Pick 4: Cleveland vs. Pittsburgh and San Diego vs. Oakland

Pick 4: Cleveland vs. Pittsburgh and San Diego vs. Oakland

The Teaser: Pair Cleveland and San Diego

Game 1: Cleveland vs. Pittsburgh

The Initial Line:

Cleveland -2 home vs. Pittsburgh

The Take:

Add 6.5 points to Cleveland’s line

The Final Line:

Cleveland +4.5

The Breakdown:

Cleveland had a huge rally to steal a road win, beating Tennessee 29-28. They were down 25 pts in the game, but managed to fight back in week 5 for their 2nd victory of the season. Brian Hoyer showed why he deserves the starting job in Cleveland, going 21/37 with 292 yds and 3 TDs. Ben Tate also had a great game on the ground, rushing 22 times for 123 yds. Pittsburgh was able to pull out a road win over Jacksonville 17-9. The defense came up with 2 INTs against Blake Bortles and the winless Jags. Pittsburgh now sits at 3-2, despite only having one dominant win (37-19 over Carolina).

Pittsburgh barely won the first matchup of the season against Cleveland at home, but this game will be a real test for them. Cleveland has really developed over the last couple weeks, and after their comeback against Tennessee they will be pumped up for this divisional game at home. Brian Hoyer has shown that he’s ready to compete at a high level, as his passer rating for the season is 97.7. The running game has also supported the offense, as they rank 4th in the league in yds/game. Expect another tight game here between these two, as I could see either team taking it at the end by a FG. If Cleveland wants any shot at playoffs they know they have to win these games, and they’ll be ready for Pittsburgh on Sunday.

Game 2: San Diego vs. Oakland

The Initial Line:

San Diego -8 away vs. Oakland

The Take:

Add 6.5 points to San Diego’s line

The Final Line:

San Diego -1.5

The Breakdown:

San Diego had a dominant win at home in week 5, manhandling New York (AFC) 31-0. They were in charge of the game from the start, as Philip Rivers threw for 288 yds and 3 TDs. Branden Oliver also had an impressive day on the ground, with 19 carries for 114 yds in place of the injured Ryan Mathews. San Diego controlled the ball for almost 2/3 of the game, with a 38:54 time of possession. Oakland had a bye in week 5, and they probably needed it after being 0-4 on the season. They have a -52 pt differential on the season, and rookie QB Derek Carr has not been the spark they had hoped for.

San Diego is on the rise quickly and Oakland is headed in the opposite direction. The week off may have helped them regroup a bit, but Philip Rivers and San Diego will be too much for them to handle. Oakland does rank 4th in opponent passing yards, but that also is against some weak opposing QBs (Geno Smith, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Week 3 version of Tom Brady, and Ryan Tannehill). Philip Rivers has a shot at MVP of the league this year (4th in passing yds, 2nd in TDs, 1st in passer rating), and he has beaten some of the best defenses so far in Arizona, Seattle, and New York. Expect another victory on Sunday by San Diego, and don’t be surprised if they run away with this one early.

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