Cleveland Browns at Oakland Raiders (-2.5)
If the Raiders (0-3) lose this game, the heat on Jon Gruden is going to become unbearable, even on the west coast. Oakland has to win, but the Browns (1-1-1) are suddenly dangerous with Baker Mayfield at the helm. The Raiders get the nod, but mostly because it’s a five-alarm fire if they can’t pull this one out.
Pick: Oakland 23, Cleveland 20
Seattle Seahawks (-3) at Arizona Cardinals
Somebody open the window, pull the plug out of the wall, pick up the television and go for the downs. This is an atrocity.
Pick: Seattle 19, Arizona 10
New Orleans Saints (-3.5) at New York Giants
The Saints (2-1) looked like the team we all expected to see last week, scoring 43 points in a win over the Falcons. New Orleans should handle the Giants (1-2) who still haven’t shown they can run the ball or defend a quality offense.
Pick: New Orleans 31, New York 26
San Francisco 49ers at Los Angeles Chargers (-10.5)
The Chargers (1-2) need to win this game, and the 49ers (1-2) are starting C.J. Beathard. Very tough to see San Francisco finding a way to win this, especially with the injuries across the board.
Pick: Los Angeles 33, San Francisco 16
Baltimore Ravens at Pittsburgh Steelers (-3)
The Steelers (1-1-1) entered the win column on Monday night, beating the Buccaneers on the road. Now they come home to take on the Ravens (2-1), who are one of the more perplexing teams in football. Baltimore has a terrific defense, but can it do enough to slow down Pittsburgh’s passing attack?
Pick: Pittsburgh 27, Baltimore 23
Kansas City Chiefs (-4.5) at Denver Broncos
The Chiefs (3-0) have covered the spread each week and haven’t scored less than 38 points. It’s never easy playing the Broncos (2-1) in their building, especially in primetime, but the disparity in talent between these two clubs is too great.
Pick: Kansas City 34, Denver 24
Last Week: 9-7