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Thursday December 18

Titans (2-12) @ Jaguars (2-12)

EverBank Field, Jacksonville 8:25 (NFLN)

Favorite Jags by 3 ½

Last Week Titans lost to Jets 16-11, Jags lost to Ravens 20-12

Fast Facts TEN: Titans are allowing league worst 139.6 yards rushing a game.  JAX: QB Bortles has been sacked a league high 41 times since

The last Thursday night game of the year is a real snoozer. Neither team going anywhere but home after next week. The Titans lost a sloppy ugly game to the equally woeful Jets and while Jacksonville got beat beat by the Ravens last they are at the very least playing competitive and pushing their opponents, the Titans have been getting housed on a weekly basis. The Titans haven’t won since they last played these same Jags in week 6. Im thinking that the Jags get some get back here.

Pick- Jacksonville


Saturday December 20

Eagles (9-5) @ Washington (3-11)

FedEx Field; Landover, MD 4:30 (NFLN)

Favorite Eagles by 7 ½

Last Week Eagles lost to Cowboys 38-27, Washington lost to Giants 24-13

Fast Facts PHI: Ranked second in QB sacks WAS: Allowed second most  sacks in NFL

Stung by a second straight home loss the Eagles now need help to return to the playoffs they head to DC to face a Washington team that is light years away from contention. The Eagles allow way too many points on defense primarily because their high speed offense isn’t on the field long enough to give a proper rest, but the anemic Washington offense should not give them that much trouble. Mark Sanchez should be able to get enough time to pick on the soft Washington secondary to make the road to victory pretty easy.



Chargers (8-6) @ 49ers (7-7)

Levi’s Stadium; Santa Clara, CA 8:25 (CBS)

Favorite 49ers by 1

Last Week Chargers lost to Broncos 22-10 49ers lost to Seahawks 17-7

Fast Facts SD: Have won the last three meetings  SF: The 49ers 3 game losing skid is the longest in the Jim Harbaugh Era

The Chargers are on playoff life support after their lackluster loss against the Broncos while the 49ers are dealing with the cold fact that for the first time since 2010 they will not be going to the playoffs after being dominated by another despised rival. The Chargers will be without leading receiver Keenan Allen who broke his collarbone but the Niners are a virtual MASH unit in comparison Patrick Willis, NaVorro Bowman , Ahmad Brooks, Frank Gore and standout rookie Chris Borland all either out or uncertain with injuries. Combine that and the growing ineptitude of the Niners offense. I think the Chargers are good enough to keep their feeble playoff hopes alive with a win and further fuel speculation of Harbaugh's exit

Pick-San Diego

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Thursday December 11

Cardinals (10-3) @ Rams (6-7)

Edward Jones Dome, St. Louis 8:25 (CBS/NFLN)

Favorite Rams by 5 ½

Last Week Cardinals defeated Chiefs 17-14, Rams defeated Washington 24-0

Playoff Implications Cardinals clinch a playoff berth with win (Clinches with either DAL or PHI loss)

Fast Facts StL: Posted back to back shutouts for the first time since 1945 (two moves ago when they were in Cleveland)

Arizona: First back to back 10 win season since 1974-75, when they were in St. Louis

The Cards continue to show resiliency grinding out a gutty, grimy win against a good Chiefs squad and are poised to take one of the NFC playoff berths off the table right now.  Meanwhile, The Rams are fattening up on weak teams and taking care of business. This is the best going nowhere team in the league right now and the Cards need to be especially wary of the Rams solid defense. That said, the Rams will not be facing a weak defense themselves and the Cards will cash in any mistakes. The Cards got left at the train station with 10 wins last year, I think the Cards will make sure that they are the first team on the playoff train this year



Week 15

Thursday December 11

Cardinals (10-3) @ Rams (6-7)

Edward Jones Dome, St. Louis 8:25 (CBS/NFLN)

Favorite Rams by 5 ½

Last Week Cardinals defeated Chiefs 17-14, Rams defeated Washington 24-0

Playoff Implications Cardinals clinch a playoff berth with win (Clinches with either DAL or PHI loss)

Fast Facts StL: Posted back to back shutouts for the first time since 1945 (two moves ago when they were in Cleveland)

Arizona: First back to back 10 win season since 1974-75, when they were in St. Louis

The Cards continue to show resiliency grinding out a gutty, grimy win against a good Chiefs squad and are poised to take one of the NFC playoff berths off the table right now.  Meanwhile, The Rams are fattening up on weak teams and taking care of business. This is the best going nowhere team in the league right now and the Cards need to be especially wary of the Rams solid defense. That said, the Rams will not be facing a weak defense themselves and the Cards will cash in any mistakes. The Cards got left at the train station with 10 wins last year, I think the Cards will make sure that they are the first team on the playoff train this year




Bengals (8-4-1) @ Browns (7-6)

FirstEnergy Stadium, Cleveland 1:00 (FOX)

