I was going to use this space to complain about the Patriots loss to the Eagles last Sunday but nobody wants to hear a Patriots fan whine and moan. But I don’t want to be a picture of arrogance because I have a great appreciation for what they have done since 2001. I used to sit around listening to radios in 1991/92 because the home games were blacked out. I begged my dad to take me to a Patriots-Bengals game in 1993 where we and about 31,000 others saw what remains the only 7-2 NFL final score since 1926. The team almost moved to St. Louis in ’93 and now we’ve reached a point where St. Louis might be losing the Rams back to Los Angeles. It’s really empty to complain about your favorite team being flexed into the Sunday Night game when you could be from Cleveland and watching the 10th rebuild since 1999. Last week these picks went 3-2, which would make you enough money to maybe eat at an Applebee’s. You could do worse.
San Diego (+10) at Kansas City: This seems completely insane to pick this bad Chargers team on the road, but they are a disgrace at home as they appear to be leaving Qualcomm Stadium for greener pastures in Los Angeles. They have been the team you might expect on the road so I think this line is too high. Interesting to note that all three teams vying to move to Los Angeles USED TO PLAY IN LOS ANGELES! The Chargers in their early AFL days, the Raiders in the 80s and early 90s, and Rams from 1946-1994.
Tennessee (+7) at NY Jets: I believed in Marcus Mariota already and after seeing that 87 yard TD run last week I was ready to organize a religion around him. Most of the Titans bad losses were when he was out of the lineup, and the Jets secondary is banged up. The Titans should be able to move the ball enough to stay in this game and the Jets offense doesn’t scare me. Tennessee might be that bad team that comes out of nowhere and has a good December. Their games against Houston and Indianapolis in the final two weeks will help decide the division and the #4 seed.
Baltimore (+9.5) vs Seattle: Once I seem to be insane for backing the Ravens, but they have been in every game this year within one score. Seattle has been excellent for several weeks but this is a difficult west to east trip even though picking a Matt Schaub led team is giving me acid reflux as I type this.
Denver (-7.5) vs Oakland: This is pretty simple in that Oakland isn’t going to score a ton of points on Denver’s defense, and Oakland has a pretty poor secondary. I would be shocked if the Raiders keep this close as another season slips away for the Silver and Black.
NY Giants (Pick) at Miami (Monday): The Dolphins are pretty much a dumpster fire at this point with no real home field advantage, a young QB who has seemingly stagnated, and no coach for 2016. The Giants have managed to royally screw up four games this season: their opener at Dallas which was a sure win near the end, the Patriots at home, a Jets team that they led by 10 in the 2nd half, and a game in New Orleans where 49 points was not enough for a W. Big Blue’s pass defense is pretty terrible, but why should I believe Ryan Tannehill can pick them apart? It’s Odell Beckham Jr. on a big stage! You know something is bound to happen to cause Jon Gruden to say way too much about it, oh wait that’s his thing in general.