MARLBORO, NY– It’s that time of year folks, as only two weeks remain until Christmas. It’s that time of year where almost everything is done twofold: We spike the eggnog twice as much, eat rich desserts with the gusto of a hound dog and spend twice the amount we should on gifts. So in this holiday spirit of overabundance, today you get Twice The Cheesy Bruin’s Free NFL Picks, which is nothing more than a shameless attempt to get that winning percentage where it normally is.
FAVORITES: I can’t believe it but I’m going to use a rugby term here. There is a scrum for the #1 seed in the AFC as Oakland, Kansas City, and the hated New England Patriots are all vying for home field throughout the playoffs. As banged-up as the Pats are, and the modest 4 out of 5 roll the Baltimore Ravens find themselves on, the Belichiks are a hefty 7-point favorite on Monday Night Football. A New England win and cover will hide the embarrassment of another Bruins’ loss to the Canadiens the same night. The Ravens also lost to the Jets – the Jets – this year. ‘Nuff said. NEW ENGLAND -7 over Baltimore
Seattle coffee is needed in buckets for the Seahawks on the road as they have sleepwalked to a 2-3-1 record. Likewise, the normally unbeatable home field advantage that the Green Bay Packers enjoy just hasn’t been there for the sluggish Acme meat packers. Something has to give here and I say this is just the challenge Russell Wilson and the gang need to cure the road insomnia. Seattle -3 over GREEN BAY
UNDERDOGS: Tis the season for giving and I have a feeling the Cincinnati Bengals will be in the giving mood in the form of turnovers and a less than stellar effort against the moribund Cleveland Browns. The Battle of Ohio marks the return of Robert Griffin III to the gridiron since his opening week injury. There’s enough motivation in front of the home crowd to get off the snide to back the Brownies in this one. CLEVELAND +5.5 over Cincinnati
For some reason the Los Angeles Rams extended the contract of Head Coach Jeff Fisher for another two years. Apparently, the franchise enjoys finishing with the six or seven wins per year that the coach has led the team to in his five years. At four wins this year, the Rams are behind schedule in more ways than one so I’ll grab the points at the very least against a somewhat fading Falcons squad. LOS ANGELES +6 over Atlanta
OVERS: If the Minnesota Vikings can’t score against the Jacksonville Jaguars they should just put the defense on the field for future games and hope those eleven players can outscore the opponent. This is the lowest total on the board today so I’ll take my chances. Minnesota/JACKSONVILLE OVER 39.5
This game should really suck, no matter how many points are scored. How bad is Bryce Petty? I’m not sure ,but I think we find out today against a defense that usually gives up 500 yards of total offense. NY Jets/SAN FRANCISCO OVER 43.5
UNDERS: I don’t know but this game just sounds like a 20-17 game. Arizona/MIAMI UNDER 44
This was the one total that I thought was off the mark by about a field goal. 46 or 47 would have been my line here, so the odds-makers are forecasting a low score and I’ll trust them more than I trust myself. Chicago/DETROIT UNDER 43.5
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