Favorite Browns by 1

Last Week Bengals lost to Steelers 42-21, Browns lost to Colts 25-24

Fast Fact Bengals WR AJ had career 224 yards on 11 catches last week, has been limited to 12 catches for 83 yards in his last 3 games against the Browns

Playoff hopes fading fast, the Browns turn to first round pick Johnny Manziel. Manziel comes into this rivalry just in time to be called a midget by Bengals coach Marvin Lewis. The Bengals suddenly look vulnerable after crumbling in the 4th against the Steelers, while the Browns blew a sizeable lead against the Colts and lost. I think while the Browns are grasping for straws in starting the polarizing Manziel, they have a rugged enough running game to give the Bengals suspect run defense fits. The road teams stunning fade into irrelavnce continues here



Packers (10-3) @ Bills (7-6)

Ralph Wilson Stadium; Orchard Park, NY 1:00 (FOX)


Last Week Packers defeated Falcons 43-37, Bills lost to Broncos 24-17

Fast Fact GB:  Win puts Mike McCarthy into second as all-time winningest coach passing Vince Lombardi but he has a ways to go before catching wins leader Curley Lambeau .

Buf: Has only allowed two TD’s passes over the last five games

The Packers are on a roll as of late and Aaron Rodgers stellar play has been the engine for this roll. The Packers have been scoring at a furious clip, since their defense has been a bit ragged at times. The Bills have played admirable as of late but the same familiar pattern is starting to set in. The latest loss to the Broncos shows that the Bills are simply not ready for playoff caliber teams. This game here will further prove this notion

Pick-Green Bay


Raiders (2-11) @ Chiefs (7-6)

Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City 1:00 (CBS)

Favorite Chiefs by 10½

Last Week Raiders defeated 49ers 24-13, Chiefs lost to Cardinals 17-14

Fast Fact Oak: Raiders are 2-20 away from home over the last three seasons KC: has not had a receiver score a touchdown since December 8 2013

The Raiders not the Chiefs are the team coming into this matchup winning, having stunned their hated cross bay neighbors. The Chiefs once riding high and tied for the division lead have lost three straight which started with a shocking upset loss to these same Raiders. I think the Chiefs have played good enough to win but have lacked a finishing kick. Trying desperately to stay in the playoff hunt the Chiefs will break their respective home and overall losing streaks with a healthy dose of Jamal Charles running and a defense stung by the memory of the humiliating loss to their long time rivals.

Pick-Kansas City


Texans (7-6) @ Colts (9-4)

Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis 1:00 (CBS)

Favorite Colts by 7

Last Week Texans defeated Jaguars 27-13, Colts defeated Browns 25-24

Playoff Implications Colts can clinch AFC South with win

Fast Fact HOU: Have never won in Indinapolis in team history (0-6, in RCA Dome, 0-7 in Lucas Oil IND: Andrew Luck needs 70 yards to better his season best passing yardage mark

The Texans have gamely fought their way back into the playoff picture but face long time division nemesis in a place that has been a house of horrors. The Jags easily knocked of the Jags while the Colts rallied smartly to beat Browns. JJ Watt will have to be dealt with possibly on both sides of the ball and Andrew Luck will have to deal with the reduced role of Reggie Wayne who is nursing torn triceps, yet has TY Hilton playing like a beast in an increased role. Though the Texans are coming on strong, they still cant beat the Colts in Indy…sorry wont happen





Steelers (8-5) @ Falcons (5-8)

Georgia Dome, Atlanta 1:00 (CBS)

Favorite Steelers by

Last Week Steelers defeated Bengals 42-21, Falcons lost to Packers 43-37

Fast Facts PIT: Antonio Brown has logged at least 5 catches and 50 yard in 29 straight games the longest streak in NFL history

                   ATL: Julio Jones had a franchise record 11 catches for 229 yards last Monday against GB

THe Steelers used a relentless running game to bully past the Bengals while the Falcons took too long to get warmed up in Green Bay and their rally fell short. Between the stellar play of LeVeon Bell and the precise throwing of Ben Roethliseberger the Steelers have gotten off the mat and forced their way back into the AFC playoff picture. Meanwhile try as the Falcons might, they cant fall out of the NFC South divisional race. This would be the week you would expect the Steelers to go off into la-la land and have an underwhelming performance. The Falcons have just enough talent and proper motivation to spring what would be a home upset. But I wont do it, the Steelers are the better team and are breaking the habit of giving away games. Though I think the game will be close I think the Steelers take it



Washington (3-10) @ Giants (4-9)

MetLife Stadium; East Rutherford, NJ 1:00 (FOX)


Last Week Washington lost to Rams 24-0, Giants defeated Titans 36-7

Fast Fact WAS: One of two teams to have had three starting quarterbacks this season (TEN) NYG: Eli Manning will be making his 175th consecutive start

A pair of teams going nowhere fast, Washington looked lost and listless in getting shutout by the Rams while the G-Men awoke from their slumber to thrash the equally bad Titans. Washington is a hot mess offensively and while the G-Men might not repeat their primetime thrashing from October, they are comptent enough to get the win

