Monthly Archives: October 2015

BTL Week 8 NFL Picks

After a rough week with the picks last weekend, I’m looking to bounce back. Of course I got off to a horrible start in the TNF matchup, I drank the Dan Campbell kool-aid and got burned by Tom Brady for the 57th time. You made your point Tom, I’m never going against you on TNF again! Here’s my record after for the season so far. (Weeks 4-7)

Straight up: 40-17

Vs the Spread: 23-17-2

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Lions @ Chiefs ( In London) / Line: KC -2.5

Lions 24 Chiefs 20 / DET +2.5

Buccaneers @ Falcons / Line: ATL -7

Falcons 30 Buccaneers 17 / ATL -7

Cardinals @ Browns / Line: AZ -6

Cardinals 27 Browns 17 / AZ -6

49ers @ Rams / Line: STL-8

Rams 24 49ers 10 / STL -8

Giants @ Saints / Line: NO-3

Giants 28 Saints 24 / NYG +3

Vikings @ Bears / Line: MIN -1

Vikings 23 Bears 20 / MIN -1

Chargers @ Ravens / Line: BAL -3.5

Chargers 24 Ravens 20 / SD +3.5

Bengals @ Steelers / Line: Even

Steelers 28 Bengals 24 / PIT

Titans @ Texans / Line: HOU -4

Texans 24 Titans 21 / TEN +4

Jets @ Raiders / Line: NYJ -3

Jets 20 Raiders 17 / Push

Seahawks @ Cowboys / Line: SEA -4.5

Seahawks 24 Cowboys 17 / SEA -4.5

Packers @ Broncos / GB -2.5

Packers 24 Broncos 20 / GB -2.5

Colts @ Panthers / Line: CAR -7

Panthers 24 Colts 20 / IND +7

BTL Packers Podcast 2.4

We’ve got a special edition of the BTL Packers Podcast. In this episode we preview that much anticipated Broncos game on Sunday Night Football. In just the 4th time in NFL history where two teams 6-0 meet this late into the season, we dish on the following:

Should the Packers be 2.5 point favorites on the road vs Peyton Manning?

What weaknesses can either team exploit against the other.

Each teams X-factor and final score prediction.

Hope you enjoy! And as always, like and share the podcast!

-MikeV87

NFL Week 7 Picks

-Mike Visconti

Last week straight up: 9-5 / vs the spread: 8-6

Year to date straight up: 30-13 / vs the spread: 16-11-1

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*Thursday Night Football Prediction

Seahawks @ Niners / Line: SEA -6.5

How the tides can change in the NFC West. The once titans of this division have fallen on rough times as of late. Most of it is the massive talent exodus that both the Seahawks and Niners have experienced, and that can be directly related to having to pay all the elite young talent that both teams accrued in the beginning of the decade. The Seahawks have seemed to reach the playoff breaking point. One more loss could knock them out of the playoffs for good barring a miraculous run. The Niners have rebounded as of late. Embattled QB Colin Kaepernick has performed better in the last two weeks. The Niners have played well at home, the Seahawks always have their troubles away from the Clink. Kaepernick will still have to figure out the Seattle D, although they are not the historic group he’s use to facing. The Seahawks have held 4th quarter leads in every game this year they’ve lost. I’m going with Seattle to pull off their first “must win” game of the year. The Seahawks are the better and more talented team, but expect the Niners to fight them tooth and nail.

Seahawks 23 Niners 20 / SF +6.5

Bills @ Jaguars / Line: BUF -5.5

Gotta give it to the NFL, trying to expand their brand overseas by putting the their crappiest teams in front of the Brits. The London games are always tough to predict. In Week 3 I said these things about the Bills; “Rex Ryan is a good coach, Tyrod Taylor is a legitamate QB and the Orchard Park home crowd is a legit advantage”. The first statement is obvious false by now and the latter two the Bills will appear to be without on Sunday. The Jags on the other hand are an interesting case. Blake Bortles looks to be building on the top 5 draft potential we’ve heard about. He’s got legit weapons on the outside, Allen Hurns and Allen Robinson, to go along with rookie RB T.J. Yeldon. But they still stand 1-5 because their defense is just not dependable. Usually I differ to the team with the unit I trust the most, and right now that is the Buffalo defense, but if Tyrod Taylor can’t go Sunday, expect Bortles to put up enough points to make it interesting.

