NFL Picks

Get Free NFL Picks from our staff of professional handicappers each week during the NFL football season.

Season ATS Record: Overall 34-25-2 :: Best Bets 10-7-1 :: Regular Season 31-20 :: Playoffs: 3-5 (Updated after Conference Round)

Championship Round Picks

Baltimore Ravens at New England Patriots
Point Spread: Patriots -7
Total: 50.5
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Additional Total Play
The Ravens schedule this season has skewed their statistics with the majority of their games played against teams with average or below offenses and solid defenses. In fact 11 of their 17 games were played against teams that ranked in the top 10 in scoring defense and 12 of their games were against teams that ranked in the bottom half of the league in scoring offense. So in theory, it would suggest that Baltimore’s offensive numbers would be stronger and their defensive numbers would be weaker if they had played a more balanced schedule.

The Ravens receivers are the healthiest they’ve been all season and they’ll be facing the Patriots 31st ranked passing defense, so scoring shouldn’t be a problem for Baltimore. On the other side of the ball it would be a stretch to think that Baltimore will be able to slow down New England’s passing attack. The Ravens faced three teams ranked in the top 15 for passing yards on the road this season. The San Diego Chargers (6th), Pittsburgh (10th) and Tennessee (12th). Baltimore allowed 950 passing yards in those 3 contests for a per game average of 316.6. – R.C.

Take the OVER 50

Divisional Round Picks

NY Giants at Green Bay Packers
Point Spread: Packers -7.5
Total: 53
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New Orleans Saints at San Francisco 49ers
Point Spread: Saints -3.5
Total: 47
The Saints were 5-3 on the road this season with victories over Jacksonville , Carolina, Atlanta, Tennessee and Minnesota while losing to Green Bay, Tampa Bay and St. Louis. The losses had one common theme. In all three losses New Orleans failed to rush for 100 yards. The Saints now face the 49ers who lead the league by a large margin in rushing defense allowing a paltry 77 yards per game overall and an even better 69 YPG at home.
Take the San Francisco 49ers +4 available at Bodog

Denver Broncos at New England Patriots
Point Spread: Patriots -13.5
Total: 50
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Wildcard Round Picks

Pittsburgh Steelers at Denver Broncos
Point Spread: Steelers -9
Total: 34
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Additional NFL Wildcard Picks
Houston -3.5
Atlanta +3

Week 17 Picks

San Diego Chargers at Oakland Raiders
Point Spread: Raiders -3
Total: 48.5
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Week 16 Picks

Miami Dolphins at New England Patriots (BEST BET)
Point Spread: New England -9.5
Total: 48
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Week 15 Picks

Jacksonville Jaguars at Atlanta Falcons (BEST BET)
Point Spread: Atlanta -13
Total: 41.5
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Cincinnati Bengals at St. Louis Rams (BEST BET)
Point Spread: Bengals -7
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Week 14 Picks

San Francisco 49ers at Arizona Cardinals (BEST BET)
Point Spread: 49ers -4
Total: 38.5
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Philadelphia Eagles at Miami Dolphins
Point Spread: Dolphins -3
Total: 45.5
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Week 13 Picks

Carolina Panthers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Point Spread: Buccaneers -3.5
Total: 46.5
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Philadelphia Eagles at Seattle Seahawks
Point Spread: Eagles -3
Total: 43.5
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Additional Picks

  • Washington +3
  • NY Giants +7

Week 12 Picks

Miami Dolphins at Dallas Cowboys
Point Spread: Cowboys -7
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Chicago Bears at Oakland Raiders
Point Spread: Raiders -3
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Cleveland Browns at Cincinnati Bengals
Point Spread: Bengals 7
The Bengals have surprised many bettors this season winning 6 games and padding their backers’ bankrolls with a 7-2-1 against the spread record. However, this may not be the week to take them. The Browns are finally getting the ground game going rushing for a season high 148 yards last week against the Jags solid run defense. The emergence of the running the game the last two weeks has helped the passing attack with McCoy completing over 70% of his passes over that stretch. This week they likely will have Hardesty and Hillis back which certainly will help improve the unit. The strength of Cleveland’s defense has also gone under the radar for many handicappers. The Browns have allowed 20 or fewer points in 4 of their last 5 games and their pass unit is ranked No 1 overall on the season.
Take the Cleveland Browns +7

Washington Redskins at Seattle Seahawks
Point Spread: Seahawks -3

The Redskins are only 4-6 ATS this season, but are 4-3 when Grossman is behind center. Washington is expected to get back WR Moss this week. The return of Moss is big as he is their only speed receiver and will stretch the field. Moss will also be handful for the Seahawks rookie corners who will need the safeties to cover underneath. That will open up the running game and allow TE Davis more opportunities over the middle. On the other side of the field we expect the Seahawks offense to struggle. Seattle will be missing their starting right tackle and starting right guard for the second straight game. They were able to limit the damage against the Rams allowing only 4 sacks, but now face the Redskins No.2 ranked pass rush.
Take the Washington Redskins +3

Week 11 Picks

San Diego Chargers at Chicago Bears (BEST BET)
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Arizona Cardinals at San Francisco 49ers (BEST BET)
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Additional Picks

  • Miami Dolphins-3
  • Cleveland Browns -1

Additional games may be available on Sunday before 1pm kickoff.

