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NFL Week 7: Picking each game on the slate this weekend

By Chris Schisler

Here is a pick for each NFL game of the season. Winners are in purple.

NFL Week 7 starts tonight (Thursday)

Broncos @ Browns

With the uncertainty around Baker Mayfield’s non-throwing shoulder injury, I’ll go with the Denver Broncos here. The Browns don’t look right. They lost badly to the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday. Cleveland’s defense isn’t winning much trust right now and that makes the Browns an enigma. Are they paper giants pretenders? The Broncos may not be that good of a team, but they’re all of a sudden quite desperate after their 3-0 start. Give me Denver here, while the Browns try just to get their ducks in a row.

NFL Sunday:

Chiefs @ Titans

The Chiefs probably are going to see a lot of people pick the Titans. The Titans just played an incredible game against the Bills. So what? Do you really see the Titans defense (one which has been a liability all year) stopping Josh Allen and Patrick Mahomes in back-to-back weeks? I don’t see it.

Washington @ Packers

This one is simple. Washington has seen their secondary torn apart all season. Aaron Rodgers is the quarterback for Green Bay. This is a big game for Green Bay. It’s got that written all over it.

Bengals @ Ravens

Earlier today I released my prediction for this game. I see the Ravens taking full grasp of every bit of AFC North power they can get. This is not only a game the Ravens should win (against an admittedly improved Bengals team) but a huge opportunity to stay way ahead of the rest of their division. Lamar Jackson won’t let the Ravens lose this game.

Panthers @ Giants

The Panthers are the better team here. They just have more talent. They have been competitive all season long. The Giants are 1-5. Daniel Jones isn’t working. Joe Judge isn’t working. The Giants aren’t working. The Giants just don’t have enough going for them to beat middle-of-the-pack teams like the Panthers- unless Carolina gives it to them.

Falcons @ Dolphins

Oh gosh, this matchup is ugly. I think the Falcons have more than enough offensive firepower to win this one. Kyle Pitts has gotten going. Statistically, Matt Ryan isn’t having a bad season by any standards. The Dolphins are having a nightmare of a season and losing to the Falcons constitutes a continuation of the nightmare.

Jets @ Patriots 

I have good news for the Jets. They have the same number of losses as the Patriots do, that usually is only true before week 1. The bad news for the Jets is that the Patriots already beat them and New England has lost in some very good games. Neither team is that good this season. Let’s not act like the Patriots’ level of bad is as bad as the Jets’ level of bad.

Eagles @ Raiders

Jon Gruden resigning didn’t have much of an impact on the game last week. The Raiders rolled over the Broncos for a win. The Raiders had a bit of a skid, but they’ve otherwise been red hot. Give me Vegas to just win baby!

Lions @ Rams 

Nope. Nope. Nah… you don’t need analysis here. The Lions aren’t stealing a win in Los Angeles. If they do they may deserve a parade though.

Bears @ Buccaneers

Tom Brady is on fire. The Buccaneers are 5-1 while the Bears are 3-3. One of these teams is a Super Bowl contender with an offense that can do damage and a defense that can win it on their own if need be. The other team is a middle-of-the-pack team. Bucs roll.

Texans @ Cardinals 

The Cardinals are due for a bad day, but they have way more talent than the Texans. Kyler Murray is going to unload on the Texans’ defense.

Colts @ 49ers

The Colts are a team that is better than their record. I think the Colts are starting to figure out who they are as a team. Do I think they’re Super Bowl contenders? No. I could see them making some noise in the AFC South though.

NFL Week 7 ends on Monday Night Football:

Saints @ Seahawks

The Seahawks looked kind of iffy without Russell Wilson. The Saints are capable of playing good football- you just never know if they will. With that in mind, I’ll call this a coin flip of a game. Heads is the call in the air… it goes to the Saints.

NEXT POST: Baltimore Ravens vs. Cincinnati Bengals: 4 predictions and a score

There you go. A pick for each game. Let’s do this thing… NFL Week 7!

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NFL Week 5: Predictions for every game of the weekend

By Chris Schisler

It’s Thursday afternoon and that means it’s time to make my picks for the NFL week. Last week I got 10 games right giving me a total record of 39-25. Going into the fifth week of the season I feel confident that I can at least maintain this rate of picking winners. Each game will get a nugget of analysis. The winners will be highlighted in purple:

NFL WEEK 5

Rams @ Seahawks

I haven’t gotten a game wrong on Thursday night all season. I’m bound to have that streak broken eventually and this game could go either way. Despite the Seahawks being at home, I have the Rams in this one. Russell Wilson will have to do too much in this one and Seattle’s offensive line will struggle against the Rams front. Look for a big game from Aaron Donald in this one.

