Fresh off the back of last night's stunning, all-world 4/4 (kidding, kidding, a learning disabled chimp could have gone 4/4 last night with those matchups) time to tackles some weekend NFL propositions. Five games in particular.
San Francisco @ Buffalo
Back to that old West Coast teams travelling to the East Coast, through three times zones. After the Cardinals, not exactly a horrific team, got pasted last night in Philadelphia, the score stands at West Coast 0 East Coast 14. To add to that, the 0-15 West Coast teams are averaging 15.8 points per game and allowing 26.9 points in those games. To add to that, the niners only win in their last eight was against the awful Rams. Meanwhile Buffalo appear back on track after a 54-31 pasting of Kansas. This one isn't going to be close.
Stone cold solid pick: Buffalo -7
New Orleans @ Tampa
Last three games Tampa have professionally put away the likes of Detroit, Minnesota and Kansas, while in their last four, New Orleans have beaten Green Bay, San Diego and Kansas, while losing a close one to those crazy kids on the Falcons. What does this tell you? Not much, nothing you didn't know already when you saw 'New Orleans +4' and said 'What the ****?!'
New Orleans, with one of the best offences in the NFL, are firing on all cylinders right now, having scores almost 130 points in their last four games, averaging 32.5 a game in that span. Right now, Drew Brees is in the zone.
Ride Brees's hot hand and take the four points in a game that New Orleans simply have to take if they are to make the playoffs.
Stone cold solid pick: New Orleans +4
Carolina @ Green Bay
This game comes at precisely the wrong time for the Panthers. Over the past four games, they have scored only seven first-quarter points and gained only 76 yard. Green Bay, meanwhile, will be chomping at the bit to show their destruction at the hands of the Saints was an aberration. This game is a 'must have' for the Packers, if they lose their season is basically over. Their 37-3 obliteration of Chicago two weeks ago showed they are a dangerous team at home. Carolina's recent scoring problems and Green Bay's home field advantage, tangible desperation and wounded pride all point to a big Pack win.
Stone cold solid pick: Green Bay -3
Atlanta @ San Diego
Even though the Falcons are 7-4, they are traveling across the country to face a desperate team. San Diego are giving 4.5 points only down to two factors, desperation and home field advantage. The problem is, you could see the feisty, young Falcons hanging around and even possibly poaching this one right at the end. The better play might be the over, which stands at 49 points as we speak. Both teams can put up points in a hurry. San Diego will be desperate to start fast, and the Falcons will have no problem keeping up if this turns into a shoot-out. There is no way you can trust the '08 Chargers giving up 4.5 points, go for the points, sit back and enjoy.
Stone cold solid pick: The 'over' @ 49 points
Pittsburgh @ New England
Wants and needs, wants and needs. Pittsburgh, reeling from serious injury issues, do not 'need' this game. New England do. The Steelers could be without as many as five starters. Willie Parker. Brett Keisel, Marvel Smith, Bryant McFadden and Deshea Townsend will all probably not play. That's basically half of the Steelers preferred starting squad. The Patriots can not drop this home game, their season is basically over for all intents and purposes if they do. The bet here is they focus on taking away the Steelers passing game and forcing them to run without Parker. Meanwhile The Patriots offence has dropped 100 points in just 3 games, as it clicks into gear for the home stretch.
Stone cold solid pick: New England Patriots -1
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