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Posted by: orioles on Jan 16, 2011 at 04:45:39 PM
This could be 'the weekend of the dog', as these games are destined to be tight. As a fun little appetiser therefore, I'll recommend this to get things underway: [b]Pick: Baltimore 6/4 Green Bay Evens New York Jets 3/1 [i]2pt Trixie[/i][/b] [u][b]New York Jets @ New England Patriots[/b][/u] [i][b]Sky Sports 2/HD2[/b][/i] Tonight's marquee game should be a belter and I'm going to stay with the Patriots - even giving so many points. All this nonsense that the Jets have indulged in may come back to bite them. I'm not a usually a great believer in the whole 'this'll just fire up the opposition' shtick, but in this case, I believe that's what will happen. Brady has a chip on his shoulder as it is, and seems to respond to this sort of thing by stuffing the words right back...
Posted by: orioles on Jan 15, 2011 at 07:04:49 AM
[u][b]Green Bay Packers @ Atlanta Falcons[/b][/u] [i][b]Sky Sports 4/HD4 - Sunday 1am[/b][/i] The impregnable Georgia Dome welcomes the Pack ... and I expect the Pack to come away with the win. This will be a duel between the two QBs. Although both defenses boast very capable pass rushers – John Abraham for Atlanta and Clay Matthews for Green Bay – Rodgers and Ryan will need to test the respective secondary they face. Green Bay will have to worry about Michael Turner, because if he gets rolling, Atlanta could be as unstoppable as the human bowling ball himself. The Pack will put eight in the box to stop the run first, and they’re perfectly capable of doing it with B.J. Raji really hitting his straps. Again, this is a team that has tightened up as the season reaches its ...
Posted by: orioles on Jan 8, 2011 at 12:41:10 PM
[u][b]Green Bay Packers @ Philadelphia Eagles[/b][/u] My strongest bet of the weekend ... *drumroll* ... THE GREEN BAY PACKERS! Vick is undoubtedly an explosive force, capable of making huge plays, but he needs to have some space and time and, if the Vikes gave him a rough time, the Packers can [i]really[/i] shake him up. The Eagles' O line is looking in terrible nick - they are haemorrhaging sacks and allowing defenses to attack at multiple points along the line. This is particularly ugly against a defensive co-ordinator as talented as Dom Capers who loves to blitz. Green Bay are 2nd in the league with 47 sacks and look for Clay Matthews to come marauding through the line like a pitbull with a long memory. One of Vick's greatest weaknesses is picking up the blitz, so it could...
Posted by: orioles on Jan 3, 2011 at 01:13:42 PM
"It's just frustrating to get this far and have an opportunity to make the playoffs, and to come up short," Bradford said. "Just frustrating." [i]nfl.com[/i] He threw for 289 yards and 2 TDs against the Seahawks in Week Four and last night looked like it was the first time he had seen a football. Charlie Whitehurst had played in four games this season, throwing 1 TD and 3 INTs. The Hawks haven't rushed for 100yds since about 1908. They don't have a recognisable defense (they had allowed at least 34 points in four of its last five games) and are going into the post-season as a 7-9 Divisional winner. Pete Carroll thinks it is "pretty cool" to be going to the playoffs with a losing record. I lost a sizeable amount in one of the worst games I've ever seen, after ignoring my...
Posted by: orioles on Jan 3, 2011 at 01:06:27 AM
[u][b]Rams @ Seahawks[/b][/u] Well, after screaming at the TV screen for a couple of hours - by the time Jennings was brought down inside the five for the second time I had to take a rest - and telling everyone to be careful this week ... Rams. It must be. Hasselbeck took a lot of snaps on Friday, and I suspect he'll start, but even if he does go, he's going to be limited and there's a strong chance Whitehurst will see some action. If the latter starts, then the Rams become a very strong bet. The Seahawks are poor; they have beaten Jimmy Clausen, Max Hall and Derek Anderson respectively since beating the Bears in October and rank 29th against the pass and 22nd against the run. I would expect the Rams to pound the rock with Jackson and then as that opens up the passing game,...
