I was going to use the trade deadline to deflect from my crappy overall season record, but then I realize half of the season is left so I’ll remain stupidly optimistic.
Watch out for the, Bills though.
Buffalo Bills at New York Jets (+3.5) — I’m not sure Kelvin Benjamin will get many snaps this week, but I think the Bills are still solid enough to where their gameplan won’t be altered too much. I expect a big game from LeSean McCoy.
Denver Broncos at Philadelphia Eagles (-8) — The legend of Brock Osweiler is real. Very real. The man filled in for a few games for perhaps the greatest (or second greatest QB) of this generation in Peyton Manning during a Super Bowl run, signed a massive contract with the Houston Texans, massively underperformed that contract, got traded in the first salary dump NBA-style trade in NFL history, got cut by the Browns, and is now starting Week 8 for the team that he won a Super Bowl with. Just for that, I’m picking the Broncos.
Los Angeles Rams at New York Giants (+4) — I just have a weird feeling that the Giants come out this week blazing. This is the Steve Spagnuolo revenge game.
Indianapolis Colts at Houston Texans (-13) — I have absolutely no confidence in this pick. I believe that the Texans will win, but 13 is a very large number, even for Deshaun Watson.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New Orleans Saints (-7) — The NFL is wacky man. After the Bucs’ lifeless performance against the Panthers, expect them to put up a fight against the sudden NFC contenders in the Saints.
Atlanta Falcons at Carolina Panthers (-1) — I think the Falcons’ season ends this week, in earnest. Sure, they may hang around for a few weeks to compete for the wildcard, but Super Bowl 51 really did a number on the psyche of that team. Meanwhile, did anyone else notice how depressed Cam Newton was at his weekly press conference about Kelvin Benjamin being traded? I think SuperCam is back this week.
Baltimore Ravens at Tennessee Titans (No Line Yet) — Joe Flacco or not, the Ravens should lose pretty handily to the Titans. Ryan Mallett is not the savior.
Cincinnati Bengals at Jacksonville Jaguars (-5) — Leonard Fournette playing against Joe Mixon should be fun, but this is actually a very interesting game. AJ Green against the secondary in Jacksonville is a tremendous matchup.
Washington Redskins at Seattle Seahawks (-7.5) — I’m a little concerned about the Seahawks’ receivers. Seattle does not have a great offensive player outside of Russell Wilson and the Redskins’ defense, for the most part, have done a decent job on less talented players at skill positions. When they play elite talent like Travis Kelce, Zeke Elliott, and even Zach Ertz, they get destroyed.
Arizona Cardinals at San Francisco 49ers (+2) — Is it time for the Bruce Arians era to be over in Arizona? If they lose this week, it may be the most clear indication that it is.
Kansas City Chiefs at Dallas Cowboys (No Line yet) — Zeke is probably not playing so there is no line on this game, but I think the Chiefs are just too well-coached for the Cowboys to win.
Oakland Raiders at Miami Dolphins (+3) — Can you believe both of these teams were in the playoffs last year? Ugh.
Detroit Lions at Green Bay Packers (+3) — The Brett Hundley show is about to be LIT.