The 2019 NFL season is nearing the halfway point, and playoff races are starting to heat up. It has been a very exciting and interesting season up to this point, and that should continue as the weeks move on. Let’s take a look at this week’s slate of games and make some betting predictions for each of them.
- Thursday, October 17
- Sunday, October 20
- Monday, October 21
- NFL Teams on Bye Week
- Kansas City Chiefs at Denver Broncos
- Arizona Cardinals at New York Giants
- Houston Texans at Indianapolis Colts
- Miami Dolphins at Buffalo Bills
- Minnesota Vikings at Detroit Lions
- Oakland Raiders at Green Bay Packers
- Jacksonville Jaguars at Cincinnati Bengals
- Los Angeles Rams at Atlanta Falcons
- San Francisco 49ers at Washington Redskins
- Los Angeles Chargers at Tennessee Titans
- Baltimore Ravens at Seattle Seahawks
- New Orleans Saints at Chicago Bears
- Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys
- New England Patriots at New York Jets
Thursday, October 17
Sunday, October 20
Monday, October 21
NFL Teams on Bye Week
- Carolina Panthers
- Cleveland Browns
- Pittsburgh Steelers
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers
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Kansas City Chiefs at Denver Broncos
- Spread Odds: Kansas City Chiefs -3.5
- Total: 48.5
The Kansas City Chiefs can really score, but the Denver Broncos pride themselves on defense. The Chiefs have lost two straight games, and Denver has won two straight.
The signs might point to Denver winning this game at home, but don’t be fooled by these recent trends. Kansas City still has quarterback Patrick Mahomes on its roster, and it will put up a ton of points in this game.
Denver usually plays well at home, but they just can’t keep up with the Chiefs. The Broncos will keep it close for a while, but betting the Chiefs -3.5 is the right pick in this game.
Arizona Cardinals at New York Giants
- Spread Odds: New York Giants -3.0
- Total: 49.0
Rookie quarterbacks are set to square off when the Giants host the Cardinals. Both teams have been playing well of late, but neither are playoff teams this season.
Kyler Murray is a dual-threat quarterback for Arizona, but he still struggles with turnovers. Daniel Jones has thrown it well for the Giants, but he hasn’t gotten much help.
New York is at home, and taking the Giants at -3.0 is the correct pick in this game.
Houston Texans at Indianapolis Colts
- Spread Odds: Indianapolis Colts -1.0
- Total: 48.0
This should be a terrific game and will help sort out the AFC South Division. The Colts have been a terrific defensive team this season, while the Texans have done everything well.
Quarterback Jacoby Brissett has this Colts team believing in itself, and they are a great team at home. Indianapolis stunned the Chiefs two weeks ago but will face another huge test in this one.
Houston also beat the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday and looks like a real Super Bowl contender. The Texans have a potential Hall of Fame quarterback in Deshaun Watson, and their defense is great.
The Texans are just too good, and they are going to be the correct pick in this game.
Miami Dolphins at Buffalo Bills
- Spread Odds: Buffalo Bills -17.0
- Total: 40.0
The Miami Dolphins are bad, and the Buffalo Bills are surprisingly good. Buffalo nearly knocked off the Patriots a week ago and are back home in this game.
Miami might not win a game all season long and is awful on both sides of the ball. The Dolphins are clearly in tanking mode, and a loss does than more good than a win.
Buffalo is going to win this game, but take Miami +17.0 in this game. The Dolphins will fight hard before remembering how to lose.
Minnesota Vikings at Detroit Lions
- Spread Odds: EVEN
- Total: 45.0
The NFC North might be the best division in football this season, and both of these teams are terrific. Minnesota is 4-2 this season, while Detroit is 2-2-1.
The Lions felt robbed in their loss to the Green Bay Packers on Monday night, but they played well in that game. Quarterback Matthew Stafford has been solid, and the Lions are finally finding some defense.
Minnesota got four touchdown passes from Kirk Cousins in Week 6, and the Vikings are starting to click. Minnesota has some terrific pass rushers, and they will bother Stafford in this game.
This game will be tight, but look for the Lions to pull away from the Vikings late.
Oakland Raiders at Green Bay Packers
- Spread Odds: Green Bay Packers -6.0
- Total: 47.0
Green Bay is 5-1 on the season but will have a short week. The Packers came back to beat the Detroit Lions on Monday Night Football, as Aaron Rodgers was fantastic again.
Oakland is fresh off of a stunning win over the Chicago Bears in London and a bye week, and they did a lot of things well. The Raiders have a solid running back in Josh Jacobs, and their defense can be great.
