Will Baker Mayfield out-duel counterpart Jameis Winston when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers host the Cleveland Browns in their Week 7 Inter-Conference clash?
Can Blake Bortles and a suddenly struggling Jacksonville Jaguars team get it together to beat Deshaun Watson and the Houston Texans when they throw down in their AFC South divisional matchup on Sunday?
Last but not least, is Drew Brees going to ‘school’ Baltimore Joe Flacco on how to really play quarterback in the NFL when Baltimore hosts New Orleans in a classic offense vs. defense’ kind of matchup?
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Cleveland Browns at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
🏈: Cleveland Browns (2-3-1) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-3)
⏰: Sun. Oct 21, 2018 1:00 PM ET
🏟️: Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL
📺: FOX, DTV: 712
🎰: Tampa Bay Buccaneers -3 -120 | -165 | U 49½ -110
Look, while I picked the Browns to fall to the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday, I certainly didn’t see the kind of ass-whipping coming that Philip Rivers and the Bolts laid on Baker Mayfield the rejuvenated Browns in their 38-14 beatdown on Sunday. Now, I’m not sure if Mayfield and company are going to show up against an equally reeling Tampa Bay Buccaneers that almost pulled off a desperate comeback in their 34-29 road loss at Atlanta.
For this Week 7 pairing, I’m going to advise you to back Baker Mayfield and the visiting Browns to get the ATS cover simply because I feel like they’ve been the better team since the start of the regular season while the Bucs have been wildly inconsistent in winning two straight under Ryan Fitzpatrick only to see him fizzle badly in Week 3 and 4 and ultimately hand the keys back over to Jameis Winston.
Tampa Bay’s defense has been awful all season and Cleveland had shown up in a big way in every game until their debacle against the Chargers. Cleveland is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games while Tampa Bay has gone 8-14-1 ATS in its last 23 games. I like Baker Mayfield to lead the Browns to the big upset.
Predicted Score: Browns 30 Buccaneers 28
Houston Texans at Jacksonville Jaguars
🏈: Houston Texans (3-3) at Jacksonville Jaguars (3-3)
⏰: Sun. Oct 21, 2018 1:00 PM ET
🏟️: TIAA Bank Field, Jacksonville, FL
📺: CBS, DTV: 707
🎰: Jacksonville Jaguars -5 -110 | -210 | U 41½ -110
Okay, I’ve got to admit that I’m just not impressed with Deshaun Watson and the Houston Texans so far this season. Yes, I know they’ve scratched out three straight wins, but really, it’s opened my eyes as to what’s wrong with Houston as opposed to making me believe in them more. Houston looked mediocre in barely scraping by Indianapolis 37-34 three weeks ago, before squeaking past Dallas 19-16 two weeks ago and then escaping lowly Buffalo 20-13 this past weekend.
Still, even after pretty much ripping on Houston for being mediocre, I’m going to encourage you to back them to beat a Jacksonville Jaguars team that has clearly lost their way in recent weeks. Jacksonville has been held to 14 points or less in losing two straight games and three of their last four games overall.
The Jags aren’t giving T.J. Yeldon the ball like they should in my opinion and Blake Bortles sure as hell isn’t getting it done with the passing attack while reminding everyone just how completely and utterly mediocre he truly is.
Houston has a true superstar in DeAndre Hopkins and Watson isn’t playing bad at all as he continues to find his way back from last season’s ACL tear. The Texans and Jags are pretty even defensively in this one, but Houston has the big edge offensively. Jacksonville is 2-5 SU and ATS in its last seven home games against Houston and they’ve got problems right now!
Predicted Score: Texans 27 Jaguars 21
New Orleans Saints at Baltimore Ravens
🏈: New Orleans Saints (4-1) at Baltimore Ravens (4-2)
⏰: Sun. Oct 14, 2018 4:05 PM ET
🏟️: M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, MD
📺: FOX, DTV: 713
🎰: Baltimore Ravens -2½ -110 | -135 | U 49½ -110
It’s all fine and well that Baltimore looked good in their 21-0 shutout win over Tennessee, but I’m getting right to the point by saying that I certainly don’t see the Ravens doing the same to Drew Brees and the Saints. As a matter of fact, I guess I should just say that hell, I don’t see any way that Joe Flacco and the Ravens are going to be able to keep up with New Orleans’ future Hall of Fame superstar signal-caller.
The Saints have won four straight, they’re coming into this affair well-rested after getting a bye this past weekend and they’ve got an explosive offense that can’t be completely stopped. More importantly, New Orleans is starting to play like the team they were last season on the defensive side of the ball and Baltimore’s offense just isn’t very scary despite their offseason additions to their wide receiving unit.
Not only are the Saints 4-2 ATS n their last six games, but more impressive is their stellar 15-5-1 ATS mark in their last 21 road games. I know Baltimore is 6-1 SU in their last seven home games and 4-2 ATS in their last six games overall, but the Ravens are also 4-1 ATS in their last five home games against the saints.
No matter, I’m going with Drew Brees and a Saints team that has only lost once and one that I don’t think should even be underdogs in this matchup despite being on the road.
Predicted Score: Saints 28 Ravens 24