I’ll begin by issuing a stern warning. THESE PICKS ARE FOR ENTERTAINMENT PURPOSES ONLY. I’m not a professional gambler, bookie or odds maker. I do however have a pretty good track record at ESPN’s Streak For the Cash.
Every week (sometimes more than once a week) I will give you, our loyal readers a few picks for upcoming games that I feel are pretty solid locks. I’ll keep track of my record as the picks go on so that you guys can heckle me for being terrible or herald me as the second coming of Jimmy the Greek.
Without further adieu, here goes (all NFL this week):
CAROLINA (-3.5) vs. MINNESOTA
Carolina almost beats really good teams on a weekly basis. Minnesota struggles to score points against bad teams. That won’t bode well for the Vikings. Some people are going nuts for Christian Ponder already, but don’t forget who he’s matching up with in this one. Cam Newton has shown his share of rookie issues, but he’s the most solid rookie playing in the NFL right now. Minnesota might have a shot if they can get AP running wild, but Ponder on the road against a team on the rise is a tough match. Carolina, at home, wins this one easily.
BUFFALO (-6) vs. WASHINGTON
In recent history, the Washington Redskins tend to have a mountain of hype and false hope following them into the start of the season. This year was no different. Rex Grossman was declaring the team as NFC East champs, Tim Hightower was supposed to rejuvenate a stale run game and the Shanahans were supposed to finally get everything clicking. Recent history also shows that this hype tends to fizzle into a sub-.500 record and rumblings for someone’s head. Well, it’s happening. Hightower has been stale and is out for the season…Rex is on the bench…Their best 50 year old receiver (Santana Moss) is out with an injury for the next few games. Let the skid begin. While I’m not completely buying into Buffalo as a powerhouse, they win this game, way bigger than 6 points. Fred Jackson, Stevie Johnson and Buffalo’s turnover grabbing defense are too much for the battered, John Beck led Redskins. Take this one with confidence.
NEW ENGLAND (-3) at PITTSBURGH
This one pains me to the core. I grew up an hour outside of Pittsburgh and I am a hardcore Steelers fan. In my heart I’m saying Steelers all the way. Unfortunately I say that every week and the last 7 times WE played the Patriots, my heart was wrong 6 times. I’m going to use my head on this one. Brady has made punishing the Steelers’ secondary look like a walk in the park way too many times. The Steelers will put up a fight. I wouldn’t be surprised if Mike Wallace gets loose for a long TD, but Brady and his arsenal will prove to be too much for the Steelers’ secondary. The Patriots, fresh and rested off of a bye week, steal a win in Pittsburgh. Ugh, that hurts…I hope that I’m wrong.
Oh, if you are wondering the lines are from Vegas Insider
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