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A Look At 2015 St. Louis Rams Rookies

Posted: August 21, 2015 by The Cheap Seat Fan in Gaming, NFL
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When the 2015 NFL Draft concluded earlier this year, the St. Louis Rams came away very satisfied. They felt like they addressed a bunch of needs, while getting some elite-level talent. Some experts might not be quite as high on the picks, but in a few weeks, everyone will get a chance to see how they perform. Here’s a closer look at what to expect out of their top rookies.

 

Todd Gurley

Obviously, this rookie running back is going to make or break this draft class. He has the chance to be one of the best in fantasy football money leagues, but as for right now he is trying to just be healthy enough to play in 2015. A rough knee injury ended his college career, but he looks at it as a new beginning. St. Louis won’t rely on him solely, but he should still be in the running for offensive rookie of the year in the NFL.

Rob Havenstein and Jamon Brown

After taking a flashy running back in the first round, St. Louis addressed their OT concerns by grabbing these two. Havenstein will now be an anchor on the line for them, as Jeff Fisher hopes  to run the ball more often this upcoming season.

Brown very well could be better pro than college player. He was a tackle in college, but St. Louis could use him inside as a guard. He is big and athletic, and that is exactly what the Rams needed.

Bud Sasser

Third round pick Sean Mannion will probably not play much if at all at quarterback in 2015, and Andrew Donnal is just a solid OT to add to the line. However, those in fantasy football money leagues have a chance to learn more about Bud Sasser as the season moves along. He is a bigger receiver, and Fisher likes using guys like that. He had a lot of success at Missouri, and he could get some targets in 2015.

St. Louis is hoping that this draft class can get them back into playoff contention as early as this year. It will mostly come down to Gurley, but don’t sleep on all the line help they stockpiled.

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5 First Round Draft Scenarios for The St. Louis Rams

Posted: April 30, 2015 by The Cheap Seat Fan in NFL
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Predicting an NFL Draft scenario is about as practiced of an impossible science as there is in sports. Hundreds of mock drafts pop up around the internet in the months leading into the draft, often fueled by hot takes of the moment, rumored rumblings or aligned by logic that is independent from the teams themselves. And while there is no doubt that such efforts are fantastic conversation fuel and helps to make the draft the spectacle that it is, it is utterly impossible to know what is really going to happen until the teams hop on the phones the day of and the Commissioner starts calling names.

In St. Louis, the Draft itself offers a much needed reprieve from over saturation of the business of the franchise’s future that hovers over the Rams like a crown of thrones. Regardless of what is uncertain over the horizon beyond 2015, what is definite is that the team will come into this weekend’s collegiate selection spectacular with a uniquely blend of both specific and ideal needs that can be addressed.

The first round specifically offers a precise intrigue about what Les Snead, Jeff Fisher and Kevin Demoff will settle on to better their fortunes, which on the field have more potential than arguably ever before during this regime’s time over the club. The NFC West is in transition and the Rams have affirmed themselves as an in-division contender, and what they do over the weekend will play a major part in whether that opportunity is seized or not.

But it all starts with getting the first round right, which is something the team has done with more regularity over the past few years than it has in over a decade. The selections of Robert Quinn, Michael Brockers, Tavon Austin, Alec Ogletree, Greg Robinson and Aaron Donald over the past four years in the first round have firmly rebuilt the core of the team’s talent pool and eliminated the rash of specific needs which overwhelmed the team’s offseason senses just a few years ago.

But what direction is the best path to take that 10th overall selection in? The defense has entrenched itself as one of the league’s most dynamic units, but still has some finishing touches it could stand to take on. The offense –while improving— still has much room for improvement, but is the right fit there to do that with?

Also, is staying at 10 the right fit at all? As shown in the past few years, Snead has no qualms about keeping it in neutral until the draft gets underway and then putting his spot in motion.

All of these options carry viable outcomes. Here are a few of the best possible ways to address each scenario.

 

Rodger Saffold stands to be the lone member of the 2015 offensive line who was a starter in week one of 2014.

Rodger Saffold stands to be the lone member of the 2015 offensive line who was a starter in week one of 2014.

Reaffirming the Offensive Line

It has been the most consistently reassessed, revisited and rebuilt portion of the team for over a decade now: the offensive line. The ever-present problem continues to loom large over the team yet again, as there are three starters gone from last year’s line (which was still in need of more help as is). In addition, Robinson will make the move from guard over to left tackle permanently, so acclimation time should be expected there as well.

