It's Week 10 and Gamblor is coming a day early with his
prediction because this is the week that Thursday night games start up. I do
have the NFL Network, but I also have mixed feelings on Thursday games.
On first thought, extra football to watch! Awesome! But then I look at most of the stink bombs on the schedule and realize I am going to spend three hours each week watching either one or two worthless teams besmirch the name of football. Also, it will cause two days of people talking about how their fantasy team is in trouble, or how they have a big lead based solely on one game. Listen, your matchup isn't settled because of what one player did or did not do, lets hold off on making judgments based on that, or at least hold off on talking about them all the time.
Last week I got back to winning and put that abysmal 3-10 record behind me. Unfortunately, thanks to the Packers, I lost my lock pick for just the second time thus far.
Last week: 8-5
Lock of the week: 7-2
Home team in CAPS
Bears (+3) over 49ERS
Don't get me wrong, the Bears are not very good. But the 49ers are just worse. Alex Smith is not the answer at QB. He has small hands, like circus folk, but as far as I know he doesn't smell like cabbage.
JETS (-7) over Jaguars
In the Jags last four games they barely beat the Chiefs
and Rams and got blown out by two 2-6 teams. Also, they've worked on
establishing themselves as one of the most boring teams in the NFL. Does anyone
ever look at the TV schedule and say, "Oh boy, a Jaguars game!" No, not even the people in Jacksonville.
Broncos (-3.5) over REDSKINS (LOCK OF THE WEEK)
Um. What? I get that the Broncos have been soundly beaten the last two weeks, but the Redskins have been soundly beaten all season AND they'll be without Portis. I'll be at this game hoping to prove myself wrong, but LOCK OF THE WEEK.
Bengals (+7) over STEELERS
The Bengals continue to get disrespected by the oddsmakers. The Steelers deserve to be favored, but not by 7 points.
Bills (+7) over TITANS
Titans are still just 2-6, let's not get crazy favoring them by this much yet. Also, the Bills are due for a win to keep on their normal 7-9 pace.
VIKINGS (-16.5) over Lions
In situations like this, in which the outcome of the game is a foregone conclusion, instead of playing the game they should stage a grand battle between the team namesakes. Who wouldn't rather watch a Viking battle a lion than this football game? The spread would be much smaller, I'll guarantee that.
Saints (-13.5) over RAMS
The Rams have their one win; they've accomplished all they can this season. Time to pack it in until next year.
Falcons (-1.5) over PANTHERS
I think I hate Mike Smith. He seems like a guy who likes to yell a lot just for the sake of yelling. I get it, he's intense and what not, but it's a little over the top.
DOLPHINS (-10) over Buccaneers
No way the Bucs can repeat anything close to what they did last week, when most everything went their way. Ronnie Brown's corpse should be exhumed against a weak Tampa run defense.
Chiefs (+2) over RAIDERS
Over the last two years the road team is undefeated in this atrocity of a football game.
CARDINALS (-9) over Seahawks
I was wrong about the Jaguars; the Seahawks are the most boring team in the NFL. They are also completely incapable of playing good football outside of the state of Washington.
Eagles (+1.5) over CHARGERS
Don't get fooled into thinking the Chargers are good, it's a classic misstep, happens all the time.
Cowboys (-3) over PACKERS
After fooling and confusing people for half a season, the Packers proved last week that they are the same Packers team from last year, not very good, unable to come through when it matters, and prone to mistakes.
Patriots (+3) over COLTS
The Colts are due to fall sometime right? If the Pats win this game their fans will be super cocky and annoying again, that is, until they lose in the playoffs. In South Philly I heard some people talking the other day about the elite QBs in the league, and they all agreed they liked Peyton Manning best, because he seemed like a guy you could go have some beers with. Apparently Drew Brees and Tom Brady were deemed less likely to enjoy beer for some reason.
Ravens (-10.5) over BROWNS
Back to Brady Quinn! I hope Mangini switches QBs at least twice more this season. Even Lions fans are laughing at the Browns.