Pick 2: Seattle vs. Cleveland and Pittsburgh vs. Denver

Pick 2: Seattle vs. Cleveland and Pittsburgh vs. Denver

The Teaser: Pair Seattle and Pittsburgh

Game 1: Seattle vs. Cleveland

The Initial Line:

Seattle -16 home vs. Cleveland

The Take:

Add 6.5 points to Seattle’s line

The Final Line:

Seattle -9.5

The Breakdown:

Seattle rolled to another win on Sunday, as they went on the road to beat Baltimore 35-6. Cleveland rebounded and won behind Johnny Manziel, as they got the home victory vs San Francisco 24-10. Seattle has been cruising as of late, and a lot of that is due to Russell Wilson’s dominance. In their current 4 game win streak he has 15 TD and 0 INT, which is the 2nd best TD/INT ratio ever in a 4 game span. The Seattle defense has also been dominating lately, as they only allowed 13 pts over their last 2 games (both on the road). Cleveland was able to muster the home victory, but they don’t have much to play for with their 3-10 record thus far. Their defense will have a long day ahead of them against a red-hot Seattle offense, as they rank 30th in the NFL allowing 27.5 PPG. Seattle’s going to win this game in front of the home crowd, and don’t be surprised if they run up the score before the 1st half ends.

Final Stat: Seattle now ranks in the top 5 in both offensive and defensive yards gained. Cleveland ranks in the bottom 3rd of the league in each category.

Game 2: Pittsburgh vs. Denver

The Initial Line:

Pittsburgh -7 home vs. Denver

The Take:

Add 6.5 points to Pittsburgh’s line

The Final Line:

Pittsburgh -0.5

The Breakdown:

Pittsburgh went on the road to make a statement against division rival Cincinnati, as they won 33-20. Denver couldn’t muster a TD at home, and was eventually upset by division rival Oakland 15-12. Pittsburgh has been rolling as of late as they are vying for a wild-card spot, currently sitting behind Kansas City and New York (AFC). Say what you will about Peyton Manning’s downfall this season, but the offense has lost production with Osweiler leading the charge. Over his last 4 starts, Denver has had 17 or less pts in 3 of their past 4 games. With Peyton at the helm, that only happened 2 times over 9 games. Their dominant defense has kept them alive, but they will need to find a way to get into the end zone against a potent Pittsburgh attack. With Pittsburgh playing at home and a playoff spot in the balance, I see them making another statement against an AFC powerhouse. Take them to win here.

Final Stat: Pittsburgh has scored 30+ pts in 5 straight games for the first time in franchise history.

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