Posted by: orioles on Jan 2, 2011 at 07:29:14 PM
[u][b]Packers @ Bears[/b][/u] It's the Pack for me. I've not bought the Bears all season (to my cost, to be honest!) and I still can't, particularly in this position; these two hate each other, but there's nothing on the line after Atlanta's win (I'm assuming they have won) and Lovie Smith has rested players before and could well do so again. Recently the famed Bear's D has stuttered, and Rodgers and his receiving corps are going hog wild at the moment, so I expect them to attack Chicago vertically; look for Jennings to score. On the other side, Green Bay's D has also started to click and Cutler (or whoever is under center by game's end) could have a long evening's work ahead as the Packers, and particularly Clay Matthews, look to tear into the post-season. It's a lot of points...
Posted by: orioles on Jan 1, 2011 at 06:46:24 PM
[u][b]Bucs @ Saints[/b][/u] We're firmly into minefield territory now - I usually keep away this week (and last, more fool me) because some teams are beginning to prepare for the post-season (whether they're involved or not) and if the players and sidelines aren't distracted, tactical benching can kill you. Were it not for Benn's absence on offense (the Saints will sit on Mike Williams and offer Jenkins as a safety blanket for their corners) and Gerald McCoy, Aqib Talib et al missing on the other side of the ball, I'd like the Buccaneers to cover, but as it is the value might lie in-running where the point spread is concerned. Keep an eye on the Atlanta score and if they are pulling ahead, don't be surprised if Payton starts benching guys late on, giving Tampa the chance to close ...
Posted by: orioles on Dec 28, 2010 at 12:37:50 AM
[u][b]Saints @ Falcons[/b][/u] Matt Ryan is 19-1 in the Georgia Dome. (Drew)Brees has led the Saints to victories in their last four Monday games, completing 75.8 percent of his passes for 1,256 yards with 13 touchdowns and one interception for a quarterback rating of 141.5 [i]nfl.com[/i] So there you are! [:happy:] This should be a great game, and I'm set up like Elvis in the Jungle Room here, with TVs all over the place for the cricket and the football - right down to the fried banana and peanut butter sandwiches. I like Atlanta here. Brees is a beast and the Saints' offense is rolling, so opposing him as the MNF dog doesn't inspire, but Michael Turner should be the difference here against the undersized New Orleans front who have seen Anthony Hargrove and Remi Ayodele...
Posted by: orioles on Dec 26, 2010 at 08:40:47 PM
[u][b]Giants @ Packers[/b][/u] This is better, this is where the rubber hits the road; a game that effectively means a trip to the post-season. Nice. I like the Giants here. You have two of the big beasts on defense going at it, and I expect the Giants to come after Rodgers like Tiger Woods after a Vegas cocktail waitress. I believe there's every prospect that Green Bay will have someone else under centre come the fourth quarter and even if not, they will get after the Packers with a vengeance after last week's astonishing loss to Vick. Green Bay has given up 13 sacks in the last three weeks, so they are prone to exposing their QB. Manning is either feast or famine, but I like the boy's moxie and he has the talent and the weapons to get it done - I take him to have a solid game...
Posted by: orioles on Dec 26, 2010 at 05:08:57 PM
[u][b]Jets @ Bears[/b][/u] There's every prospect of a little smash mouth football in this game, which is always a surprise where Mike Martz is concerned, but the two QBs are unreliable beasts and both are facing defenses that are more than capable of rattling them. The rub of course, is that those two defenses are also tough against the run. This is a difficult game to call ATS, because if the momentum moves against one of the QBs, it'll get ugly, quickly. Of the two, Cutler looks the stronger proposition; Sanchez is struggling with an iffy shoulder and his O line misses Damien Woody badly and has given up sacks recently - not good against the Bears. On the other side, the Jets haven't been consistently pressuring the opposition trigger man, but they must fancy it against the Chicago...
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