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NFL Week 12 Predictions and Picks Against the Spread

Posted by in NFL Picks on November 24th, 2010 | 4 Comments

NFL Week 12 PicksIt’s Thanksgiving and it’s a busy week ahead so I’m going to throw up some picks, quick-hit style. Home teams in CAPS. You can catch our Thanksgiving Special here.

WASHINGTON (-1) over Minnesota – 3/5 – I stand by the fact that Minnesota is garbage so I’ll stick with the low spread on a home team that rebounded nicely from their Eagles loss with a road win over Tennessee. Redskins win 23-17.

Pittsburgh (-6) over BUFFALO – 4/5 – I’ll write last week’s win by the Bills off as a fluke. As competitive as the AFC is, the Steelers need this win to stay at the top of the division. If the Steelers lose and move to 7-4, that makes them the 6th ranked team in the AFC since the Pats or Jets at 8-2 would gain the other wild card in the AFC. Expect the Steelers to come out with all guns blazing and treat this like a playoff game.  Steelers win 24-6.

CLEVELAND (-10) over Carolina – 3.5/5 – Carolina is garbage, I’ll continue to bet against them until they show me they can cover. I would look at other games first before taking this one though. Browns win 24-10.

HOUSTON (-6.5) over Tennessee – 1/5 – With that high-powered offense, the Texans are due rebound after suffering a tough loss to the Jets. With the Texans questionable D, not worthy at all of consideration against Chris Johnson. Pass on it. Houston wins 27-20.

Jacksonville (+7) over NEW YORK GIANTS – 3/5 – With Steve Smith and Hakeem Nicks sidelined, Giants will have to rely on Mario Manningham and some dude off the practice squad to beat the Jags. Ahmad Bradshaw will need a big game to …

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NFL Weekend Preview: Thanksgiving Day Special

Posted by in NFL Picks on November 23rd, 2010 | 2 Comments

NFL Week 12 PicksThis series is brought to you by T.G.I. Friday’s, where every Sunday means Food, Fun & Football! Hut, hut, hut!

This past week was glorious as yours truly hit 4/4 for his top 4 plays this past Sunday. My biggest play of the day was Raven (-10) over Panthers. Gotta love betting against the Panthers this year. That was followed by my next biggest play of day Packers (-3) over Vikings. Two-for-two at 1:00. My 4:00 play was the Falcons (-3) over the Rams. Winner there. Topped that off taking my team, Eagles (-3) over the Giants. Boo yah! Like I said, I start getting on fire around Thanksgiving. Let’s take a look into this the Thanksgiving day games.

NEW ENGLAND (-6.5) @ DETROIT LIONS

The Pats are just favored by 6.5. Really? I love to bet against the Lions, especially on Thanksgiving. Won a lot of coin taking the Packers over Detroit last year. I would understand the line if Stafford was playing, but he’s not. With Shaun Hill at QB, the Lions have lost three straight. Losing to Dallas, Buffalo, and the Jets.  Detroit has averaged 17 PPG in their last 3 games while the Pats have averaged 28 PPG.

However, I’m not as confident this time around due to the Pats defensive woes. The Pats are giving up 24 PPG and 29 PPG in their last 3. Even with Shaun Hill, players like Calvin Johnson and Jahvid Best can always explode at home if the defense forgets to show up. Tom Brady is on fire though and Danny Woodhead is playing like an absolutely stud.  Count on at least 4 TDs from the Pats and don’t expect the Lions to catch up to them. I think …

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Week 11 – WR – Stevie Johnson or Pierre Garcon?

Posted by in NFL Week 11 Start 'Em Sit 'Em Advice on November 21st, 2010 | 2 Comments

Question: Who should I start at WR in week 11?

I’m in a 3WR league. I already starting DeSean Jackson.

I need to pick two more out of the following:

Pierre Garcon @ NE-  Is a horrible pass catcher now and don’t know if he can be trusted especially with Manning’s eyes

Danny Woodhead vs. IND – He can be used as a WR/RB in my league and this could benefit since the Colts are horrible against the run.

Stevie Johnson @ CIN – Bengals have some of the best CBs in the league and managed to shut down the Colts pass attack and this might force the Bills to run the football throughout the game.

Randy Moss vs. WAS – Has a habbit of laying an egg just about every single week and now he’s up against a weak Redskins D but can I trust him?

Best answer:

Garçon and Moss should reward you. Woodhead is limited because of Green-Ellis and Bradys love of “spreading the ball” around. Stevie Johnson will only get you around 4 catches for 48 yards if you’re lucky. Wayne will almost get double cover and should open up space for Garcon. Roll the dice with Garçon and Moss.

Know better? Leave your own answer in the comments!

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NFL Week 11 Picks

Posted by in NFL Picks on November 20th, 2010 | 4 Comments

It was an insanely busy week so sorry for the quick write up today.

