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Posted by: orioles on Dec 26, 2010 at 12:02:41 AM
[u][b]Cowboys @ Cardinals[/b][/u] Merry Christmas [:happy:] I don't like this trappy game. Dallas are out of the post-season and you may find Stephen McGee defending your lead in the fourth, so my last brussels sprout isn't going on the result (for the record though, Dallas should cover). A better bet is Witten to score; Arizona struggle in coverage with average safety play and nicked up linebackers, so at Evens, Witten looks a nice price in a Dallas O that gives him lots of looks in the redzone. [b]Pick: Witten Anytime TD Evens 2pts (Sky Bet, Corals)[/b]
Posted by: orioles on Dec 23, 2010 at 09:27:11 PM
[u][b]Panthers @ Steelers[/b][/u] Carolina stink, but the rotting carcass of their season managed to come back to life and bite Arizona on the caboose last week and, while I don't expect the Panthers to win, I'm not laying 14 points on this game. Carolina's best hope is on the ground with Stewart, but Pittsburgh choke the run. The Panthers will also struggle to keep Clausen upright, so they're unlikely to have much joy vertically. Presumably when they do throw, they'll try and dink and dunk the Steelers to death. Pittsburgh haven't exactly been tearing up trees on O. Ben Roethlisberger seems to struggle to get the team rolling smoothly up the field. Really, they should hand it off to Mendenhall and let him set up the passing game, but oddly, Pittsburgh seem reluctant to let him...
Posted by: orioles on Dec 20, 2010 at 01:42:36 PM
[u][b]Bears @ Vikings[/b][/u] First of all, an apology. I had a full mail bag this morning complaining I hadn't covered the New England game. Well, I did put the pick on my forum post, but when it came time to write it up, I had a poorly little girl who needed her daddy and making you lot rich [:silly:] had to be set aside (the Jets pick notwithstanding!) Webb. Seriously? He's listed as a wide receiver in my 'Big Book of the NFL 2010'! I'll confess I had to read up a bit about the mighty Joe Webb, but it looks like he has a strong arm and some talent (presumably he can run too) but, as Green Bay proved last night, when the hammer comes down, inexperienced QBs tend to blow it. Usually, I like games where the 2nd (or 3rd) string QB is starting, because there's always an overreaction...
Posted by: orioles on Dec 19, 2010 at 06:36:06 PM
[u][b]Jets @ Steelers[/b][/u] Two offenses that are staggering towards the regular season finishing line. The Jets' line is giving up sacks as Sanchez looks increasingly skittish. Sacked 6 times last week against the Dolphins, the Jets are really missing Damien Woody. Meanwhile, Pittsburgh's Jonathan Scott and Flozell Adams and the rest of the O line seemingly offer Big Ben as much protection as a wet tissue. I was going to take the Jets, but the -6/6.5 on offer earlier in the week has disappeared by gametime and at -4 I'm not as happy, so I'm staying away ATS. Instead I'm going back to my old favourite: total sacks in the game. Both teams are being sustained by their defenses, and both sides are going to try and outslug the other on that side of the ball. This means that not only...
Posted by: orioles on Dec 17, 2010 at 12:15:07 AM
[u][b]49ers @ Chargers[/b][/u] The bolts are getting well - and they ranked 2nd in offense as it is! It is just possible the juggernaut is gassed up and ready to roll, but these teams are in a precarious post-season position and, while neither particularly deserve a run at it all, it's all on the line tonight. however, the line worries me; it has drifted out to double digits and while the chargers will take this, I never like to lay double digits. With Vincent Jackson fit downfield, Rivers' penchant for the big play is bound to mean some deep shots early and jump balls in the redzone, and given the weakness in the SF secondary with guys like Nate Clements and Shawntae Spencer, I take Jackson to score, as he'll get a lot of looks with Floyd and Gates likely out. The 49ers are tough...