Pick-New York Giants


Jaguars (2-11) @ Ravens (8-5)

M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore 1:00 (CBS)

Favorite Ravens by 14

Last Week Jaguars lost to Texans 27-13, Ravens defeated Dolphins 28-13

Fast Fact Jax: Have lost five straight visits in Baltimore BAL: In the last five games the Ravens have allowed a total of 3 points in the 3rd quarter

The Jags play hard but usually end up find a way to self destruct and the Ravens after waxing the Dolphins are in a position to roll to the playoffs. I think the Ravens are light years better and shouldn’t be troubled much by the punchless Jags



Buccaneers (2-11) @ Panthers (4-8-1)

Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte 1:00 (FOX)

Favorite Panthers by 3

Last Week Buccaneers lost to Lions 34-17, Panthers defeated Saints 41-10

Fast Fact Panthers have won the last three outscoring Bucs 78-33 TB:

Believe it or not this actually has some playoff implications since the 4-8-1 Panthers are still on the edge of the NFC South race after they thrashed the Saints in the Superdome. THe Bucs? They are the only team that is out of the NFC South race. Without Cam Newton the Panthers offense is less dynamic but the starting QB Derek Anderson has played and won against the Bucs. As crazy as it seems I thnk that the same thing will happen again, it wont be pretty. These games rarely are but the Panthers will stay on the fringe of the playoff race by winning here



Dolphins (7-6) @ Patriots (10-3)

Gillette Stadium; Foxboro, MA 1:00 (CBS)

Favorite Patriots by 7½

Last Week Dolphins lost to Ravens 28-13, Patriots defeated Chargers 23-14

Playoff Implications Patriots can clinch AFC East with win

Fast Facts NE: Has notched it 12th consecutive 10 win season, second longest in NFL to the 49ers 16 from 1983-96 MIA: Have allowed 661 yards rushing in the last three games the most that they have ever given up in a three game stretch

The Dolphins playoff hopes went from decent to fragile after getting thrashed at home against the Ravens, combined with the Pats bounceback win in San Diego have put the Pats on the precipice of winning the AFC East, I think that the Dolphins suspect run defense will get a workout and that will open up things for Tom Brady. The Dolphins rarely play good in the cold and this will be no exception

Pick-New England


Jets (2-11) @ Titans (2-11)

LP Field, Nashville 4:05 (CBS)

Favorite Jets by 2½

Last Week Jets lost to Vikings 30-24 in OT, Titans lost to Giants 36-7

Fast Facts NYJ: Geno Smith has lost nine straight starts TEN: Has lost their last seven by an average of 15 points

Another useless game on the docket here, both teams are playing out the string. The Jets have the comfort of a strong running game and the Titans have not much going for it, even playing at home. I think Geno Smith finally gets a breakthrough as the Jets are still playing hard and the Titans have already developed their thousand yard stare into the offseason

Pick-New York Jets


Broncos (10-3) @ Chargers (8-5)

Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego 4:05 (CBS)

Favorite Broncos by 4

Last Week Broncos defeated Bills 24-17, Chargers lost to Patriots 23-14

Playoff Implicatons Denver can clinch AFC West with win

Fast Fact DEN: Last week marked only the 11th time in 253 regular and postseason starts the Peyton Manning attempted fewer than 20 passes.
SD: Philip Rivers needs 3 TD passes to be the 17th QB with 250

The Broncos have suddenly developed at credible running game and balance, and it showed in a gritty win against a solid Bills squad. The Chargers are hanging tough as of late but were worn down by the Pats. The Broncos are coming together at the right time. Im thinking that Peyton Manning is overdue for a big breakout game The Chargers have a capable offense to be sure but Im never very sure when their defense will come to play.



Vikings (6-7) @ Lions (9-4)

Ford Field, Detroit 4:25 (FOX)

Favorite Lions by 7½

Last Week Vikings defeated Jets 30-24 in OT; Lions defeated Buccaneers 34-17

Fast Facts: MIN: 87 yarder TD pass in OT was the 2nd longest overtime touchdown pass in NFL history

DET: Lions are 2nd in NFL with 17 interceptions

The Vikes got a feel good win over the Jets in OT, while the Lions are playing their best ball battering the hapless Bucs. The Vikes need to get Teddy Bridgewater off to a solid start against the highly aggressive Lions defense. Matthew Stafford will likely go to his security blanket in Megatron Johnson early and often. I don’t know why but the Lions are way overdue for a flat performance here and Im calling the upset here…

Pick-Minnesota (Upset of the week)



49ers (7-6) @ Seahawks (9-4)

CenturyLink Field, Seattle 4:25 (FOX)

Favorite Seahawks by 10½

Last Week 49ers lost to Raiders 24-13, Seahawks defeated Eagles 24-14

Fast Fact SF: Have had only one play longer than 25 yards in the last ten quarters against the Seahawks. SEA: Have had 35 minutes or better in their last four games and have won three of them

These two teams despise one another but the Niners offense has picked the wrong time to go punchless as they suffered a humiliating loss to their despised cross bay brethren. The Seahawks went to Philly and ground out a tough hard earned win against the Eagles. I just don’t trust the Niners offense and it puts way too much pressure on their capable though beleaguered defense. The Seahawks are eager to deep six their hated rivals and doing so at home in front of their crazy fans would be extra sweet.



