Pick 1: Cincinnati vs. Buffalo and Seattle vs. Carolina

Pick 1: Cincinnati vs. Buffalo and Seattle vs. Carolina

The Teaser: Pair Cincinnati and Seattle

Game 1: Cincinnati vs. Buffalo

The Initial Line:

Cincinnati -2.5 away vs. Buffalo

The Take:

Add 7 points to Cincinnati’s line

The Final Line:

Cincinnati +4.5

The Breakdown:

Cincinnati was able to squeeze out at 27-24 OT victory over Seattle to remain undefeated. Buffalo was able to hold on as well with a late offensive push, defeating Tennessee 14-13. Cincinnati has looked good on both sides of the ball. Their fans have been waiting for Andy Dalton to earn his contract, and this year he’s showing why he worth all that money. He has the 2nd most passing yds and the 3rd best QB rating in the league behind Brady and Rodgers. The defense has been stellar as well behind NFL sacks leader Carlos Dunlap, as they ranked 10th in pts allowed and have forced 8 turnovers. Buffalo’s offense has been slowing as of late (24 total pts in last 2 games), and even with the return of Sammy Watkins they have questions about Tyrod Taylor’s health after Sunday’s game. They signed Josh Johnson this week, and if Taylor can’t go then the reigns will likely be handed to EJ Manuel since he knows the offense better than Johnson. With uncertainty in Buffalo’s offense and riding a come-from-behind victory last week, expect Cincinnati to keep it going and move to 6-0 on the year.

Final Stat: Cincinnati currently has put up the most total yards on offense in the NFL. Buffalo ranks 22nd in that category.

Game 2: Seattle vs. Carolina

The Initial Line:

Seattle -7.5 home vs. Carolina

The Take:

Add 7 points to Seattle’s line

The Final Line:

Seattle -0.5

The Breakdown:

Seattle gave up a 17 pt lead in the 4th quarter to lose to undefeated Cincinnati Sunday 27-24. Carolina had a bye week and still remain undefeated on the year. Even though Carolina has yet to lose, they haven’t really had much for tough competition (Jacksonville, Houston, New Orleans, Tampa Bay). Both teams have top 10 defenses, but Seattle has faced some tougher offensive teams (Green Bay, Cincinnati included). The emergence of Thomas Rawls has been encouraging with the absence of Marshawn Lynch, as he went off for 169 yds against a strong Cin defense last week. That’s the 2nd 100 yd game for the rookie, so he should continue to see more playing time. This should be a good defensive battle, but let’s not forget that the 12th man will be in play with Seattle having the home-field advantage. The game should remain close, but Seattle will be the ultimate victor here.

Final Stat: Seattle has won their last 7 home games by an average of 13.7 PPG.

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