Bills 24 Jaguars 20 / Jags +5.5

Buccaneers @ Redskins / Line: WSH -3.5

With three of the five undefeated teams on bye this week (Den, GB and Cin), this is what we get. A bunch of bottom tiered teams beating the crap out of each other, it really is one of the weakest slates we will see this year. The Bucs have been up and down, Jameis has shown flashes but that has mostly occurred at home. The Redskins have been putrid offensively, especially in the passing game, the skill players have just not been there early in the season. Desean Jackson will finally be back so that should give a stagnant down field passing game a little more juice. I look for the Redskins to make Winston’s life difficult on Sunday as they really have been the only dependable unit Washington can hang its hat on. Vegas seems to think so as well, but only marginally with the -3.5 point line. I’m taking the Redskins defense at home.

Redskins 23 Buccaneers 17 / WSH -3.5

Falcons @ Titans / Line: ATL -5.5

Just a couple of minutes ago I got an update that rookie QB Marcus Mariota will be out for this weekends game. In his place, Zach Mettenberger, not that much better for the Titans hopes. After being exposed the last two weeks by both the Redskins and the rival Saints, the Falcons have lost a little bit of the early season luster. Devonta Freeman continues ton run like a man possessed but his main side-kick Julio Jones has been slowing down as he deals with injuries. Usually I am not a fan of Atlanta on the road but getting Mettenberger in this game seals my pick. I look for the Titans to put up a fight for the first half, and then the wheels come off.

Falcons 27 Titans 13 / ATL -5.5

Saints @ Colts / Line: IND -4

Aside from the worst attempt of a football play I’ve ever seen in my 20 years of watching the NFL, both teams rebounded last week. The Saints found their home mojo with a W against the Falcons, and while the Colts lost, they played an undefeated Patriots team very well. Luck still looks like he’s dealing with that shoulder injury but he put up his best performance of the season to date. Drew Brees is also dealing with a similar injury but has found ways around it as well. I don’t expect either teams defense to step up at all this game, this will be an old fashioned shootout. Only i think Drew Brees will run out of bullets faster than Luck.

Colts 33 Saints 28 / IND -4

Lions @ Vikings / Line: MIN -2

Matthew Stafford very well might’ve saved both his and Jim Caldwell’s career last week with his “2011 renaissance” performance. A loss to the lowly Bears would’ve likely spelled the end for Caldwell in Detroit and sent Stafford further down the rabbit hole of trying to be a good quarterback, let alone an elite one. The Vikings were able to out last a punchless Chiefs team at home, barely. Concerns about QB Teddy Bridgewater’s ceiling are now real. At this point he looks to be a game manager, but considering what his team consists of; a legit defense and an elite RB, there are worse things to be right now, like say Peyton Manning. The line says basically a toss up, I mean this Vikings team can’t even get the 3 home field advantage points! I think Stafford found an offensive strategy that works last week, 10-step drop and heave to Calvin Johnson 50 yards downfield about 15 times a game. Megatron will catch at least 3 or 4 of those throws, you gotta think 2 or 3 more will draw pass interference penalties, and there you go, field goal range already. Problem is, what happens when one of the best secondaries start picking the remaining balls off? Yeah, I’m not going with the Stafford led Lions clinging to life support here.

