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Final Word Chiefs vs. Chargers Monday Night Pick

Posted by in NFL Picks on October 31st, 2011 | Comment »

Chiefs vs. Chargers Monday Night PickWEEK 8 SUMMARY

The posted picks went 1-2 ATS this week, but I dominated the pick ’em league with an 8-4 ATS record. I now sit in 8th among the 32 active teams with a 57-51 record ATS. Well played by The Vaidya Twist who now ranks 1st ahead of perenial favorites Deez Nuts and Mempis Gangstas. Although I missed on the Saints and Panthers picks, I made some of that back with my 4:00 pick thanks to an easy win with the Bengals (-3) over the Seahawks.


Tonight’s Monday Night game is between AFC West rivals, Kansas City Chiefs and San Diego Chargers. When was the last time the Chiefs had a Monday Night home game? Oh that’s right, that was last year when the Chiefs upset the Chargers in the opening week 21-14 as 4-point dogs. The Kansas City crowd will be jacked up again for this one. King posted why he likes the Chiefs. He makes some compelling arguments.

For purposes of the pick ’em league, I’ll stick with the Chargers (-3.5). As far as my money is concerned, I will be passing on the game, as I don’t want to take the Chargers (-3.5) on the road on Monday Night. You know the rule: don’t bet against a home dog on Monday Night (unless Tom Brady is playing the Dolphins). I’m not sold on the Chiefs (+3.5), but if you tease the spread up to Chiefs (+10.5) with the over 37, it makes the game more interesting for me.

I have a bit of a gut feeling that this will be a high-scoring contest. Maybe it’s just wishful thinking since I have Philip Rivers, Ryan Matthews, and …

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Monday Night NFL Halloween Pick Against the Spread: Chargers vs. Chiefs

Posted by in NFL Picks on October 31st, 2011 | Comment »

We have an AFC West showdown tonight as the San Diego Chargers travel to Kansas City to face off against the Chiefs.  Right now the current line has the Chargers giving Kansas City 3 points, while the over/under hasn’t moved much and sits at 44.5.

First glance has this game looking like blowout with the first place Chargers against the hapless Kansas City Chiefs.  The Chargers are currently at a 4-2 record, but some could say that they are the worst NFL division leader at the current time.  Their only games against good teams came on the road in New York against the Jets as well as in New England against the Pats.  Who have they beat? Well the Minnesota Vikings, Kansas City Chiefs (earlier this year by 3 points), Miami Dolphins, and the Denver Broncos.  None of those were even close to being impressive wins.

Let’s just say the start the Kansas City Chiefs had to the season is one to forget, losing by a combined score of 89-10 in their first two match-ups.  Things turned around though when they traveled to San Diego to face off against the Chargers, only losing by a field goal. Following that week, they rattled off three straight wins and with a win tonight will be tied for first place in the division, crazy to think about.

San Diego isn’t the same San Diego that we have been used to.  The Chiefs are hot and are going to be ready to go tonight playing at home on a Monday Night in a crazy packed stadium.

I have a source on a 17-5-0 ATS run currently who is on Kansas City tonight.

Prediction: Chargers 24 – Chiefs 28

Pick Against the Spread: Chiefs (+3) …

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NFL Week 8 Picks Against the Spread

Posted by in NFL Picks on October 26th, 2011 | Comment »

NFL Week 8 Picks Against the SpreadLast week we only posted two picks, Steelers (-3.5) over Cardinals and Packers (-9) over Vikings. We split those picks, hitting on the Steelers, but falling short on the Packers who came away with a 6-point win. I didn’t care for too many games on last week’s card since I saw most as toss ups. There’s a handful of games that I like this week. There are several games on the cusp of being posted such as DET (-3) @ DEN, NE (-3) @ PIT, WAS @ BUF (-6), CLE @ SF (-8.5), IND @ TEN (-9), JAC @ HOU (-9.5), but I’m just not completely sold yet. Here’s what I got for you so far.


The Saints demolished the Colts last week and I didn’t want to pick the game based on my notion that the Saints don’t do well against high spreads. WRONG. They beat the Colts 62-7. What is this? Boise State vs. Colorado State? The Rams will likely be without Sam Bradford and their starting left tackle and former 1st-round pick Jason Smith is also doubtful. If Bradford is out, I would be all over the Saints. The Rams offense is anemic, averaging just 9.8 PPG. I can’t see them scoring more than 10 points without Bradford. The Rams defense is also giving up an average of 28.5 PPG. There hasn’t been a better team to bet against this year, the Rams are 0-6 ATS.

