DETROIT, MI – Last Sunday’s 2-2 split was my first week not on the plus side, losing only the vigorish – if you’re are actually calling in Cheesy Bruin’s selections. It’s a difficult job keeping the concentration level steady with pictures of gratuitous female flesh adorning MTM, but I’m bouncing back with some serious four-play in this week’s Can’t Miss NFL Picks!
UNDERDOG: Today, this has more to do about Cats. As I said last week in my UNDER play, something is terribly wrong with the Carolina Panthers. Days after Cam Newton cried at the post-game press conference podium like a kitten mewing for its mother’s teat, the organization basically fired the GM. How a suit is the scapegoat for lousy play on the field and preparation for game days is beyond me. Signing key players to contracts based on past performance makes the player culpable in maintaining that level. Anyhow, the truth is when something looks too good to be true, don’t be surprised when the investment blows up in your face. The Bears should be a little north of 10-point faves in this one, yet the opening line was 7 ½ and has remained steady. It just looks too good of a bet with the Bears menacing defense up against a struggling offense/rudderless Carolina ship. Whitesnake once sang, The Kitten’s Got Claws and at +7 ½, be careful putting money on the Bears today.
Sometimes you’re able to get a good read about a team and I’ve bet the Jets with great success. At home and giving 2 ½ facing the Dolphins – who are looking to avenge a 3-point loss to the J-E-T-S a few weeks ago, this could be a surprise landslide victory for Gang Green. The Jets haven’t had trouble scoring points, as Dirty Sanchez’ naysayers will gladly tell you. Stopping the Miami run is the key as their receiving corps couldn’t scare pre-school Trick-Or-Treaters. Tony Sparano wants to hang a serious number on his former employer and gets his chance to rub it in with a splash of Tebow. Jets. Big.
THE OVER selection this week is contingent on two running games to take grip and help open up the passing offense as the Lions host the Seahawks. If Detroit can stay with the run, Matthew Stafford can relax and help get that overdue breakout game for Calvin Johnson… Marshawn Lynch gets his groove on today as Leon Washington sets the table for a short field against an atrocious Detroit kick coverage squad. Add it all up and the points go OVER 43.
Drew Brees at Peyton Manning is like two surgeons simultaneously operating on the same body. They’ll rip your lungs out, Jim. It’s really Saints at Broncos under the lights, but NBC promotes the elite QB’s. Products don’t always live up to the hype and one of these teams will take a ball-control approach and keep the game a hair UNDER 55 ½.