Vikings 23 Lions 17 / MIN -2

Browns @ Rams / Line: STL -6.5

The Browns had last weeks game won, all they needed was one first down and they would’ve dethroned the unbeaten Broncos, but the Denver pass rush got to McCown. it doesn’t get any easier this week. The Rams are coming off their bye in which, defensively, they play the Packers very well on the road. Nick Foles did not play so well, probably his worst professional game as a starter. But Cleveland lacks the pass rush that Green Bay has, and they cannot stop the run. This could be the game Todd Gurley goes for 200 yards, maybe even 300! He’s that good, the man is a transcendent talent. He has put up over 150 rushing yards in the last two contests and is strongest in the 4th quarter. Nick Foles will not make the same terrible throws that Peyton did last week. I expect the Rams to control the clock and simply wear down the Browns. The Rams are good, I think they make the wild card this year.

Rams 27 Browns 16 / STL -6.5

Texans @ Dolphins / MIA -4

What a difference a firing makes. It had long been rumored that the Dolphins had quit on Joe Philbin, there new coach has now turned back the clock with his hard-nosed and old school approach. Now granted, it helps when you play a Titans team thats led by the front runner for worst current coach in the NFL. The Dolphins showed some juice last week by making it a point of getting the ball to Jarvis Landry and Lamar Miller. Speaking of getting the ball to their playmakers, that is the lone bright spot on a Houston Texans that has the “Hard Knocks” hangover. DeAndre Hopkins is on pace for one of the greatest seasons by a wide receiver in NFL history. Bill O’Brien has botched the QB situation so badly, its a wonder how Hopkins has put up these astronomical numbers. And that is the thing, so much uncertainty in the Texans outside of Hopkins and an occasional Watt sighting. Im going with the more talented team.

Dolphins 27 Texans 20 / MIA -4

Chiefs @ Steelers / Line: KC -2.5

I had no idea what this line would be. Kansas City did not inspire much confidence last week in their first game post Charles. To have to be able to depend on Alex Smith to be your main offensive threat is never good. The Steelers defense has rebounded as of late and showed some real grit vs a legitimate Cardinals offense last week. The change to Landry Jones seems to have ignited a fire on the offense, but I’m still cautious. The Steelers are nearly back to full health on that side of the ball; Bell, Brown and Bryant are as explosive as they come. The Chiefs simply don’t have the firepower to match or the quarterback willing to exploit the matchups down field. Landry Jones on the road? More like the killer B’s against Smith and Maclin? Kelce……

Steelers 24 Chiefs 16 / PIT +2.5

Jets @ Patriots / Line: NE -7.5

New flash, the Jets are good! But are they ready to be playoff good? A win against the Patriots would put them in that category and give them that signature win. Their defense, as always, is for real. And Ryan Fitzpatrick is guiding a friskier than expected offense. Chris Ivory is running like a top 5 RB so far this year and he has help on the outside in the form of Brandon Marshall. The Patriots are part of the last 5 unbeaten teams and probably look the best of the bunch so far, but, their injuries are mounting. It is never good when your offensive line looks like a mash unit. It seemed like Brady and co. just wanted to just get out of Indy in one piece rather than risk any more attrition to their walking wounded. The Pats are playing at home, they still have Gronk, Lewis, Blount and Brandon Lafell is coming back this week, but Julian Edelman may be rendered ineffective with a finger that Brian Baldinger would be proud of. I like the Pats to win, but i’m taking the Jets and the points to cover, 7.5 is just too much for a Patriots team that knows October statement wins don’t matter all that much.

Patriots 27 Jets 23 / NYJ +7.5

Raiders @ Chargers / Line: SD -3.5

Mark Fabiani reports that the Chargers will file for relocation to LA in January. I’m sorry San Diego, but in the words of Bill Simmons, “when your quarterback is forced to go to a silent count at home, you deserve to lose your team”. The Chargers played both the Steelers and the Packers to the very last play and came up just short in consecutive weeks. And its a shame because against GB, Philip Rivers put on one of the best displays of quarterback play I have ever seen. The Raiders on the other hand have let two games get away from them in similar fashion. They just could not close out either game. Six weeks in and the Raiders appear to be halfway decent. Solid but not spectacular defensively and the makings of a legitimate offense with both Derek Carr and Amari Cooper. But I’m going with the best player on both sides of the ball, Philip Rivers. If he keeps this up, he has a legitimate claim to NFL Offensive POY and possibly Peyton Manning’s single-seasonpassing yards record.