Cowboys (9-4) @ Eagles (9-4)

Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia  8:30 (NBC)

Favorite Eagles by 3½

Last Week Cowboys defeated Bears 41-28. Eagles lost to Seahawks 24-14

Fast Facts DAL: NFL leading rusher DeMarco Murray has yet to have a 100 yard rushing game against Eagles in four games

PHI: 139 yards vs SEA was teams lowest output since 2005

The Pokes thrashed the Bears while the Eagles got pounded by the Seahawks to set up this mammoth NFC East showdown. The Eagles win and get a crucial leg up on the tiebreakers, The Pokes win and get ahead of the Eagles in the division. I still have a hard time believing the Mark Sanchez will be able to get his way against the Pokes defense. I like the Pokes running game but I really don’t trust Tony Romo in big game situations. I think the Eagles running game at home bounces back strong and the Pokes have another one of those “huh” games





Monday December 15


Saints (5-8) @ Bears (5-8)

Soldier Field, Chicago 8:30 (ESPN)

Favorite Saints by 3

Fast Fact NO: Have allowed 27 points or more in their past five games. CHI: Jay Cutlers 21 turnovers are the most by a QB

Last Week Saints lost to Panthers 41-10, Bears lost to Cowboys 41-28

The Saints got handed another humiliating home defeat this time against division rival Carolina while the Bears just got run over by the Pokes and took another Thursday whipping. Drew Brees is way overdue for a breakout game and the Bears suspect defense is just the tonic. Jay Cutler is just lost, hes been playing like someone who is clueless and it’s a shame with as much offensive talent he has. The Bears have mailed it in long ago and the Saints are needing the win a lot more.

Pick-New Orleans


Last Week: 10-6 (Lock/Upset both correct-2nd straight week)

Overall: 130-77-1

Locks: 11-3

Upsets: 4-10



Week 14 Picks
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Not a bad week for doing the picks last week, we head into the last quarter of the season with every division still very much up for grabs and everyone except maybe the Raiders and Jets still in contention for a playoff spot. So more than a few games have playoff implications, submitted once again for your review perusal and review are this week’s picks with the odds being provided by ESPN.com for entertainment and comparison purposes only. Since I’m so broke, I can’t pay attention. So I can’t help you if you take the lines and get took.


Sunday December 7


Steelers (7-5) @ Bengals (8-3-1)

Paul Brow Stadium, Cincinnati 1:00 (CBS)

Favorite Bengals by 3

Last Week Steelers lost to Saints 35-32, Bengals defeated Buccaneers 14-13

Fast Fact The Steelers are the only team to lose against an NFC South team, the rest of the division is 10-0-1 against the division this year

The Steelers remain one of the most enigmatic team in the NFL, they beat the big guys but fall asleep at the switch as against sad sack teams like the Jets Bucs and to an extent the Saints (who despite being in first place have a losing record) They face the Bengals who tried everything they could to lose against the lowly Bucs but held on for the ugly yet effective win that keeps them a game and a half ahead of the morass that is the AFC North and other 7-5 AFC teams. Much is made of how many people that will be at this game that support the visitors and much is made on how well Ben Roethlisberger plays in his native state, but I think that Steelers are a flawed teams that has gotten along on their name and rep for a little too long. If the Bengals strong defense (given up 10, 13, & 13 in their past 3) plays the same I think it gives the home team a chance. I think that Andy Dalton who seems to play better in the non-primetime hours will play good enough to get by and that their underrated running game will carry the day



Jets (2-10) @ Vikings (5-7)

TCF Bank Stadium, Minneapolis 1:00 (CBS)

Favorite Vikings by 5

Last Week Jets lost to Dolphins 16-13, Vikings defeated Panthers 31-13

Fast Fact The Jets have won 8 of the 9 meetings, but the Vikings only win was the only meeting outdoors in Minnesota, albeit in 1975

The Jets played a vanilla boring game in losing to the Dolphins while the Vikings parlayed 2 punt blocks into scores that fueled their throttling of the Panthers. Neither team has much to play for but the Vikings can continue to positively develop the growth of young Teddy Bridgewater who is showing signs of molding into a solid QB. The Jets have more or less quit and the grins and jeers of the buffoonish Rex Ryan are long gone. Relishing another chance to be the bully, the Vikes should be able to roll here



Colts (8-4) @ Browns (7-5)

FirstEnergy Stadium, Cleveland 1:00 (FOX)

Favorite Colts by 3

Last Week Colts defeated Washington 49-27, Browns lost to Bills 20-13

Fast Fact Colts QB Andrew Luck is 81 yards shy of eclipsing Peyton Manning’s record for passing yards in a players first 3 seasons

Both teams are in serious playoff contention but the Colts are more safely ensconced in their 3 seed with the AFC South division lead while the Browns are struggling to stay afloat and now with the increased scrutiny of a QB battle are tottering on the brink of a collapse. The Colts are better balanced offensively and defensively will be strong enough to give either starter Brian Hoyer or erstwhile backup Johnny Manziel a hard way to go.



