Almost halfway through the regular season
It was a good week for my NFL picks, as I swept the trio of selections I handed out. If you are still alive in your survival pool, then I applaud you considering the Vikings and Falcons were probably some popular choices that would have eliminated you. Things are just getting better as we approach the halfway point of the regular season. Don’t forget six teams are on bye this week, so it’s a lighter slate than normal.
Record: 8-13 (3-0 last week)
Teams on bye: Baltimore, Los Angeles, Miami, New York Giants, Pittsburgh, San Francisco
Note: All times are ET and games on Sunday, Oct. 30 unless otherwise noted.
Jacksonville Jaguars (2-4) at Tennessee Titans (3-4), 8:25 p.m. (Thursday, Oct. 27)
“Thursday Night Football” gives us another non-intriguing matchup as the Titans host the Jaguars. Both teams are playing very good defense in terms of yards allowed. Only one team has cracked the 250-yard passing mark against the Jaguars and that was Chicago. Tennessee doesn't threaten you too much through the air, especially with how well DeMarco Murray is doing. Jacksonville is struggling to score due to a mediocre running attack and Blake Bortles’ accuracy and interception issues. Tennessee has held three straight opponents to fewer than 100 rushing yards. These two have played three unders in their last four meetings. There have been four unders on TNF so far with the majority of the games being really ugly. SELECTION: Under 44
New York Jets (2-5) at Cleveland Browns (0-7), 1 p.m.
Cleveland has been pretty awful this season. The quarterback situation for both the Browns and Jets is pretty murky right now. New York is turning back to Ryan Fitzpatrick, who was benched for Geno Smith, who tore his ACL last week. Fitzpatrick is openly wondering about the organization's faith in him. Injuries have been an issue for both teams, but especially at quarterback for Cleveland. The Browns could turn the quarterback job back over to Josh McCown or Kevin Hogan could get the start this Sunday. More consistent quarterback play would be a nice boost for the offense, which needs a healthy Terrelle Pryor as he’s the team’s only legitimate playmaker. This is the Jets’ third road game in their last four overall. This is a pretty road weary team right now I'd imagine. I think the stars align and we could see our first Browns win. SELECTION Browns +3.5
Philadelphia Eagles (4-2) at Dallas Cowboys (5-1), 8:30 p.m.
The Cowboys become the second straight team to take on the Eagles after their bye week. Philly dispatched the Vikings last time behind great defense and just enough offense. The Eagles have held all but two teams to fewer 100 yards on the ground this season. Dallas will get Dez Bryant back and that will make things more interesting, but defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz has done wonders to Philadelphia’s unit. Carson Wentz has shown some struggles the last two weeks, but a matchup against the weak Dallas D should bring him some good fortune. The Cowboys have given up 290 yards or more through the air three times this season. The Eagles have won the last three meetings played in Dallas. The Cowboys have covered in just six of their last 20 home games. SELECTION: Eagles +4.5
— New Orleans seems like a fantastic play, but the Saints’ defense is just so bad. You get a tired Seattle defense that spent most the game on Sunday night on the field against an all-world offense that has put up 107 points in three home games. Russell Wilson is clearly not healthy (has been limited in practice this week) and his lack of running ability is hindering everything. The money will bring this thing closer to a pick 'em as the situation is right, but not the Saints’ D.
— Written by Matt Josephs, who is a part of the Athlon Sports Contributor Network. Josephs prefers non-Power 5 college football and may be the only one wagering on the Sun Belt. Follow him on Twitter @MidMajorMatt.