October 3, 2008

NFL Picks Week 5

Brien (10-10-0):
Lots of road favorites on the board this week. I'm going to go against conventional wisdom and take all of them.

Indianapolis (-3) over HOUSTON - I still think the Colts are better than Vegas thinks. They just need to start showing it. Plus they're coming off a bye.
Tennessee (-2.5) over BALTIMORE - The Ravens looked good last week, but I think they'll get up for a Monday night game in Pittsburgh more than this one. I smell a letdown.
San Diego (-6.5) over MIAMI - Let's not read too much into the Dolphins win over New England.
New England (-3) over SAN FRANCISCO - See above.
Chicago (-3.5) over DETROIT - The Lions are winless straight up and winless against the spread. The Bears are coming off a win against the Eagles. How is this line so close (uh-oh, is this a trap game)?

Jason (9-11-0):

Tennessee (-2.5) over BALTIMORE - The Ravens showed a lot in their Monday Night loss to Pittsburgh, but I just can't see them being able to stay on their game for the full 60 minutes it will take to beat Tennessee.
CAROLINA (-10) over Kansas City - KC got their win for this half of the season.
NY GIANTS (-7.5) over Seattle - I hate that half-point, but I think the Giants, who already are acting like they have something to prove, really do with Plaxico out.
JACKSONVILLE (-3.5) over Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh took a beating Monday Night. I can't see them surviving another one.
PHILADELPHIA (-6) over Washington - I guess I'm going all favorites. I think the Skins are due for a big let-down.

Jeremy (10-10-0):
I absolutely love that the Redskins win over the Cowboys was the game that gave me the break-even win last week to bring me to 3-2. Tough to find home teams that I like this week:

Indianapolis (-3) over HOUSTON - This is the kind of game that could allow Indy to get really healthy really quickly, especially after a bye week.
Washingon (+6) over PHILADELPHIA - I may be drinking the Kool Aid, but this is a big spread, especially if Westbrook pulls his favorite 12:59pm scratch.
Tennessee (-2.5) over BALTIMORE - A short week for the Ravens after an excruciating loss. Looking at their roster I'm not sure how the Titans are 4-0, but they are, with some decent wins.
Cincinnati (+17.5) over DALLAS - This is an insane line that is begging for suckers like me to take. But really... an over two-TD line... that's a lot, even if it is the Bengals.
DENVER (-3.5) over Tampa Bay - I had to look high and low for a home team to take. Griese has been erratic and I think Denver will be just a little angry after last week's game.

Magic 8 Ball (12-8-0):
For a mere $100.00 to Jeremy, you can borrow me for your next trip to Vegas after my 5-0 week last week. I guess this shows that when it comes to gambling, random beats human thought.

Indianapolis (-3) over HOUSTON - "My answer is no." (Texans won't beat the spread)
PHILADELPHIA (-6) over Washington - "My sources say yes." (Eagles will beat the spread)
Tennessee (-2.5) over BALTIMORE - "My answer is no." (Ravens won't beat the spread)
DALLAS (-17.5) over Cincinnati - "Signs point to yes." (Cowboys will beat the spread)
Tampa Bay (+3.5) over DENVER - "No." (Broncos won't beat the spread)

Russell (11-9-0):
Clearly, I don't know much any more. Here are few more semi-random guesses. If only my random guesses could equal the 8 Ball...

New England (-3) over SAN FRANCISCO
- I still think the Pats are playoff bound.
ARIZONA (-1) over Buffalo
- I always like the Cards at home, and they're mad. Buffalo's struggled to beat lesser teams the last couple weeks.
Tennessee (-2.5) over BALTIMORE
- The Ravens can't cover EVERY week.
Minnesota (+3) over NEW ORLEANS
- Even Gus Frerotte can exploit the Saints' corners.
JACKSONVILLE (-3.5) over Pittsburgh - I think the Steelers have some serious issues on offense, we'll see.

Brien: IND, TEN, SD, NE, CHI
Russell: NE, ARI, TEN, MIN, JAX

1 Responses:

Jeremy said...

We all should've gone to Vegas this week. Counting the Magic 8 Ball, and not including the Monday night game, we're 18/24 on the weekend on our picks. That's pretty much unprecedented for us.

Summer is here and there's never been a better time to try your hand at online sports betting. Place your bets on your favorite horse with horse racing or even try your luck with your favorite football team. Enjoying sport is just a click away!