Ravens (7-5) @ Dolphins (7-5)

SunLife Stadium, Miami Gardens 1:00 (CBS)

Favorite Dolphins by 3

Last Week Ravens lost to Chargers 34-33, Dolphins defeated Jets

Fast Fact Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill has completed 70% or better of his passes in each of his last five games.

The Ravens lost a heartbreaker at home to the Chargers to remain in the 7-5 mess of AFC teams, the Dolphins with the win over the sorry Jets have the leg up on the 7-5 teams but cannot slack for a minute if they want to be playing in January. The Ravens are a hard team to figure, Joe Flacco is nowhere near the elite QB that some were making him out to be but he gets the job done enough to keep the Ravens relevant. More hurtful is the loss of defensive stopper Haloti Ngata due a drug suspension. I’m still trying to figure if Ryan Tannehill is really going to take the next step as a serviceable solid QB. Both teams have underrated running games and will try to control the tempo. I think that the Dolphins are more of a playoff team than the pundits want to admit and will take a crucial next step here and severely damage the Ravens flickering playoff hopes.  



Texans (6-6) @ Jaguars (2-10)

EverBank Field, Jacksonville 1:00 (CBS)

Favorite Texans by 5½

Last Week Texans defeated Titans 45-21, Jaguars defeated Giants 25-24

Fast Fact The Texans set a franchise record for points in a single game with 45 last week

Both teams coming walking tall after wins, the Texans routing the Titans and the Jaguars upending the Giants. Having had to turn back to Ryan Fitzpatrick after the injury to Ryan Mallett, the Texans offense suddenly came back to life with their highest point output of the season. The Jags are playing hard and finally got a win to show for it, but they are way way out of their league with their divisional brethren who are much better on both sides of the ball and will roll here



Buccaneers (2-10) @ Lions (8-4)

Ford Field, Detroit 1:00 (FOX)

Favorite Lions by 10 ½

Last Week Buccaneers lost to Bengals 14-13, Lions defeated Bears 34-17

Fast Fact The Bucs are the most penalized team in the NFL

The Bucs were their own worst enemy in losing to the Bengals giving away a potential upset with dumb penalties and mental errors and they now face a rugged Lions team extra rested after a Turkey Day beatdown of the Bears. The Bucs have played hard for Lovie Smith but lack many of the key components on either side of the ball. Knock Matthew Stafford all you want but he will strafe the weak Bucs secondary and the solid Lions defense will toy with the punchless Bucs offense



Rams (5-7) @ Washington (3-9)

FedEx Field; Landover, MD 1:00 (FOX)

Favorite Rams by 3

Last Week Rams defeated Raiders 52-0, Washington lost to Colts 49-27

Fast Fact The Rams 52-0 win last week was their largest shutout win since smashing Atlanta 59-0 in 1976

The Rams ran hog wild against the pathetic Raiders to the delight of a happy home crowd, they could find the going just as easy against an imploding Washington club who lacks direction and focus though they did score their most points since week 3. Both teams are searching for a long term answer at QB but the Rams may have found a gem in RB Tre Mason, look for the Rams to exploit the weak Washington run defense and get another win.

Pick-St. Louis


Panthers (3-8-1) @ Saints (5-7)

Mercedes-Benz Superdome 1:00 (FOX)

Favorite Saints by 10

Last Week Panthers lost to Vikings 31-13, Saints defeated Steelers 35-32

Fast Fact Carolina has averaged 14.0 points over its last five games and has given up a league-worst 31.0 per game since Week 3.

The Panthers looked listless and were housed by the Vikings while the Saints bounced back to stun the Steelers in Pittsburgh. The Panthers are playing out the string no matter how weak the NFC South is and the Saints are looking to get back closer to .500 and are clearly the better team. Cam Newton’s progress as a QB has slowed considerably and I think he will have a hard time with the freewheeling style of a Rob Ryan orchestrated defense. For those that think that Drew Brees is on the downside of a Canton-bound career, he still has a few tricks and should be able to pepper a weak Panthers secondary at will

Pick-New Orleans


Giants (3-9) @ Titans (2-10)

LP Field, Nashville 1:00 (FOX)

Favorite Giants by 1

Last Week Giants lost to Jags 25-24, Titans lost to Texans 45-21

Fast Fact The two teams combined have lost 13 games in a row, neither team has won since October

In a real who cares game, the G-Men come in off a humiliating loss to lowly Jacksonville while the Titans got hammered by the Texans. Both teams are going nowhere and wasting space on analysis wastes your time both the Nashville and New York Fox markets are already wishing that they could show something else. Flip a coin here

Pick-New York Giants


Bills (7-5) @ Broncos (9-3)

Sports Authority Field @ Mile High, Denver 4:05(CBS)

Favorite Broncos by 10

Last Week Bills defeated Browns 23-10, Broncos defeated Chiefs 29-16

Fast Fact The Broncos have won the last 11 games in which they've topped 100 yards. In their three losses this season, they've averaged 35.7 rushing yards.

