We’ve hit a lull in our suicide pool suggestions, as the Texans laid an egg at home last week. But this week offers much better choices for players.
1. Bears over Seahawks – Seattle is 2-2, but they’ve looked bad away from home. The Bears should have a solid home-field advantage, and their defense is plenty good enough to shut down Seattle’s attack. So if Jay Cutler plays OK, the Bears are a safe choice. Note that over the last couple of years, the Bears have done a good job of putting away bad teams, which makes them a safe suicide-pool pick.
2. Steelers over Browns – This is the ultra-safe pick of the week, but we’re going to leave the Steelers on the table for later in the year. Pittsburgh’s defense has been dominant all season, and with Ben Roethlisberger starting against rookie Colt McCoy, the Steelers have a ton more offense at their disposal as well. If you’re risk-adverse, this is your pick.
3. Giants over Lions – The Giants have played well the last couple of weeks, and now they welcome in the Lions, who haven’t won a road game in what seems like forever. Detroit has played pretty tough in games like this, but they haven’t broken through and won, which makes the Giants a good bet.
Trap to avoid – Chargers at Rams – The Chargers have a highly rated offense and defense, but special-teams meltdowns have cost them. They’re 0-3 on the road, and the Rams are 2-1 at home. Given those trends, and given the fact that the Rams seem to be ascending, this is a time to stay away from the Bolts.
Week 5 – L Houston (vs. N.Y. Giants)
Week 4 – L Tennessee (vs. Denver)
Week 3 – W Baltimore (over Cleveland)
Week 2 – W Oakland (over St. Louis)
Week 1 – W N.Y Giants (over Carolina)