Rested Steelers have an advantage over Eagles

By Barry Wilner

The Associated Press

For the NFL knockout pool, add the Rams to the Bills, Packers and Colts who have come through for us.

Now, we turn to the Ravens against the Bengals this week.

The picks:

No. 21 Los Angeles Chargers (+7.5) at No. 11 New Orleans, Monday night: The Saints are struggling defensively, but this could be a turning point. Best bet: Saints, 30-16.

No. 12 Indianapolis (-2¢) at No. 13 Cleveland: A sad shape of affairs when Pro Picks looks to the Browns to finally hit an … Upset special: Browns, 28-27.

No. 27 Jacksonville (+6) at No. 30 Houston: A new coach in Houston could make a difference. Texans, 26-17.

No. 23 Cincinnati (+12.5) at No. 5 Baltimore: Really like what Joe Burrow is showing, but this is too big an ask this soon. Ravens, 35-20.

No. 20 Philadelphia (+7) at No. 6 Pittsburgh: Pro Picks loves the Eagles’ grit. We love the Steelers’ talent and freshness more. Steelers, 30-17.

No. 17 Arizona (-6¢) at No. 32 New York Jets: When the Jets went 1-15 in 1996, the only win was over Arizona. Not in 2020. Cardinals, 26-16.

No. 18 Carolina (+3) at No. 29 Atlanta: A loss here and Dan Quinn could be the second coach fired this season. Panthers, 22-20.

No. 22 Minnesota (+7) at No. 2 Seattle: The Seahawks are letting lesser teams stay close to them, so … Seahawks, 30-24.

No. 16 Las Vegas (+12.5) at No. 1 Kansas City: The Chiefs let the Patriots stay close. Jon Gruden’s bunch, with COVID-19 issues, pays for that. Chiefs, 40-20.

No. 31 New York Giants (+9.5) at No. 19 Dallas: The Cowboys are going to play like the Cowboys soon, right? Or maybe they already are. Cowboys, 31-20.

No. 8 Los Angeles Rams (-9) at No. 26 Washington: The Rams make their third East Coast trip already. Rams, 25-14.

No. 28 Denver (OFF) at No. 10 New England: COVID-19 concerns with the Patriots caused no line here. Patriots, 20-6.

No. 4 Buffalo (OFF) at No. 7 Tennessee: If this game is played after continuing outbreak of coronavirus in Tennessee, we’ll go with … Bills, 21-20.

No. 24 Miami (+9) at No. 14 San Francisco: 49ers’ injury concerns forced dropping a spread here. Regardless … 49ers, 22-17.


This Week: Straight up: 10-5. Against spread: 5-9-1

Season: Straight up: 40-22-1. Against spread: 33-27-2

Best Bet: Straight up: 3-1. Against spread: 2-2

Upset Special: Straight up: 0-4. Against spread: 0-3-1


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