Pick 2: Arizona vs. Minnesota and Cleveland vs. San Francisco

Pick 2: Arizona vs. Minnesota and Cleveland vs. San Francisco

The Teaser: Pair Arizona and Cleveland

Game 1: Arizona vs. Minnesota

The Initial Line:

Arizona -8 home vs. Minnesota

The Take:

Add 7.5 points to Arizona’s line

The Final Line:

Arizona -0.5

The Breakdown:

Arizona continued their recent dominance, as they won on the road vs St. Louis 27-3. Minnesota was embarrassed by Seattle at home by a 38-7 final score. These have been 2 of the elite teams in the NFL so far this season. They both would hold a playoff spot as of now, with Arizona as the #2 seed. You could argue that Arizona is on par with New England and Carolina as a top team in the NFL, as they seem to be complete on both offense and defense. Carson Palmer is having an MVP-like year for them, as he is 3rd in pass yds, 2nd in TD passes, and 2nd in passer rating. They’ve scored over 30 pts in 7 games this season, and that doesn’t bode well for a recently struggling Minnesota D that’s given up 30+ in 2 of the past 3 games. This should be a hard-fought game by both teams, but Arizona will come out on top at home for their 7th straight win.

Final Stat: Arizona ranks 1st in offensive yards gained, and 4th in defensive yards allowed in the NFL.

Game 2: Cleveland vs. San Francisco

The Initial Line:

Cleveland even home vs. San Francisco

The Take:

Add 7.5 points to Cleveland’s line

The Final Line:

Cleveland +7.5

The Breakdown:

Cleveland was crushed by their Ohio rival Cincinnati, as they lost at home 37-3. San Francisco pulled out an unexpected OT win on the road vs Chicago. This is a tale of 2 teams who are out of the playoff race and are now just playing for pride. Cleveland has lost XX straight games, but at least they’ll be getting Johnny Manziel back at QB. He’s done a decent job when starting, as he has a 5/2 TD/INT ratio and an 88.4 passer rating. San Francisco finally saw some offense with Blaine Gabbart last week, but still haven’t been able to score on a consistent basis as they rank last in the NFL with 14.8 PPG. Besides a 20-3 win over Minnesota to start the year, they haven’t beaten any team by more than 6 points. In a battle of low-scoring offenses, take Cleveland to cover with a TD cushion at home this week.

Final Stat: San Francisco ranks last in the NFL in yards gained on offense.

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