Lot of things doing as we wrap up the week here. I thought really hard about doing a post on the BCS title game, but joke’s on you. That game isn’t until Monday. Dear God, soon they will be playing this game Saturday of Super Bowl Week. We’ve got Sixers home opener action tonight. That’s also not quite post worthy. Penn State hired New England’s offensive coordinator to be their new head coach. This is probably good news for anyone who has been waiting for the Nittany Lions to recruit a decent QB. Things haven’t been the same since that Dan Kendra snub. But, all of that stuff is the kind of news you can get elsewhere. You come here to see a picture of a model you’ve never heard of and to hear me educate you on winners. So, onward….
Pittsburgh (-9) over Denver.
I think a lot of people are making the mistake of talking themselves into Denver. I made the mistake of listening to the Grantland podcast where you can hear an argument for any outcome and you hear pearls like, “Nobody in Vegas is winning 60%.” They aren’t? What the hell are they doing out there then? Game’s in Denver, the Steelers are banged up, but I don’t see how Denver is going to score. I really don’t. Brady Quinn is taking snaps in practice with the 1st team. Just let that wash over you. I don’t think this is going to be pretty, but they’ll shoot Big Ben up with some donkey adrenaline and he’ll get the job done.
Houston (-3) over Cincinnati.
Both these teams started better than they finished, so it’s tough to really get a feel. When bad plays bad, it’s tempting to take the points. But, I think the Texans are a little bit better prepared to win this game. The Bengals really don’t have a quality win. They beat Tennessee and Seattle. That’s their resume. Andy Dalton (6 Tds in last 7 games) is getting worse as the season goes on, not better. You could make the same arguments for Houston, but at least they beat Pittsburgh, Atlanta and this very Bengals team. The Texans’ running game is by far the best unit in this game, so I’ve got to take them to beat the happy to be there Bungles.
Atlanta (+3) over New York Giants
There’s a little too much national love for the Giants this week. I don’t see actual Giants fans being that confident, but every national pundit you listen to is talking about how the Giants “have the type of team” that could beat Green Bay or New Orleans. Well, they also “have the type of team” that went 9-7. They “have the type of team” that lost twice to the Redskins. So, if I can shoehorn in a Super Troopers reference, let’s settle down Meow on the Giants. I think the Falcons are going to be able to have a nice balanced offensive attack. TG might even have a big day, who knows? But, bottom line, there’s no way in hell I’m laying points with NY. Let’s get serious.
New Orleans (-11) over Detroit.
Make it 14 points. I don’t care. The Saints have won 8 in a row. Six of those eight wins were by double digits. They’ve gone over 40 points SIX times this season. This line isn’t as out of whack as it looks. And, don’t get me wrong, I have a little soft spot for the Lions. Not for that chihuahua Jim Schwartz, but for the team. I think they’ll score some points. And, maybe they get a little pressure on Brees, but Brees looks like Joe DiMaggio on about game 42 of the streak right now. He’s just comfortably in rhythm. I don’t care if the Lions score 24 points. I don’t care if they take the opening kickoff right down the field. They can’t sustain it for 60 minutes. They’re idiots. Saints by minimum two TDs, make other plans for tomorrow night.
Big Dub’s (AKA, Regular Season Champ) Picks:
- Houston (-3)
- Denver (+9)
- New York (-3)
- Detroit (+11)–Lions can win this thing outright. Lions had a ton of penalties the last time they played the Saints, including 3 offensive pass interference penalties. if they cut that dumb stuff out they can hang around and possibly win the game.
Non-Football Interlude: Big Showtime Sunday night. Showtime is hot right now–coming off Homeland, and ’tis the season for their guilty pleasures. Shameless is back. Californication is back. And, there’s a new 1/2 hour show premiering as well called House of Lies that promises to continue in the trend of gratuitous nudity. It stars Don Cheadle as a con-artist behind a bogus consulting firm. The thumbnail I get is that it’s pretty people, Cheadle being suave and low impact on the cranium. That’s what they’re shooting for with this lineup, I think. I don’t even remember what is happening on Californication anymore, but I’ll be downloading it come Monday, because yeah, what else am I going to watch? Everyone feel free to weigh in with their reviews.
Found a link: I don’t think I’ve posted a link in a long time. Stumbled across this one today. It’s called Reasons to Go Broke. It’s a blog filled with odd and enticing nick-knacks that no one would need, but you might find yourself wanting…badly. I only made it through two pages real quick, but certainly enjoyed the creeping kitten paw piggy bank among others. I’d wait until Monday and then waste your entire afternoon.
Ok, that’s it for now. You’re welcome for the 4 winners. Everyone enjoy the games. Enjoy your last Tebow…maybe ever. Look at that jinx. The Tebow supporters of the world really owe me for that one. Giants fans owe me too. Have a super sweet weekend….later.