I went 2-2-1 for the second week in a row, oh well. But I did best last week’s overall record going 8-7-1 in that regard. It’s still .500, yet I feel I’m going in the right direction: Always a plus.
Yearly totals are as follows: 36-27-2 here, 90-95-4 having picked every game ATS except one.
Denver (-10) @ Oakland. The Denver Broncos are 2-2-1 over their last five games—something eerily similar to my record over the past two weeks—so for that reason alone I’m taking the road team in this Thursday Night Football contest. The Raiders in the Black Hole at night would scare most teams…But not the Broncos. Denver has taken the division, and, I believe, they want as many Ws as they can possibly get. This one won’t be close, either, so give the biggest number o’ th’ week. There’s always next year Raider fan.
Chicago (-3) @ Minnesota. I’m a fan of defense; they’re just isn’t any other way to say it. For that reason, Da Bears are my pick in this spot. These boys from one-of-the-best sports-towns in the history of earth have a D that scores points in bunches—and they thoroughly capitalize on each and every turnover, whether it’s giving their O a short field, or just scoring points so they don’t have to. Da Bears are gonna win da game, so lay the points.
Atlanta (-3 ½) @ Carolina. This number is way too small. Since the season went into double digits in terms of weeks, the Panthers have lost every game both SU and ATS—except when they played Philly; they won and covered, but is that even an accomplishment? The Falcons might even be lucky enough to get out of the first round of the playoffs this year. With that being said, I think they can handle themselves in Charlotte.
Detroit @ Green Bay (-7). I don’t mean to harp on the NFC North, but the thing sure is fascinating to me. The Packers in Lambeau at night is a safe enough bet for this writer to sleep well tonight, but if you like Xs and Os—who doesn’t?—I’ll let you have it. Green Bay wants this division, and when you know that, you know this: This game might be over before the kickoff even occurs Sunday night. As a team of preparation, the Pack will pick their battles, plan for the whole sixty minutes and wipe the floor with the Lions. Sorry Detroit; I know times are tough, yet think of all the positives coming from your fine city, like the Ford Motor Company.
Houston (+3) @ New England. Another road team (four out of my five picks are road teams) except this one isn’t favored. I saved it for the end only out of coincidence. Monday Night Football is a big deal; it really is. The world’ll be watching this one, and the Texans are dangerous, for they could beat the Patriots in so many ways. Everything from getting pressure on the quarterback, to exploiting the holes in their opponents’ defense, or they could just hog the ball via running down New England’s throat and keep the home team’s better half off the field. Don’t mess with Texas…
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