November 2, 2007

NFL Week 9 Picks

by Dan Bilicki In: Football

Want to see something anti-climatic? I picked the game of the year first instead of making you wait until the bottom. Bad for business? Probably; but I needed to get it off my chest.

Patriots (-5.5) over COLTS
Just because I want them to lose, doesn’t mean that they will. It hurts to say, but even against the next strongest team in the NFL, the Patriots will probably still win and cover. On a side note, after watching the Pats awful, temper tantrum style of running up scores and continually keeping starters in the game to do so, don’t you just hope that a key player like Brady gets hurt in the process? Wouldn’t that be the ultimate F*** you back to Belichick the cheater? It’s probably not going to happen with the way the Pats line is protecting the pretty boy though.

And somehow, through making me hate them more and more each week, the Red Sox, another team I hate, are now at the point where I actually thought, “good for them” while watching them celebrate their World Series sweep —none-the-less against a team I support. The Pats have raised the hatred bar so much it’s making the Red Sox and Yankees look good.

Redskins (-3.5) over JETS
Washington has every reason to play with anger after being slaughtered by the temper tantruming Patriots last week. Expect the Jets to feel their wrath.

Packers (+2) over CHIEFS
Damon Huard is 9-1 when starting at home but there’s just something about these Packers. At this rate, the Pack are going to be dealing with Favre for a few more years possibly.

Cards (+3.5) over BUCS
I still don’t know how the Bucs are doing this well without a good running back. Yeah, Jeff Garcia is good, but how long can this last? I think Kurt Warner has a big week.

TITANS (-4) over Panthers
Yes, I’ve been suckered in by those delightful Titans again. They’ll probably win but fail to cover. But who knows? Either David Carr or Vinny Testaverde is starting at QB for Carolina. How bad do you feel for Steve Smith right now?

49ers (+3) over FALCONS
This is going to be a bad game; I can feel it. The Niners are nowhere near where everyone expected them to be but Joey Harrington is back under center for Atlanta. How much do Falcons have to suffer? Even more sadly, they won’t even get the number one or two pick in the draft because Miami and St. Louis are even worse.

SAINTS (-3.5) over Jaguars
Quinn Gray actually won last week. It won’t happen again, especially with the Saints looking back on track offensively and at home.

LIONS (-3) over Broncos
Don’t take this as me bailing off of the Broncos Super Bowl bandwagon, but this Lions team is somehow good, even with Jon Kitna at QB. And how exactly do you dress up like a man for halloween like he did? You know what, don’t tell me.

Bengals (-1) over BILLS
I can sense a breakout week for the Bengals here. Sure, they’ve looked awful all season, but J.P. Losman is back at QB for the Bills.

Chargers (-7) over VIKINGS
The Vikes were a dud last week and the Chargers are looking like a top-5 team in the NFL and remember, the Chargers have to make the playoffs for Norv Turner to blow it for them. Even Adrian Peterson can’t save Minnesota this week.

BROWNS (-1.5) over Seahawks
These Browns, they look good, especially at home. These Seahawks, well, nobody in the NFC West looks good at all, including them.

Texans (+3) over RAIDERS
I would say these teams are fairly evenly matched. I wouldn’t be surprised if this ends up as a tie because of a game winning field goal.

Cowboys (-3) at EAGLES
T.O. comes back to Philly again. This Eagles team isn’t very good but they are getting an impact player in Brian Dawkins back. I could see an upset happening here, but I could also see a blow out for God’s team. We’ll also get to see Tank Johnson suit up for the ‘Boys for the first time this season.

STEELERS (-9) over Ravens
The Steelers haven’t had any trouble with the rest of their AFC North competition, why should this Ravens team be any different? The fact that they’re in Pittsburgh only helps the cause.

Last Week: 7-6
This Season: 46-53-8

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