Lets see if we can keep up the momentum, 5-0 last week on Sunday but with a loss on Monday Night Football.
Jacksonville Jaguars +3.5 vs. Indianpolis Colts
Chuck Pagano’s speech last week gave me chills. As much as I love football, it’s always nice to see the human stories that are so much bigger than the game. On the field the Colts are playing inspired football, but that’s not why I like them this week. I like the Colts because the Jags are horrible moving the football, and Andrew Luck is just hitting his stride. I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Colts win by double digits. Take the Colts and give the points.
New York Giants -4.5 vs. Cincinnati Bengals
I always try to find a home dog, and this week the Bengals are my pick. The Giants both force turnovers and give them up, but the difference in this game will be the rushing game. The Bengals will get it going on the ground against a defensive front that over-pursues the quarterback, and because of that the Bengals will own the clock. Take the Bengals and the points.
Carolina Panthers +4 vs. Denver Broncos
There is a lot of history, not necessarily between the franchises, but between a lot of coaches and players. Despite all the story lines in this game, the difference will be a player with no connection to the other team. Peyton Manning vs. the Carolina Panthers secondary will be the difference, while the Bronco defense will be able to control Steve Smith the Panthers biggest offensive threat. Take the Broncos and give the 4.
New Orleans Saints +3 vs. Atlanta Falcons
Divisional games tend to be closer than people think, and the Saints aren’t playing as bad as they were at the start of the year. That being said, the Falcons are playing really good football, and their ground game will get a spark playing against a defense thats giving up 176 yards per game. Take the Falcons.
Saint Louis Rams +11.5 vs. San Francisco 49ers
The 49ers have an old-school, complete, team and will win this game. But I don’t believe that they have the offense to pull away from a mediocre Rams team. Sam Bradford isn’t playing as poorly as people think, and the Rams D plays physical football. Take the Rams and the points.
Last Week 5-0
Monday Night Specials 6-3