The Bills are trying their best to keep themselves in playoff contention as they battered the Browns, the Broncos ground their way to an ugly but effective win in Kansas City, I don’t think that the Bills are a for real for real team in the sense that they are a team that will be able to play into January, something that is pretty much a foregone conclusion for any Peyton Manning squad. Had this game been in Orchard Park, I might give the Bills a punchers chance but not in Mile High.



Chiefs (7-5) @ Cardinals (9-3)

University of Phoenix Stadium; Glendale, AZ 4:05(CBS)

Favorite Chiefs by 1

Last Week Chiefs lost to Broncos 29-16, Cardinals lost to Falcons 29-18

Fast Fact The Chiefs' defense ranks first against the pass, giving up 196.8 yards per game, but it is last in the league in rushing yards allowed per attempt at 4.93

An interesting interconference battle here, the Chiefs are trying desperately to stay in the playoff hunt while the badly listing Cards are coming back to earth after their white hot 9-1 start. The Chiefs rugged running game will face a stern test against the Cards ballhawking defense. I’m still not really sold on the viability of Drew Stanton running the Cards offense, he’s serviceable but defenses do not respect him like they would have respected Carson Palmer. For some reason, I think the Cards defense will carry the day and get their offense some good field positions for scores.



49ers (7-5) @ Raiders (1-11)

O.co Coliseum, Oakland 4:25 (FOX)

Favorite 49ers by 8½

Last Week 49ers lost to Seahawks 19-3, Raiders lost to Rams 52-0

Fast Fact The Niners have tallied under 100 yards rushing in five of their last seven games.

This cross bay battle has a pair of teams heading in opposite directions in more ways than one. The Niners remain on the fringes of the playoff race while the Raiders haven’t been in playoff contention since late summer. The Raiders may talk a good game but I just don’t think the Niners will take them lightly and punish them like the Rams did last week

Pick-San Francisco


Seahawks (8-4) @ Eagles (9-3)

Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia 4:25 (FOX)

Favorite Eagles by 1½

Last Week Seahawks defeated 49ers 19-3, Eagles defeated Cowboys 33-10

Fast Fact The Eagles have held each of their last two opponents to under 100 yds rushing

Both teams are coming off Thanksgiving wins so they are plenty rested for this late day tangle, The Seahawks just locked down the Niners while the Eagles ran roughshod on the Pokes, both teams are trying to solidify playoff positions and need this win, the Seahawks will rely on the recalcitrant yet rugged run skills of Marshawn Lynch while the Eagles fast break offense will try to outflank the legion of boom. The Eagles have a puzzling tendency to get careless with the ball so if they can protect the ball they can carry the day, knowing that the Cowboys have already won and are sitting poised to move into a first place tie the pressure is on. This is a game too close to call. I’m gonna go with my gut and bank on the Eagles



Patriots (9-3) @ Chargers (8-4)

Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego 8:30 (NBC)

Favorite Patriots by 3½

Last Week Patriots lost to Packers 26-21, Chargers defeated Ravens 34-33

Fast Fact Tom Brady has yet to lose a matchup with Philip Rivers. Rivers only win against the Pats was when Matt Cassel was the Pats QB in 2008

The primetime game is a doozy, the Pats went right to the west coast after their loss to Green Bay they face a Charger team flying high after rallying to beat the Ravens on the road. The usual cast of Pats suspects will have their hands full against the Chargers who despite being 8-4 are a Jekyll and Hyde team, I’m never sure to classify them as a real contender or a pretender. The Pats ripped off a 7 game win streak after their last loss so you can bet that they will be looking for a real bounceback here. Tough call since the Chargers are usually very strong in SoCal.

Pick-New England (Upset of the Week)



Monday, December 8


Falcons (5-7) @ Packers (9-3)

Lambeau Field, Green Bay 8:30 (ESPN)

Favorite Packers by 13

Last Week Falcons defeated Cardinals 29-18, Packers defeated Patriots 26-21

Fast Fact Packers QB Aaron Rodgers has yet to throw an interception at home

Despite the visitor’s record, this is a battle of first place teams as the Falcons are still in the NFC South playoff picture after drilling the Cards while the Pack won a taut duel with the Pats. The Falcons are at best a fringe team and though they have beaten good teams in Arizona and New Orleans beating the Pack is another thing beating them on the frozen tundra of Lambeau is a definitely another

Pick-Green Bay (Lock of the Week


Last Week 11-5 (Lock & Upset Correct!)