The Raiders will play well in this game, but the Packers -6.0 at home is the right pick.
Jacksonville Jaguars at Cincinnati Bengals
- Spread Odds: Jacksonville Jaguars -3.0
- Total: 43.5
The Cincinnati Bengals are 0-6 so far this season, and almost all of their losses have been blowouts. Cincinnati is being outscored by more than 10 points per game, and their season is already lost.
Jacksonville has now lost two straight games, and “Minshew Mania” is starting to wear off. The Jaguars scored just six points in Week 6, but their defense has played well.
Jacksonville has some issues to fix, but it won’t matter in this game. Bet the Jaguars -3.0 over the Bengals on Sunday.
Los Angeles Rams at Atlanta Falcons
- Spread Odds: Los Angeles Rams -3.0
- Total: 54.0
The Atlanta Falcons are an absolute mess, and it’s amazing how fast things went wrong. The Falcons are 1-5 this season, and their defense has been horrendous.
Los Angeles has lost three straight games, and quarterback Jared Goff looks lost and confused. Goff threw for less than 150 yards in Week 6 and has struggled with interceptions.
This game will be a good chance for the Rams to turn things around, and they should have little trouble against the Falcons. Take the LA Rams -3.0 in this game.
San Francisco 49ers at Washington Redskins
- Spread Odds: San Francisco 49ers -10.0
- Total: 41.5
There are just two undefeated teams remaining in the NFL, and the 49ers are one of them. San Francisco is averaging 180 rushing yards per game, and its defense has given up less than 13 points per contest.
Washington earned its first win of the season in Week 6, but it still has plenty of issues. The Redskins don’t have a quarterback, and their defense has really struggled.
This game won’t be close, and the 49ers -10.0 over the Redskins is the right pick.
Los Angeles Chargers at Tennessee Titans
- Spread Odds: Tennessee Titans -2.0
- Total: 40.0
The Los Angeles Chargers were supposed to be a Super Bowl contender this season, but things are not going well. Los Angeles just can’t find any balance on offense, and they are just 2-4.
Tennessee is also 2-4 on the season, and it has some major question marks at the quarterback position. The Titans have lost their first two home games of the season, and they just can’t score points.
This should be a solid matchup, but look for the Chargers to find their rhythm in this game. Take the LA Chargers +2.0 against the Tennessee Titans.
Baltimore Ravens at Seattle Seahawks
- Spread Odds: Seattle Seahawks -3.5
- Total: 50.0
The Seattle Seahawks are a great offensive team this season, but the Baltimore Ravens might be the best. Seattle has won three straight games, and the Ravens have won their previous two.
Baltimore leads the NFL in rushing yards per game and also in total points. The Ravens will need to run the ball to quiet the hostile crowd up in Seattle.
Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson has been the best player in the NFL so far this season, but he needs help. The Seahawks defense has allowed 24.0 points per game, but they will show up in this game.
The Seahawks are just too tough to beat at home and will win this huge showdown.
New Orleans Saints at Chicago Bears
- Spread Odds: Chicago Bears -3.0
- Total: 38.5
The New Orleans Saints just continue to win, even though Drew Brees remains out. Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater has thrown the ball well, but his offensive line has been a bit shaky of late.
Chicago will be fresh off of its bye week but also off of a disappointing loss to the Oakland Raiders. The Bears offense has struggled this season but should get QB Mitchell Trubisky back for this game.
The Bears will bounce back with a solid win over the Saints on Sunday afternoon.
Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys
- Spread Odds: Dallas Cowboys -3.5
- Total: 49.5
The Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles might be leading the NFC East Division, but these are two very flawed teams. Dallas has been failing to score points in the red zone, and Philadelphia has a struggling defense.
The Cowboys have lost three straight games, and they are a bit banged up. Look for Dallas to ride Ezekiel Elliott in this game.
Philadelphia quarterback Carson Wentz has been a star this season, but he can’t do it all by himself. The Eagles’ lack of defense is going to cost them this game.
Bet the Dallas Cowboys -3.5 over the Eagles in this game.
New England Patriots at New York Jets
- Spread Odds: New England Patriots -9.5
- Total: 42.5
The New York Jets got their first win of the season a week ago, and they looked impressive in beating the Dallas Cowboys. The return of quarterback Sam Darnold to the lineup gives the Jets a solid option at that position.
New England has been blowing everyone out so far this season, but it still has some things to fix. Tom Brady has struggled to throw the ball at times, but the Patriots defense is the best in the league.
New York just doesn’t have enough to keep this game close. Take the New England Patriots -9.5 over the NY Jets.