|Ben's been looking up at his feet|
a lot against the Ravens lately.
On to the picks. My procrastination cost me a point in the Texans game which almost changed my mind and a half point in the Steelers game but that line would need to go to about 20 before I picked the Broncos. I expect there to be a lot of empty seats in Denver by the middle of the 4th quarter.
Houston by 4 over Cincinnati: The Pick - Texans
|"How's the ankle Ben?"|
I've been back and forth on this game a few times but the one thing I keep coming back to is Ray Rice ripping off two long runs to closeout the Bengals last weekend. The Texans were the second most productive running team in the league and, unlike the Denver Broncos who were first, they actually have a modicum of a passing game. I see them just pounding the Bengals into submission and throwing a few deep balls Andre Johnson's way to keep them honest. The Texans also have a psycho high motor white defensive lineman in the mold of Jared Allen named Connor Barwin who is going hit Andy Dalton before, during and after he throws the ball. This one is going to be really close to the line but I'm going with 20-13 Texans.
New Orleans by 10.5 over Detroit: The Pick - Saints
Do you remember back in the days before Netflix, Apple TV and even video rental stores when you and your friends would end-up with a VHS tape of some random comedy (you thought I was going to say "porn" didn't you) and you'd watch it five times a week and lay so much of your own commentary over it that every scene ended-up being hilarity of the highest order and then someone from outside your crew would watch it with you, not get any of the inside jokes and rightfully say "you guys are idiots." (If that never happened to you, you're just going to have to trust me like with the golf draft thing).
|"I know. Let's cast Belushi |
as an unfunny rube."
Anyway, that's how I picture Drew Brees and Sean Payton when they watch tape from the Lions-Packers game last Sunday when Packers back-up QB Matt Flynn threw six touchdown passes against a woeful Lions' secondary. "Watch this one Drew. The cornerback doesn't even turn around. Wwwaaaahhhhhh . . . play it again, play it again!" The over/under on this game is a December college bowl game like 59.5 points which means we're looking at something along the lines of a 38-24 final score.
N.Y. Giants by 3 over Atlanta: The Pick - Giants
The one thing this game guarantees is that at least one overrated quarterback is going to win a playoff game this year. I've been banging on Eli Manning pretty hard lately but that's because he's overhyped which isn't his fault. He has proven that he can step-up in big games while Matt Ryan shines when the Falcons are blowing out the Bucs or the Jaguars. He doesn't have the glaring flaws of other 3rd tier guys like Tony Romo (turnovers), Mark Sanchez (more turnovers), and Matt Cassel (sucks against teams that play defense). Ryan just seems to lack the ability to produce points when playing good teams which, you know, makes it kind of tough to beat them. The G-men advance 24-17.
Pittsburgh by 8.5 over Denver: The Pick - Steelers
|"Look for Tebow and the Broncos to get |
Polamalu involved early and often."
Last week: 4-8 . . . . Season: 88-81-3