Replacing both starting tackles from a year ago, as well as upgrading at center and right guard all at once is a daunting task. And while it would likely elicit groans from the portion of the fan base that wants a more jersey-sellable selection in the first round, it would make it a prime year for the team to make another foray into the Draft’s offensive line pool – if the right caliber of player was there.

That does not seem to clearly be the case, as most of the top tackles in the draft are seen as more of the career right tackle mold. Iowa’s Brandon Schreff could be the exception however, as he could be the type of impact tackle that has the versatility to play either side of the line, should things not work out with Robinson on the left side. Likewise, it is too early to take the top guard/center prospects at 10. This complicates things some, but opens up a possibility we will explore later.

Stepping Up the Secondary

In a similar type of situation as just discussed, it is not a year where a top 10 player is a defensive back. However, there are a few players that would not be total reaches at the spot either. The trio of Janoris Jenkins, E.J. Gaines and Trumaine Johnson was solid last year and is a young group capable of growing more in the coming years.

Regardless of this, it was the position where the team was most susceptible to being beat, surrendering a borderline worrisome 19th most yards in the NFL last year and an average of 241 per game. While there are no first round safeties on the board at all this year, opting to go with a bigger corner such as Wake Forest’s Kevin Johnson or Michigan State’s Trae Waynes could be a smart decision. Also, Marcus Peters has been called the top talent at the position available, but has seen his stock dip some due to character concerns, similar to what Jenkins faced before landing in St. Louis. He could be worth the risk as well.

For many, Alabama's Amari Cooper represents an instant #1 caliber receiver. He caught 228 passes for over 3,400 yards and 30 touchdowns in college.

For many, Alabama’s Amari Cooper represents a potential instant #1 caliber receiver. He caught 228 passes for over 3,400 yards and 30 touchdowns in college in three years as a member of the Crimson Tide.

Getting a Big Play Threat at Receiver

It would not be a Rams draft if there was not a conversation about taking a wide receiver. And once again, it is not the worst idea in the world. The current group at the position is solid but not spectacular, and adding a potential breakout talent to the mix could upgrade the potential of the entire offering for new quarterback Nick Foles.

There are a plethora of players that fit the bill of potentially being the elusive #1 receiver that the team still could use. West Virginia’s Kevin White and Alabama’s Amari Cooper are the top players available, but there are no shortage of teams that could use them within the top 10 as well. But behind that duo, there are still some worthwhile prospects as well, including Central Florida’s Breshad Perriman and Louisville’s DeVonte Parker, both of whom fit the big, fast mold that the team needs a combo of.

Going receiver doesn’t upgrade their biggest need, but it certainly doesn’t hurt them either.

Go Into “BPA” Mode?

Then there’s the “easy” route (if there is such a thing in the draft) and going with the “best available player”. Take a look at the big board and take the top talent available period. The Rams are in position to do that as well if they choose, and it could yield some interesting results. It could net one of the previously mentioned receivers or cornerbacks, but it could also mean that another pass rusher could come into the fold, such as Mizzou’s Shane Ray, who could likely fall after his marijuana associated arrest last week. This could also mean one of the top running backs in the draft, Todd Gurley or Melvin Gordon, both of whom would bring an intriguing new element to a running back group that is still establishing itself.

And it could also mean that the team really mixes it up and takes Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Marcus Mariota, whose stock seems to be anywhere from #1 to #40 right now. Although it appears that there is movement to get him much earlier than the Rams pick right now, at some point this weekend, the team needs to add to its quarterback stash. And with a potential as intriguing as Mariota potentially being there, he may be too alluring to pass on.

Trading Back Altogether

But what if the water just is not right at all for what they are looking for at #10? Or what if another hungier club is looking to either move into the place to land a desirable target for themselves? It should shock nobody if the Rams move out of this spot altogether to assess the first round from a different vantage point.

With so many variable in play around matching their roster with what is available for the picking this year, this could be the best option for them. Having sacrificed some late round picks to acquire safety Marc Barron last fall, moving back and stockpiling early on could be the best benefit for them. Especially with the fact that so many of the right fits for them stand to still be available later in the first round as well.

