LAS VEGAS, NV -After a solid 3-1 outing last week, the overall record stands at 24-12 for a 67 % rate. These free NFL Picks have been dropping down the chimney since the NFL kicked off the 2012 season and are bound to cover the expenses associated with the holidays. Today’s gifts are…
The Houston Texans have been the class of the AFC and/or NFL at this juncture of the season. However, they are not without their warts as the past two games have been defensive disappointments despite escaping with back-to-back and belly-to-belly overtime victories. Wade Phillips’ crew desperately needs to shore things up today in Tennessee against the Titans before next week’s marquee showdown with the Patriots. Tennessee helped get the ‘under’ play last week with an assortment of field goals and clock-eating running yards. No peril in the Titans hitting the scoreboard in this one as the only problem is a runaway Texans rout. Houston also gets back to its offensive blueprint of running the ball to keep Matt Schaub healthy for the playoffs. UNDER 47 ½ is the play.
One more sign of global warming are sixty degree sunny skies in Denver for the Broncos game versus Tampa Bay, while weather for the Jets game is as gloomy as Gang Green’s situation. Normally, warm-weather teams don’t fare well in colder climes and you’d like to see the thermometer dive if you’re backing the Broncos – like I am – in this match-up. The Bucs are a money earning 8-2-1 against the Vegas number, while the Broncos come off consecutive wins that failed to get the cash as a back-door San Diego cover and lackluster game against the suicidal Chiefs made for some long-faced bettors. Many tape-heads and analysts are on the Tampa Bay bandwagon as they have been in every game they’ve played this year—surprising for a team that sucks when it comes to defending the pass. Peyton Manning tunes up Greg Schiano & Co. to the point where challenging the snap in a Denver victory formation is an afterthought. Wild horses can’t keep me away from laying better than a touchdown at 7 ½ with the Broncos.
Maybe I’m falling into a trap in selecting the underdog Steelers at a nice bunch of points (+7 ½) against division rival Baltimore Ravens but two weeks ago Pittsburgh gave the Ravens all they could handle without Big Ben and a spirited effort is all but guaranteed as Coach Tomlin has called out certain individuals this past week. Baltimore is a mirror image of the Atlanta Falcons—often underwhelming about their business and odds makers are not impressed. Neither am I. An outright Steelers win??? Grab the points at the very least.
If Tony Romo can throw for 450 against the Redskins, there’s not a scintilla of doubt that Eli Manning can better the mark since he is on the same page with his receivers and gets better than adequate protection. The Giants can put up a 40-spot on the Monday Night stage and that leaves RG III responsible for twelve points in order to get the OVER 51 for us.
MTM Daily Double tomorrow, The Public Professor and West Coast Craig, tomorrow.