Week 10 Picks

New England Patriots at NY Jets (BEST BET)
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St. Louis Rams at Cleveland Browns
The Browns are down to basically a practice squad RB and their top top wideouts wouldn’t be starters on any team in the league. The Rams aren’t exactly stacked at receiver, but their cast is superior to the Cleveland’s. The forecast is for windy day so that may limit both teams aerial attacks and we just don’t see Brown’s Chris Ogbonnaya tearing up the Rams defence.
Take the St. Louis Rams +2.5

NY Giants at San Francisco 49ers
A lot of bettors think that the Giants pass rush will be too much for the 49ers. We disagree. San Francisco has faced many of the top pass rush teams already this season. The No. 3 Redskins, No. 4 Lions, No. 9 Eagles, No. 9 Cowboys, No. 12 Bengals and have allowed only 19 sacks. Look for the 49ers to continue to run ball down their opponents throats.
Take San Francisco 49ers -3.5

Week 9 Picks

San Francisco 49ers at Washington Redskins (BEST BET)
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Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New Orleans Saints (BEST BET)
Game Analysis and Point Spread Pick

Additional Picks
NY Jets +3 -120 at Bet365
San Diego +6 at Bodog
Arizona -2.5 -117 5Dimes

Week 8 Picks

San Diego Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs (BEST BET)
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Cleveland Browns at San Francisco 49ers
The Browns are 3-3 on the season, but their wins have come against Indianapolis, Miami and Seattle. Those three teams have a combined straight up record of 2-17. San Francisco on the other hand have only an overtime loss keeping them from having a perfect record. That OT loss did come at home to the Cowboys, but the 49ers did win their other two home games by an average margin of 30.5 points. We don’t normally don’t like laying a number this high, but we think it’s justified in this situation.
Take the 49ers -9

Washington Redskins at Buffalo Bills
The Bills do have a large edge at QB with Fitzpatrick, but this is a hurting team. The Bills are without their starting and back-up left tackles in Week 8 and will be moving over starting guard Andy Levitre to the spot. Chad Rinehart will take over Levitre’s left guard spot, so it would come as no surprise if Buffalo’s left side of the line struggles versus Washington and their league leading sack unit. The Bill’s will also be weaker on their defensive line with Pro Bowl nose tackle Kyle Williams out. He’ll be replaced by Torell Troup who has been fighting a back injury that has limited his snaps. Even a healthy Troup is a substantial downgrade from Williams.
Take the Redskins +4.5 +102 at Pinnacle

Week 7 Picks

Pittsburgh Steelers at Arizona Cardinals (BEST BET)
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Washington Redskins at Carolina Panthers
The public is in love with Cam Newton and the Panthers and while we do think that he has played surprisingly well this season the fact remains that they have won only one game this season.
The Redskins will be the best defense Newton has faced in the NFL and Washington’s D has very few inefficiencies to exploit. Washington will have Beck behind center and they will be reworking the left side of their offensive line, but we feel that the running game will be effective versus the Panthers 31st run defense.
Take the Redskins +3 at Bodog (best line)

Kansas City Chiefs at Oakland Raiders
The Raiders flip flopped all week between starting Boller or Palmer this week before deciding on Kyle. We believe that the practice snaps with the first string offense would have been limited for Boller with the team’s indecisiveness. That being said we think that Oakland’s play calling will be conservative with Boller just being asked to manage the game. The Chiefs run defense has been solid for the most part this season holding opponents to a very respectable 3.8 yards a carry and should be able to contain a one dimensional Raiders attack.
Take the Chiefs +4
Additional games will be available on the weekend

Week 6 Picks

Dallas Cowboys at New England Patriots (BEST BET)
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Houston Texans at Baltimore Ravens(BEST BET)

Carolina Panthers at Atlanta Falcons
The Falcons match-up well with the Panthers. They will be able to run the ball today which will help set up the play action.
Take the Falcons -3.5 +100

