Fearless Freddie’s Football Forecast

SHORT TRIP. Picking against a rusty rookie quarterback on the road is easy. Since the Pittsburgh Steelers are struggling mightily this season, the game will stay close.

Expect a late field goal to decide it.

Freddie sees it this way:

STEELERS 31, Bills 28

HOME teams are capitalized. Teams chosen to win the game are listed first, with the predicted margin of victory next. The official Las Vegas odds are in parentheses:

PROS

Thursday night

Washington +3 over MINNESOTA (+1)

Sunday

PITTSBURGH +3 over Buffalo (+3)

Seattle +3 over ATLANTA (+5)

BALTIMORE +3 over Cincinnati (-1)

CHICAGO +3 over Detroit (even)

GREEN BAY +3 over Philadelphia (+1)

INDY +10 over St. Louis (+9.5)

NY GIANTS +7 over Oakland (+9.5)

TENN. +10 over Jacksonville (+12)

SAN FRAN +6 over Carolina (+6.5)

ARIZONA +3 over Houston (+1)

Denver +11 over SAN DIEGO (+7)

NEW ORLEANS +3 over Dallas (+7)

Monday

TAMPA BAY +3 over Miami (-1)

WEEK: 6-7 (.462). Vs. line 4-9 (.308)

YEAR: 70-48 (.593) vs. line 57-61 (.483)

COLLEGES

Thursday

BAYLOR +10 over Oklahoma (+16.5)

Oregon +7 over STANFORD (+10.5)

Friday

Louisville +31 over CONN. (+27.5)

Saturday

Missouri +17 over KENTUCKY (+13.5)

Auburn +6 over TENNESSEE (+7)

Fla. St. +42 over WAKE FOREST (+35)

TEXAS TECH +3 over Kansas St. (+2.5)

TEXAS A&M +20 over Miss. St.(+19)

WISCONSIN +6 over BYU (+7.5)

OKLA. ST. +49 over Kansas (+31)

Arizona State +7 over UTAH (+6.5)

MIAMI +10 over Va. Tech (+7)

UCF +7 over Houston (+10.5)

Notre Dame +10 over PITT (+4)

ALABAMA +10 over LSU (+13)

ARIZONA +3 over UCLA (+1)

Fresno State +10 over WYOMING (+9)

USC +14 over California (+16.5)

MICHIGAN +7 over Nebraska (+6.5)

Texas +7 over WEST VIRGINIA (+6)

WEEK: 18-2 (.900) vs. Line 9-11 (.550)

YEAR: 138-22 (.863) vs. line 73-87 (.479)