Teaser Pick 2: Washington vs. Baltimore and New England vs. Cleveland

Teaser Pick 2: Washington vs. Baltimore and New England vs. Cleveland

The Teaser: Pair Washington and New England

Game 1: Washington vs. Baltimore

The Initial Line:

Washington +3.5 away vs. Baltimore

The Take:

Add 8 points to Washington’s line

The Final Line:

Washington +11.5

The Breakdown:

Washington was able to secure the home victory on Sunday, as they defeated the winless squad from Cleveland 31-20. Baltimore finally got its first loss of the season, as they fell at home to Oakland late 28-27. All season Baltimore has been playing in close games, as every game has been decided by 6 pts or less. This same trend occurred last year even though they were supposed to be getting healthier with the return of Terrell Suggs and Steve Smith Sr. Washington hasn’t performed great this season but they do sit at 2-2 and remain a contender in the NFC East. Washington has a strong offensive attack ranking 8th in total yards, but that will be tested against the #1 ranked defense in yards allowed this season. However, Baltimore’s defense hadn’t really been tested too badly against some weaker offenses besides Oakland (Buffalo, Cleveland, Jacksonville). I believe Baltimore’s record is deceiving as they are a team I see regressing over the course of the season. Washington may not be able to make the playoffs, but they should have enough firepower behind Kirk Cousins to keep this to yet another tight game in Baltimore. Grabbing them with an 11 pt cushion should be more than enough.

Game 2: New England vs. Cleveland

The Initial Line:

New England -10.5 away vs. Cleveland

The Take:

Add 8 points to New England’s line

The Final Line:

New England -2.5

The Breakdown:

New England is coming off one of their worst performance in years, as they got shutout at home by Buffalo 16-0. Cleveland remains winless after week 4, as they fell on the road to Washington 31-20. That was the first time New England has been shutout at home since 1993 and in general since 2006. Obviously having 3rd string rookie QB Jacoby Brissett behind center doesn’t help, but the defense didn’t contribute much either. They allowed 378 total yards and 24 first downs which is not good enough, and every player on the team knows it. Finally they will get Tom Brady back this week and it couldn’t come at a better time sitting at 3-1 on the year and needing a boost. They almost never lose back-to-back games, as Bill Belichick and Co are 36-4 coming off a loss. Cleveland is 0-4 and has a point differential of -41 vs New England’s +20. This game has all the writings of a blowout in the making, but since Tom Brady hasn’t been able to participate in football activities in over a month I’d hesitate to say they’re guaranteed to run away with the game. With a line of -10.5 it’s hard to predict how on point Brady will be, but at -2.5 it’s a no-brainer taking them here.

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