MALL OF AMERICA – For those of you who haven’t already done so, today is a great day to put a dent in/finish your Holiday shopping, because the NFL lineup pretty much sucks. With Giants and Jets games academic for over a month and half of Week 15 pointspreads at a touchdown or better, kickoff your mall visit at noon and be back in time for a decent meal and then the Sunday Night battle between two Giants fan favorites, Dallas and Philthydelphia. What makes the NFL the most popular of all team sports is the ability to gamble on even the sh!ttiest games on a weekly basis. And speaking of gambling, here are a few for your wagering consideration:
DETROIT -7.5 (41.5) over Minnesota
At 6-7, Angry Ward’s Vikings have been a pesky bunch this year having held their own without the services of running back Adrian “The Switch” Peterson and a freshman QB in Teddy Bridgewater. Offensive Coordinator Norv Turner knows how to matriculate an offense up and down a football field even with no-names like Asiata, Wright, and Johnson. It has taken a little more than half the season for the Lions to click on offense as the defense carried the load for the most part on the way to a 9-4 record. Detroit is coming off back-to-back 34-point efforts and seem primed for much more of the same.
The Pick: Minnesota/DETROIT OVER 41.5
PHILADELPHIA -3.5 over Dallas
It’s difficult for me to get excited about this game because my gut is telling me the hook on the line has been added to bait the public into betting the Cowboys and you know what usually happens when there is infinitely more money on one team than the other–they tank! Throw in the fact that Philthy dismembered the Cowboys on Thanksgiving in a thorough beating and you’ve got to feel as though the Cowboys perfect road record ends tonight as well. Dallas has given up 28+ points in four of the last five games and is cause for great concern. A shootout is the only type of game the Cowboys can prevail and I just don’t see this happening.
The Pick: PHILADELPHIA -3.5
INDIANAPOLIS -6.5 over Houston
What a surprise. Another game went down to the wire that the Colts managed to win last week against Da Browns. I swear that this team has a four-leafed clover hidden up their arses – nothing ever goes in their opponents favor or so it seems. The Texans are playing very decent football the past month and with the oddsmakers throwing this many points your way you’d be silly not to take a chance on this very live underdog. Do keep in mind however that Indy is one of those teams I just don’t get a very good read on.
The Pick: Houston +6.5
NEW ENGLAND -7.5 (48) over Miami
This is the type of game where Bill Belichik aims to embarrass the opponent. The ‘Fins hung a 33-20 loss on the Pats in Week 1 and is sure not to have gone unnoticed this past week. The only worry for this game is whether New England gets the “over” themselves as The Hoodie may want to run the score up. I’ll take my chances on the Miami defense making a stand in this one.
The Pick: Miami/NEW ENGLAND UNDER 48
Tune in tomorrow for a Gamblin’ Man that knows when to hold ’em, West Coast Craig.