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NFL Week 4 expert picks against the spread – Doc’s picks

Much like Del, Doc Brown had a tough time with this week’s picks. You have two rookies getting starts this week — Teddy Bilgewater Bridgewater and Blake Bortles — and a new QB likely to start for Tennessee. That makes it three tough calls out of 13 games.

Many other games are tough calls as well now that the sportsbooks have a better handle on things and can produce closer point spreads. Still, Doc has waded through it all and has made his picks below.

NFL PICKS WEEK 4
(ATS = Against the Spread, SU = Straight Up)

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The only game the Doc felt like locking was the Houston Texans covering the 3-point spread against Buffalo. The Bills fell back to earth last week with a home loss to the Chargers. They have some good skill players and good offensive and defensive lines, but the Texans also have a strong defensive line. Ryan Fitzpatrick is motivated to beat his former team and will be able to do so by a larger margin than 3 points.

A few other comments: The Doc is going with both rookie QBs. Bortles looks like he can move the Jags offense somewhat — likely enough to get them 14 points — which should be enough with the spread. Bilgewater should give the Vikings enough of a chance against the Falcons to stay close. He should be better than Matt Cassel was the last few weeks.

Ultimately, the Doc is thinking there will be several close games, which is why he has so many underdogs. Blowouts will kill his picks.

NFL Week 4 expert picks against the spread – Del’s picks

You hear that? That’s the sound of Del finally arriving for the 2014 NFL season. After two abysmal weeks to start off the year, Del finally got back on track last week by going 10-6 against the spread. More importantly, we were a perfect 3-0 in locks of the week and Doc and Del were 5-1 combined. That’s going to make you money no matter how you cut it.

Week 4 features the first round of byes, so there are less games to pick. That means we have to be even more accurate, because wins will be tougher to come by. There are also some really tough spreads this week, so we’ve done our best to analyze the games for you. Here are Del’s Week 4 NFL Picks, with analysis of this week’s locks after the chart. Check back later in the week for Doc Brown’s picks.

NFL PICKS WEEK 4
(ATS = Against the Spread, SU = Straight Up)

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NFL Week 3 expert picks against the spread – Doc’s locks

Much like Donnie in “The Big Lebowski,” Doc Brown has been throwing rocks and knocking down his weekly picks. 83 percent on the Top 3 locks to start the season, above .500 record against-the-spread, and 63 percent straight up.

Doc will keep the money train rolling in Week 3. Below are his and Del’s expert NFL picks for the week, along with analysis of the Top 3 below.

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(ATS = Against the Spread, SU = Straight Up)

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NFL Week 3 expert picks against the spread – Del’s picks

Drew-Brees-frustrated-with-SaintsThere’s really no way to sugarcoat it — the first two weeks of the NFL season have not gone well for Del. It has been an ice cold start, but there can be no panicking this early in the season. The more we get a feel for things and watch teams play, the better the picks should be.

If you’ve been betting Del’s “locks,” you’re in red figures right now. But don’t worry, the goal is to be above the 50-percent mark by the end of the season. We still have more than enough time to get there, and Week 3 is a good time to start going in the right direction.

Here are Del’s Week 3 NFL Picks, with analysis of the top three after the chart. Check back later in the week for Doc Brown’s picks.

NFL PICKS WEEK 3
(ATS = Against the Spread, SU = Straight Up)

NFL picks week 3

Are the Chargers already underrated or what? This is a team that should be 2-0 if not for a fluke meltdown in a hostile road environment against the Cardinals in primetime. San Diego looked incredibly convincing against the defending champion Seahawks on Sunday. Philip Rivers is playing at an extremely high level and seems very comfortable under offensive coordinator Frank Reich. Heck, the Chargers even managed to move the ball against Richard Sherman. I’m not sold on the Bills yet, as a regression has to be coming from EJ Manuel. The Chargers aren’t bad enough to be a 1-2 team and the Bills aren’t good enough to be a 3-0 team. Expect the expected in this game. Chargers should win outright.

There probably isn’t a more desperate team in the NFL this week than the Saints. They had a couple of ugly losses to the Falcons and Browns to start the season, but we all know Sean Payton’s team is a different animal when playing in their dome at home. Rob Ryan’s defense has to start forcing some turnovers, and the Vikings showed last week against New England that they’re capable of giving up plenty of them. I expect the Saints to come out firing on offense and their defense to come up with a few takeaways. This one could easily be a blowout.

And finally, I can’t believe I’m saying this — I somehow feel great about the Giants this week. Sure, the Texans are coming an impressive win. They demolished the Raiders on the road, but in this case I think the fact that it was a road game is going to hurt them. The Texans had to travel from Houston to Oakland and back and will now go to the complete opposite side of the country to play the Giants. That’s a lot of traveling. If the Giants can’t capitalize on that to avoid starting 0-3, there won’t be an ounce of hope left for Tom Coughlin’s team.

NFL Week 2 expert picks against the spread – Doc’s picks

While Las Vegas sportsbooks killed it the first week of the NFL season, Doc Brown posted a decent .500 week while going 2-1 on his locks. That’s not a bad way to kick off the NFL season.

The Doc knows that a lot changes from the second week to the first. Teams that had fluky victories in Week 1 won’t be as lucky in Week 2. Teams that had the home field advantage in the first week and are on the road in the second week will see big changes. Fear not, however, as the Doc has you covered.

Take a look at the expert picks from Doc and Del in the spreadsheet below, along with analysis of the Top 3 picks after that.

NFL PICKS WEEK 2
(ATS = Against the Spread, SU = Straight Up)

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NFL Week 2 expert picks against the spread – Del’s picks

Aaron RodgersWeek 1 of the NFL season didn’t exactly start the way Del wanted it to, but there’s a silver lining here — there are still 16 to go. If we’re still picking games below the .500 mark and going 0-for-3 in the Top 3 by about week 11 or 12, we might hit the panic button. But for now, we move forward.

Week 1 featured some truly whacky covers. For whatever reason, the Jets went for two after scoring to take a 19–7 lead over the Raiders. They failed, and the Raiders ended up covering the 5.5-point spread with another touchdown. That one left a sour taste in Del’s mouth, as did the Eagles’ insane late cover against the Jaguars. Nevertheless, it’s time to shake it off. Here are Del’s Week 2 NFL picks. Check back later in the week for Doc Brown’s picks.

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(ATS = Against the Spread, SU = Straight Up)

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NFL Week 1 expert picks against the spread – Doc’s picks

Wooooooo!!!!!! Footbawwwwww is here!!!! It’s Week 1 of the NFL season. Everyone has hopes of making the playoffs and winning the Super Bowl. Clean slates for everyone! And once again, everyone thinks they have a chance of beating Doc Brown in NFL picks. And once again, that won’t happen.

The Doc has a pristine record as a prognosticator and will continue his run of success this season. Just like many years in the past, the experts here at LBS will be picking games each week. Doc and Del will post our picks straight up and against the spread and keep track of our running totals all season. As usual, we’ll also do our weekly top 3 picks. Those are the money in the bank locks.

This time around we’re also adding a twist — the previous week’s winner in the LBS weekly pick ‘em pool (go here for details on signing up) will also make picks each week. Since it’s Week 1, we’ve asked last year’s league champ BMK to make his picks as well. Those are far below.

Below are Doc and Del’s Week 1 picks against the spread and straight up with some analysis below.

NFL PICKS WEEK 1
(ATS = Against the Spread, SU = Straight Up)

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