 

The Time Is Now Or Never For Bradford

Posted: August 15, 2014 by The Cheap Seat Fan in NFL
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It has been quite the journey with one Mr. Sam Bradford, one that in all honesty started before the Commissioner called his name on behalf of the St. Louis Rams for the first time.  The quarterback position under the arch has long been a tumultuous one. From the Tony Banks “era”, followed by the short-lived/never started Trent Green run, then carrying through Kurt Warner and his untimely handoff to Marc Bulger—both situations that ended in horribly painful to watch flameouts—it is a position that could rightfully carry claim to a hex at the very least.

Yet when Bradford was the top overall player taken in the 2010 Draft, the mantle of franchise axis was rightfully given to him. A former Heisman Trophy winner and owner of a 23-6 record leading the Oklahoma Sooners over the course of two years, he had the credentials to rightfully be the top pick, but to think that he would make the transition into bringing a similar success to St. Louis he enjoyed at OU.

Yet now as he enters his fifth season, he is still the undisputed signal caller for the team, but he far from unquestioned in that role. Mostly because his tenure has rarely been consistently satisfying on any level. A starter since day one, Bradford has had a start and stop tenure, that has been highlighted by moments of progress, but has been more regularly shrouded by leaving too much room for interpretation both in his results and approach. And now has he enters the crossroads campaign of his career in St. Louis, where long-standing questions have to be answered with immediate results.

The Rams are on the brink of being players in the NFL. They are armed with an athletic young defense that is spearheaded by arguably the best defensive line in the game. The offense is rounding out as well, with a playmakers beginning to emerge in the passing game, a deepening offensive line and a scheme that has a stout run-based approach as well. Yet, the biggest question is still the biggest part of bringing it all together: what will they be able to get from Bradford?

Bradford had plenty of opportunities to make an impact as a rookie, and delivered on them mostly. He a had a record-setting output in his first campaign, posting 3,512 yards and completing 354 passes, both NFL rookie records. While he dealt with a bad offensive line and struggled the usual bumps that day one rookie starters usually face regarding timing and recognition, he still managed to connect for 18 touchdowns on the year, with a +3 over his interception total. It was a good starting point to run with.

But his second season, he never got out the blocks at all and suffered a season-ending shoulder injury in the 10thgame. But even before that point, he struggled to keep his completion percentage above 50% and delivered only 6 touchdown passes in 10 games. The progress had stopped, and it has been questionable about whether it has ever truly picked up the needed momentum again.

Sure, he had a solid offering in 2012, setting career highs across the board and was off to a better than it seemed 2013 as well, but in the moment there is still a lot to be desired in decision-making and utilizing the ever growing variety of options in the receiving corps. Jared Cook was the biggest addition to the offense last year, intended to add a new dimension as an open field threat from tight end which Bradford had not truly had in any season since departing with Jermaine Gresham at OU. However, Cook’s impact was minimal in his games with Bradford last year, with the pair connecting only 26 times and seven of which came in the season opener.

The deep game suffered as well due to a loss of chemistry with Chris Givens as well. A year after busting onto the scene with a surprisingly adept and long absent downfield chemistry which saw the two connect on six passes of 35 yards or more, Bradford often overshot the team’s best deep threat or opted away from taking the shot at him, as they connected only once for a gain of over 30 yards on the year.

For a team that has long been starved for dynamic options in its pass game, it is essential that the ones now present are capitalized on far more often. And while the team will not be a high-octane, spread out and push the pace style team, it will be one that has a more defined offensive image than ever before. The decision to base the team around the run and offset it with the pass was smart down the stretch, and even made backup Kellen Clemens look viable in the process. With Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey figuring out their respective roles as their rookie years wound down as well, there was a better looking offensive unit in place after Bradford departed than he had available during his run in 2014. All things considered, the young Rams did as would be expected: they developed and improved.

This is a major reason why this year is the definitive season for Bradford in St. Louis. The team has been aggressive in bringing in options to improve the offense on every level and has continued that direction with the addition of Kenny Britt this year. The dedication to improving its offensive front has been just as clear, with the addition of Greg Robinson and resigning of Rodger Saffold to the sizable (yet also rehabbing) investment in Jake Long. All of the former exceptions that could be fairly made for the plight of Bradford in getting the team over the hump have been addressed, and now it is squarely on the shoulders of the quarter to do what is his charge: take advantage of his surroundings and lead the team over the hump.