Posted by: orioles on Dec 13, 2010 at 11:54:18 PM
[u][b]Ravens @ Texans[/b][/u] Who's going to stop Flacco picking apart a defense containing such powerhouses as Bernard Pollard, Glover Quin and Kareem Jackson? Not the Texans. Probably. They are just horrible on defense and, although the Ravens aren't the defensive force they once were, Houston are unlikely to score enough to make a knockdown fight of this. There are some caveats though; I hate opposing home dogs on MNF (I know it's an exploded myth, but in my addled brain, it persists). Houston is far from toothless on offense, and this is essentially a meaningless game for Baltimore - they have the wildcard, but the Steelers are out of sight. Arian Foster is a danger on the ground, depending on how Haloti Ngata is controlled. The problem for the Ravens though, is that ...
Posted by: orioles on Dec 13, 2010 at 12:46:25 AM
[u][b]Eagles @ Cowboys[/b][/u] I'm going to take the Cowboys, but just for a small interest ATS. These two are going to scrap it out down the stretch and if the Eagles can eliminate their mistakes, they can take a real run at it. The problem is that those mistakes are game-changers and Philadelphia are seemingly unable to stop handing the momentum to teams in tight games. Dallas are vulnerable deep (Terence Newman, Mike Jenkins, Alan Ball and Gerald Sensabaugh aren't getting it done) and that's not good news against Vick and Jackson, particularly as the latter is clearly itching to put up some big numbers and wasn't shy about letting Vick know about it last week. A crucial game time decision will be whether the Eagles' right tackle Winston Justice goes; if he doesn't, DeMarcus ...
Posted by: orioles on Dec 12, 2010 at 08:51:17 PM
[u][b]Chiefs @ Chargers[/b][/u] This is more like it; a game that means it all. Kansas hold the tiebreaker over the Chargers after taking the Chargers down 21-14 in week 1 at Arrowhead. San Diego hiccuped badly last week and the Chiefs were rolling nicely ... then Cassel's appendix popped. So I'm going to lay the points with a bet on the Chargers today. Brodie Croyle isn't a complete bust, he has the arm, but he is inaccurate and the Chargers are a more than capable of bringing pressure (4th in sacks). The Chiefs will presumably lean heavily on Jamaal Charles and Thomas Jones, that means the number 1 rush against the number 5 defense - a little smashmouth? It should be great as Charles in particular is a beast. However, there's a strong possibility that Kansas will fall behind ...
Posted by: orioles on Dec 12, 2010 at 03:48:43 PM
[u][b]Bucs @ Redskins[/b][/u] I like the Bucs here. My Redskins have the look of a team that have given up, and while the Buccaneers managed to blow a 10 point lead last week, they look the team most likely. The Redskins malaise is particularly evident on defense and LeGarrette Blount should have a big game. He is a massive unit and can wear down a Washington defense that sits last in yards per carry given up. Interestingly, Raheem Morris has expressed increasing frustration at the big boy's inability to convert short yardage and at the goal-line, and the 3/1 on offer at Paddy Power for Earnest Graham to score may offer some sneaky value as he may get those carries in the redzone. The Washington secondary has struggled all season and is banged up and Josh Freeman, even with limited...
Posted by: orioles on Dec 9, 2010 at 07:50:08 PM
[u][b]Indianapolis Colts @ Tennessee Titans[/b][/u] Sorry for rambling here, but I can't be bothered to tidy up my thoughts ... and I'm pretty sure no-one's reading this stuff anyway [:happy:] Two teams that have fallen flat on their faces as their superstar performers have struggled to produce of late hardly sets the pulse racing, but I see the Colts coming away with the win here, and covering, but stakes should be kept to a minimum. I have a good deal of man-love for Peyton Manning; sometimes old gits like me complain that football has become a quarterback game and the old school 'grunt' has been lost, but the guy has been so astonishingly good, for so long, that you can't help but admire the talent that is 18. I've backed him pretty much all season, but the signs were there ...
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