NFL Picks November 1: Steelers and Ravens battle for Lead in AFC North

Heading into week eight of the NFL season and few teams remain undefeated. One is the Pittsburgh Steelers, as they battle the Baltimore Ravens to stay on top in the AFC North. We’ll take a look at that game and four other key match ups for the week.

Pittsburgh Steelers versus Baltimore Ravens

The Steelers enter play with a 6-0 record and try to take down the Ravens, who are right on their tails in the division with a record of 5-1.  Both teams are “burning hot” on the Team Strength Oscillator and the Steelers have a +29 to +25 edge on the Power Ranking Indicator. The over/under for this game is 46.5 and the Totals Predictor indicates a defensive battle, so betting “under” is a wise choice. Both teams have been consistently performing according to their favorite/underdog status and the Ravens have a 1.51 to 2.59 odds edge. Baltimore won both meetings last year and look for that trend to continue in a very tight game.

New England Patriots versus Buffalo Bills

The Patriots are in trouble in the AFC East, coming in with a 2-4 record. The Bills are on top in the division at 5-2 and have a +22 to +9 advantage on the Power Ranking Indicator. Buffalo is a 1.51 to 2.61 favorite with an over/under at 43.5.  The Totals Predictor shows teams playing on opposite sides of the line, so it’s best to avoid the over/under bet. Buffalo is “average up” on the Team Strength Oscillator compared to “dead” for the Patriots. The Bills have also been the more consistent team, according to the Team Volatility Oscillator. Although the Patriots won both meetings last year, the power has shifted in a big way.  Go with the Bills to win rather easily.

Las Vegas Raiders versus Cleveland Browns

Cleveland enters with a 5-2 record and take on the 3-3 Raiders. The Browns are a 1.69 to 2.184 favorite with an over/under of 53.5. The Totals Predictor indicates that the teams are trending on opposite sides of the line, however without Odell Beckham, the Browns offense will be hurting considerably, making “under” an attractive bet. Cleveland has a +16 to +13 edge on the Power Ranking Indicator and “burning hot” versus “ice cold down” on the Team Strength Oscillator. Cleveland has been more consistent according to their favorite/underdog status. I think the loss of Beckham hurts the Browns more than most realize. Therefore, go with the Raiders in a slight upset.

Dallas Cowboys versus Philadelphia Eagles

Despite both teams being under .500, this games is a battle for the top spot in the NFC East. The Eagles are a 1.3 to 3.66 favorite with an over/under of 43.5. Already without Dak Prescott, backup quarterback Andy Dalton is in question this week for Dallas. Both teams are +8 on the Power Ranking Indicator and the Eagles are “average” versus “ice cold down” for Dallas. The Totals Predictor indicates that betting “over” is the smart play in this one. Dallas has been slightly more consistent in performing according to their favorite/underdog status.  Philadelphia has been inconsistent on offense but their front line has been excellent. That should control the run game and put pressure on the quarterback. Look for the Eagles to leave with a win.

New Orleans Saints versus Chicago Bears

New Orleans heads to Chicago with a 4-2 record and the Bears sit at 5-2. The Saints are a 1.59 to 2.375 road favorite and are “burning hot” versus “average” on the Team Strength Oscillator. Chicago has an edge on the Power Ranking Indicator, +25 to +19. Both teams have been consistently performing according to favorite or underdog status. Best to avoid the over/under bet in this one according to the trends seen on the Totals Predictor. The Saints won last year in the head-to-head match up and I expect much of the same this time around.

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