What the team needs to see is progress, and steady quarterback play is the quickest way to make those strides. There are many that have given up on the idea of him being the one that can be responsible for leading those steps, and admittedly the team has stood by him in an uncontested manner longer than any other unsuccessful QB in the game today has. He has to reward that faith with victories. All other pieces are in place, and for all of the other investments in the club to reach their full potential, it has to follow Bradford realizing his.

The time for results is upon him—and it is not a clock that has much time left on it.

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The NFL moves on from Day After Tomorrow, also known as Week 14, where half the games around the league looked like Tony Montana’s face in the last 5 minutes of his lifetime.  And now as Week 15 comes up the playoff picture continues to get more and more important, and the games continue to get unpredictable.

But looking at the picks, and picture is trending upwards again for the CHEAT SHEET. While the top upset picks continue to disappoint, the money locks are coming through. This week looks to be a much safer week to get some low risk payouts in, as well as some strong upset chances as well. Sunday in both Tennessee and Dallas could get interesting, and the while the week doesn’t start off with much of a challenge game in Denver, it does provide a chance to bet a pretty safe over/under either way.

Regardless of how you pick, it is bound to be an entertaining week, with Seahawks out for vengeance against the turnover prone Giants, the Redskins QB carousel going into soap opera levels of ridiculous and a certain #18 in the orange and blue looking to break a record that seemed pretty far out just a few months ago tonight.

Here is how it’s all playing out this week….

RECAP

Free Money Picks: 5-7

Upset of the Week: 2-6-1

RECORD—Week 15: 10-6, SEASON: 122-69-1

THURSDAY

San Diego Chargers (6-7) at Denver Broncos (11-2) [DEN -11, Over/Under 56.5]

SUNDAY

Washington Redskins (3-10) at Atlanta Falcons (3-10) [ATL -7, Over/Under 50.5]

Chicago Bears (7-6) at Cleveland Browns (4-9) [CHI -2, Over/Under 45]

Houston Texans (2-11) at Indianapolis Colts (8-5) [IND -5, Over/Under 45.5]

New England Patriots (10-3) at Miami Dolphins (7-6) [NE -2, Over/Under 45.5]

Philadelphia Eagles (8-5) at Minnesota Vikings (3-9-1) [PHI -5, Over/Under 51.5]

Seattle Seahawks (11-2) at New York Giants (5-8) [SEA -7, Over/Under 41.5]

San Francisco 49ers (9-4) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-9) [SF -5, Over/Under 41]

Buffalo Bills (4-9) at Jacksonville Jaguars (4-9) [BUF -1, Over/Under 43]

Kansas City Chiefs (10-3) at Oakland Raiders (4-9) [KC -5, Over/Under 41]

New York Jets (6-7) at Carolina Panthers (9-4) [CAR -11, Over/Under 40.5]

Green Bay Packers (6-6-1) at Dallas Cowboys (7-6) [DAL -7, Over/Under 49]

Arizona Cardinals (8-5) at Tennessee Titans (5-8) [ARI -3, Over/Under 41.5]

New Orleans Saints (10-3) at St. Louis Rams (5-8) [NO -6, Over/Under 47.5]

Cincinnati Bengals (9-4) at Pittsburgh Steelers (5-8) [CIN -3, Over/Under 41]

MONDAY

Baltimore Ravens (7-6) at Detroit Lions (7-6) [DET -6, Over/Under 48.5]

THE CHEAT SHEET: NFL Picks, Lines and Upsets – Week 14

Posted: December 5, 2013 by The Cheap Seat Fan in NFL
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Fresh of the first double-digit win week within the last few, as well as those Fantasy playoffs about to get under way, the CHEAT SHEET is revved back up and feeling good. Despite an NFL Week 14 that’s starting off with a brutal 5-19 shared record between the Thursday matchup, it brightens up from there. Big time divisional matchups between the Saints/Panthers and 49ers/Seahawks highlight the best of the NFC pitted against each other. Crossover to the AFC and the Colts/Bengals showcases two squads that are at the top of their respective divisions. Basically, at this point, there are no weeks off.

On the bet side of it, there is some easy money to be made with Denver (per usual) and the Pats as well. But there are some deceptive matchups in Washington, New York and San Diego, which could see the right confidence work into a nice pay out.

But with that said, it’s time to take a look at the slate for the week, and how the beginning of the last month of the regular season will shake out.

