APOLOGIES for Sunday Picks being absent last week, but I’m back now raring to look ahead at the intriguing slate of NFL Christmas Eve games. With the infamous Christmas Day games ahead for the NBA, the 24th of December is a night off for the league, allowing me to turn my attention solely to the 12 football games on offer.
Last Sunday Picks: 11 – 9
Overall: 403 – 305
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Cleveland Browns (0-14) at Chicago Bears (4-10)
THIS is the SuperBowl for the Cleveland Browns. It’s highly unlikely that they will give Pittsburgh a run for their money next and to avoid becoming the second team 0-16 team ever they need to win. Sorry Browns fans, there’s no Christmas miracle coming this festive season.
Verdict: Bears W
Detroit Lions (8-6) at Cincinnati Bengals (5-9)
I really don’t want to see the Lions in the playoffs, but they might not give us a choice. While the Packers might upset their plans, the Cincinnati ‘red heads’ will not.
Verdict: Lions W
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Los Angeles Rams (10-4) at Tennessee Titans (8-6)
WITH playoff implications on the line, this is an important game for both teams. Even though I do not believe their postseason expedition will be fruitful, the home squad stops a streak of losses against the Rams.
Verdict: Titans W
Kansas City Chiefs (8-6) at Miami Dolphins (6-8)
I was never a fan of the Chiefs and expected them to fall out of the playoffs. They have proved me wrong, so far. With everything to play for they should beat the Dolphins. Should. I still need to see a big one from KC to believe in them.
Verdict: Chiefs W
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Buffalo Bills (8-6) at New England Patriots (11-3)
FIRST year head coaches will no doubt learn a lot of lessons in their first year at the helm. Sean McDermott, will learn that one dumb move (see: Tyrod Taylor benching in Week 11) can cost your team a playoff spot.
Verdict: Patriots W
Atlanta Falcons (9-5) at New Orleans Saints (10-4)
I’M not sure what to think of the Saints. The last time they clashed with the Falcons they didn’t have Alvin Kamara in uniform which influenced the result. Atlanta still aren’t world beaters though making this game tough to pick. This time last week I may have been swayed another way, but the Saints will be out to exact revenge.
Verdict: Saints W
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Los Angeles Chargers (7-7) at New York Jets (5-9)
THE Chargers did the most LA Chargers thing possible last week by flopping against their division foes in their biggest game of the year. Knowing the Jets 2017 storyline any result is possible, and I think they will continue to defy expectations and get another win.
Verdict: Jets W
Denver Broncos (5-9) at Washington Redskins (6-8)
I don’t even think Broncos or Redskins fans care about this one. The only narrative they are focused on is their draft pick. I’m backing in Denver to keep their winning ways rolling after two straight W’s
Verdict: Broncos W
Tampa Buccaneers (4-10) at Carolina Panthers (10-4)
I’M not as confident in Carolina’s performance as a lot of others may be. Against the Vikings, they were lucky that Minnesota failed to convert a few plays and a similar thing can be said about the Green Bay game. Then again the Panthers defense does cause a lot of these miscues and the Bucs don’t have enough fuel in the tank to halt Carolina.
Verdict: Panthers W
Jacksonville Jaguars (10-4) at San Fransisco 49ers (4-10)
JIMMY Garoppolo will get his first official welcome to the NFL on Sunday. The handsome hero under center for the 49ers will cop his first loss as a starter from a rampant Jags defense eager to slaughter anyone in their path. Jimmy’s perfect jawline is in trouble.
Verdict: Jaguars W
Seattle Seahawks (8-6) at Dallas Cowboys (8-6)
THE return of the chosen one to the Cowboys backfield is expected to bring more success for the franchise. However, I don’t think that Ezekiel Elliott can save their season or their fortunes in this match. Seattle isn’t probably going to make the playoffs either, but the Legion of Boom won’t be letting Zeke run amok against them.
Verdict: Seahawks W
New York Giants (2-12) at Arizona Cardinals (6-8)
CLOSING out the slate is a game that we don’t care about. Even though Eli and Co put up a bunch of points against the Eagles I still think they will struggle to put up a higher points total than Arizona.
Verdict: Cardinals W
Merry Christmas 🎅🎄⛄️