Overall: 120-71-1

Locks: 10-3

Upsets: 3-10

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Thursday December 4

Cowboys (8-4) @ Bears (5-7)

Soldier Field, Chicago 8:25 (NFLN)

Favorite Cowboys by 4

Last Week Cowboys lost to Eagles 33-10, Bears lost to Lions 34-17

Fast Fact The Cowboys are the only team in the NFL to have not lost on the road,

The Pokes shamed themselves on Turkey day at home with an abysmal performance against the Eagles while the Bears got the stuffing beat out of them in Motown by the Lions. This matchup has a pair of quarterbacks that I have zero if not negative trust in. I despise the media darling Romo is, though he has shown little inclination to be a big game quarterback, but I think even less of the laconic Jay Cutler. The saving grace for Romo may be the dynamic running of Demarco Murray who could be the difference on a rugged night game in the midway. I know I’ll regret this either way but I’ll bet on the Pokes road warrior menatilty to carry the day.


NFL Week 13 Picks
Category: NFL
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Well I hope that your Turkey was filling and you shook off the effects of the tryptophan to fully enjoy all the football and if you went shopping got what you wanted to get. Me, I spent the day collecting hot plates from friends and family to have lunch for the next week. It’s a wonder how I’m not an enormous tub of goo after Thanksgiving…Anyway aside from kicking myself for foolishly believing that the Pokes would play good at home on Thanksgiving it was a good day of picks for me on Thanksgiving and Im hoping to roll that into the weekend. The Thanskgiving bounty of quality football is apparent this week as there are a host of really good matchups this week.  After this Monday we’re in December with the drive for the playoffs ratcheting up a few notches. Here submitted for your review, perusal and approval are this week’s picks with the odds provided by ESPN strictly for entertainment and comparison purposes only. That means if you can’t buy the 56 inch plasma for $200 because you had to pay your bookie after taking the lines and getting took, that’s all on you. Don’t call me.



Washington (3-8) @ Colts (7-4)

Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis 1:00 (FOX)

Favorite Colts by 10

Last Week Washington lost to 49ers 17-13, Colts defeated Jaguars 23-3

This would have been the first meeting between 2012 top draft QB’s Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III before RGIII’s benching. Colt McCoy gets back into the saddle for the visitors who are coming off a tough road loss in San Fran, the Colts easily dispatched the Jags and their offense has been running at a fairly crisp pace. McCoy pulled the upset in Jerry World but Im thinking the Colts defense will not be having any kind of an upset here.



Panthers (3-7-1) @ Vikings (4-7)

TCF Bank Stadium, Minneapolis 1:00 (FOX)

Favorite Vikings by 2

Last Week Panthers were on their bye, Vikings lost to Packers 24-21

The Panthers have been more or less wandering blindly from one pathetic performance to another, only a bye has slowed their loss run. The Vikings have played decently over the past four games but only have a split to show for it. The Vikings are having to live with the growing pains of Teddy Bridgewater and a patchwork running game while the Panthers are trying to stay within shouting distance of the pathetically weak NFC South. Call it a hunch but I think Bridgewater is due for another breakout game to help the Vikings complete a sweep of the NFC South.



Titans (2-9) @ Texans (5-6)

NRG Stadium, Houston 1:00 (CBS)

Favorite Texans by 7½

Last Week Titans lost to Eagles 43-24, Texans lost to Bengals 22-13

The Titans are slogging through another lost season and got hammered by the Eagles, while the Texans could not get on track in a costly loss to the Bengals. Ryan Fitzpatrick for better or worse ascends back to the starting spot for the Texans who are trying to stay in playoff contention. Zach Mettenberg continues his often painful learning curve. The Texans are marginally better but they should have no real problems with the woeful Titans



Browns (7-4) @ Bills (6-5)

Ralph Wilson Stadium; Orchard Park, NY 1:00 (CBS)

Favorite Bills by 3

Last Week Browns defeated Falcons 26-24 Bills defeated Jets 38-3

Bouyed by a thrilling rally to upend the Falcons, the Browns head to Western New York to take on the Bills who won big in spite having to relocate their home game to Detroit. The Browns are weakened by the loss of ballhawking safety Tashaun Gipson who hurts his knee and maybe out for the season. The Bills seem to grow more resilliant as the season goes on. The Browns have been playing tough but getting a win in Orchard Park where the Bills have seemed to be a nasty place to get a win. I smell an upset brewing here



Chargers (7-4) @ Ravens (7-4)

M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore 1:00 (CBS)

Favorite Ravens by 6

Last Week Chargers defeated Rams 27-24, Ravens defeated Saints 34-27

The Chargers had a harder time with the Rams than they expected but got the win and now head east to face the Ravens who toughed out a gritty game with the SaintsThis is a really good matchup of a pair of teams that are right on the fringes of the playoff hunt, but I don’t like the Chargers having to come east for an early game. I can just see this as a disaster waiting to happen. Joe Flacco is quarterback I just cant trust fully but I think he should have enough to get by the road weary chargers, whom I have even less trust



Giants (3-8) @ Jaguars (1-10)

EverBank Field, Jacksonville 1:00 (FOX)

Favorite Giants by 3

Last Week Giants lost to Cowboys 31-28, Jaguars lost to Colts 23-3

Both of these teams are going nowhere, the Giants lost a shootout with Dallas while the Jags looked lifeless against the Colts. Eli Manning might have his way against the weak Jags defense, but I smell an upset here, why? I don’t know.

