Saturday, December 31, 2011

NFL Week seventeen quick hits


Here we go, strap yourself in, week seventeen of the NFL. A couple of huge games this weekend, in particular the Cowboys @ Giants and Chiefs @ Broncos. Lots still to be decided, and barring a disastrous finish, this column should finish over .500 for the 2011 NFL season. And, we're completely happy with that! As the old proverb goes; As long as you are slightly above average, you are winning.

Running total - 117-110 ATS
(For context, I notice Bill 'sports guy' Simmons is 116-117 on the season. So, there's that)
Essential NFL pick links
The categories
  • Picks we love category
  • Picks we don’t love, but, we certainly like, as it were, category
  • Picks we are making but are not wildly enthused about

Cheat- list for ‘’Picks we love category’’
This week picks we love cheat-list: Giants, Jets and Panthers!!

Picks we don’t love, but, we certainly like, as it were, category
Buffalo Bills (6-9) at New England Patriots (12-3) -12.5

The game: Brady has been on the injury list his entire Patriots career. And yet, he always plays. Take note.
The score: Buffalo 24 New England 35
The Pick: New England -12.5

Picks we are making but are not wildly enthused about
Chicago Bears (7-8) at Minnesota Vikings (3-12) +0.5
The game: Very little to play for here, home field might swing it.
The score: Chicago 17 Minnesota 24
The Pick: Minnesota +0.5

Picks we don’t love, but, we certainly like, as it were, category
Detroit Lions (10-5) at Green Bay Packers (14-1) +1.5
The game: Green Bay will be playing their second string. Detroit playing for a higher seeding will be throwing the kitchen sink at them.
The score: Detroit 30 Green Bay 20
The Pick: Detroit -1.5

Picks we are making but are not wildly enthused about
Tennessee Titans (8-7) at Houston Texans (10-5) +2.5
The game: Tennessee scrapping for their playoff lives. Houston already locked in to the number three spot and resting its players.
The score: Tennessee 24 Houston 16
The Pick: Tennessee -2.5

Picks we don’t love, but, we certainly like, as it were, category
Indianapolis Colts (2-13) at Jacksonville Jaguars (4-11) -4.5
The game: The UConn Colts (Both QB and RB are Huskies!) are coming on strong at season end.
The score: Indianapolis 24 Jacksonville 23
The Pick: Indianapolis +4.5

Picks we don’t love, but, we certainly like, as it were, category
San Francisco 49ers (12-3) at St. Louis Rams (2-13) +10.5
The game: The Rams are absolutely awful, and worse for them still, the 49ers are still playing for higher playoff seeding.
The score: San Francisco 35 St Louis 17
The Pick: San Francisco -10.5

Picks we love category
New York Jets (8-7) at Miami Dolphins (5-10) -1.5
The game: The Jets still have a shot at the playoffs believe it or not, and they have a solid record in Miami the last seven seasons (five wins out of those).
The score: New York 23 Miami 20
The Pick: New York +1.5

Picks we love category
Carolina Panthers (6-9) at New Orleans Saints (12-3) -7.5
The game: The Panthers will be going all out, the Saints will be worrying about getting hurt before the playoffs. Cam Newton stamps an exclamation point on his incredible season.
The score: Carolina 30 New Orleans 27
The Pick: Carolina +7.5

Picks we are making but are not wildly enthused about
Washington Redskins (5-10) at Philadelphia Eagles (7-8) -8.5
The game: So, Dream Team, eh?
The score: Washington 17 Philadelphia 30
The Pick: Philadelphia -8.5

Picks we don’t love, but, we certainly like, as it were, category
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-11) at Atlanta Falcons (9-6) -13.5
The game: The Falcons are a very different team at home, and Tampa have already started packing up for the season.
The score: Tampa 17 Atlanta 38
The Pick: Atlanta -13.5

Picks we are making but are not wildly enthused about
Baltimore Ravens (11-4) at Cincinnati Bengals (9-6) +2.5
The game: The Bungles at home against a surprisingly weak Ravens road team
The score: Baltimore 23 Cincinnati 26
The Pick: Cincinnati +2.5

Picks we don’t love, but, we certainly like, as it were, category
Pittsburgh Steelers (11-4) at Cleveland Browns (4-11) +7.5
The game: The Steelers will start putting their starters on the bench before the second half begins. Just you watch.
The score: Pittsburgh 20 Cleveland 24
The Pick: Cleveland +7.5

Picks we are making but are not wildly enthused about
Kansas City Chiefs (6-9) at Denver Broncos (8-7) -3.5
The game: Te-Bone and the Broncos rebound after a couple of weeks playing, you know, real NFL teams. They can pretend they are good for another week.
The score: Kansas 20 Denver 27
The Pick: Denver -3.5

Picks we are making but are not wildly enthused about
San Diego Chargers (7-8) at Oakland Raiders (8-7) -2.5
The game: The Raiders at home, needing the win to have a hope of making the playoffs, are the only pick here.
The score: San Diego 16 Oakland 24
The Pick: Oakland -2.5

Picks we are making but are not wildly enthused about
Seattle Seahawks (7-8) at Arizona Cardinals (7-8) -3.5
The game: Putrid alert! Putrid alert! The battle to finish .500! Great stuff guys, thanks for playing.
The score: Seattle 16 Arizona 13
The Pick: Seattle +3.5

Picks we love category
Dallas Cowboys (8-7) at New York Giants (8-7) -3
The game: The big game of the weekend. For me, the Giants have more heart.
The score: Dallas 26 New York 30
The Pick: New York Giants -3





Previous weeks
Week one - 11-4Week two - 12-4
Week three - 6-10
Week four - 10-6
Week five - 7-6
Week six - 4-9
Week seven 6-7
Week eight - 7-6
Week nine - 5-9
Week ten - 7-7
Week eleven - 6-7
Week twelve - 8-7
Week thirteen -5-10
Week 14 - 9-6
Week 15 - 7-7
Week 16 - 7-8



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