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I think going 3-2 last week was my first winning weekend in a couple months.
KANSAS CITY (-1.5) over Cleveland - I normally hate picking these bottom-barrel games, but there's not a lot of selection on the board.
SAN DIEGO (-6.5) over Cincinnati - The Bengals have failed to cover in their last 4 games, and the Chargers are on an 8 game winning streak in which they've covered 6 times.
SEATTLE (-6.5) over Tampa Bay - I have no confidence in the Seahawks -- unless they're playing an atrocious Bucs squad that has to travel cross-country.
WASHINGTON (+3) over NY Giants - Come Monday I'm going to hate myself for doing this, but the Giants are really in a slide (2-6 in their last 8 games with only 1 cover), and the Redskins seem to have found new life a few weeks ago (5 straight covers).
BALTIMORE (-11) over Chicago - Did the Ravens finally have their Come to Jesus moment last week? Can they keep it going against a horrid Bears team (1 cover in their last 9 games), or will they continue to alternate weeks? Baltimore certainly has enough to play for, as they've got a great chance to make the playoffs still.
And I've clinched a losing record with my picks. At least I'm in the Final Four in both my fantasy leagues.
Indianapolis (-3.5) over JACKSONVILLE - Jacksonville is playing for their playoff lives and Indy has nothing left to play for. I still think Indy covers, even if Manning sits out the second half.
Green Bay (+2) over PITTSBURGH - The Steelers are a completely different team without Polamalu. We all know that now. Rodgers should have a good day.
KANSAS CITY (-2) over Cleveland - The Browns have been playing a little better lately for sure, but Arrowhead in December is a tough place to win on the road.
Cincinnati (+6.5) over SAN DIEGO - I think that the Bengals will come out fired up for this one for their fallen teammate - even though I personally don't understand how Chris Henry could engender that sort of sentiment.
WASHINGTON (+3) over New York Giants - What the hell... the Redskins have burnt me three straight weeks, but I'm feeling too good about the Cerrato firing to pick against them in this game getting points at home.
Magic 8 Ball (31-39-0)
The Magic 8 Ball pulled the elusive 0-5 week last week. Odd results from the 8 Ball this week.
JACKSONVILLE (+3.5) over Indianapolis - "Signs point to yes." (Jaguars will beat the spread)
Green Bay (+2) over PITTSBURGH - "No." (Steelers won't beat the spread)
Cleveland (+2) over KANSAS CITY - "No." (Chiefs won't beat the spread)
Cincinnati (+6.5) over SAN DIEGO - "No." (Chargers won't beat the spread)
New York Giants (-3) over WASHINGTON - "No." (Redskins won't beat the spread)
As tempting as it is to just copy Jeremy's picks for the next three weeks to ensure I'm not in last place, I'd like to accomplish that on my own merits. Who knows, maybe I'll end up in first!
PHILADELPHIA (-8) over San Francisco - Teams traveling east after a west coast MNF game the previous week have not fared well.
SAN DIEGO (-6.5) over Cincinnati - The Chargers are on a roll, and the bizarre Chris Henry incident will just distract, instead of motivating.
SEATTLE (-6.5) over Tampa - Long road trips are tough on young teams.
Green Bay (+2) over PITTSBURGH - Freeee Fallin'.... Freee-eeee Fallin'
Minnesota (-9) over CAROLINA - The Panthers just aren't very good, and have very little to play for.
Brien: BAL, KC, SD, SEA, WAS
Jason: BAL, GB, MIN, NYG, SD
Jeremy: CIN, GB, IND, KC, WAS