RECAP

Free Money Picks: 4-6

Upset of the Week Picks: 2-5-1

Record—Week 13: 11-5, Season: 112-63-1

THURSDAY

Houston Texans (2-10) at Jacksonville Jaguars (3-9) [HOU -3, Over/Under 43]

SUNDAY

Oakland Raiders (4-8) at New York Jets (5-7) [NYJ -2.5, Over/Under 40.5] 

Indianapolis Colts (8-4) at Cincinnati Bengals (8-4) [CIN -6, Over/Under 43]

Atlanta Falcons (3-9) at Green Bay Packers (5-6-1) [EVEN, Not Set Yet]

Cleveland Browns (4-8) at New England Patriots (9-3) [NE -11.5, Over/Under: 44.5] $$ Free Money of the Week #1 $$

Detroit Lions (7-5) at Philadelphia Eagles (7-5) [PHI -2.5, Over/Under 54] **Upset of the Week**

Miami Dolphins (6-6) at Pittsburgh Steelers (5-7) [PIT -3, Over/Under: 40.5]

Buffalo Bills (4-8) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-9) [TB -2.5, Over/Under: 42.5]

Kansas City Chiefs (9-3) at Washington Redskins (3-9) [KC -3, Over/Under: 45]

Minnesota Vikings (3-8-1) at Baltimore Ravens (6-6) [BAL -7, Over/Under: 42.5] 

Tennessee Titans (5-7) at Denver Broncos (10-2) [DEN -11, Over/Under: 49] $$ Free Money of the Week #2 $$

St. Louis Rams (5-7) at Arizona Cardinals (7-5) [ARI -3, Over/Under 41.5]

New York Giants (5-7) at San Diego Chargers (5-7) [SD -3, Over/Under: 47]

Seattle Seahawks (11-1) at San Francisco 49ers (8-4) [SF -3, Over/Under 40.5]

Carolina Panthers (9-3) at New Orleans Saints (9-3) [NO -3.5, Over/Under: 45.5]

MONDAY

Dallas Cowboys (7-5) at Chicago Bears (6-6) [EVEN, Over/Under: 49.5]

The Cheat Sheet: NFL Picks, Lines and Upsets – Week 13

Posted: November 28, 2013 by The Cheap Seat Fan in NFL
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One of the most successful, stable and thriving relationships alive is the one between football and Thanksgiving. It is a cornerstone of the holiday and a turning point in the NFL season. It’s the precursor to the stretch run of the season, and this 13th time around the NFL will see a few of the most meaningful games of the year.

Between the round 2 of the Broncos/Chiefs and the showdown for top billing in the NFC between the Seahawks and Saints, the week is sure to end on a high note. But it all begins with the traditional slate in Detroit and Dallas, and then a nightcap with the Black and Blue Division in Baltimore. And for the CHEAT SHEET, it represents and easy day to get the ball rolling back up the mountain of picks.

Week 12 represented a third consecutive week that saw the picks take a roller coaster ride around the town. Hell, there was even a tie thrown in there for the second straight year, which is the equivalent of seeing your brother and ex-girlfriend show up for dinner tonight. It’s just weird, and with six games featuring matchups of teams within one game of each other. Those are the tough calls, there are only two games (Tampa Bay at Carolina and New England in Houston) that could be call as legit safe calls.

It will be a tough week to make a safe bet, but a great one for football. And in the end, that is one thing that is close to top of every sports fan’s things to be thankful for, yet again.

RECAP

FREE MONEY OF THE WEEK: 2-6

UPSET of the WEEK: 2-4-1

Record—Last Week: 7-6-1, Season: 101-58-1

 

THURSDAY

Green Bay Packers (5-5-1) at Detroit Lions (6-5) [DET -6.0, Over/Under: 48.5] $$ Free Money of the Week $$

Oakland Raiders (4-7) at Dallas Cowboys (6-5) [DAL -9.5, Over/Under: 48]

Pittsburgh Steelers (5-6) at Baltimore Ravens (5-6) [BAL -2.5, Over/Under: 40.5] **UPSET of the WEEK**

SUNDAY

St. Louis Rams (5-6) at San Francisco 49ers (7-4) [SF -8.0, Over/Under: 42]

Jacksonville Jaguars (2-9) at Cleveland Browns (4-7) [CLE -7.0, Over/Under: 40]

Tennessee Titans (5-6) at Indianapolis Colts (7-4) [IND -4.0, Over/Under: 45]