Jets @ Falcons

The Jets beat the Titans last week. Are they a good team? Not really, but things are moving in the right direction. Corey Davis was a great free agent signing for New York and Zack Wilson has had just enough ups to go with his downs as a rookie quarterback for the Jets to have some hope. By the way, the Falcons have never met a lead they couldn’t lose.

Patriots @ Texans

The Patriots are a good football team. We learned that when they went toe to toe with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last week. The Patriots have a step or two to get back to being a contender, but they should wipe the floor with the Texans. Davis Mills is bad and we all saw this coming.

Lions @ Vikings 

The Lions gave the Ravens a fight, but it was in a game where the Ravens hurt themselves. The Lions have given me no reason to pick them in a game this season. Even in a close game, they’ll find a way to lose. The Vikings just gave the Browns a scare and went to overtime with the Bengals. Give me Kirk Cousins to go off against a very vulnerable secondary.

Eagles @ Panthers 

I want to pick the Eagles so badly here. They’re a fun team because I love me some Jalen Hurts and Devonta Smith is an exciting rookie. The Panthers have been playing good football overall. The Eagles still haven’t shown me who they are. Give me the Panthers’ defense to come up in this game, with enough from Sam Darnold to get the win.

Saints @ Washington Football Team

I don’t want to pick this game. The Washington defense has been awful. The Saints have been completely inconsistent. Don’t make me pick it. Fine, I’ll go with the home team. This is a game I would stay away from coming from a betting perspective. You never know if you’re getting the Saints team that beat the Packers and Patriots into the ground or the team that lost to the Giants and the Panthers.

Titans @ Jaguars

The Tennessee Titans have issues. They just lost to the Jets, in overtime… yeah things aren’t good. Still, the Jaguars are a mess. Urban Meyer is looking like he’s as much of a bad NFL coach as he is a first-class creep. Tennessee should put up too many points for Jacksonville to keep up with. Distracted or not, the Jaguars are a bad team. I have no problem publishing the fact that I have no respect for Urban Meyer.

Dolphins @ Buccaneers 

The battle of Florida goes to the defending Super Bowl champions. The Buccaneers defense should get this one for Tampa Bay. Tom Brady just needs to be a game manager to win this one. The Dolphins have only looked compelling for one game this season and are rightfully without a win.

Packers @ Bengals

This is going to be a good game. Aaron Rodgers and the Packers are feeling it and the Bengals actually became a decent team. Joe Burrow may make this a barnburner. In the end, it’s hard to go against Rodgers.

Broncos @ Steelers

If Teddy Bridgewater returns to the starting quarterback position, the Broncos should put up enough points to win this game. The Steelers’ offense has been awful this season. Denver needs to put up 24. That should do it. It’s in Pittsburgh and the Broncos offensive line is going to have a tough day. This isn’t a stone-cold lock, but this Steelers team just isn’t it this year.

Bears @ Raiders 

The Raiders woke up too late in the second half of their second Monday Night Football appearance. I want to see this game. Justin Fields has my attention as the Bears starting quarterback. I think the Raiders’ offense bounces back and the Bears won’t be able to protect their rookie quarterback enough to keep up on the scoreboard.

Browns @ Chargers

This is a good game. The Chargers are undefeated and at home, hosting a Browns team that has to go out to the west coast after a tough week 4 game. The Chargers’ offense is the talk of the NFL, but their defense is the reason they’re winning this game.

Giants @ Cowboys 

I never really feel comfortable saying this, but the Cowboys may be a good team. The defense is so much better than it was a year ago it’s not funny. The offense is capable of putting up points in a hurry. The Giants beat the Saints on the road. I’m not buying into Daniel Jones getting two straight road wins though, give me Dallas.

49ers @ Cardinals 

The Cardinals are awesome this year. Kyler Murray is playing at an MVP level, the defense is getting the job done and this team has talent on top of talent. The 49ers have proven to be a tough out but the Cardinals have more going for them here.

Bills @ Chiefs 

The Ravens flipped the script on the Chiefs and Kansas City has problems on defense. I could see this as a big win for the Bills, yet until I see the script flipped for Buffalo, Patrick Mahomes and Andy Reid own this matchup.

Your Baltimore Ravens close out NFL Week 5:

Colts @ Ravens

The Ravens don’t have their toughest opponent of the year here. The only way this game is interesting is if the Ravens make it harder than it has to be. This is a game where the Ravens have to move forward and show their most convincing and complete performance of the year. The Colts don’t have an answer for Lamar Jackson and the Colts offense won’t keep up in front of a primetime Baltimore crowd, with Don Martindale calling the shots.

