The one thing I can say about my NFL picks this season is that I, like the NFL, own the Cleveland Browns. When it comes to picking the winner of Browns’ games, I’m NostraThomas. I wouldn’t call it a gift. I think it’s where hard work, opportunity and really bad football come together.
The only teams with which I struggle are the other 31.
Last week: 6-8
Last week Cleveland: 1-0
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Season Cleveland: 6-0
Lock: Kansas City (-5) over Pittsburgh. I lost.
Locks involving Cleveland: (1-0).
The Browns opened as the favorite Oct. 8 at home against the New York Jets. I picked the visitors. The game quickly moved to a pick ‘em and by kickoff the Jets were favored by 2. They won by 3.
In seasons past I picked an upset of the week. I might do that again, but with a slight change to the format. Every time I pick a winner it’s an upset.
This week, with the home team in CAPS:
OAKLAND 1 over Kansas City
BUFFALO 7 over Tampa Bay
MINNESOTA 6 over Baltimore
New York Jets 2 over MIAMI
L.A. Rams 3 over Arizona (in London)
INDIANAPOLIS 2 over Jacksonville
New Orleans 4 over GREEN BAY
Carolina 6 over CHICAGO
Tennessee 5 over CLEVELAND
L.A. CHARGERS 3 over Denver
PITTSBURGH 7 over Cincinnati
Seattle 3 over N.Y. GIANTS
Atlanta 3 over NEW ENGLAND
PHILADELPHIA 4 over Washington
Lock of the week: I could do the easy thing and pick Tennessee to cover against Cleveland. But I don’t do the easy thing. Plus, because of injuries, the line has yet to be posted.
My Lock: SAN FRANCISCO (plus-6) 2 over Dallas