MARLBORO, NY – WTF?! After another losing 1-3 week here on MTM that puts me at 21-27 for the season, I’m back today with bonus picks in order to get to the magic .500 mark. I know what you’re all thinking – are they really bonus selections when you’ve been as bad as I have been this year? It’s a desperate attempt to get my head above water and with the league hitting the three-quarter pole after today’s games time is running out. Double your pleasure, double your fun with these picks.
FAVORITES The Tennessee Titans are a Jekyll & Hyde bunch more than any other team in the NFL. Win two, lose two, win three and lose three. The Titans are an enigmatic 5-6 with some signature wins against the Patriots and Cowboys only to manage losing to the Bills and not showing up for a few divisional games as well. So into Music City come the New York Jets fresh off a near back door cover that stalled at the three-yard line against the Pats last week. This team hasn’t gotten much correct this year (kinda like me, right?) and as of this writing, we don’t know who will be quarter-backing Gangrene. To quote a chant from the movie, Meatballs, “It just doesn’t matter! It really doesn’t matter!” There’s a heavy number in eight points to cover but the Jets folded up their tents a few weeks back by getting routed against the Bills. The Pick: TENNESSEE -8 over New York Jets
FAVORITE #2 The Pick: GREEN BAY -14 over Arizona
UNDERDOGS Proceed with lots of caution here because I haven’t been able to read the Falcons well, if at all, this year. Matty Ice is arguably having one of his best seasons but it’s not translating into team wins as Atlanta sits at 4-7 in the NFC South standings during their three-game losing streak. The Ravens visit while riding serendipitous running back Gus Edwards to consecutive victories over doormats called the Raiders and Bengals. The Dirty Birds are a step up in class albeit a small one but we’re confident that the Ravens can sneak out of the Georgia Dome with a victory as a small underdog. The Pick: Baltimore +1.5 over ATLANTA
UNDERDOG #2 The Pick: CINCINNATI +5 over Denver
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OVER Sometimes one has to look at the numbers and not ignore them. The Tampa Bay Bucs just can’t stop anybody on defense and they will throw the ball all over the yard in order to keep pace. That is, until Jameis Winston starts throwing to the wrong jerseys and you know those picks are coming. This team is that predictable and Norv Turner is on a bit of a roll in Carolina this year as OC. Yeah, the Panthers have lost three in a row but we’re asking for points in this one and both teams should be able to deliver. The Pick: Carolina/TAMPA BAY OVER 54
OVER #2 The Pick: Arizona/GREEN BAY OVER 43.5
UNDER New England is trending under lately with four straight falling short of the number as their offense isn’t clicking as expected. Meanwhile, the Vikings are steadily playing better defense during their run of three of four unders, also. Both teams are finding their footing with the running game taking shape for the stretch run. More of the same today as this one just falls short of the handicap. The Pick: Minnesota/NEW ENGLAND UNDER 49
UNDER #2 The Pick: NY Jets/TENNESSEE UNDER 40.5
That’s all for me, leave your thoughts below and come back tomorrow for a man with six toes on one foot, Buddy Diaz.