Saturday’s NFL games kick off the regular season with two games that are very relevant to the Cleveland Browns and the AFC.
First up, the Pittsburgh Steelers are taking on the Baltimore Ravens. The Ravens have nothing to gain, but will no doubt be playing hard to try to prevent their AFC North foes from reaching the playoffs. With a win, Pittsburgh has a decent shot at making it, as they’d need either the Jaguars or the Bills to lose. Mason Rudolph has provided a spark offensively for Pittsburgh, and although I’m tempted to pick the Ravens’ backups to win, I have to go with the first-teamers on Pittsburgh to get the win. Steelers 23, Ravens 13
According to DraftKings Sportsbook, the Steelers are 3.5 point favorites against the Ravens.
In the night game, the Houston Texans are facing on the Indianapolis Colts. It’s a “win and in” game for the playoffs, meaning a victory guarantees at least a wildcard spot (and possibly division title), while a loss eliminates them. This game could help dictate who the Browns face in the first round of the playoffs, because if the Jaguars lose to the Titans on Sunday, then the Browns face the winner of this game. The Colts have been playing better overall football, but C.J. Stroud being back for his second week could propel Houston. I’m torn, but I’ll take the Colts. Colts 23, Texans 20
According to DraftKings Sportsbook, the Texans are 1 point favorites against the Colts.
The rest of the DBN staff picks for the game are below. You can use this as your open thread for the game.