Thursday, December 2, 2010

Pick 'Em: Week 13

Between Thanksgiving, Sunday, & Monday . . .I needed a few days off from all the pigskin action. Finishing last week at 8-7-1, we're looking to bounce back in Week 13 at LynchyRightNow. The Falcons head on the road to division rival and NFC surprise Tampa Bay. Pittsburgh and Baltimore lock horns in another AFC North matchup with first place on the line. Finally, we get what we've been waiting for, Jets at Patriots!

Last Week: 8-7-1
On The Season: 92-76-7

Let's get after it!

Thursday Night 8:20 PM [EST]

Houston At Philadelphia Michael Vick and the Eagles may have been exposed by Chicago's defense, but there aren't to many defenses that can get after you like that. Vick won't have an easy night but his speed receivers will be able to get open against this secondary. Look toward LeSean McCoy to have a big game. I can't decide if Andre Johnson will be able to expose the Philadelphia secondary in the absence of Asante Samuel missing his second straight game. Maybe too many points, but I like the Eagles in their place, if I bet on sports. Eagles -8

Sunday 1:00 PM [EST]

New Orleans At Cincinnati After escaping Dallas on Thanksgiving with a win, the Saints have had more than a week to prepare for the 2-9 Bengals. Finally playing like defending champions, the Saints have won four straight and have their sights on the winning the division first. Cincinnati is what their record is, a nine-loss team. Saints -6.5

Chicago At Detroit The perfect trap game for Chicago. After their dominating defensive performance against Philadelphia on Sunday, Chicago goes on the road to division rival Detroit. The last two times these teams played, the Lions were robbed off a late game touchdown which would have given them their first win of the season way back in week 1. Chicago's offense is still suspect, despite the recent good play of Jay Cutler. I think the Lions can sneak one in here, this is a team they know and play well against. Lions +5

San Francisco At Green Bay The Packers are putting plenty of points on the board winning four of their last five. With Frank Gore out the 'Niners are going to have to lean on veteran Brian Westbrook who went for 23 carries and 136 yards last week against Arizona. The Packers at home are too much for a banged up 49er offense who got shut out by Tampa's defense just a couple weeks ago. Packers -9

Jacksonville At Tennessee The Jaguars impressed me more in a loss last week than any of their wins. Jacksonville put themselves in position to beat the Giants in The Meadowlands to only come away with a 24-20 road loss late. They can put pressure on the quarterback and slow down the run. With Kerry Collins probably starting for the Titans, they won't be shut out like they were in Houston a week ago. Titans +4

Denver At Kansas City The last time these two division rivals played, it got out of hand. The Broncos hung nearly 50 points on the Kansas City defense and head coach Josh McDaniels was called out by the Chiefs for running up the score. This time they're giving nine points to that same Broncos team? The AFC West games are closer than expected and this one should follow the same suit. Even if Kansas City has an axe to grind. Broncos +9

Cleveland At Miami I didn't like how Cleveland seemed to play down to Carolina last week narrowly winning out but blowing a halftime lead. This will be a game between to teams very much needing a win. Eric Mangini is coaching for his job and Tony Sparano isn't that much further behind him. Both of these teams are going to run the ball and keep this one close. Browns +5

Buffalo At Minnesota The Vikings are more behind Leslie Frazier than they were behind Childress. A 17-13 win in Washington was exactly what they needed a week sago. Their key to beating Buffalo is trusting their rushing offense, with or without Adrian Peterson. As well as Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick has been playing, he's playing for his next job. Vikings -6

Washington At New York (Giants) The Giants have got to be frustrated with their performance against Jacksonville. After Philadelphia took care of business on Thursday night, all New York has to do now is keep pace and get division wins. Washington will slip to 5-7 and look to regroup. Giants by a touchdown seems reasonable. Giants -7

Sunday 4:00 PM [EST]

Oakland At San Diego Oh you have to love what San Diego has been doing. They started off 2-5 and have since shot out of a cannon with four straight wins eyeing two division games in a row with an opportunity to take over first place. In San Diego's 36-14 victory Indianapolis, the Chargers went on the road and torched a good team on their own field. If you're still looking for an MVP candidate, look no further than Phil Rivers who is in the midst of a phenomenal season. If Oakland had shown anything over the last two weeks, there is no way I'd give them 13 points, but I'm going to do it. Chargers -12.5

Dallas At Indianapolis I can't stress how badly the Cowboys needed that victory on Thanksgiving Day, it was that important. I for one did not think that Indy would lose two straight, but three?!? I'm sure Peyton Manning hasn't lost three games in a row since his first couple seasons in the league. I really want to see the Cowboys come out and show how much better they've become under Garrett, but I'm not sold just yet. Cowboys +6

St. Louis At Arizona Derek Anderson, you know who takes this seriously? Sam Bradford. The Rams rookie quarterback can have his Rams back to .500 with a win in Arizona, and that means something. In just his first year he is changing the culture in St. Louis and shows a ton of promise. The Cardinals have no answer at this point and are quickly wasting Larry Fitzgerald. Rams -3

Carolina At Seattle I like Seattle when they play at home and this Carolina team is nothing more than a joke at this point. They're playing for a first pick overall at and will probably get it. The truth is, they wouldn't have been in that game at Cleveland if not for Jake Delhomme and his awfulness. Seattle giving six points?!? Why not?!? Seahawks -6

Atlanta At Tampa Bay Not many thought that a Week 13 game in Tampa would have huge playoff and division implications, but it does. The NFC South is a close race. A game between Tampa and New Orleans, a victory for the Bucs would go a long way to proving how good they really are. With Atlanta coming off a huge win against Green Bay, they better get right back to it this week and not sleep on a quality Bucs team. Falcons -3

Sunday Night 8:20 PM [EST]

Pittsburgh At Baltimore These two teams are pretty even. I can't ignore the fact that Baltimore's 16th ranked passing offense isn't exactly what I had expected from them before the season started. They're still a defense first team trying to get enough points to hold on. I love Pittsburgh's defense who is tops in the NFL in rush defense and close to tops against the pass. A very low scoring game here, the Steelers and Roethlisberger pull one out late. Steelers +3

Monday Night 8:20 PM [EST]

New York (Jets) At New England Tom Brady and the Patriots have had extended time to spend on planning for the Jets. They got their swagger going very strong against Detroit and Indianapolis, it's same old Patriots and the Jets are about to feel that. Whatever doubt you had in Rex Ryan's ability to lead this team Jets team to a Super Bowl, a win in New England would end that discussion. If your a fan of big time professional football, this is a massive game on Monday night, the NFL couldn't have expected how great this is going to be. I'll take Patriots -3

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