At the Cage – Not looking for a scapegoat for the lackluster previous two weeks (3-4-1) of prognosticating NFL Picks, but Superstorm Sandy threw a wrench into the machine, much as I predicted it would. A reprimand has come from Short Matt in the form of a restructured contract. The punishment conjures up the old Billy Preston song, “Nothin’ from Nothin’”. Getting back on track starts with today’s stellar selections.
The “Favorite of the Week” is none other than the New York Football Giants. A team hates nothing more than a bye week on the heels of a losing streak. With the minor two game skid the Giants find themselves on, the week off has given birth to possible reasons why they’ve dropped the last two. Everything from Eli Manning having a tired arm, to the distraction of dealing with turmoil beset by Sandy, to this is the normal time of year Big Blue goes in the tank for a month. Blah, blah, blah. It stops today! A real opponent in the Packers appears at MetLife Stadium to get the attention and best effort from these Giants. Never mind Green Bay being on a roll and winning the last three regular season meetings in this series. The Giants win with some to spare—lay the 2 ½.
“Nobody circles the wagons like the Buffalo Bills,” as some douchebag tells us every now and again. One of our MTM faithful, buffalobilly, will be glad to hear his team will finish the season at 9-7 or win out and get to 10-6. I’ve got a good read on the Orchard Park Gang this year. Four of six losses have come against NFL heavyweights—the Pats (2X), 49ers, and Texans. Today’s opponent, Indianapolis, seems to regularly get lucky at home as the FG margin in all games suggests. The Colts horseshoe gets turned upside down today and the luck runs with the Bills. This is the best of the four picks today. I’d bet Short Matt’s Labatt’s hat on it!
There’s one QB matchup today leaning heavily toward the UNDER. Chad Henne is fresh off the game of his life against the vaunted Houston Texans defense. Last week proves to be a fluke while the Tennessee Titans have Jake Locker slinging the rock as an afterthought to the resurgent Chris Johnson. The points come mostly off of the foot or on the ground as loads of “airballs” miss the mark of UNDER 44 ½.
For those of you who enjoy a good conspiracy theory, the Monday Night game is it. How does any network promote the blockbuster tilt between Carolina Panthers at Philadelphia Eagles? Not even that sh!thead Merril Reese makes this one entertaining, right?!? The Eagles suck, have no Mike Vick. Tthe Panthers suck, and Cam Newton is now making those draft pundits seem like Nostradamus as he looks every bit the college QB. No way this goes UNDER; the NFL needs to keep whatever audience they’ll have. Over, way OVER 40 ½.
Public Professor and West Coast Craig go over tomorrow.