We're back for another week of picks. I improved a little bit in Week 3, putting together an 8-7-1 record against the spread. It wasn't exactly an inspiring effort, but it was better than a kick in the pants, I suppose.
The 49ers head to St. Louis for Thursday Night Football this week. The 49ers and Rams are both scuffling, and with a short week, I really do think we're in line for a fairly ugly game. I do think the 49ers can win this game, although given the last two week's performances, and the Rams semi-sort-of ownage of the 49ers in 2012, my confidence level is pretty low. I'm in a pick 'em league where we make picks straight up, but you provide confidence points for each pick, using 1 through 16 (or 15, in the case of this week with two teams on bye). I'm fairly certain 49ers-Rams is getting some looooow confidence points.
Speaking of wagering (never encouraged here because we are as pure as the driven snow, and gambling is baaaad), I do think the under is worth a look. The over/under is set at 42 on many sites, with a couple at 44. I would take under on either, as I see some kind of 20-17 kind of score. Thursday Night Football is usually a slogging affair, and this matchup does not really set up much different in my eyes. I'd love to see a glorious effort from the 49ers, but there is nothing that really inspires that in me at this point.
Once again, James, Cover32.com Raiders writer, and I are back with our picks against the spread. I was 8-7-1 last week, while James was a robust 6-10-0.
|49ers @ Rams||SF -3.5||49ers cover||49ers cover|
|Ravens @ Bills||Bal -3.5||Ravens cover||Ravens cover|
|Bengals @ Browns||Cin -5||Bengals cover||Bengals cover|
|Bears @ Lions||Det -3||Bears win outright||Bears win outright|
|Seahawks @ Texans||Sea -3||Texans win outright||Seahawks cover|
|Colts @ Jaguars||Ind -9||Colts cover||Colts cover|
|Giants @ Chiefs||KC -5||Chiefs cover||Chiefs cover|
|Steelers @ Vikings||Pit -1.5||Steelers cover||Vikings cover|
|Cardinals @ Bucs||TB -2.5||Bucs cover||Cardinals win outright|
|Jets @ Titans||Ten -4||Titans cover||Jets cover|
|Eagles @ Broncos||Den -11||Broncos cover||Broncos cover|
|Washington @ Raiders||Was -3||Raiders win outright||Raiders win outright|
|Cowboys @ Chargers||Dal -2||Chargers win outright||Cowboys cover|
|Patriots @ Falcons||Atl -2||Falcons cover||Falcons cover|
|Dolphins @ Saints||NO -7||Dolphins cover, Saints win||Saints cover|