NEXT POST: Baltimore Ravens tied the record, Denver Broncos need to get over it

There you have it. A pick from every game on the NFL slate this weekend.

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NFL Picks: Predictions for the whole week 3 slate of games

By Chris Schisler

Last week I got 10 games right. Here are my picks for the NFL Week 3 slate.

NFL Picks: Winners are highlighted purple

Panthers @ Texans

Davis Mills, welcome to the NFL. The Panthers have looked a little good, and a little bad. They should be able to take on a rookie quarterback though. Give me Sam Darnold and the Panthers, but not too convincingly.

Chargers @ Chiefs

The Chiefs just lost in the best game I have ever seen. They’ll be out for a little vengeance against a division rival. Justin Herbert and the Chargers look better, but I don’t see them outdoing Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs.

Cardinals @ Jaguars

The Cardinals look really good offensively. Kyler Murray is playing awesome football. I don’t see how the Jaguars stop the Cardinals. I also don’t see the Jaguars putting up the points to win this one. The Jaguars are heading to a very convincing 0-3 mark.

Bears @ Browns

The Browns played around a bit with the Texans. In the end, they pulled away and you knew they were going to win it. Do the Browns have more issues than most pundits want to admit? Sure. However, the Browns have a ton of talent and they should win this game.

Washington Football Team @ Bills

Buffalo wasn’t right in their opener against the Steelers. Washington just gave up 29 points to a Giants team that isn’t great. Give me the Bills here. Josh Allen has a good day and the Bills eat up the Washington offensive line defensively.

Colts @ Titans

Carson Wentz is hurt and the Colts haven’t looked that good. The Titans woke up last week with an overtime win. I don’t have confidence in either team. The Titans are at home and they found their identity on offense last week. Give me Tennessee.

Saints @ Patriots 

Which Saints team is real? The Saints team that whooped the Packers or the Saints team that got rocked by the Panthers. The Patriots are at home. While I don’t think the Patriots have been all that tested this season and I still have doubts about their offense led by Mac Jones, they’ve looked very similar in their two outings this season. This game could go either way and Bill Belichick coaching at home is the only thing giving me the Patriots as my pick.

Falcons @ Giants 

The Giants and the Falcons are bad football teams. I don’t have confidence in either team. The Giants are at home and the Falcons are very convincingly 0-2. Give me the Giants in a game NFL RedZone doesn’t want to be stuck on too much.

Bengals @ Steelers

This will be my first time picking the Steelers this season. If this game was in Cincinnati, I’d be very tempted to pick the Bengals. The Steelers’ offense isn’t very good. The Bengals offense is under the radar strong. The defense of the Steelers will get to Joe Burrow just enough in a tough place to play. The Steelers win, but their offense will remain a problem.

Ravens @ Lions

The only chance the Lions have is if the Ravens have a complete letdown game after their big win against the Chiefs. The Lions have looked good for a couple of quarters in both games. They haven’t put a good game together yet. This Lions’ defense isn’t very good. The Packers just put up 35 on them, but that was in a slow start. Give me the Ravens to drop 42 and get the win. If the Lions score under 20, I’ll have virtually no new concerns with the Ravens.

Jets @ Broncos

Zach Wilson looked atrocious last week. The Broncos have been impressive. I’m not ready to call the Broncos one of the better teams in the AFC, but they are a class above the Jets.

Dolphins @ Raiders 

Derek Carr just sliced up the Steelers. He’s going to do that against the Dolphins. That’s essentially a given. Tua Tagovailoa is out for this game and the Raiders are at home. That’s enough for a Vegas blowout.

Buccaneers @ Rams 

This one is going to be good. I think the Rams get revenge against Brady. The Super Bowl loss to the Patriots can’t quite be avenged against Tampa Bay but I think that’s the framing of this game. Give me the Rams to win with Matthew Stafford making one more big play than Tom Brady.

Seahawks @ Vikings

The Seahawks will beat the Vikings. The Vikings can make it a shootout but Russell Wilson should come out the victor.

Packers @ 49ers

The Packers had their get-right game. I’m not sold on the 49ers. The Packers offensive line scares me because I feel like I’ve seen this movie before. Give me the Pack.

Eagles @ Cowboys 

Give me the Cowboys here. The Eagles looked like world-beaters against the Falcons and then fizzled out last week. I guess the Falcons can make anybody look good. Dak Prescott puts up too many points at home and the Cowboys win.

NEXT POST: Baltimore Ravens: What we learned week 2

NFL week three starts tonight. Let’s get it.

