POSTING double-digit correct picks is a solid result, so overall last week was a success. There are a few interesting NBA and NFL games that are worth watching to close out the week, however, you could be forgiven for giving this week a miss and earn some brownie points by going to dinner with your partner.
Last Sunday Picks: 10 – 6
Overall: 358 – 277
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Washington Wizards (9-6) at Toronto Raptors (10-5)
THE East heavyweights are once again near the top of their conference and they meet for the second time this season. Much like the last time they played, John Wall may miss the contest with an injury and I think the Raptors will get their revenge from the November 6th clash.
Verdict: Raptors W
Indiana Pacers (8-8) at Miami Heat (7-8)
TWO teams destined to hover around the 50% win mark isn’t much watch basketball. With Myles Turner struggling Hassan Whiteside could go HAM.
Verdict: Heat W
Golden State Warriors (12-4) at Brooklyn Nets (6-9)
GOLDEN State has looked human lately losing to the Celtics and trailing by 25+ against the 76ers this week. Could they now lose to the Nets? No.
Verdict: Warriors W
Detroit Pistons (10-5) at Minnesota Timberwolves (10-5)
IT’S fine to think the T-Wolves would be 10-5 at this point, but the Pistons are a surprise. Losers of two straight though Detroit will cop their 3rd straight L.
Verdict: Timberwolves W
Chicago Bulls (3-10) at Phoenix Suns (6-11)
NOT exactly a headliner, but with the Bulls terrible at defending the three a ‘League-Pass alert’ could go off if Devin Booker gets hot.
Verdict: Suns W
Denver Nuggets (9-6) at Los Angeles Lakers (6-10)
AFTER watching the Nuggets (aka Warriors 2.0) burn the Pelicans they could once again score 130+ in LA.
Verdict: Nuggets W
Detroit Lions (5-4) at Chicago Bears (3-6)
THE Lions have to be careful of their pesky division rivals here. A spot in the playoffs is still in reach for Detroit. It won’t be after the weekend.
Verdict: Bears W
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Jacksonville Jaguars (6-3) at Cleveland Browns (0-9)
LET’S not waste any more time than we have to here. Not even Blake Bortles can screw this up.
Verdict: Jaguars W
Baltimore Ravens (4-5) at Green Bay Packers (5-4)
SOMEHOW both of these squads are still within reach of a playoff spot. The Ravens are more likely to keep their hopes alive given their current standing and the AFC playoff race. No Aaron Rodgers means no wins for Green Bay.
Verdict: Ravens W
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-6) at Miami Dolphins (4-5)
THIS one is tough to pick for all the wrong reasons. Bucs.
Verdict: Buccaneers W
Los Angeles Rams (7-2) at Minnesota Vikings (7-2)
NEVER did I think that the Case Keenum/Jared Goff match would be the best game of Week 11 action. I’m expecting an exciting matchup between the Rams offense and Vikings stellar defense, with the winner of that battle likely to be the winner of the game.
Verdict: Vikings W
Washington Redskins (4-5) at New Orleans Saints (7-2)
GUNNIN’ for their eighth straight win the Saints might just be the real deal. Their offense is firing through their run game with Drew Brees’ golden arm ready to aid if needed. An injury-plagued Redskins team may upset the apple cart, but it’s unlikely.
Verdict: Saints W
Kansas City Chiefs (6-3) at New York Giants (1-8)
DANGER!! The Chiefs are struggling to recapture their form they started the season with and the Giants could produce one of the upsets of the year. The well-rested Kansas squad needs to stop New York to make sure that they keep their playoff ambitions alive.
Verdict: Chiefs W
Arizona Cardinals (4-5) at Houston Texans (3-6)
BLAINE Gabbert vs. Tommy Savage. Yeah…nah I’ll give it a miss.
Verdict: Texans W
Buffalo Bills (5-4) at Los Angeles Chargers (3-6)
AFTER their 3007th close single score loss last week, LA has well and truly underachieved in 2017. I’m predicting them to stop the slide and take care of the Bills.
Verdict: Chargers W
Cincinnati Bengals (3-6) at Denver Broncos (3-6)
AFTER relying on their defense to help them defeat squads in the past, the Broncos have self-imploded falling out of postseason relevance. Cincinnati aren’t world beaters, but I’m predicting a food time for red-headed quarterbacks at the Sports Authority Field at Mile High
Verdict: Bengals W
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New England Patriots (7-2) at Oakland Raiders (4-5)
A visit to New Mexico isn’t going to help Oakland recapture their mojo. Tommy touchdown and co will have a fun day south of the border.
Verdict: Patriots W
Philadelphia Eagles (8-1) at Dallas Cowboys (5-4)
WITHOUT Ezekiel Elliott in a Cowboys uniform it’s tough to see a winning formula for Dallas against the NFL bests teams. While I am not one of the people who think Philly should start stocking up on confetti for the SuperBowl parade, they won’t drop this one.
Verdict: Eagles W