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Getting Real Edition: D’s Picks

My picks the last two weeks have been a little crappy. OK they’ve royally sucked. I rushed in those picks last Sunday 5 minutes before the National Anthem was sung, but that is no excuse. Our bearded friends deserve better football predictions.

Here’s where we stand:
D’s record to date: 9-10
D’s record last week: 2-2

In celebration of our (almost) 1000 Likes on Facebook, how about we get to .500 again this week?

All lines from Vegas Insider

CHICAGO (-8) vs. KANSAS CITY
This is a tricky call.  Chicago is missing Jay Cutler, but they’re at home and their defense is playing great football right now.  KC, led by Tyler Palko (Hail to Pitt) has no chance in Chicago against the Bears’ defense.  I’d love to see the newly acquired Kyle Orton get the start for KC against his old team here, but either way, they lose and by more than 10.  D’s Pick: Bears

HOUSTON (+2.5) vs. ATLANTA
Houston is another team hobbled by broken QBs.  They’re down two actually, but somehow I think they will pull this one out.  Call me crazy, but it’s another team with a great defense at home…I think they show up for this one and stop Atlanta.  Arian Foster goes crazy for 150 yds and 2 TDs and Atlanta sputters.  D’s Pick: Texans

OAKLAND (+3) at MIAMI
Oakland is a hot team right now.  Carson Palmer is proving that he’s a legit QB and their running game has been lights out…WITHOUT Darren McFadden.  Not sure if he’s coming back this week, but even without him, they will beat Miami, in Miami by more than 3 measly points.  D’s Pick: Oakland

Curtis Painter
Curtis Painter grows a manly beard about as well as he wins games.

INDIANAPOLIS (+21) at NEW ENGLAND
Let’s not mince words here.  The Colts are terrible this year.  Dreadful.  They’re mixing things up by starting Dan Orlovsky.  Really Indy?  That’s the spark you’ve been looking for?  Hey, they won’t win this game, there is no way…but lose by 21?  This isn’t LSU vs. Kentucky Barber College, the Colts are (barely) an NFL team.  They will not lose by 21.  20, maybe, but not 21.  D’s Pick: Indy

NEW YORK JETS (-3) at WASHINGTON
I hate the Redskins.  Jets win by 4.  D’s Pick: New York

DALLAS (-6) at ARIZONA
Just like the Indy/New England line is too big, this one is too small.  Yeah, Kolb might be back for the Cardinals, and sure, Beanie Wells had 600 yards and 5 TDs last week.  Big deal.  Dallas wins this one by at least 2 TDs.  If you get to see any of this on TV, take a look at the crowd.  Arizona is where people from Texas go to die retire.  Read: Dallas at Arizona is like a home game.  D’s Pick: Dallas

I feel best about the Dallas pick, so that’s my lock of the week.  Second most confident in the Oakland pick.  They are MUCH better than they come off some weeks.  Houston beating Atlanta is a major stretch, especially w/ T.J. Yates at QB, but I feel like that defense is only getting better and will find a way to win this game for them.

Please comment/post your own picks.  We’d love to see them.

Staying the Course – This Will Even Out Somewhere, Right? D’s Picks! 11-11-11 Edition

Er, I guess it’s the 11-12-11 edition, I’m late again, sue me.

DISCLAIMER: I’m not a bookie, prognosticator or professional gambler.  These picks are for entertainment (and ridicule) only.  If you are dumb enough to use this picks for an attempt at financial gain, you my friend have not been keeping up.

Week 10 in the NFL started with a surging Oakland Raiders team serving the San Diego Chargers their 4th straight loss.  Ouch.  I’m actually a closet SD fan (except for when they play the Steelers), but I have to say the Raiders are looking great.  Carson Palmer looks like he’s time warped back to the Chad Johnson/Housch days and the young receivers on that team sparkle every week.  Yeah I said sparkle.  They might win 10 games next year.

On to the mediocrity that are my weekly picks!

All lines are from Vegas Insider

JACKSONVILLE (+2) at INDIANAPOLIS
I’m thinking there are 1000 people in the stadium for this one.  Probably less watching it on TV.  Snooze fest in the making.  Blaine Gabbert and Curtis Painter will probably throw 6 interceptions, MJD will rush for 100 and The COlts take one more step towards their heir apparent, Andrew Luck.  Jags, powered by MJD, win this one by 7.  Take them and the points all day long.  LOCK OF THE WEEK.

Brett Keisel Beard!!
Keisel says: “We’re winning this one!”