Prediction: Saints 34 – Rams 10

Free Pick Against the Spread: Saints -13 (Confidence: 4/5)


I’m glad to see the Panthers get another win under their belts as they’re clearly playing better than their 2-5 record. They …

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Week 7 – RB – Donald Brown or Laurence Maroney?

Posted by in NFL Week 7 Start 'Em Sit 'Em Advice on October 23rd, 2011 | Comment »

Question: Need Week 7 RB Start/Sit/Drop Help.

I’m in a PPR league and have 2 RB slots. I need help picking my RBs for Week 7.

This is a PPR league. 2 RB slots.

I currently have:
Chris Johnson (BYE)
Ryan Grant vs @ CLE
Laurence Maroney @ TB
Donald Brown @ STL

I planned on playing Ryan Grant and Laurence Maroney, but I just traded for Donald Brown. I picked up Maroney just to play him this week.

Willie Parker is also on the wire and he’ll be available tomorrow morning. I know he isn’t the primary RB for the Steelers, but if he start being the top guy again, he would be a good pickup.

I was considering dropping Maroney to try to pick up Parker, and playing Grant and Brown this week. What do you think?


I would play Donald Brown and Ryan Grant this week. Willie Parker isn’t what he used to be so don’t bother trying to pick hum up off waivers. Mendenhall is Pittsburgh’s guy, Parker will ride the bench.

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Week 7 – RB – James Starks or Ryan Torain?

Posted by in NFL Week 7 Start 'Em Sit 'Em Advice on October 22nd, 2011 | Comment »

Question: Week 7 running back sit/start?

I have to start either James Starks or Mike Tolbert because of bye week. I also could pick up and play Ryan Torain, Knowshon Moreno, or LaDanian Tomlinson. I can’t know what to do. Help me out.

Best answer:

Monitor the Redskins RB situation Sunday morning. If Torain is announced as the starter, he’s the guy that you want to pick up. If Hightower starts then Torain could end up with single-digit touches, in which case go with the premier TD vulture, Mike Tolbert.

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NFL Week 7 Picks Against the Spread

Posted by in NFL Picks on October 22nd, 2011 | Comment »

In the last three weeks we’ve posted a 6-4 ATS record for posted picks. I hit on my top play in the Oakland Raiders (-6.5) over the Cleveland Browns, but I fell victim to two upsets in the Bucs over the Saints and 49ers over Lions. In the pick ’em league, I did much better, scoring an 8-5 ATS record and moving up in the standings. The Bears and Jets were easy hits, so hopefully you played the the Sunday and Monday night games and made some easy coin.

After taking a quick scan at the week 7 lineup, there’s not much that I like. Most of these games I see as toss ups (Ex: Chargers @ Jets, Seahawks @ Browns, Falcons @ Lions, Redskins @ Panthers, Bears @ Bucs, Broncos @ Dolphins, Texans @ Titans).

We’re left picking from Steelers (-3.5) @ Cardinals, Packers (-9) @ Vikings, Colts @ Saints (-14). I’m not going to lay 14 to take the Saints, so we’re pretty much down to Steelers and and the Packers. Might as well stick to the two best teams playing this week.


It doesn’t matter if the Packers are playing at home or on the road, they are just dominating the NFL right now and easily looking like the NFL’s best team. They’re also 5-1 ATS this year. Green Bay destroyed the Vikings on the road last year 31-3. The Vikings will have to rely on their newly-named starter Christian Ponder to get something going for this struggling Vikings offense. Ponder will be making his first NFL career start and he didn’t fare too well against the Bears last week. The Bears limited the Vikings to 10 points while the …

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Week 7 – RB – Rashard Mendenhall, Tashard Choice, or Fred Jackson?

Posted by in NFL Week 7 Start 'Em Sit 'Em Advice on October 21st, 2011 | Comment »

Who should I sit or start in week 7?

I’m in a 16 team league.

RB: Rashard Mendenhall, Tashard Choice, Fred Jackson – Pick 2

WR: Roy Williams or Johnny Knox


Jackson should be on the bench unless Lynch gets hurt. Start Rashard and Tashard.

I’d start Knox, because he’s scoring each week and the Bengal’s pass rush took a major with DE Odom out. Cutler should have plenty of time to pass with the Bengal’s best pass rusher out of the game.

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