NFL picks against the spread: Saints, Broncos make smart picks

Evan Habeeb-US PRESSWIRE

There may be only four late games on Sunday, but at least a couple of them are worth betting on.

This NFL season is flying by about as fast as it possibly could. With that said, I don't know if there has been a better week to bet against the spread for the Sunday late games. I LOVE the Saints and the Broncos this week to absolutely manhandle their respective opponents.

Take a look at what we would do for picking against the spread in week 11:

New Orleans Saints -6 vs. Oakland Raiders

The Saints are on a roll right now, defeating the previously undefeated Atlanta Falcons last weekend. Even though they are 4-5 and behind two divisional rivals, it is impossible to count out a team with Drew Brees at the helm from making the playoffs. They are starting to get a running game going, which we all know the Raiders can't defend. Take the Saints minus the points on the road this week. This could easily be a blowout.

Indianapolis Colts +9 vs. New England Patriots

Luck vs. Brady. Future vs. past. This is the matchup we have all been waiting for. The Colts have an outside shot at making the postseason while the Patriots are already all but there. I don't see the Pats losing this game, but again, there is a chance. After all, the Cardinals managed to beat them in week 2 at Gillette. With a spread of nine points, I would lean towards taking the Colts, though that is a riskier bet. Stay away from this one.

San Diego Chargers +8 vs. Denver Broncos

To me, this is like the Saints and Raiders game. Could this finally be the week we see Norv Turner get canned following a monstrous defeat? I think so. Peyton Manning is the Peyton of old and their defense has one of the best pass rushing duos I have seen in Von Miller and Elvis Dumervil. They shredded the Panthers last weekend with a mobile quarterback under center. Expect them to do the same to a shaky Chargers offensive line on Sunday. Take the Broncos minus the points. You'll be happy.

Baltimore Ravens vs. Pittsburgh Steelers- no line

With Ben Roethlisberger not set to play this week with a rib and shoulder injury, that leaves Byron Leftwich as the quarterback. Ugh. The Ravens will win this game and if Bovada ever sets the lines for it, I would take Baltimore if it's anything under 6 points. If Cam Cameron can learn that he has a super weapon in Ray Rice, this game will be over in a hurry.

Happy hunting!

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