PITTSBURGH (-3.5) at CINCINNATI
I’m doing it again, picking a Steelers game.  This time, I’m picking the Steelers.  Pittsburgh’s defense looked OK against Baltimore last week and should feast on Andy Dalton.  Ike Taylor will keep A.J. Green out of the endzone and Cedric Benson will rush for less than 50 yards. I’m picking against the AFC North leading Bengals at home and going with the Steelers here.

MIAMI (-2.5) vs. WASHINGTON
I’m picking against the Redskins every week.  Miami is dreadful, but not dreadful(er) as the Redskins.  Everyone seems to think that Roy Helu is the second coming of Thurman Thomas but this week he’ll be bottled up and Beck will be forced to look for plays down the field.  Translation: Beck throws 3 interceptions and the Dolphins find a way to squeak this one out.  Look for Brandon Marshall to get 100 and a TD.

D’s record going into this week: 3-5

GO STEELERS!

One in Three Is OK in Baseball – D’s Picks: Redemption Time

So I let you guys down last week.  My apologies.  I was pretty confident in the Bills pick and came through. The Patriots and Panthers crapped the bed though.  What did I learn?  Two things: 1.) Don’t pick against your team at home, ever.  Just let that one go.  And 2.) The Panthers got the #1 overall pick for a reason last year, they’re not a good team.

For my lock of the week, I’m a believer, the Buffalo Bills!

BUFFALO (-1.5) vs. NEW YORK JETS
The Bills annihilated the dreadful Redskins last week.  While I’ll go on record as the DC area’s biggest ‘skins hater, their defense isn’t terrible.  The Bills made them look bad.  So what happens when they face Dr Rex, podiatrist of love’s overrated green machine?  More of the same.  I think the Jets put up some points, but Buffalo and Fred Jackson will win this one.  In fact, I’m guaranteeing AT LEAST 1 Jackson TD, probably two.  Bills win this one by 7.

CINCINNATI (+3) at TENNESSEE
I’m not calling this one a lock, but I’m pretty confident with this pick.  The Titans have flashes of mediocrity and above average-ness but at the end of the day, they have an old QB, their best WR is long gone for the season and their super star, highest paid, RB is on pace for what, 500 yds this year?  Had I picked this game preseason, I would have undoubtedly picked the Titans, because even though they were spotty at best going into this season, the Bengals were awful looking.  Well, guess what?  The Bengals are looking pretty good.  Cedric Benson comes back from his suspension and racks up close to 100 and a TD and Andy Dalton finds a way to keep the ball away from Cortland Finnegan and tosses a few TDs.  Take Cincy and the points here, they’ll win outright.

SAN FRANCISCO (-3) at WASHINGTON
I really don’t like the Redskins so don’t be surprised if I pick against them every week.  Thing is, regardless of my emotions getting in the way of my picks…picking the ‘skins out of spite, should net me a few wins this year.  They are terrible on offense.  Fred Davis is the only thing they have that could be moderately described as a weapon.  The addition of Tashard Choice was an OK move, but he’s out this week and guess what, John Beck is starting at QB again.  No Santana Moss, no Chris Cooley, no Tim Hightower = no win for the ‘skins.  But why waste any more space on them, San Francisco is SOLID this year.  Frank Gore is putting up MVP numbers and Alex Smith is actually doing a pretty good job.  Harbaugh has found a way to dodge the old West Coast team going East and losing curse as well.  I think either Braylon Edwards or Crabtree has a HUGE day and the 49ers coast in this one.  I’m thinking they win by 14, but I’ll go on record as saying they win by 7.

BONUS COLLEGE PICKS!

ALABAMA (-4.5) vs. LSU
Depending upon how the BCS slices and dices things in December, THIS could be the game of the year.  LSU’s defense is just NASTY.  You know what though, Alabama has given up fewer points this year.  On paper, judging by defenses alone, this could be a 6-3 thriller but we all know in NCAA football it rarely works that way, especially when dominate offenses are on the other side of the field.  I think both teams get into the 20s, but I feel like ‘Bama will get a late TD in a deadlocked game to seal the deal and become the undisputed #1 in the land.  I’m not betting the farm here…in fact, this is a “giant game of the year, I have to make a pick” toss up, but I’m going with Alabama minus the points.

TEXAS TECH (+12.5) vs. TEXAS
I love this game.  Texas Tech can throw the ball, every year they are one of the best passing offenses in all of the NCAA.  Guess what, Texas, despite their top 25 ranking have been giving up a lot of points.  I still think that Texas wins this game, but it will be closer than 12.5 points.  Take Tech and the points.

In summary: Bills, Bengals, 49ers, Alabama and Texas Tech

Spreads are from Vegas Insider

D’s Record to date: 1-2