Chargers 27 Raiders 23 / SD -3.5

Cowboys @ Giants / Line: NYG -3

So Dez Bryant being out 12 weeks was total bullshit. Five weeks after he broke his foot, the Cowboys are legitimately putting him as doubtful to play Sunday. With the Giants shitting the bed last Monday night, they have left the door open for the Cowboys to get back into the playoff picture. Eli looked terrible against the Eagles, but are we really surprised? This has been going on since 2004. The Cowboys look to spice things up this week as they turn to Matt Cassell in hope that he will push the ball down field field and not be check-down Weeden. Still though, no Dez, no Romo, and the same Dallas D that is very suspect against the pass. In the words of Michael Irvin, “Elliot Manning” showed up last week, look for the real Eli to please stand up on Sunday.

Giants 28 Cowboys 20 / NYG -3

Eagles @ Panthers / Line: CAR -3

This past week ESPN came out with some FPI NFL BCS Power Index ranking, and the Philadelphia Eagles were ranked 3rd! 3rd?! Are you kidding me, they stand 3-3 currently. What signature win have they had? Some horseshit win against a bottom 5 Saints team and a gift against Elliot Manning? I’ll give the the Jets win but that was hardly impressive. You know what is impressive, going into Seattle and beating the Seahawks. The Panthers are for real and Cam Newton is a legitimate MVP candidate. They get the Eagles at home and despite the majority of “supposed” talent residing on Philly, I just don’t think they are good. I’m taking the Panthers and not thinking twice about it.

Panthers 23 Eagles 17 / CAR -3

Ravens @ Cardinals / Line: AZ -8

Welcome to our number contender for biggest dumpster fire of 2015, the Baltimore Ravens. It wasn’t that long ago that I was talking myself into the notion that the Ravens weren’t that bad. That ship has sailed. They looked hapless against a 49ers squad that just got steam-rolled on TNF. The Cardinals have that “New England Patriot gear”, they just destroy the cupcake teams they should. I could see Joe Flacco throwing 4 interceptions and 2 of them returned for touchdowns. The Cardinals have two of the front-runners for NFL Comeback POY in Carson Palmer and Larry Fitzgerald. At home and on the national stage of MNF, this could get ugly quick.

Cardinals 37 Ravens 17 / AZ -8

BTL Packers Podcast 2.3

Need your Packers fix with the bye week coming up? BTL has you covered. In this episode Kris, Tim and myself breakdown the last two wins versus the Rams and the Chargers. We do a roundtable discussion of “The good, the bad and the ugly” for each game.

The defense looks great but will it last?

Aaron Rodgers is mortal but who in the NFL is doing more with less?

And does Eddie Lacy really need to lose 10-15 pounds?

Check us out and as always, like and share our podcast.

-Mike Visconti

BTL Week 6 NFL Picks

-Mike Visconti

Last week straight up: 10-4 / vs the spread: 8-5-1

Year to date straight up: 21-8 / vs the spread: 8-5-1

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*Thursday Night Football prediction:

