Brandon and Eric both mentioned it: “the Panthers’ season may be over, but the NFL season is still going on.” So, like both of those men I’m going to do a pick’em.
Luckily I still have a dog in the hunt. Being from Houston, I do hold a teenie tiny place in my heart for the Texans, and will be cheering for them today. That being said, Eric and Brandon did the right thing by picking the Texans to win. Except they didn’t factor in the lines. I’m going to throw a curve-ball and give MY picks based on the odds set by the almighty gamblin gods of Vegas. Check back after the break, for my take on this weekends games.
Cincinnati Bengals @ Houston Texans
Vegas has Houston minus 4, and I don’t think that’s a bad bet. Ok, so Houston may be dumb, and start Yates over Delhomme, but Andy Dalton has looked pure rookie in the last 3 weeks. Houston Defense is going to have to exploit the rookie mistakes that Dalton might make. Simply put, the Texans will win, if they play like Carolina did in the Texans-Panthers game.
My Pick: Houston wins by 6.
Detroit Lions vs New Orleans Saints
Vegas has New Orleans a 10.5 point favorite. This is a tough one for me, because it depends on what Detroit shows up. If the Detroit of last week shows up, the Saints will have a difficult time covering the spread. So, in order to pick, but not be a major disappointment, I’m taking the over. The over is currently set at 60, and I think that’s a lock.
My Pick: Saints win by 3.
Atlanta Falcons vs New York(Jersey) Giants
The Giants are minus 3 in this match-up of the underdogs. Who ever wins this game, is most likely going to be the underdog in the next round of the playoffs. That being said, I never bet against Eli in the clutch. My mom is a huge Eli fan, and taught me that lesson early on. Eli has had an MVP caliber season, and I don’t think Matty Ice and the Falcons have what it takes to stop New York.
My Pick: NYG wins by 10.
Pittsburgh Steelers vs Denver Broncos
Pittsburgh is favored by 9 points, and they are playing at Mile High. Does that tell you something about Tim Tebow and Denver? Tim Tebow is a great tight end, that can throw the ball decent, for a tight end. Pitt is going to eat him alive though. Only problem, Big Ben is hurt and that could make things tough for Pitt.
My Pick: Pittsburgh wins by 7.