MARLBORO, NY – Timing is everything in life, like a long Las Vegas weekend coinciding with last week’s clean 4-0 sweep of my weekly Cheesy Bruin’S Free NFL Picks. The cashing of sports book tickets paid for the entire trip and only the Knicks blowing a 21-point lead at home kept me from cashing in on another parlay that would have paid $360. Lesson learned? The Knicks really do suck that badly. But you come here for some gambling advice and at the current time I am on fire, going 7-1 over the past two Sundays. Without further ado, here are today’s winners.
FAVORITE Statistically, Jameis Winston is having a nice year but that doesn’t necessarily translate into wins, as his Yuck-aneers, who many pundits expected big things, are only 2-4 on the season. Publicly, Cam Newton is having a dreadful year at the podium and on the field – it’s Trump-like in the way he shoots off at the mouth and makes himself fair game in the press and otherwise. These antics permeate the locker-room and ultimately lead to failure on the field, even though the Panthers are 4-3. Today, I think the Bucs respond to their field general better than the Cats react to their signal caller. The Pick? TAMPA BAY -1.5 over Carolina.
UNDERDOG: I don’t normally go to the well often unless that source is filled with bourbon. The Cleveland Browns were the underdog selection last week and so they are once again, however, most of you are waking up and reading this column after the 9:30 a.m. kickoff in London. The NFL really needs to stop with these games across the pond but that remains a story for another time. Angry Ward’s Vikings are playing spirited football with a roster being held together with gauze and duct tape. Everybody in London and Vegas will be plopping pounds and dollars on the favored Vikings but not me. This has sucker’s bet written all over it! Browns get win number one today. You heard it here first. The Pick? Cleveland +9.5 over Minnesota.
OVER: This one is strictly a gut feeling. While my gut is nowhere near the 286-lbs it once was, it’s still 210 and you have to listen to something that big. The Denver Broncos are overdue to score some points after being shut out last week, and failing to score more than 16 points in three contests prior to that. The Chiefs were looking like the darlings of the AFC until consecutive losses to the Steelers and Raiders. Andy Reid teams know how to put points on the board but give up a score or two. This is a Sunday Night game and whatever you win on the early games, save a buck or two and wager thusly; The Pick? Denver/KANSAS CITY OVER 43.
UNDER: The Cincinnati Bengals have a big-armed QB nicknamed the Red Rifle in Andy Dalton and a monster wide receiver who is difficult to defend in A.J. Green. So, how then can you explain not throwing the ball more often to this offensive freak? The Bungles also don’t run the ball effectively and there you have the reasons why the team has gone under in four of six games. The Colts on the other hand, have gone over in four of six due in large part to a leaky defense and spunky offense but that offense is starting to grind to a halt and makes for an easy play here. The Pick? Indianapolis/CINCINNATI UNDER 42.
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