Falcons 30 Saints 20 / ATL -3

Redskins @ Jets / Line: NYJ -7

Prediction:  Jets 20 Redskins 17 / WAS +7

Cardinals @ Steelers / Line: AZ -3.5

Prediction: Cardinals 27 Steelers 20 / AZ -3.5

Chiefs @ Vikings / Line: MIN -3.5

Prediction: Vikings 30 Chiefs 17 / MIN -3.5

Bengals @ Bills / Line: CIN -3

Prediction: Bengals 24 Bills 20 / CIN -3

Bears @ Lions / Line: DET -3

Prediction: Bears 23 Lions 20 / CHI +3

Broncos @ Browns / Line: DEN -4

Prediction: Broncos 17 Browns 14 / CLE +4

Texans @ Jaguars / Line: Even

Prediction: Texans 27 Jaguars 24 / HOU

Dolphins @ Titans / Line: TEN -1.5

Prediction: Dolphins 21 Titans 20 / MIA +1.5

Panthers @ Seahawks / Line: SEA -7

Prediction: Seahawks 20 Panthers 17 / CAR +7

Ravens @ Niners / Line: BAL -2

Prediction: Niners 23 Ravens 20 / SF +2

Chargers @ Packers / Line: GB -10.5

Prediction: Packers 27 Chargers 23 / SD +10.5

Patriots @ Colts / Line: NE -9

Prediction: Patriots 45 Colts 24 / NE -9

Giants @ Eagles / Line: PHI -5.5

Prediction: Giants 33 Eagles 30 / NYG +5.5

BTL NFL Week 5 Picks

Last Week’s picks: 11-4

Overall record to date: 11-4

*TNF Pick: Colts 24 Texans 21 / IND +5

Chiefs @ Bears: Line KC -9

This could be our first, “loser leaves town” matchup of the NFL. A loss to either 1-3 team most likely eliminates any chance of playoff hopes. The Bears are a mess, a slightly better mess now that Jay Cutler has returned but none-the-less, they are not good. The Chiefs, I’m not ready to declare them that bad. Their 3 losses have come to Denver, Green Bay and Cincy. As of now, those are three of the top five teams in the league. The key for KC is to not get down early. Limit the exposure of Alex Smith in obvious passing downs and they should be fine. I think the Vegas line is too high but I’m still taking KC in this one.

Chiefs 24 Bears 20 / Bears +9

Seahawks @ Bengals: Line CIN -3

In what is probably the NFL game of the week, a lot of questions will be answered after this contest. Anybody still on the fence about the Andy Dalton hype train will have their answer if the “Red Rifle” is for real on Sunday. The Seahawks have regained their swagger after two cupcake games at home vs Jimmy Clausen and Matthew Stafford. Kam Chancellor is back and the Seattle defense is playing at “high level”, although the quality of offenses they played in the last two games leaves a little to be desired. The key to this game resides on both offensive lines. Dalton red hot start can be attributted to the stalwart blocking he’s been getting. The stagnant-pace of the Seattle offense can be traced directly to the lack-luster protection the Seahawks have given Russell Wilson. Vegas deems this game a toss up. I’m not ready to believe in Dalton just yet, he needs to prove it in this game. Take the points and Seattle.

Seahawks 23 Bengals 20 / Seahawks +3

Redskins @ Flacons: Line ATL -7

Washington is still very much in the hunt thanks to a terrible NFC East. After pulling out a win against the Eagles last weekend, they get a matchup with the NFL’s hottest offense. I stated last week that when Atlanta gets a chance to play downhill at home, they are as scary as any team in the league. We all know what Julio Jones can do, the man is unstoppable. But the emergence of Devonta Freeman has made this offense a complete monster. Now Washington’s defense is respectable, but unless they have 2012 RG III back there, the defense is going to spend too much time out on the field and the Redskins offense will not be able to keep up. I personally think the line is too low. Atlanta in a another blow out.

Falcons 34 Redskins 13 / Falcons -7

Jaguars @ Buccaneers: Line TB -2.5

At the bar I watch all my games at on Sundays, The Bench, there is always a game that is stuck on the back wall, in the corner, on the smallest tv. This will be on that tv, I can’t think of less riveting matchup in the NFL all year. This is probably the toughest game to predict all week because I can’t trust either QB to play well. These teams are what they are, squeaked out a win against the terrible team they played and got man-handled by the good teams. I’ll give the nod to the home team, Jameis could flash that first round potential that Blake Bortles might not have. Bucs in a snooze-fest.

