Pick 1: Pittsburgh vs. Baltimore and Kansas City vs. Cincinnati

Pick 1: Pittsburgh vs. Baltimore and Kansas City vs. Cincinnati

The Teaser: Pair Pittsburgh and Kansas City

Game 1: Pittsburgh vs. Baltimore

The Initial Line:

Pittsburgh +2.5 home vs. Baltimore

The Take:

Add 8 points to Pittsburgh’s line

The Final Line:

Pittsburgh +10.5

The Breakdown:

Pittsburgh won its 2nd consecutive game, but suffered a huge loss when Roethlisberger went down. Baltimore managed to lose its 3rd straight game against divisional foe Cincinnati and didn’t have an answer for AJ Green. This will be yet another chapter in the storied rivalry between Pittsburgh and Baltimore on Thursday Night Football, with a 24-18 record vs Baltimore since 1996. The offense may look a bit different with Michael Vick at the helm, but luckily he has Le’veon Bell behind him in the backfield. He’s also facing a Baltimore D that currently ranks 29th in pass yards allowed, so this should help his transition. Both teams will be fired up in Heinz Field Thursday, but don’t think Pittsburgh will just lay down without their starting QB. Take the black and gold with a 10.5 pt cushion in this one.

Final Stat: Pittsburgh is 7-2 in their last 9 home games since 2014.

Game 2: Kansas City vs. Cincinnati

The Initial Line:

Kansas City +3.5 away vs. Cincinnati

The Take:

Add 8 points to Kansas City’s line

The Final Line:

Kansas City +11.5

The Breakdown:

Kansas City wasn’t able to defeat Green Bay on Monday Night Football and they now sit at 1-2 on the season. Cincinnati battled in Baltimore Sunday, eventually coming out with the victory to stay undefeated on the year. Kansas City has shown that they can hang with the top contenders in the league; they would have beaten Denver were it not for a late Charles fumble, and everyone has trouble overtaking GB at Lambeau. KC finally got a pass TD to a WR, as Jeremy Maclin caught the first TD catch to a WR since 2013. They hope between Maclin, Kelce, and Charles they can get the ball rolling for Alex Smith, who has struggled a bit out of the gate. This is essentially a must win for KC to stay in the AFC West race, as Denver already has a 2 game lead heading into Week 4. Expect a tight game here because Cincinnati is a good team, but they have also played a bit better than expectations. They’ve only had to play Oakland, San Diego, and Baltimore, all of whom have struggling defenses. If Kansas City can hold the line they should come out on top. Regardless, an 11-point cushion should ensure we cover this week!

Final Stat: Kansas City is known to keep games close. They only had 2 games where they lost by more than 10 pts since the start of 2014 (Denver 11/30/14 and Tennessee 9/7/14).

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