Top NFL SU Picks of the Week (Oct 24 – 30)

Posted by Peter Boysen on October 26, 2016 in

Week 7 in the NFL’s 2016 schedule brought a new raft of surprises. Remember when the Houston Texans thought they were getting the better end of the deal by signing Brock Osweiler away from Denver? Then the unheralded Trevor Siemian outdueled Osweiler on Monday Night Football. Remember when the Minnesota Vikings seemed like an unbeatable juggernaut? Philadelphia made them look silly on Sunday afternoon. Remember when the Rams took Jared Goff with the first period? Now that Case Keenum threw FOUR picks on Sunday, the bye week might finally bring the transition that vaults Goff into the starting role. Let’s take a look at some of our NFL picks for the games in Week 8. As always, home teams are in all caps.

Top NFL SU Picks of the Week (Oct 24 – 30)

 

New England over BUFFALO (Sunday, 1pm ET)

It’s true that Buffalo shut out the New England Patriots earlier this season when the two teams met in Foxboro. However, those Patriots had rookie Jacoby Brissett at quarterback, and now they have Tom Brady back from his suspension. Brissett had a broken thumb in that game, but now Brady returns in fine health and in perfect form after using the first few games to refine his timing. So all of that bombast from the Ryans and the rest of the team will have festered in the minds of the Patriots. Buffalo’s big rushing weapon, LeSean McCoy, won’t play at 100% (if he plays at all). Given the fact that Buffalo has never swept New England in the many years that Bill Belichick has coached the Pats, and given these factors from the roster, I like the Pats to win, and win big.

DENVER over San Diego (Sunday, 4:05pm ET)

I was worried about Denver when they went out to San Diego and took a whipping from the Chargers a week ago Thursday night. My worries increased when San Diego went to Atlanta and pulled out an overtime win, of all things. When the Houston Texans led Denver 3-0 after one quarter on Monday Night Football, I thought that the Bronco tailspin was about to amp up another gear. Then came the rest of the Broncos-Texans tilt, as Trevor Siemian led his team to two touchdowns in the second quarter and then 13 more points after the intermission, leading his team to a convincing victory. Phillip Rivers is a lot better than Brock Osweiler, but the Denver defense will not suffer two embarrassing nights in three weeks against the same team.

ATLANTA over Green Bay (Sunday, 4:25pm ET)

Aaron Rodgers may have eked out a win on Sunday, but that Atlanta defense plays more solid ball than what the Packers picked apart this week. The Falcons did drop an overtime game against San Diego last week, but I expect that to motivate them to play more attentive defense this week, and Rivers’ game sits at a much higher level right now than Rodgers’. So I like Julio Jones to run wild against the Packer secondary and the Falcons to come out of this game 5-3.