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This time I am going to keep this to a short list. Last week I drew it out into a 3-part series, and I would love to spend more time writing about various games and give out my full-length NCAAF/NFL cards. Week 9 had plenty of upsets and shocking results, and consequently caused a bit of a shake up in my rankings. The Bottom 22 go as follows, starting with 32:
Arizona Cardinals @ Los Angeles Rams (-3)
I love the Rams in this spot as a divisional road favorite. Normally I am all over the divisional underdogs, as these games are normally closer than non-divisional games. However, this instance is very different. My power rating has the Rams winning this game by 4 which is a very slim margin, but the Rams have a huge mismatch against the Cardinals. Arizona has allowed the second most pass yards in the NFL this season, and their run defense is middle of the pack as well. They are a heavily-penalized offensive unit, and their discipline is not much better on defense. Los Angeles has yet to play a pass defense this bad, and I believe this is a great spot for Stafford to get back on track at home facing a divisional rival. If you like the Rams, take them now before you lose the hook.
Denver Broncos (+3) @ Tennessee Titans
I love the Titans, I really do. They performed extremely well against the Chiefs on Sunday Night Football. However, this offensive unit can not operate with Malik at QB right now. Their defense has taken great strides, but I just don't think his offense can score enough to cover three against this Denver defense. The Titans defense was completely exhausted, as they were practically on the field the whole game last week. I am assuming that Tannehill is out with a high-ankle sprain which will take 4-6 weeks to heal, and once we officially get that news this line will go down to a pick 'em. Tennessee is also sandwiching this game between two primetime games. Sunday Night Football against the Chiefs, and Thursday Night Football against the Packers in Week 11. Take the Broncos to cover 3 points here.
New Orleans Saints (-2.5) @ Pittsburgh Steelers
The Saints have impressed me, given their situation at QB and the fact that half of their team is out with injury for seemingly the second year in a row. However, getting the Saints at -2.5 is huge, especially if you think the Saints are going to perform well against the Ravens tonight on Monday Night Football. The Steelers are in no man's land and it seems that Tomlin is just trying to get their young guy some snaps at this point. In Week 11 the Steelers face the Bengals in a diviosnal home game, and I think the Steelers may be caught prepping for that divisional matchup. Take the Saints inside the 3 if you think they will perform well in primetime tonight.