Published on: 29th October, 2009
NFL Betting – NFC North Picks
Cleveland Browns @ Chicago Bears
World Series betting: Bears -13.5
How bad are the Cleveland Browns right now? Pretty much as bad as it gets. Although they have one win on the year, they really don’t have much semblance of a foundation. More importantly, a lot of people are wondering why Brady Quinn isn’t getting a shot at quarterback while Derek Anderson is absolutely horrible. If you haven’t noticed, Anderson has the lowest quarterback rating among starting quarterbacks in the NFL at 40.9. Yes, even JaMarcus Russell is lower. In three games, Anderson has completed just 23-of-70 passes and last week against a poor Packers defense, Anderson had a total of 99 passing yards.
And that’s just on one side of the ball.
On defense, the Browns are the worst in the NFL. Their defense ranks 32nd overall and aside from one game against the Buffalo Bills, every other team has scored at least 23 points on them. They are allowed just over 170 rushing yards per game and nearly 244 passing yards per game.
Now they have to head out on the road to face the Chicago Bears, who are stinging from their blowout loss to the Cincinnati Bengals last week. They are going to be focused and ready to bounce back. The Browns are a bad team and that will be evident once again this weekend.
Racebook Picks: Bears -13.5
Minnesota Vikings @ Green Bay Packers
NFL odds: Packers -3
The Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings match up in Favre Bowl II as this time the contest will be held at Lambeau Field. It should be another classic and the Packers are hoping that this time they can protect quarterback Aaron Rodgers a little better.
The Packers gave up eight sacks in the first meeting between the two teams, which is simply unnacceptable. Their offensive line will have to do a better job if they want to have any shot at winning this game.
One thing to keep in mind is that this is a battle for first place, essentially. Currently, the Vikings are 6-1 while the Packers are 5-2. The Vikings also hold the tie breaker. With a win, the Vikings would move to 7-1 and would be three games clear of the Packers, but truly four games since they will own the tiebreaker. If the Packers win, they will essentially pull even with the Vikings for the lead in the division. Look for them to get the big win at home.
World Series odds pick: Packers -3