Buccaneers 23 Jaguars 20 / TB -2.5

Saints @ Eagles: Line: PHI -5

This could be another “loser leaves town” match but 8 wins could very well win the NFC East. Chip Kelly offense leads the league in most 3 and outs and is worst in time of possession. Not very good for the so called genius. Drew Brees returned last week and edged the Cowboys in OT but the results were clear, Brees can not push the ball down field. The Saints have always been a different team on the road. And for a little bit last week, Sam Bradford looked like the QB we saw in the pre-season. At some time, someone other than Jordan Matthews has to step up in the Philly receiving game. Look for Nelson Agholor to finally shake off the rookie-slump. And look for the “Mad King’s” defense to stack the box against Brees and dare him to beat them deep. I’m taking Philly.

Eagles 27 Saints 20 / PHI -5

Browns @ Ravens: Line BAL -6.5

The Ravens saved their season last week, they are perhaps the best 1-3 team in the league. The Browns played their hearts out against the Chargers and Josh McCown impressed with a great performance on the road. Unfortunately, he was let down by his defense and special teams. Justin Forsett showed major signs of life last week in cracking the century mark for the first time this year. In a divisional matchup, scores usually tend to be closer than they should. Regardless, I don’t see this Ravens team wasting an opportunity to start stacking wins after digging themselves a 0-3 hole. Ravens take care of business at home. As far as the Vegas line goes, grab the Browns and the points in this divisional matchup.

Ravens 24 Browns 20 / CLE +6.5

Bills @ Titans: Line BUF -2.5

The Bills losing to the Giants at home was one of my 4 misses last week. I put my faith in Tyrod, Rex and the Orchard Park home field advantage, but I didn’t see the 17 penalities for over 100 yards coming. I still have faith in Buffalo, just not as much as last week. The Titans are coming off a bye week, at 1-3, if they have any hopes of competing in the AFC South, they need to take care of business at home. Which leads into my main x-factor, Rex Ryan’s defensive scheme vs rookie Marcus Mariota. The Oregon product has gotten off to a good start, take out that first game though, the stats start to look a little pedestrian. I just think that Rex’s schemes will keep Mariota under constant pressure, the Titans will put up a fight but in the end, but it won’t be enough.

Bills 27 Titans 20 / BUF -2.5

Rams @ Packers: Line GB -9

The Rams shocked a lot of people with their road win vs the Cardinals. While I wasn’t too surprised that the Rams won, I was taken back by the performance of rookie Todd Gurley in the 2nd half. Gurley ran through, over and around a very good Cardinals defense. If this just the first taste of what Todd Gurley can do, then we have to start taking the Rams very seriously. The Packers came away with a gritty, hard-fought 17-3 win against the 49ers. Now while it wasn’t the blow out that many predicted, the way in which the Packers won has to inspire confidence. The Packers defense has been stout against the run and swarming in their pursuit of the QB. They rank tied for 2nd in the league in sacks so far with 17. Through 4 games this year, the Packers boast a top 10 defensive unit. Aaron Rodgers continues to play clean turnover-free football, and while the offense only put up 17 points, the game was always in their control. The Rams have an elite pass rush and the look of a bourgeoning elite RB, those two commodities will travel anywhere. But this game will be in Lambeau Field. A place where the Packers have won 10 straight, Rodgers has not thrown an interception there since 2012 and the offense plays at another level than on the road. The Rams will give the Packers a contest, but look for Rodgers and co. to pull away in the 2nd half.

