October 12, 2018

NFL Week 6 picks

by Dan Bilicki In: Football, Picks

The lines are from Betway.com and the home teams are in CAPs.

NEW YORK GIANTS +3 over Philadelphia

It is becoming very apparent that even though they’re not as good as last season, the Eagles are going to win the NFC East going away.

Arizona +10.5 over MINNESOTA

The Cards have looked much better with Josh Rosen playing and, while the Vikings should take this one, we’re not sure if it’ll be a blowout.

Buffalo +8.5 over HOUSTON

Just because the Texans squeaked by the inept Cowboys in OT doesn’t mean they should be giving any more than a touchdown against anybody – even the lowly Bills.

ATLANTA -3.5 over Tampa Bay

Neither side can play defence, but Julio Jones has been especially known to torch the Bucs and will be the difference.

Carolina +1 over WASHINGTON

Washington’s top two RBs are ailing and they’re on a short week after getting blown out by the Saints. The Panthers should perform better after needing a miracle field goal last week.

NEW YORK JETS -2.5 over Indianapolis

The Colts may have a few extra days of rest, but this team is still banged up and you always have to worry a little about dome teams on the road.

CINCINNATI -2.5 over Pittsburgh

It’s too tough to go with Big Ben on the road and the Bengals have proven to be a contender to win this division.

L.A. Chargers -1 over CLEVELAND

The Chargers always tend to fall for these trap games, but you can’t forget that L.A.’s two losses have come against the league’s two best teams – the Rams and Chiefs – and there’s basically no line here.

Chicago -3 over MIAMI

The Dolphins have been exposed after their 3-0 start, getting blown out by the Pats and then blowing a huge lead last week. Our only worry is Mitchell Trubisky on the road.

Oakland +3 over Seattle in London

The Raiders are nothing to write home about, but we don’t like the way that Seattle has looked on the road – and England is about as far from home as it gets. Can’t discount a Marshawn Lynch revenge game, either.

L.A. Rams -7 over DENVER

The Broncos are a decent team at home, but things are falling apart and Case Keenum isn’t going to hold them together.

TENNESSEE +3 over Baltimore

The Titans seem to play to the level of their opponent, which should mean a close game. Both teams are coming off upset losses, so no advantage there.

Jacksonville -3 over DALLAS

The Cowboys offence is average at the best of times and could be legit lost against a unit as strong as the Jaguars.

Kansas City +3.5 over NEW ENGLAND

We know it can be dicey to bet against the Pats in prime time, but how can you not take the points with the high-powered Chiefs?

GREEN BAY -9.5 over San Francisco

The 49ers have all the looks of one of the three least-talented teams in the league. If Aaron Rodgers and Co. can’t torch this team in prime time, then it’s really time to worry for the Pack.

Last week: 8-6-1

This season: 38-34-4

October 5, 2018

NFL Week 5 picks

by Dan Bilicki In: Football, Picks

The lines are from Betway.com and the home teams in CAPs.

NEW ENGLAND -10.5 over Indianapolis

It turns out that when you don’t have your top receiver, tight end, running back, two tackles and most of your secondary, you don’t really stand a chance against a team like the Pats.

CAROLINA -7 over New York Giants

The Giants were just gashed by Alvin Kamara at home and now must travel to face a well-rested RB in the same vein, Christian McCaffery. Even with all their weapons, the Giants can never seem to put up big numbers.

CINCINNATI -6.5 over Miami

The Dolphins were exposed by the Pats last week and now travel to face a Bengals team that is arguably better – and they’re getting Vontaze Burfict back from suspension.

CLEVELAND +3 over Baltimore

Baker Mayfield gets his first start at home and the crowd should be electric. We think this will be a close one, even if the Ravens are the more talented team.

Green Bay -1 over DETROIT

The Packers seem very hit-or-miss, but so do the Lions. Over the past decade, the Pack have owned Detroit.

BUFFALO +5 over Tennessee

The Bills may have been shutout last week, but have shown small signs of life. The Titans aren’t exactly a powerhouse and we wouldn’t trust them laying more than a field goal on the road against anyone.

Jacksonville +3 over KANSAS CITY

Is this an AFC Championship Game preview? It might be and the Jags seemingly have all the tools to stop the Chiefs’ high-powered offence. We haven’t seen Patrick Mahomes fail yet, but this might be the first.

Denver +1 over NEW YORK JETS

The Jets haven’t shown any of the magic from Week 1 in the past three games. The Broncos will look to bounce back from a tough loss on Monday night.

Atlanta +3 over PITTSBURGH

Both sides have been awful on defence, meaning this game could be a shootout. In that case, we’re more inclined to take the points and the team that’s seemingly not in turmoil.

Oakland +5.5 over L.A. CHARGERS

Should the Chargers be giving this many points in a divisional game? They lack a true home-field advantage and the Raiders turned things around last week with their OT win.

Minnesota +3 over PHILADELPHIA

If the Viking lose their third in a row, it’ll be a hard road back to the playoffs in the NFC. The Eagles aren’t flying so high, either, even with Carson Wentz back.

Arizona +4.5 over SAN FRANCISCO

We’re highly skeptical to be giving anything more than the customary field goal advantage with the Niners. The Cards are by no means a good team, but looked much better with Josh Rosen starting.

Los Angeles Rams -7 over SEATTLE

It’s a lot of points to give up on the road against a division rival that’s good at home, but we can’t stay away from a Rams team that’s coming off a 10-day layoff and firing on all cylinders.

HOUSTON -3 over Dallas

The Battle of Texas will likely lack excitement. It’s hard to back the Cowboys without Sean Lee playing, even if Ezekiel Elliott is running at full steam.

Washington +6.5 over NEW ORLEANS

With a bye week to prepare, underrated Washington should be able to put up some points and hang with a defence-less Saints team.

Last week: 4-9-2

This season: 30-28-3

October 3, 2018

NHL PREVIEW: It’s time to shrink the regular season

by Dan Bilicki In: Ice Hockey, Picks

We’re at the start of another 82-game grind on the ice, which begs the question: Why?

With the exception of Major League Baseball, no sport’s schedule feels as long as the NHL’s. There’s no reason why a sport played on ice needs to stretch it’s regular season from September to April.

There’s also no reason why a sport this physical should have as many games as it does, especially with every team playing multiple back-to-backs throughout the season.

If Gary Bettman and Co. want to show just how progressive this league it is, it would be the first to cut back on the schedule, even if just by a small increment like 6-8 games.

And that way we could see the playoffs end before June, too.

Here’s how we think this season shakes out.

ATLANTIC: Toronto, Tampa Bay, Boston.

METRO: Pittsburgh, Columbus, Washington.

EAST WILD CARDS: Florida, New Jersey.

CENTRAL: Nashville, Winnipeg, St. Louis

PACIFIC: San Jose, Vegas, Edmonton

WEST WILD CARDS: Dallas, Minnesota

EASTERN FINAL: Toronto over Columbus

WESTERN FINAL: Nashville over San Jose

STANLEY CUP: Toronto over Nashville

HART TROPHY: Sidney Crosby, PIT

ART ROSS: Connor McDavid, EDM

NORRIS TROPHY: Erik Karlsson, SJ

ROCKET RICHARD: Patrick Laine, WPG

VEZINA: Andrei Vasilevskiy, TB

FIRST OVERALL PICK: As much as we’d love to see the Senators give away the top pick, we think that Arizona finishes last.

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