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NFL Week 2: Picks for every game on the NFL slate

By Chris Schisler

It’s time for the second week of the NFL season. Here is a look at my picks for the full slate. In week 1 my picks went 9-7. Like with all predictions, take it for whatever it’s worth. Each predicted NFL winner will be highlighted in Purple.

NFL Picks from PBN

Giants @ Washington

This is a game I would stay away from in terms of a betting perspective. That being said, Joe Judge and the Giants don’t inspire any confidence. I see Daniel Jones having a lot of problems in this Thursday Night Football game. Look for Chase Young and company to have a dominant performance against a Giants offensive line that seemingly can never get right.

Patriots @ Jets

The Patriots are a better football team than the Jets. The Patriots lost a close one to the Dolphins in the first week of the season. Mac Jones was very efficient in his debut as the Patriots quarterback. I think the Patriots play a rather conservative game offensively and it grinds out a win. Bill Bellichick wins this one and gives Zach Wilson a rough second game.

Broncos @ Jaguars

The Broncos were supposed to beat the Giants. They think they have something going. Their defense was smothering in week 1. Their offense has just enough going for them with Teddy Bridgewater at quarterback. None of that matters though. The Jaguars are awful and Urban Meyer will continue to show he’s not suited to be an NFL coach.

Bills @ Dolphins

The Bills looked awful in their opener against the Steelers, something we’re not very happy about at PBN. Look for the Bills to get right in this game. They need to find a little balance with their offense. Meanwhile, their defense should be able to keep the Dolphins under 20 points. That should do it.

49ers @ Eagles

The 49ers showed me something in week 1 and it wasn’t good. They should have cleaned the clock with the Detroit Lions. Instead, the Lions almost finished an amazing comeback. The Eagles looked good. Devonta Smith is the real deal, Jalen Hurts looks confident and most importantly should be a bigger difference-maker than Jared Goff.

Rams @ Colts

The Colts looked awful at home against the Seahawks, so home-field advantage doesn’t quite matter here. Matthew Stafford should have his way with the Colts defense. The Rams defense should stop a Colts offense that is searching for answers.

Raiders @ Steelers

A week ago, I probably would have rolled with the arch-enemy Steelers in this one. Now, I see the Raiders as the worst possible week 2 matchup for a Pittsburgh team that has similar issues on the offensive line as the Ravens. The Raiders defensive front is going to take over this game. Derek Carr will be ready to make some big plays off of Ben Roethlisberger turnovers. Plus, keep in mind the Steelers have a weird history of losing games they shouldn’t to the Raiders.

Bengals @ Bears

Joe Burrow will put up more points than Andy Dalton. Hopefully, one more loss pushes Justin Fields onto the field as the starter for the Bears. The Bears are not done being done, the Bengals are going to put up some points with a young quarterback with plenty of weapons.

Texans @ Browns

Next question. This doesn’t need much explanation. The Browns are contenders, the Texans beating up on Jacksonville proved nothing. The talent level isn’t even here. Browns win big.

Saints @ Panthers

Anything the Saints can do to the Packers, they can do better to the Panthers. Christian McCaffery can’t do everything, and Sean Payton and Jameis Winston seem to get each other. Give me the Saints. Who Dat!

Vikings @ Cardinals

Kyler Murray looked great last week. The Cardinals defense had their way against a Titans team that was supposed to be high-powered. Give me the Cardinals here. The Vikings lost a tight one to the Bengals last week, and they have to play much better to compete in this one.

Falcons @ Buccaneers

NEXT! I can’t take analyzing this one seriously. The Buccaneers are the defending champions. The Falcons just got embarrassed by the Eagles. NEXT!!!

Titans @ Seahawks

Even if Ryan Tannehill puts some points on the board, can the Titans stop Russell Wilson? Kyler Murray and Wilson have a lot in common. I think it’s going to be a very similar story two weeks in a row for the Titans.

Cowboys @ Chargers

Get ready for a shootout ladies and gentlemen. Get ready for a shootout. Justin Herbert vs. Dak Prescott. This should be fun, the Cowboys’ offense will just be too much for the Chargers.

Chiefs @ Ravens

The Chiefs are good. I’d absolutely love to be wrong. The Ravens have nothing going their way and now will be without Ronnie Stanley. Much more is on the way about this game. I can only be so confident after Monday Night Football. I can’t bet against the Chiefs here. That’s the pick that hurts the heart but makes sense to the mind.

Lions @ Packers finish the NFL week

Do the Packers get right on Monday night? Against the Lions, they better.

NEXT POST: Baltimore Ravens vs. Kansas City Chiefs: The psychology of the game

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