Pittsburgh -5½ vs. TENNESSEE
ATLANTA -8½ vs. Oakland
New England -3½ vs. SEATTLE
N.Y. Giants vs. SAN FRANCISCO (45½) OVER
LAST WEEK: 3-1 / SEASON: 8-12
PFW STAFF SELECTIONS
"PFW" refers to the staff consensus pick. HOME TEAM IN CAPS. Asterisk (*) denotes team will cover pointspread but lose game. Boldface (#) selections indicate best bets.
Pittsburgh -5½ vs. TENNESSEE (43)
Pittsburgh: Hub, Keith(#), Mike H(#), Eric(#), Dan P(#), Kevin(#), Arthur(#), PFW(#)
Tennessee: Dan A*, Mike W*
Cincinnati -2½ vs. CLEVELAND (44)
Cincinnati: Keith, Mike H, Eric, Mike W(#), Dan P(#), Arthur(#), PFW
Cleveland: Hub, Dan A(#), Kevin
N.Y. JETS -3 vs. Indianapolis
N.Y. Jets: Hub, Keith, Mike H, Dan A, Eric, Dan P, Kevin, PFW
Indianapolis: Mike W, Arthur
TAMPA BAY -3½ vs. Kansas City
Tampa Bay: Dan A, Eric, Dan P, Kevin
Kansas City: Hub, Keith, Mike H*, Mike W*, Arthur*, PFW*
ATLANTA -8½ vs. Oakland (48½)
Atlanta: Hub, Keith(#), Mike H(#), Dan A(#), Eric(#), Mike W(#), Dan P(#), Kevin, Arthur(#), PFW(#)
BALTIMORE -3½ vs. Dallas (43½)
Baltimore: Hub, Keith, Dan A, Eric(#), Mike W, Kevin(#), Arthur, PFW
Dallas: Mike H*, Dan P*
PHILADELPHIA -5½ vs. Detroit (47½)
Philadelphia: Mike H(#)
Detroit: Hub*, Keith*, Dan A*(#), Eric, Mike W*, Dan P*, Kevin*, Arthur*, PFW*
MIAMI -3½ vs. St. Louis (37½)
Miami: Hub, Keith, Mike H, Dan A, Eric, Kevin, PFW
St. Louis: Mike W*, Dan P*, Arthur
New England -3½ vs. SEATTLE (44)
New England: Hub(#), Keith, Eric, Mike W(#), Dan P, Kevin(#), Arthur, PFW(#)
Seattle: Mike H*, Dan A*
ARIZONA -5 vs. Buffalo (43)
Arizona: Mike H, Eric, Arthur
Buffalo: Hub, Keith*, Dan A*, Mike W*, Dan P*, Kevin*, PFW*
WASHINGTON -2½ vs. Minnesota
Washington: Hub, Mike H, Dan A, Eric, Kevin, PFW
Minnesota: Keith, Mike W, Dan P, Arthur
SAN FRANCISCO -6 vs. N.Y. Giants (45½)
San Francisco: Hub(#), Eric, Dan P, Kevin
N.Y. Giants: Keith*, Mike H*, Dan A*, Mike W*, Arthur*, PFW*
HOUSTON -5 vs. Green Bay
Houston: Keith(#), Kevin, Arthur
Green Bay: Hub*, Mike H*, Dan A, Eric*, Mike W*, Dan P*, PFW*
SAN DIEGO -2½ vs. Denver (50)
San Diego: Hub(#), Keith, Mike H, Eric, Kevin, PFW
Denver: Dan A, Mike W, Dan P, Arthur
Last week vs. spread
Hub(8-6), Keith(6-8), Mike H(6-8), Dan A(9-5), Eric(8-6), Mike W(7-7), Dan P(6-8), Kevin(8-6), Arthur(7-7), PFW(7-7)
Season to date vs. spread
Hub(41-34-2), Keith(32-43-2), Mike H(31-44-2), Dan A(37-38-2), Eric(34-41-2), Mike W(46-29-2), Dan P(33-42-2), Kevin(39-36-2), Arthur(36-39-2), PFW(38-37-2)
Last week best bets
Hub(1-2), Keith(1-2), Mike H(1-2), Dan A(1-2), Eric(2-1), Mike W(2-1), Dan P(1-2), Kevin(1-2), Arthur(2-1), PFW(3-1)
Season to date best bets
Hub(7-8), Keith(6-9), Mike H(7-8), Dan A(3-12), Eric(6-9), Mike W(10-3-2), Dan P(6-8-1), Kevin(5-10), Arthur(5-10), PFW(8-12)
Last week straight-up
Hub(11-3), Keith(9-5), Mike H(10-4), Dan A(10-4), Eric(11-3), Mike W(11-3), Dan P(9-5), Kevin(11-3), Arthur(10-4), PFW(11-3)
Season to date straight-up
Hub(51-26), Keith(42-35), Mike H(48-29), Dan A(50-27), Eric(44-33), Mike W(54-23), Dan P(45-32), Kevin(47-30), Arthur(43-34), PFW(47-30)
LOCK OF THE WEEK
Which of your picks do you feel strongest about and why?
Hub Arkush: If revenge is in fact a dish best served cold, mark the look in the eyes of the red-hot 49ers as ice cold as they prove to the Giants payback’s a bitch.
Keith Schleiden: The Titans are completely inept on defense, surrendering 36.2 points and 423.8 yards per game. An improving Pittsburgh offense will exploit this.
Mike Holbrook: The Eagles are finally going to get the offense in high gear against a Lions defense that can’t stop their downfield weapons and roll to a comfortable victory.
Dan Arkush: Typically a big fan of dogs at home in divisional games, I think the Browns could be ready for their first win of the season matched up vs. their Ohio neighbors.
Eric Edholm: Not a lot of great plays this week, but the Ravens are better in the trenches than the Cowboys, who chose to remain static on the O-line. Bad call there.
Mike Wilkening: The Patriots’ versatile, high-paced offense will eventually wear down an outstanding Seattle defense. The Pats are playing very, very well right now.
Dan Parr: The Raiders have yet to show me they are going to stop anyone. I expect Matt Ryan to shred the secondary and lead Atlanta to a very comfortable win.
Kevin Fishbain: The Cowboys may be coming off a bye, but the Ravens’ defense is not a good “welcome back” to the gridiron. I expect a better Ravens offense in this one, too.
Arthur Arkush: No QB in the league is playing better than Matt Ryan, who should thrive against a vulnerable Oakland pass “D” that has allowed nine TDs and hasn’t made a pick.