Pick 4: Carolina vs. Seattle and Dallas vs. Washington

Pick 4: Carolina vs. Seattle and Dallas vs. Washington

The Teaser: Pair Carolina and Dallas

Game 1: Carolina vs. Seattle

The Initial Line:

Carolina +5.5 home vs. Seattle

The Take:

Add 8 points to Carolina’s line

The Final Line:

Carolina +13.5

The Breakdown:

Carolina was toyed with by Green Bay, as they were defeated in Lambeau Field 38-17. Cam Newton had a mediocre game, throwing for 205 yds with a TD and an INT. They were down 21-0 after the 1st quarter, and green Bay never looked back after that as Rodgers threw 3 TD passes. Derek Anderson saw some action in the 4th quarter once the game was out of hand, but added a passing TD of his own. Seattle fell victim to a huge upset compliments of St. Louis, who won at home 28-26. Seattle battled to get back into the game after falling behind early, but after a few trick plays St. Louis proved to be too much for them. Russell Wilson had another great game, throwing for 313 yds and 2 TDs.

Seattle has lost their “unbeatable” status after 2 straight losses, and they’ll once again be on the road vs Carolina. Carolina is leading the NFC South with their 3-3-1 record, as many teams have underperformed thus far. However it doesn’t look like the wild card teams will be coming from that division, so the urgency is elevated for Carolina to keep winning games. Seattle hasn’t lost 3 straight in a long time, but the loss of Percy Harvin has seemed to disrupt the rhythm of their offense a bit. Expect both teams to perform better this week, and even if Seattle pulls off the road win it should be a closer game. Feel safe with +13.5 here.

Game 2: Dallas vs. Washington

The Initial Line:

Dallas -9.5 home vs. Washington

The Take:

Add 8 points to Dallas’ line

The Final Line:

Dallas -1.5

The Breakdown:

Dallas continued to build their momentum Sunday, winning at home 31-21 vs the New York Giants. DeMarco Murray was able gain over 100 yds on the ground for the 7th straight game, which broke Jim Brown’s NFL record of 100 yd games to start a season. Tony Romo also added 279 yds in the air with 3 passing TDs. Dez Bryant was his main target, catching 9 passes for 151 yds. Washington barely squeaked out a victory at home against Tennessee, winning 19-17. They had to do it on a FG by Kai Forbath as time expired. They managed to gain 351 yds of total offense, with time split by Cousins and McCoy as Cousins was benched for poor play in the 1st half. The defense was able to force 2 turnovers, but Cousins had 2 turnovers of his own which kept the game close.

Dallas is on their best roll in years, and looks poised to do better than their 8-8 records the achieved the last 3 years and reach the playoffs for the first time in that stretch. A balanced offensive attack with Romo and Murray combined with a much improved defense has lead them to their current 6-1 record. Washington on average allows over 100 rush yds a game, so that bodes well for DeMarco Murray to again eclipse that mark for an 8th straight game. Also Dallas is riding high while Washington only has 2 wins on the season and will most likely start 3rd string QB Colt McCoy this weekend. Dallas will find itself its 7th straight victory this weekend, so take them at -1.5.

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