Pick-Jacksonville (Upset of the Week)


Bengals (7-3-1) @ Buccaneers (2-9)

Raymond James Stadium, Tampa 1:00 (CBS)

Favorite Bengals by 3½

Last Week Bengals defeated Texans 22-13, Buccaneers lost to Bears 21-13

The Bengals sprung a bit of a shocker in Houston winning a gritty game against the Texans, the Bucs continue to look like they are lost, losing another tight game in Chicago. I smell a trap here, the Bengals are overdue for a flat performance and look like that they should struggle against the otherwise woeful Bucs who they should steamroll. But for some reason I think that the Bengals should pull it out, but it wont be the rout most think it should be.

Pick-Cincinnati (Lock of the Week)


Raiders (1-10) @ Rams (4-7)

Edward Jones Dome, St. Louis 1:00 (CBS)

Favorite Rams by 7

Last Week Raiders defeated 24-20, Rams lost to Chargers 27-24

The Raiders stunned the football world by upending the Chiefs while the Rams are a lot better than their record would indicate, though they lost a heartbreaker to the Chargers. The Rams should be able to exploit the weak run defense of the Raiders and I just cant believe that Derek Carr can be enough to keep the Raiders in it.

Pick-St. Louis


Saints (4-7) @ Steelers (7-4)

Heinz Field, Pittsburgh 1:00 (FOX)

Favorite Steelers by 5

Last Week Saints lost to Ravens 34-27, Steelers were on their bye

The Saints are spiraling out of control as they slogged their way through a tough loss to the Ravens, the head to the Steel City to face a rested Steelers squad who is still in the midst of the wild AFC North playoff fight. I have more or less given up on the Saints and I think that asking them to go to the Steelers formidable lair is asking a bit too much



Cardinals (9-2) @ Falcons (4-7)

Georgia Dome, Atlanta 4:05 (FOX)

Favorite Cardinals by 1½

Last Week Cardinals lost to Seahawks 19-3, Falcons lost to Browns 26-24

The Cards lost a tough defensive struggle with the Seahawks while the Falcons mismanaged the clock and blew a winnable game with the Browns. The Cards are a solid defensive team but you have to wonder how much their offense will struggle with Drew Stanton at the helm and possibly missing stud wideout Larry Fitzgerald. I don’t think the Falcons are a real contender team though this is matchup of first place teams. I think the Cards grind out an ugly win.



Patriots (9-2) @ Packers (8-3)

Lambeau Field, Green Bay 4:25 (CBS)

Favorite Packers by 3

Last Week Packers defeated Vikings 24-21, Patriots defeated Lions 34-9

One of the best games of the season, both teams are of the first rank and are piloted by great QB’s. Both teams are on long winning streaks and both are real contenders for making and winning the Super Bowl. Coming off an easy win over the Lions the Pats head to Lambeau to tangle with the NFC North division leading Pack. I want to say that Brady and the Pats can go into Lambeau and steal a win , but they are heading into one of the few places that are harder to win at the their own venerable Gillette Stadium

Pick-Green Bay


Broncos (8-3) @ Chiefs (7-4)

Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City 8:30 (NBC)

Favorite Broncos by 1

Last Week Broncos defeated Dolphins 39-36, Chiefs lost to Raiders 24-20

A high stakes AFC West matchup finishes the day, the Chiefs took an embarrassing pratfall in Oakland while the Broncos struggled but got by a tough Dolphins squad. This may be one of the tougher road games for the Broncos. I just have a hard time banking on the inconsistent Chiefs though




Monday December 1


Dolphins (6-5) @ Jets (2-9)

MetLife Stadium; East Rutherford, NJ 8:30 (ESPN)

Favorite Dolphins by 7

Last Week Dolphins lost to Broncos 39-36, Jets lost to Bills 38-3

The Dolphins are trying mightily to stay on the fringes the AFC playoff race, their loss to the Broncos did nothing to further that cause, meanwhile the Jets totally embarrassed themselves against the Bills in the snow bowl game played in Detroit. The Dolphins are a better team on both sides of the ball and the Jets have more or less, quit on the once grinning jeering Rex Ryan who has the dead coach walking look down to an art.



Last Week: 11-4 (Lock correct /Upset incorrect)

Overall: 109-66-1

Locks: 9-3

Upsets: 2-10



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