Cincinnati Bengals at Detroit Lions
October 17th – 1:00 pm ET – Ford Field
Detroit Lions fans weren’t expecting their team to go to the Super Bowl this year, but they were hoping the team would be better this season than last. They traded away quarterback Matthew Stafford and brought in new head coach Dan Campbell. Unfortunately for the Lions though, they find themselves 0-5 after another devastating loss last weekend that saw the Minnesota Vikings hit a last-second field goal to win the game with no time on the clock.
Cincinnati are also coming off a frustrating loss that saw them fall in overtime to the Green Bay Packers last weekend. They still hold a 3-2 record though and will be fighting for a playoff spot all season long. They know they need a win in Detroit though to have any chance of that happening.
Expect the Lions to be a motivated side after their head coach Dan Campbell got emotional in the postgame press conference last weekend. They will be looking for a response and could possibly even earn their first win of the season. Take the home side to cover.
Seattle Seahawks at Pittsburgh Steelers
October 17th – 8:20 pm ET – Heinz Field
The Pittsburgh Steelers snapped a three-game losing streak with an impressive 27-19 win at home over the Denver Broncos last week. It was their first victory at Heinz Field all season and they are hoping to make it two in a row when they welcome the struggling Seattle Seahawks to town on Sunday evening.
The Seahawks will be without their star quarterback Russell Wilson, who remains out injured. He fractured his right middle finger last weekend against the Los Angeles Rams and just had surgery for it on Friday. He will be out for at least 4-6 weeks and the Seahawks will have a hard time trying to replace him.
The Steelers are still dealing with some injuries as well, but they are in a good position after last week’s win and will be full of confidence heading into this one.
Take the home team to cover the 4.5-point spread as they hand Seattle their second consecutive loss.
Dallas Cowboys at New England Patriots
October 17th– 4:25 pm ET – Gillette Stadium
The New England Patriots ended their two-game losing streak last week in Houston, but needed a last-minute field goal to beat a team that lost 40-0 to the Buffalo Bills the week prior. New England’s only two wins of the season thus far came against the New York Jets and the aforementioned Texans, who may be two of the worst teams in the entire NFL. They will be in for a long day against a very good Dallas Cowboys team.
The Cowboys have been red hot since their opening night loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Dak Prescott is proving himself to legitimately be one of the best quarterbacks in the league and will be excited to take on a Patriots defense that looked shaky at best last weekend. The Cowboys have put up at least 36 points in their last three games and could run up the scoreboard on Sunday in New England.
Go with the visitors to cover the four points with the over also worth laying money on.
Las Vegas Raiders at Denver Broncos
October 17th– 4:25 pm ET – Empower Field at Mile High
It’s been a tough week for the Las Vegas Raiders, who were downed by the Los Angeles Chargers last weekend and are dealing with the fallout of Jon Gruden’s racist and homophobic emails. The coach was quickly let go by the organization, but still it will not be easy to forget about it all and focus on a difficult game in Denver.
The Broncos have been one of the biggest surprises in the NFL after a fantastic start to the season. However, they have now lost back-to-back games against the Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers and will be looking to prove that they are legitimate contenders in the AFC West.
Both teams currently sit with a 3-2 record and understand the importance of this contest. It could have massive playoff implications down the line, so expect to see an intense affair between two rivals.
Despite the Gruden controversy, four points still seems too much for the Broncos who did not look great last weekend in Pittsburgh. Take the visitors to cover.
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Buffalo Bills at Tennessee Titans
October 18th– 8:15 pm ET – Nissan Stadium
The Buffalo Bills proved they are the real deal last week with a statement win over the defending AFC champions, the Kansas City Chiefs. The Bills went into Arrowhead Stadium and dominated on both sides of the ball. Josh Allen has put himself into the MVP conversation as many start to argue he is the best quarterback in the league.
The Tennessee Titans dominated the Bills last year, but they relied on their running game in order to do so. The Bills defense is much better than they were a year ago and the Titans will need to find another way to hurt them offensively.
These two sides could easily meet again in the playoffs, making this contest all the more important. The 5.5-point spread may seem high, but given what the Bills did to the Chiefs last weekend, it’s understandable. Go with the visitors to earn their sixth consecutive win as they demonstrate they are a complete team.
* All odds are via Play Gun Lake Sportsbook MI.