Cincinatti +3.5 versus New Orleans, over/under 51 - This is an interesting game, as New Orleans at 6-3 have become the darlings of the NFL after the recovery from Katrina, the return to the Dome, and their fast start that has them hurtling towards the playoffs. Looking at numbers though, this could be a real game. While Cincinnati has underachieved at 4-5, they can still score, hanging over 40 on the mighty Chargers defense last week, and 20+ on the Baltimore D the week before. In fact, their point for and point against numbers are very, very similar, as Cincy has scored 216 while NO has cashed in 229, and on D, New Orleans has a slight edge having given up 197 to Cinci's 217. That being said, in the dome with the emotion, I expect New Orleans to cover, though the over under of 51, while high, should be shredded.
NO 36- Cin 27
Game 2: Chicago -7 at the Newy York Jets, over/under +38 - Another good game as the mighty 8-1 Bears have to enter the ancient Meadowlands and face the pesky Jets. Oddly, though, the Bears just beat the Giants in the meadowlands last week, so homefield advantage is somewhat nullified, and looking at the numbers doesn't do much justice to this game as the Jets, in their last two games, lost to the lowly Browns but beat the mighty New England Patriots in a low scoring 17-14 ugly affair. All things being equal this should be a low scoring blowout, the bears annihilating the jets, however it's hard to believe that will be the case. In fact, if Grossman is off of his game as he was against the Dolphins and the Cards, the Jets could take this game. While this looks to be a defensive struggle, the bears should prevail, just not by the seven point spread. Final: Bear 17- Jets 14
A few quick picks will round out the week and give you a fair sample to test against an expert and an astrologer:
JAX 27 - Giants 21
SD 30 - Denver 13
NE 37 - GB 24
These ought to be enough games to get an accurate idea of what's best to go by when it comes to football betting predictions, whether you should go by the numbers and trust the gut, listen to experts, or trust in the stars.