depression (n.) feelings of severe despondency and dejection
MARLBORO, NY – There’s no amount of medicine that can make me feel better about my Fantasy Lineup for this week. I am forced, due to Tampa Bay shelving Jameis Winston for a “few weeks” and Derek Carr’s bye week, into starting New England backup QB Brian Hoyer at that position. Here’s to the defensive player who rolls up on Tom Brady today and forces Hoyer into action. But there’s more. I also have three other players on season-ending injured reserve, two out for the near future and another duo listed as questionable for today. The only thing to smile about has been my torrid 12-4 (75%) mark against the spread over the last four weeks here at MTM. Looking to stay on fire with my Cheesy Bruin’s FREE NFL Picks, here are this week’s gems.
UNDERDOG Talk about depressing, there’s today’s game between the 1-7 New York Giants and 0-9 San Francisco 49ers. Withstanding an overtime tie, somebody has to win, right? This is a prime example of the NFL’s popularity–the only reason to watch this game is if you have a bet riding on the outcome and we’re boldly doing just that. Enjoy the Sunday Ticket or Red Zone channels if you aren’t betting the game because this game really should suck. Ben McAdoo is on borrowed time and I think there’s a mutiny running through the Giants locker room to expedite his dismissal. While winless, the Niners have managed to cover the all important spread in four games and knowing this is a glorious opportunity in getting off the schneid, they should be foaming at the mouth from start to finish. An outright underdog victory! The Pick? SAN FRANCISCO (+2.5) over New York Giants.
FAVORITE The Miami Dolphins have been offensively challenged this season and outside of a last play touchdown against the Jets would have been shutout three times in the first eight games. Despite this fact, the Dolphins will be mercifully ending their three week run of primetime games tomorrow night. Way to go NFL schedule-maker. In what will add to their scoring woes is a trip to face the #1 ranked NFL defense in the Carolina Panthers. The Cats aren’t lighting up the scoreboard but they shouldn’t give up more than 7-10 points to Miami and should get us the money in another depressing ballgame. The Pick? CAROLINA (-9) over Miami.
OVER Tick, tick, tick…BOOM! Is it me or are the Patriots due to put up a big number on somebody? New England really hasn’t had that signature win they are accustomed. Five of the next six games are on the road beginning with tonight’s game in Denver who are fresh off of a 53-21 pasting by the Philadelphia Eagles. This is a good spot for the Pats and their offense to go bananas and the line is very conducive to cash in on this selection. The Pick? New England/DENVER OVER 44.5
UNDER Tampa Bay has depressed their fan base through eight games after much was expected of their chances this year. The Jets meanwhile have managed four wins and look to get to the .500 mark with a win today against Ryan Fitzpatrick. It’s nowhere near a sexy game and it just has all the making of a 17-16 game. The Pick? New York Jets/TAMPA BAY UNDER 43.5