start CASE KEENUM at quarterback this week. In case there was any doubt that the Texans are headed for a raging tire fire of a 2013 season, that move erased any of those lingering feelings.
Baltimore Ravens at Pittsburgh Steelers (-1.5)
Lucas: Ravens. Yeah, Baltimore is a shell of itself, but so is Pittsburgh. I feel the only thing the Steelers could do would be to have Bane blow up Heinz Field when the Ravens step out.
Nathaniel: Steelers. Coin flip said, “Take Pittsburgh.” So I am!
Denver Broncos at Indianapolis Colts (+6.5)
Lucas: Colts. This is going to be a cool game. As much as I’m sure Manning will be energized by going back to his old stomping grounds, Indy seems to have some magic at home. I’ll take the points, but I wouldn’t be surprised if Indy can pull this one off.
Nathaniel: Broncos. Time to amend the “Never bet against Peyton Manning at night” rule to include the following provision: “Never, ever, ever under any circumstances bet against Peyton Manning at night when he’s playing his first game back at Indianapolis.”
Minnesota Vikings at New York Giants (-3.5)
Lucas: Vikings. Lol Eli Manning. …please don’t hurt me.
Nathaniel: Vikings. HOW ARE THE GIANTS FAVORED OVER ANYONE OTHER THAN JACKSONVILLE? Sorry, that deserved all CAPS.
Lucas: 52-41 (6-9 last week, 0-1 so far this week)
Nathaniel: 45-48 (6-9 last week, 0-1 so far this week)