Detroit Lions -2.5 over Seattle Seahawks
I can’t give you a lot of reasons to take the Lions here, this is more of a gut feeling pick. The Lions are desperate and at home against a Seahawks team that doesn’t need the win as badly. Matthew Stafford must get the ball to Megatron and the Lions defense needs to turn up the heat on Russell Wilson. I think this is a close game, but I think the Lions are hungrier and will win by at least a field goal. Lions 20 Seahawks 16
Miami Dolphins +2 over New York Jets
Like the Giants, I think the Dolphins will get some revenge this weekend. The Dolphins are still angry about their overtime loss to the Jets last month. Add the fact that the Dolphins are coming off of their bye week and have listened to all of the trash talk from the Jets and you have the recipe for a Dolphins win. Even more, I don’t think this game is even that close. The Jets are banged up and will be missing a few key players from their front 7. Unlike the first meeting, the Jets will be without their best offensive player (Santonio Holmes) and best defensive player (Darrelle Revis).
The beginning phase of Hurricane Sandy will impact this game as well. Showers are expected throughout the game, with windy conditions. Mark Sanchez has a history of playing very poorly in bad conditions, so I think he’ll turn the ball over a few times. The rainy conditions also favor the Dolphins because they have the better run defense. The Dolphins run defense ranks #4 in the NFL, while the Jets run defense ranks #30. Add to this stat the fact that Reggie Bush will be looking to have a big day after listening to Aaron Maybin and LaRoid Landry this week. Ryan Tannehill will continue to improve and the Dolphins win this game by double digits and improve to 4-3. Dolphins 20 Jets 10