Chicago Bears (6-5) at Minnesota Vikings (2-8-1) [EVEN, Over/Under: 49.5]

Miami Dolphins (5-6) at New York Jets (5-6) [NYJ -2.0, Over/Under: 39.5]

Arizona Cardinals (7-4) at Philadelphia Eagles (6-5) [PHI -3.0, Over/Under: 48.5]

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-8) at Carolina Panthers (8-3) [CAR -8.0, Over/Under: 41.5] $$ Free Money of the Week #1 $$

New England Patriots (8-3) at Houston Texans (2-9) [NE -9.0, Over/Under: 47.0]

Atlanta Falcons (2-9) at Buffalo Bills (4-7) [BUF -3.0, Over/Under: 46.5]

Denver Broncos (9-2) at Kansas City Chiefs (9-2) [DEN -5.5, Over/Under: 48.5]

Cincinnati Bengals (7-4) at San Diego Chargers (5-6) [EVEN, Over/Under: 48.5]

New York Giants (4-7) at Washington Redskins (3-8) [EVEN, Over/Under: 45.5]

MONDAY

New Orleans Saints (9-2) at Seattle Seahawks (10-1) [SEA -4.5, Over/Under: 47]

The Cheat Sheet: NFL Picks, Lines and Upsets – Week 12

Posted: November 21, 2013 by The Cheap Seat Fan in Gaming, NFL
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The playoff picture is beginning to take shape, as regular season NFL is nearly down its final quarter of the year. And with that, the levels of the league are sorting out as well. The elite are who they are, the bums are likewise. Yet as always, its the middle that complicates things, as well as collisions at the top, as there are the teams that have proven they are better than we thought they are.

Chief among those teams are the Panthers, who upset the pick sheet for the second week in a row. They’re the top of the list of risers in the league, and are looking like this season’s version of the Seahawks rise from late last year. The smart money is with them, in the same way that life is returning to the Giants and Steelers, who brought L’s to the Sheet last week.

Looking to Week 12, there a few blow outs that will likely take place (starting with tonight in Atlanta and carrying right through to Monday), but there are some tight games that wreak of upset as well.  The road team could rule the week as well, and its a good chance to place the smart money not on the records, but on the situation (look no further than New York and Green Bay for proof of this).

Oh, and if that wasn’t enough, Peyton Manning and Tom Brady have a date on Sunday Night. Hell of a week ahead, and after the worst week of the year on the picks sheet, it time to have one here too again.

RECAP

Free Money Picks: 5-6

Upset of the Week: 2-4

Record—Week 11: 7-8, Season: 94-52

 

 

THURSDAY

New Orleans Saints (8-2) at Atlanta Falcons (2-8): [NO -9, Over/Under: 53] **Free Money of the Week #1**

SATURDAY

Chicago Bears (6-4) at St. Louis Rams (4-6): [EVEN, Over/Under 45]

Pittsburgh Steelers (4-6) at Cleveland Browns (4-6): [CLE -1, Over/Under: 40]

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-8) at Detroit Lions (6-4) [DET -9.5, Over/Under: 48]

Minnesota Vikings (2-8) at Green Bay Packers (5-5): [GB -4.5, Over/Under: 43.5] **Upset of the Week**

San Diego Chargers (4-6) at Kansas City Chiefs (9-1): [KC -5, Over/Under: 41.5]

Carolina Panthers (7-3) at Miami Dolphins (5-5): [CAR -4.5, Over/Under: 41.5]

New York Jets (5-5) at Baltimore Ravens (4-6): [BAL -3.5, Over/Under: 39]

Jacksonville Jaguars (1-9) at Houston Texans (2-8): [HOU -10, Over/Under: 43.5]

Tennessee Titans (4-6) at Oakland Raiders (4-6): [EVEN, Over/Under: 41.5]

Indianapolis Colts (7-3) at Arizona Cardinals (6-4): [ARI: -2.5, Over/Under: 45]

Dallas Cowboys (5-5) at New York Giants (4-6): [NYG: -2.5, Over/Under: 44.5]

Denver Broncos (9-1) at New England Patriots (7-3): [DEN: -2.5, Over/Under: 54] **Free Money of the Week #2**

MONDAY

San Francisco 49ers (6-4) at Washington Redskins (3-7): [SF -6, Over/Under: 47]