September 30, 2011

MLB playoff picks and NFL Week 4 picks all in one!

by Dan Bilicki In: Baseball, Football, Picks

No rambling introduction today, folks, just wonderful picks – and we’re not just sticking to one sport either!

The home teams are in CAPS and the lines are from 5Dimes.

Detroit +1 over DALLAS
The Cowboys are still banged up and they failed to score a TD last week. Field goals won’t get it done against Detroit.

New Orleans -7.5 over JACKSONVILLE
The only thing that could slow down the Saints this week would be seeing another monsoon hit a Jaguars game.

PHILADELPHIA -9 over San Francisco
Since we’ve already seen the ‘Dream team nightmares’-style headlines this week, look for the Eagles to go all out here.

Philadephia Phillies over St. Louis Cardinals in 3 games.
Yep, it’s a straight sweep for the Phillies. With their rotation, there’s no way that they’re losing a short series. Come on, Halladay, Lee and Hamels? The Cards should feel good about making it, but that’s all.

ST. LOUIS +1 over Washington
The Rams really have to turn it around here, or basically write them off.

CLEVELAND (pick) over Tennessee
Let me see the Titans do it without Kenny Britt before I back them on the road against a decent squad.

Buffalo -3 over CINCINNATI
The worst-case scenario I see here is getting a push after a late Bills comeback.

KANSAS CITY +1.5 over Minnesota
The Chiefs showed some signs of life last week and the Vikings haven’t in any second half yet.

CHICAGO -7 over Carolina
Is the Cam Newton party finally over? A monsoon held back his stats last week, the Bears will this week.

Pittsburgh +4 over HOUSTON
The Steelers had it surprisingly tough against Indy last week, but the Texans showed that their defence isn’t what we thought it was when facing an actual contender.

Atlanta -4.5 over SEATTLE
The Falcons have to take off sometime soon if they want to repeat their division title.

New York Giants (pick) over ARIZONA
The Giants go from beating the Eagles in Philly to nearly being an underdog in the desert? Does that make sense?

New York Yankees over Detroit Tigers in 5.
The Yankees lineup is outstanding, but so is Justin Verlander. The biggest thing the Yanks have going for them is that they’ve beating the probable Cy Young winner both times they’ve faced him this season. I don’t believe that the rest of the Detroit staff can deliver, though.

Miami +8 over SAN DIEGO
It usually takes about four weeks and at least one upset for the Chargers to finally kick it into gear.

Denver +13.5 over GREEN BAY
The Packers can be passed against – they’re second worst in the league in pass defence – and Kyle Orton can sling the ball. Broncos should cover.

Milwaukee Brewers over Arizona Diamondbacks in 4.
I just don’t believe in the D’backs rotation. Is that really the same Ian Kennedy who stunk for the Yankees? Milwaukee’s rotation is strong at the top and their lineup is scary good.

New England -4 over OAKLAND
Many Patriots fans are worried about this matchup, but I honestly don’t see why. The Raiders can’t keep close in a shootout with them.

BALTIMORE -3 over New York Jets
This one should be a slugfest, but I trust the Ravens offence more than the Jets’ attack.

Indianapolis +11.5 over TAMPA BAY
The Bucs just don’t feel like a team that can blow you out. They’re more of a grinding team.

Tampa Bay Rays over Texas Rangers in 5.
Sure, it was mainly about the Red Sox collapse, but the Rays did have a hot September to come back from that deficit too. I’m a bit worried about using September call up Matt Moore as the Game 1 starter though.

Last week: 7-9
This season: 21-26-1

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