  • CINCINNATI (-5) over Buffalo — 3/5 — The Bengals at home over the Bills.  Easy call here. Bengals have to snap that losing streak at home over a weak Bills team.
  • DALLAS (-6.5) over Detroit — 3/5 — Detroit struggled on the road against the Bills. Dallas played inspired last week with Wade Phillips gone.
  • Arizona (+9) over KANSAS CITY — 2/5 — Chiefs have been solid at home and the Cardinals have been awful, but this is too many points for me.
  • NEW YORK JETS (-6.5) over Houston — 3/5 — Houston 28 PPG allowed. NYJ 16 PPG allowed (13 PPG allowed at home). Public likes the points here though.
  • Cleveland (+1.5) over JACKSONVILLE — 3/5 — Can I say it? The Browns are for real? Maybe? Colt McCoy is an absolute stud!
  • PITTSBURGH (-8) over Oakland — 2/5 — Don’t like high spreads. Oakland beat Steelers in their house last year. Has to be a revenge game for the Steelers. Steelers need this one to fend off the Ravens and stay on top of the AFC.
  • Baltimore (-10) over CAROLINA — 4/5 — I love betting against the Panthers. It’s made me a ton of coin this year. Carolina scores 10 points tops. Baltimore will score at least 21. Despite the high spread, I’ll take my chances betting against them again.
  • Green Bay (-3) over MINNESOTA — 4/5 — The Vikings are garbage. Take the Packers.
  • TENNESSEE (-7) over Washington — 3/5 — Washington may be due for a rebound, but so are the Titans who lost to the Dolphins last week.
  • Atlanta (-3) over ST. LOUIS — 4/5 — Wow! Vegas is quite


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SMART BET COLLEGE FOOTBALL NOV. 20th

Posted by in College Football Picks on November 20th, 2010 | Comment »

Sorry this post is late, but there wasn’t not much on the card this weekend that I really liked, but I was able to key in on 3 games one of which is my third GAME OF THE YEAR! 2-0 GOY Record this year.

GAME OF THE YEAR:

ARMY (+8.5) VS Notre Dame: This game is being played at Yankee stadium so there isn’t really a home field advantage for anyone in this game as ND fans travel well, but NY Stadium is closer to Army’s campus.  Notre Dame is coming off an absolutely huge win last week as they stomped Utah. I really wasn’t surprised by that game as ND was at home off a bye week with plenty of time to prepare and Utah’s season and any hopes of playing in a BCS game had already been crushed the previous week by TCU. While I do give ND credit for stepping up and playing a great game, they still benefitted from the spot in the schedule.  Now ND has to forget the biggest win the year and lay more than a touchdown in a big rivarly game. Army runs a great triple option that is going to give the ND defense fits all day long.  ND is weak agains the option as shown by their crushing defeat verse Navy at home earlier this year. I don’t expect things to be a whole different.  I have Army winning outright 24-20. 

NC STATE (+2.5) at North Carolina for 1 unit.

Florida State at MARYLAND (+4) for 1 unit.

Good Luck…

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Dolphins vs. Bears Prediction and Pick Against the Spread

Posted by in NFL Picks on November 18th, 2010 | Comment »

Bears vs. Dolphins PickThursday got here fast. Yesterday it felt like I was watching Michael Vick score 6 TDs against the Redskins. What a glorious win!

CHICAGO BEARS @ MIAMI DOLPHINS (-1.5)

The Dolphins are favored by just 1.5 due to Tyler Thigpen taking snaps for the Dolphins. Thigpen came in to replace the injured Pennington and Henne last week and threw 64 yards and a TD after completing 4 of his 6 passes. The Dolphins whooped the Titans last week 29-17. The Bears are also coming off an impressive home win over the Vikings 27-13.

The public is split evenly on this spread. 52% are taking the Bears while 48% is on the Dolphins. The Covers.com consensus is sticking with the home team though, picking the Dolphins with 53% of the votes, while Covers’ experts are all on the Dolphins, getting 10/12 expert picks.

Both offenses are averaging 19 PPG, but the Bears have had the better D, giving up 16 PPG compared to the Dolphins 21 PPG allowed. On paper, this looks likes a pretty even matchup. Dolphins have been a better team to bet on this year, going 6-3 ATS compared to the Bears 4-4-1 records ATS.

I’m going to stick with the home team here. The bottom line is that the home team has the advantage here on the short week. Falcons helped prove that against the Ravens last week. The Bears barely beat the Bills in their last road game. They scored just 23 points against the horrendous Panthers and were held to the 3 points against the Giants on the road. The Bears don’t score much. However, with Thigpen taking snaps for the Dolphins, their offense will be limited, so they’ll have to rely on their running …

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Philadelphia Eagles vs. Washington Redskins Prediction and Pick Against the Spread

Posted by in NFL Picks on November 15th, 2010 | 2 Comments

Eagles vs. RedskinsSunday was victorious for me as I picked the right game and avoided the bad ones. My top play this week was Bucs -6.5 over the Panthers. That was an easy winner. Thanks for the gift sportsbooks. I hope you guys took that one as well. My next biggest play was Colts/Over 40 which pushed. Good thing I teased it rather than taking Colts -7 since the Colts won 23-17 with a late Bengals TD getting them in the money. My last play was taking a chance on the Titans 1st-ranked offense on the road against the Dolphins, which didn’t hit. Thanks to my top play in the Bucs though, the week was a grand success.

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (-3) @ WASHINGTON REDSKINS

I’m an Eagles fan, so all of this advice is 100% bias. I’m extremely confident that the Eagles will win tonight. Now that Michael Vick and DeSean Jackson are back in the Eagles lineup, their offense is clicking on all cylinders. McNabb got the victory over the Eagles in the first meeting, 17-12. However, Michael Vick was injured in the 1st quarter and that sorry excuse for a quarterback “Captain Checkdown” Kevin Kolb had to come in and throw nothing but 5-yard passes to the tight end or fullback.

However, one thing to worry about is the Redskins being at home off the bye week. It’s really a tremendous strategy betting solely on that factor. Browns beat the Patriots at home off the bye week. It was the sole reason I picked the Jaguars over the Texans this week. It also worked out for those who used that reason to pick the Broncos over the Chiefs this week. You know it’s never a great idea to pick against …

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