San Francisco 49ers at Detroit Lions
The 49ers surprisingly have done well in early games on the East . The key to this game may be the 49ers rushing game which has exploded for 377 yards in their last two.
Take the 49ers + 5.5 at 5Dimes

Week 5 Picks

Tennessee Titans at Pittsburgh Steelers (BEST BET)
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Arizona at Minnesota
If a game was only two quarters the Vikings would be 4-0 on the season. We believe that the Cardinals can be run on and if Minnesota can keep WR Fitzgerald in check they can dominate this game.
Take the Vikings -3

Seattle at NY Giants
The Giants have won 3 in a row, but who did they beat? The combined records of the teams they have beaten are 2-10. Tough scheduling spot for the Seahawks, but they have been competitive in 3 of their 4 games this season. The Giants are banged up with starting center Bass, RB Jacobs and DE Tuck all out this week and with the line moving up to 10 we think that the value is on Seattle.
Take the Seahawks +10

Week 4 Picks

Pittsburgh Steelers at Houston Texans (Best Bet)
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Carolina at Chicago
The Bears will try to get their run offense going against the Panthers battered front 7.
Take the Bears -6.5

New England at Oakland
The Patriots defense may be the worst in the league right now.
Take Oakland +6.5 at Bodog

Week 3 Picks

Houston Texans at New Orleans Saints (Best Bet)
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Jacksonville Jaguars at Carolina Panthers
Sure rookie QB C. Newton has looked great, but last time we looked the Panthers were 0-2 with Newton under center and 2-16 in their last 18 games. This week they’ll be missing 2 of their starting 3 LBs and most likely starting strong safety C. Godfrey. Starting cornerback C. Gamble is also hobbled after tweaking his ankle in practice Thursday and missed practice on Friday. Also, keep in mind that the Panthers currently have two rookie defensive tackles. Look for the Jags to be able to run the ball against the weakened and inexperienced front 7 and rookie QB Gabbert to do just enough to keep the Jaguars in this game throughout.
Take the Jaguars +3.5.

Denver Broncos at Tennessee Titans
While we don’t normally play on a team laying over a field goal, we feel it’s justified in this instance. The Broncos are beat up on both sides of the ball. They’ve had very limited success on offense averaging a meager 314 yards per game. They will be making their first road start of the season in an early game on the east coast facing on paper one of the better passing defenses this season (172 YPG).
Take Tennessee -6.5 -113 at Pinnacle

Week 2 Picks

Philadelphia Eagles at Atlanta Falcons (BEST BET)
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Oakland Raiders at Buffalo Bills
While we’re not ready to jump on the Bills bandwagon after one victory, they did look good against a very mediocre Chiefs team. This Week Buffalo catches a West Coast opponent playing an early game on a short week which is a huge scheduling advantage. The Raiders are also banged up at WR with J. Ford and L. Murphy ruled out and D. Heyward-Bey questionable making Oakland’s offense one dimensional.
Take Buffalo -3 at -114 at Pinnacle.

Arizona Cardinals at Washington Redskins
The Cardinals gave up 403 passing yards at home to a rookie QB in their home opener. Whether you like Grossman or not, he played well in games last season and carried that through the preseason and into Week 1. He has better talent to throw to than Cam Newton and and if the secondary plays like it did against Carolina it will be a long flight back to Arizona.
The Cardinals like the Raiders are in the West Coast team playing in an early game in the East go against angle.
Take Washington -3.5.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Minnesota Vikings
It’s not prudent to make judgement after only game, but at the pro level managing only 28 net yards of passing in a game is ridiculous. It’s going to be a long season for the Vikings.
The lack of a passing attack isn’t Minnesota’s only issue. The Vikings defensive line that has been dominate against the run in recent years is adequate at best without DT K. Williams (2 game suspension) and certainly will be downgrade from the Lions’ front last week. Look for Tampa Bay to have a much more balanced attack in Week 2 and continue their bankroll padding road ATS mark (9-1 in L10).
Take Tampa Bay +3 -120 at bet365.

Week 1 Picks

Detroit Lions at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Lions did go into Tampa Bay and pull out a win last season and were without starting QB Stafford and they did look strong in the preseason. However, it’s very difficult to win on the road in Week 1 (65% home teams straight up winners L5 years). The Bucs were 10-6 last season and basically just need to win this game to get the cover.
Take Tampa Bay -1

Buffalo Bills at Kansas City Chiefs
The Bills nearly pulled off the upset last season at Arrowhead losing by 3 in overtime. The Chiefs haven’t made any improvements to last season’s team and may have even dropped a notch or two in talent.
Take the Bills +4

Oakland Raiders at Denver Broncos (BEST BET)
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