December 10, 2010

Favre’s streak ending? And Week 14 picks

by Dan Bilicki In: Football, Picks

This Sunday could be the end of an era. We could see something that hasn’t happened in 18 years. Yes, Brett Favre may be sitting one out. This would be revolutionary, after all Favre has started 297 regular season games in a row — plus 24 playoff starts.
 
And now, because of his shoulder injury suffered last week – among other injuries that are surely adding up – he could be forced to the sidelines. He has stepped onto the practice field this week, but hasn’t thrown a ball yet.
 
Also, interim coach Leslie Frazier has said that Favre’s streak won’t weigh on his mind when making his decision as to who would start at QB this Sunday.
 
Yes, this really is looking like the end of an era.

The home teams are in CAPS and the picks are straight from Vegas.
Cincinnati +9.5 over PITTSBURGH
The Bengals were a dumb penalty away from beating the defending champions; I think they can cover this line.
 
New England -3 over CHICAGO
This could be a big letdown game for the Pats after Monday’s beating, but Bill Belichick doesn’t let that type of thing happen.
 
Cleveland (pick) over BUFFALO
What in the world would make you believe that the Bills could possibly stop Peyton Hillis, who is just dying for a great nickname.
 
New York Giants -2 over MINNESOTA
The Giants should have Hakeem Nicks back for this game and the Vikings may be stuck with Tarvaris Jackson at QB.
 
DETROIT +7 over Green Bay
It seems like just about anybody can quarterback the Lions and make thing happen these days. Even Drew Stanton looked decent last week.
 
Atlanta -8.5 over CAROLINA
It seems like the only thing that the Panthers are doing well is running the ball and defending that is one of the Falcons fortes.
 
Tampa Bay (pick) over WASHINGTON
The Bucs lost two key players with Aqib Talib and Jeff Faine going down, but I wouldn’t want to take the Redskins.
 
St. Louis +10 over NEW ORLEANS
Sam Bradford is good enough to keep this game in single digits, if not win it outright.
 
Seattle +5.5 over SAN FRANCISCO
The Niners are going back to Alex Smith after Troy Smith started leading them to respectability? How does that make sense?
 
Miami +5 over NEW YORK JETS
The Dolphins play great on the road and the Jets don’t pull away from teams. This one will be close.
 
Denver -4 over ARIZONA
John Skelton starting may actually be a slight upgrade in the passing game, but the Broncos will have the interim coach mojo going on.
 
Kansas City +7 over SAN DIEGO
A week after the Raiders downed the Chargers at home, the Chiefs get their shot in San Diego. Covering seven points should be a breeze if Matt Cassel plays.
 
Philadelphia -3.5 over DALLAS
The Eagles team that lost three times to the Cowboys is much better than the one that will take the field on Sunday night.
 
Baltimore -2.5 over HOUSTON
So, a top-5 team is only favoured by less than field against a team that has a near historically bad pass defence? Sign me up.
 
This week: 0-1-0
Last week: 7-9-0
This season: 101-87-5

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