HICKSVILLE, NY – Writing “I won’t pick Giants and Jets games for MTM anymore” five hundred times on a chalkboard would serve as ample punishment for subjecting you to these games on a weekly basis. Last week, local teams hit a low not seen around these parts since the Joe Pisarcek and Richard Todd eras. The Giants, namely Larry Donnell and Eli Manning, fumbled away a 21-point lead to a one-win team. The Jets set offensive football back since the advent of the forward pass by taking the air out of the ball and thus played “keep away” from their own quarterback by running the ball forty-nine times. Geno Smith’s stat line reaffirmed the lack of confidence the offensive game plan showed in him as 7-for-13 and 65 yards with a pick produced a QB rating of 7.4. Considering it’s Week #14 in the NFL and I’ve made it this far opining on some of the worst football in the league with my Free NFL Picks, so the sentence of time served – laboring through the Giants and Jets respective season’s, is just. At 62% on The Gambler’s Source, the following are this week’s gems.
Buffalo travels to the Mile High city for a date with the Broncos. While this game conjures up thoughts of a snow-game, the conditions forecasted call for just the opposite as sunny skies and a game-time temperature of 56 are expected. The Bills have been a tremendous UNDER bet this year and appear to struggle scoring points against everybody except the Jets while the Broncos have rediscovered a running game as of late. Don’t be fooled by the past performances as the unseasonably warm weather creates a perfect storm for a Kyle Orton-Peyton Manning shootout.
Buffalo/DENVER OVER 47.5
Politics aside, this is about football and nobody cares about this game unless you bet on it. A “yawner” only rivaled by the Jets and Giants games, take the UNDER.
St. Louis/ WASHINGTON UNDER 45
Another quarterback having troubles of his own lately is the Bengals Andy Dalton. Nicknamed “The Red Rifle”, his stats are more like “Little Red Riding Hood” despite the team sweeping its three-game road trip as they return home for today’s divisional tilt with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Cincinnati was tooth and nail just to beat the Bucs last week and clearly were looking ahead to this game. These are not your father’s Steelers as they win games on offense these days because the defense allows opposing offenses to frolic about the field. Timing is bad for the Black and Gold as the Bengals tout a stout defense and WR A.J. Green is rounding into health. A rout for the Bengals.
CINCINNATI -3 over Pittsburgh
Yes, the Patriots can and will lose consecutive games.
SAN DIEGO +4 over New England
Come back tomorrow for everyone’s favorite – in Buffalo – DJ Eberle.