Packers 27 Rams 17 / GB -9

Cardinals @ Lions: Line AZ -3

Both teams received tough losses last week, only the Lions can blame the zebras on theirs, Arizona has only themselves to blame. The Cardinals are not infallible, that much was certain last week, but I find it hard to believe they will turn in two clunkers in a row. As for the Lions, they just can’t seem to get out of their own way. They are not as bad as their 0-4 record would indicate, but not much better either. The Stafford-led offense cannot seem to find a rhythm. The defense is doing better than i expected after the loss of both Fairley and Suh. But Detriot cannot seem to close out games. I look for the Cardinals to bounce back in a big way this week. It could get ugly, and if it does, Jim Caldwell’s job is not too far from Joe Philbin waters.

Cardinals 30 Lions 20 / AZ -3

Patriots @ Cowboys: Line NE -8.5

The grim reality is starting to set in for the Cowboys as their injuries mount, this season may just be lost. And it is unfortunate, with a healthy Dez and Romo, the Cowboys would probably be favorites in this game. Now, that Vegas line couldn’t be high enough. Jason Garrett’s Cowboys face a red hot Pats team fresh off a bye week. I just can’t see any way the Cowboys can keep within 2 touchdowns of the Patriots. Their pass defense is not that good, they will have no answer for Gronk and Tom Brady owns the Cowboys. I wish i could say more but this one will be a blow out.

Patriots 42 Cowboys 20 / NE -8.5

Broncos @ Raiders: Line DEN -4.5

There is no question who has the best defense in the NFL so far, its Denver and it is not really close. Boasting the best duo of edge rushers in the league, and both top 5 in rush and pass defense, Peyton Manning finally has a legit defense. Only one problem, Manning’s arm is fading faster than the Eagles playoff hopes. After being Denver’s lynch-pin for so long, the Broncos are hoping for just league-average QB play from Manning and relying on their defense to finish the rest. And so far it has worked out. The Raiders disappointed a some people last week who thought for sure they’d get on the right side of .500. Derek Carr did not have the breakout game many of us thought he would. This game will be at home but I find it hard to believe he will have much success against the leagues top defensive unit. The only hope is that Manning throws the game away, like he almost did last week when he let the Vikings back into the game. I’m still taking the Broncos but expect the Raiders to make this game more frisky than it should be.

Broncos 23 Raiders 20 / OAK +4.5

49ers @ Giants: Line NYG -7

I think Bill Simmons summed it up perfectly about 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick. The 49ers defense put up a good fight last week vs Aaron Rodgers. But Kaepernick was just plain terrible. The QB we saw run through the 2012 playoffs is long gone. He was bouncing easy throws, reluctant to take chances downfield despite clear man to man with little safety help over the top. If the Niners get down early in this game, expect more of the same from CK7. As for the Giants, they look to have taken control of the dumpster fire that is the NFC East. The defense looks to be better than anyone gave them credit for and Eli is playing well, despite Odell Beckham Jr. being just average so far. I don’t want to fully get on board with the Giants just yet, but it might be time to do so. They could be easily 4-0. No one has played Atlanta as well as they did. And Odell has to breakout at some point right? After watching Kaepernick last week, I don’t see the 49ers coming to play on the road. The Giants win comfortably here.

Giants 30 49ers 20 / NYG -7

Steelers @ Chargers: Line SD -3

The Chargers are getting Antonio Gates back this week, the Steelers can’t say the same about Ben Roethlisberger, he’s at least about 3 weeks away. Michael Vick did not look good last week against the Ravens. Of course he isn’t their biggest problem, the kicker situation has been the Steelers Achilles Heel so far. The Chargers have been about as unpredictable as any team this season. They have looked terrible on the road and only slightly better at home. Vegas seems to think the same, the -3 line basically says this is a toss up. I don’t really have a great feel for this game yet. If you’re betting, stay away. Gun to my head, I’m going with the Chargers to continue there home roll.

Chargers 27 Steelers 24 / SD -3

-Mike Visconti

BTL Packers Podcast 2.2

Four games in and the Green Bay Packers are 4-0. In this weeks episode, the BTL crew talk about the last two wins against the Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers. We give our thoughts on who the team’s first quarter MVP is and look ahead to next weeks Rams contest. Enjoy!