Late-Game Action Has My Attention in the NFL Today

Russell Wilson again leads the Seahawks against an opponent facing long odds.

Seattle has already been the scene of a huge a line when Jacksonville visited the Pacific Northwest. That’ll be the case again as winless Tampa Bay comes calling. I’m looking at that one and a few other of today’s late games in order to increase the positive slips this week.

Tampa Bay (+17) at Seattle – So you’re the Buccaneers and you are winless on the season. You have a rookie QB starting and you have you to travel to the complete opposite end of the country. Awaiting you is one of the top teams in the league in the nosiest stadium in the NFL. Oh, and you really don’t like your coach either.

If ever there were a situation to fall in love with a pick this is it. Also working against the Bucs is the fact that Seattle is coming off a narrow Monday night win in St. Louis that most of the Seahawks’ players agreed they deserved to lose. Tampa Bay is 1-5 in their last six games against the spread on the road and even though 17 is a big number in the NFL I’m all over it. Take the Seahawks’ to cover.

I just don't see Campbell and the Browns ending their streak against Baltimore today.

Baltimore (-3) at Cleveland – Here’s the stat you need to know; the Ravens have defeated the Browns 11-straight times. There, what are you going to do with that? Something has to give right? Can the Ravens keep the streak alive or is it time for the Browns to finally put an end to the misery?

While Baltimore is not what they were at the end of last season, they still remain a threat on both sides of the ball. I can’t see Jason Campbell doing too much in terms of beating the Ravens’ defense so he’ll need to take care of the ball and let the skill guys do the work. Cleveland is 0-5 against the spread in their last five home games against the Ravens so take Baltimore to cover today.

Pittsburgh (+7) at New England – The Steelers are essentially playing a must-win game here in Foxboro because should they fall to 2-6 it’ll take a miracle to catch Cincinnati in the AFC North. New England is being pursued by the Jets and Dolphins but I don’t think it will be a fruitful endeavor.

The Pats have an incredibly good record in the second half of seasons under Bill Belichick and Tom Brady has dominated the Steelers during his time in the league. That doesn’t bode well for a Steelers’ team that starts slow and then struggles to play catch-up especially on the road. Pittsburgh is 3-8 against the spread in their last 11 at New England. Both teams are dealing with injuries but I think the Pats will cover.

Philadelphia (+3) at Oakland – I don’t think either of these teams will be sniffing the playoffs come late December but I do think the Eagles with Nick Foles at QB can make some noise. Foles will get the start in Oakland and I really think he makes the Eagles’ offense go better than Mike Vick does.

The Raiders play fairly good defense and they’ll challenge Foles to beat them by trying to shut down LeSean McCoy and the Eagles’ 2nd ranked rushing attack. Offensively for the Raiders they need two things to happen. QB Terrelle Pryor has to take care of the ball and the running game behind Darren McFadden needs to churn out some positive yards.

With Foles in play, I love the Eagles here.