By Karintha Styles
Time flies when you’re having fun and we have had a ball this season. Monday’s game will officially put a period on the first .25 of the 2016 season. February will be here before we know it. But enough crying in our beer for now let’s just think happy thoughts and wager on the games we have now.
The Bengals kicked off week 4 by embarrassing the Dolphins Thursday night. Philly, and Green Bay are on a bye this week. Unless you’re an amnesiac, or this column is reaching you from a bottle that has been adrift at sea you know the drill but just to keep legal happy here’s your weekly disclaimer: This is for entertainment purposes only. In other words, you should give my picks and predictions the same weight you give to Miss Cleo’s enchanted visions.
Indianapolis Colts vs. Jacksonville Jaguars in London (+2.5). The NFL keeps trying to force feed us American Football across the pond. This game is on entirely too early to care. I suppose we have to pick one so since the Jacksonville Jaguars are unofficially London’s home team go with them. Personally I think making a spot of tea and flavoring it with a smooth brandy is 10 times more intriguing than this game. Yawn. Pick: Jags +2.5
Tennessee Titans at Houston Texans (-5). J.J. Watt is out for the rest of the season. The Texans and the Titans are pretty evenly matched. Since they are so evenly matched and the Texans are rebounding from the loss of Watt you have to take the points all the way to the bank. Pick: Titans +5
Cleveland Browns at Washington (-7.5). This should be a no brainer #easymoney. But if anyone can mess up a sure thing it’s one of the teams in the NFC East and Washington is no exception. This was supposed to be a grudge match between RGIII and his former team. Josh Gordon was supposed to be back catching circus catches from Griffin. But alas that’s not the game we’re going to get. RGIII is hurt again so he’ll be on the sideline holding a clip board and Gordon has checked himself into an in-patient I rehab. There might be some Division II schools in the NCAA who could actually give the Browns a run for their money right now. This is a very bad Browns team. Washington is 1-4 ATS in their last five home games. See I told you if it’s possible to screw up a sure thing Washington and the rest of the NFC East was up for the challenge. Pick: Washington -7.5
Seattle Seahawks at New York Jets (+2.5). Am I missing something? Russell Wilson is banged up. The Seahawks are traveling across country and the Jets are a home dog. I smell a trap game. Yes, I’m aware Eric Decker is out with a partially torn rotator cuff but the Jets still have Brandon Marshall, Matt Forte, and Ryan Fitzpatrick oh wait Marshall’s knee is pretty shady too. This game is being held together with band aids, stitches and antiseptic. You should probably flip a coin and pray none of the walking wounded suffer any more injuries. But you come here for real answers so flipping a coin is probably not an option so…Pick: Jets +2.5
Buffalo Bills at New England Patriots (-6). Both Jimmy Garoppolo and Jacoby Brissett could end up being available to play. Garoppolo is going to start. The Patriots weathered Brady’s suspension with flying colors. At the start of the season we thought they’d be lucky to welcome Brady back with a 2-2 record. Instead when Brady returns from sunning his naked behind in Italy the Pats will either be 3-1 or 4-0. Way to teach the Patriots a lesson Goodall. Honestly, I think the Pats could win this. I mean I’ve bet against them every week since week 1 and they have won against the odds. Of course we know if I pick them to win this will be the week they lose. I think the Pat will win heads up but covering 6 when both Garoppolo and Brissett are coming back from injury and Gronk isn’t 100% might be asking a bit much. Pick: Bills +6 Pats HU
Carolina Panthers at Atlanta Falcons (+3). People are intrigued by the Panthers. Can Cam and company bounce back after the thumping they took form the Vikings last week? Will the Falcons still be flying high after demolishing the Saints Monday? The Falcons D leaves a lot to be desired and it might be just what the doctor ordered for Super Cam. Yeah, yeah I know the Panthers’ only loss last year was courtesy of the Falcons in the Georgia Dome. Still I don’t think lightening is going to strike twice. Pick: Panthers -3
Oakland Raiders at Baltimore Ravens (-3.5 points). The Ravens are undefeated but they’ve basically played 3 scrimmages. The Raiders are good, we think, but let’s be real the Saints and the Titans are little more than practice squads as well so who knows what we’ll see when these two take the field. The Ravens are 2-9-1 ATS in their last 12 home games. The Raiders have to travel across three time zones. Just because the Ravens have a hard time covering at home smart money says Pick the Ravens. The real smart money says run as far away from this game as you can as quickly as possible. Pick: Raiders +3.5
Detroit Lions at Chicago Bears (+3). LOL you didn’t think I would have any useable information for you about this game did you?
Denver Broncos at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (+3). The Broncos are 5-0-1 ATS in their last six games. The Bucs are 1-6 ATS in their last seven games. Denver’s defense and the altitude in Mile High Stadium are a recipe for turnovers. It could be a very, very long day for young Jameis. Pick: Broncos -3
Los Angeles Rams at Arizona Cardinals (-8 points). The Cardinals are 2-7 ATS in their last nine home games. 8 points seems like a lot to cover even with the Cardinals defense and high flying offense. The Rams aren’t going to pull off an upset but they just might cover the 8. Pick Rams +8
Saints at San Diego Chargers (-4). New Orleans is traveling on a short week, following a humiliating loss to the Falcons at home in primetime. The Chargers are almost as bad and mind boggling as the Browns. This is going to painful to watch unless you have Drew Brees or Phillip Rivers on your fantasy squad. That’s the only think I can think of that might make this game compelling. Look for Brees and Rivers to score frequently. Both teams leave a little to be desired on the defensive end of the field. Pick: Saints +4 and the Over
Dallas Cowboys at 49ers (+2). The 49ers are 4-1 ATS in their last five home games. Dez Bryant is out with a hairline fracture in his knee. Dak Prescott is still making a case to stay in the lineup once Tony Romo is healthy enough to return. There’s not sceientific reasoning behind this pick other than I know sooner or later the Cowboys are going to Cowboy. Pick: 49ers +2
Kansas City Chiefs at Pittsburgh Steelers (-5) Le’Veon Bell is back from suspension. The Steelers are 10-4 ATS in their last 14 home games against a team with a winning record. The Chiefs are 1-5 ATS in their last six games following a win. Ring the Bell and ride the momentum. Pick: Steelers -5
New York Giants at Minnesota Vikings (-5). The Vikings D looks amazing. They’ve plowed their way through opponents to start the season 3-0. They’ve upended the Panthers, Green Bay Packers and Titans on defense. No one thought the Vikings would be 3-0 with Teddy Bridgewater and Adrian Peterson out of the lineup. The Vikings are 0-7 ATS in their last seven Monday night games. Eli Manning is well Eli. His knack for throwing INTs in the end zone and the 4th Qtr. might be just what the Vikings need to break free. Pick: Vikings -5
Karintha is 23-6-1 ATS for the season