Let me start this off by saying that I’m always wrong, so please don’t bet your rent money based on any suggestions that I might have. Go with your gut and end up homeless based on your wrong decisions and not mine — mainly because I don’t want to be on anyone’s lipstick list.
With that said, here are my picks against the current Las Vegas spreads:
Baltimore at PITTSBURGH (-3)
The hardest part about picking this game is that I have two of my all-time favorite Miami Hurricanes playing for the Ravens so I just “want” them to win. And even if you disregard my loyalty to the “U”, I think that the Ravens have the edge in overall talent. That said, I believe more in Ben “You Know You Like College Girls Too” Roethlisberger than Joe “Went to Dave Z’s School” Flacco.
Prediction: Pittsburgh 24 Baltimore 20
GREEN BAY (+2) at Atlanta
The thing that makes this pick so freaking hard is that Atlanta is 13-3 and I still don’t respect the Falcons. The Falcons just keep winning and they’ve only lost three games all season. They’re one of those teams that people keep doubting until they win the Super Bowl. Regardless, I’m going to keep doubting them and go with the “hot” team that’s actually had a fairly mediocre season, the Green Bay Packers.
Prediction: Green Bay 21 Atlanta 20
Seattle at CHICAGO (-10.0)
This is another game that I’m absolutely torn with. I kind of want the Seahawks to make a run where they end up Super Bowl Champions after a 7-9 regular season. I also know that Jay Cutler has the potential to lose any game against any team.
My gut is telling me to go with the Seahawks to at least cover the spread, but my brain is saying that the Hawks won’t be able to stop Da Bears’ running game with Matt Forte and the Bears will win in a blowout. I’ll go with my brain this time.
Prediction: Chicago 31 Seattle 3
New Jersey at NEW ENGLAND (-8.5)
It’s a close race between this game and the Ravens/Steelers game for the “best. game. ever.” tag. Since I’m now living in Boston and working in Foxboro, I’ll give the edge to the Jets v Pats matchup. I might be blinded by all the Tom Brady manlove at the office, but I just can’t see the Jets winning this game.
They might be able to if they concentrate solely on the run game, but I think the Pats will get them out of it. I thought the last game was going to be close, but I was wrong. Maybe I’ll be wrong again, but I see Captain Butt Chin winning again in a blowout over Mark “Dirty” Sanchez. Bonus points to the Pats’ organization if “Footloose” gets played at Gillette multiple times throughout the game.
Prediction: New England 48 New Jersey 10
Originally posted @ the QHF Blog