NFL Picks for 10/2/22
1:00 PM EST
Rotation # 257
Bills -3 over Ravens (push)
Baltimore loves to run the football, but their offensive line has a few injuries. The Ravens can throw the football, but it’s not what they like to do first. Any other team in the NFL would take advantage of Buffalo’s massive injuries in their secondary. Baltimore will have a tough time moving the ball against this ferocious Bills defensive line that will bail out the secondary by not allowing the opposing team time to make clean throws. The Bills lost a close game at Miami last week and will be focused this afternoon. Look for a balanced attack from the Bills, and the wildcard is Josh Allen taking off running. Buffalo is a tough team to game plan against. Take the Bills.
1:00 PM EST
Rotation # 264
Steelers -3.5 over Jets (loss)
The Jets will probably start Zach Wilson today. Wilson has not played this year and will be a bit rusty, and the Jets running game doesn’t scare me against the Pittsburgh defense. Today’s game should be a good defensive battle, with the difference on offense is the offensive line of Pitt is healthier. The Jets have both their starting tackles on IR, which will hurt the blind side of Zach Wilson today. Look for the Pittsburgh crowd to be too much for the young QB. Take the Steelers.
1:00 PM EST
Rotation # 269-270
Browns/Falcons Over 47.5 (loss)
The first thing that comes to mind in this game is how both teams have weak defensive lines at the moment. Atlanta will need significant improvement on the defensive front in the offseason, while Cleveland has many vital injuries this afternoon. I believe both offensive lines will be able to make the necessary push from their team to move the chains. Neither team is great on offense, but they should take advantage of being bullies up front. When you control the line of scrimmage, it equals many points. Take the Over.
4:05 PM EST
Rotation # 272
Panthers -1 over Cardinals (loss)
Arizona has had a tough start to the year because their offense is not at full strength. DeAndre Hopkins is still suspended, AJ Green is out, and Rondale Moore is iffy. Carolina might have the best running backs collectively in the entire league. Baker Mayfield registered his first win as a Panther last week and is looking to extend that streak at home today. I like Carolina’s offense and defense a little bit better today. Take the Panthers.