MORE games on a Sunday means more chances to get a correct guess right? Maybe not. This week features fewer games, but now that I am covering 20 or so games each week I promise to cut down the amount of junk I spew onto the page. Here we go!
Last Sunday Picks: 11 – 10
Overall: 348 – 271
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Toronto Raptors (7-4) at Boston Celtics (11-2)
NO Hayward. No Horford. No Irving. No problem. The C’s came back from 18 points to dethrone the Hornets the other night, looking god damn impressive while doing so. Their luck runs out against the Raptors though.
Verdict: Raptors W
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Miami Heat (6-6) at Detroit Pistons (9-3)
YES, Detroit at 9-3. Yes, Andre Drummond is reborn at the free throw line. Yes, they are the second-best team in the East right now, but the inevitable stumble is coming, starting Sunday.
Verdict: Heat W
Houston Rockets (10-3) at Indiana Pacers (6-7)
IT is surprising to me that no one is talking about the Rockets as a legit contender right now. In fact, they may be better off with Chris Paul not playing as they have rolled to one of the best records in the league. the Beard and Co aren’t about to let Indiana stop their momentum.
Verdict: Rockets W
Dallas Mavericks (2-11) at Oklahoma City Thunder (5-7)
OKC is starting to find their mojo. Dallas on the other hand, they have no mojo.
Verdict: Thunder W
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New Orleans Saints (6-2) at Buffalo Bills (5-3)
AT the start of the season this game wouldn’t have shaped up as much watch football. However, both the Bills and Saints are daring to dream that playoff action is a real possibility. I am a big fan of Taylor and what McDermott has done with the Bills, but their defense isn’t cut out to take down the illustrious Drew Brees.
Verdict: Saints W
Green Bay Packers (4-4) at Chicago Bears (3-5)
BRETT Hundley + Mitchell Trubisky = a game you can be forgiven for missing. The Packers are slumping with three straight L’s and the 3-5 Bears have enough talent to make that losing streak continue.
Verdict: Bears W
Cleveland Browns (0-8) at Detroit Lions (4-4)
SPOILER alert: This will not be the game when the Browns win their first game of the season. Detroit is a chance to be upset but at the end of the day if Matthew Stafford is under center slinging passes (no matter how banged up he may be) then Cleveland can’t win.
Verdict: Lions W
Cincinnati Bengals (3-5) at Tennessee Titans (5-3)
THIS is a danger game for the Titans. If they lose they slip back to 5-4 and confirm all the doubters suspicions about their talent levels. Win however, and they stay in the discussion for the division crown. What you got Tennessee.
Verdict: Titans W
Pittsburgh Steelers (6-2) at Indianapolis Colts (3-6)
I think that over the back half of the season the Steelers will show us that they are the best team in the AFC. Their defense is clicking, they boast ‘the big three’ and they have just two road games remaining after this week. Sorry Colts fans.
Verdict: Steelers W
New York Jets (4-5) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-6)
THE Jets have a better record than the Bucs. Just let that sink in for a minute. If Winston was under center I still wouldn’t have faith in New York but without him, the winner of the Josh McCown vs. Ryan Fitzpatrick bowl will be the Jets.
Verdict: Jets W
Minnesota Vikings (6-2) at Washington Redskins (4-4)
I’M punching my ticket for the Vikings bandwagon, I am all aboard! Even if Bradford is on IR, Keenum (and maybe Teddy Touchdown) can keep their offense churning while their defense reeks havoc on their foes. Kirk Cousins does pose a threat, but I think Minnesota will underline their legitimacy for a SuperBowl shot with a win.
Verdict: Vikings W
Los Angeles Chargers (3-5) at Jacksonville Jaguars (5-3)
I never learn. Last week I said that I wasn’t a true believer of the Jaguars yet and expected a Bortle’s brainfart to lead to an L. They proved me wrong and this week I’m still picking against them. What’s wrong with me.
Verdict: Chargers W
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Houston Texans (3-5) at Los Angeles Rams (6-2)
WAIT, the 4-12 Rams from a year ago are about to be 7-2. THAT is a line I never thought I would read. Without Watson or Watt, the Texans won’t be able to halt the LA landslide
Verdict: Rams W
Dallas Cowboys (5-3) at Atlanta Falcons (4-4)
AN interesting match between two of last years dominant teams who are now both teetering on the edge. For the 97th straight week, it seems like Ezekiel Elliott will miss the game due to suspension and the reigning NFC champs are struggling to stay relevant. Even without their star back I think Dallas has the chops to be a really good team.
Verdict: Cowboys W
New York Giants (1-7) at San Fransisco 49ers (0-9)
Verdict: 49ers W
New England Patriots (6-2) at Denver Broncos (3-5)
THIS is the last roll of the dice for Denver. I really expected them to find at least one good quarterback on their list that was able to put something on the board while their defense took care of the rest. Instead, their defense is their biggest problem after giving up 124 points in the last four weeks. Brady smells blood.
Verdict: Patriots W