Jets (4-2) at Denver Broncos (2-4), 4:05 p.m., CBS
Line: Broncos -.5 | Total: 38
The Jets are 4-2 and fidgeting with a confidence buttressed by the performance of the rookie running back Breece Hall, who has been accountable for nearly all of the Jets’ yards from scrimmage, underscoring how much this team depends upon him and the running game.
The Broncos’ impressive defense has outperformed lofty preseason expectations, holding Chargers quarterback Justin Hebert to his first game and not using a passing touchdown in a game Los Angeles still managed to win. Denver will need its stout defense as quarterback Russell Wilson deals with shoulder and hamstring injuries. Despite these teams’ flip-flopped records, the Broncos are laying anywhere from a half point to a degree and a half. Pick: Broncos -.5
Green Bay Packers (3-3) at Washington Commanders (2-4), 1 p.m., Fox
Line: Washington +5.5 | Total: 42
Aaron Rodgers is completing just 29 percent of his throws over 20 yards this season. It’s a paltry figure for the long passes which have been his hallmark, as he has accomplished 65.4 percent of them over his profession. A thumb injury to his throwing hand in Week 5 could also be affecting him as much because the Packers’ mediocre receiver corps.
Washington quarterback Carson Wentz also hurt a finger on his throwing hand, and can be out for Sunday’s game recovering from surgery. The backup quarterback Taylor Heinicke, whose performance over 15 starts for Washington last season prompted the team to trade for Wentz, might be an upgrade. Wentz’s 62.1 completion percentage ranks twenty second within the league, while his six interceptions (third) and 23 sacks (tied for first) put him ahead of most starters. Green Bay is liable to the run, which is nice for a Commanders team that can must depend on its running backs. Pick: Commanders +5.5
Cleveland Browns (2-4) at Baltimore Ravens (3-3), 1 p.m., CBS
Line: Ravens -6.5 | Total: 45.5
Last week, the Ravens finally got a great rushing game from someone apart from Lamar Jackson as Kenyan Drake ran for 119 yards and a touchdown. This was speculated to be the missing ingredient to Baltimore’s offense, which has pushed the team to early leads in each of its three losses before opponents went ahead within the games’ final two minutes.
The Ravens’ rushing ability should bear fruit against the A.F.C. North rival Browns, who’ve given up 789 rushing yards, the ninth-most within the league. Despite their .500 record, the Ravens are statistically one among the strongest teams within the league. In the event that they run the ball in addition to they did last week, Baltimore should win at home. Pick: Ravens -6.5
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-3) at Carolina Panthers (1-5), 1 p.m., Fox
Line: Panthers +10.5 | Total: 40.5
The Panthers are getting 10.5 points at home, the most important spread on the board this week, after their offense scored only 3 points in last week’s loss to the Rams. The Carolina backup P.J. Walker hurt his neck during that game, but was expected to begin against Tampa Bay.