Danny Sheridan’s Odds:
PHILADELPHIA 8 Houston 50½
MINNESOTA 6½ Buffalo 45
MIAMI 4½ Cleveland 42½
TENNESSEE 3 Jacksonville 43.5
KANSAS CITY 8 Denver 48½
NY GIANTS 7 Washington 44
Chicago 3½ DETROIT 45
GREEN BAY 9.5 San Francisco 44.5
New Orleans 7 CINCINNATI 47
Atlanta 2½ TAMPA BAY 44
SAN DIEGO 12½ Oakland 46½
SEATTLE 6½ Carolina 39½
INDIANAPOLIS 5 Dallas 48
ARIZONA NA ST Louis
BALTIMORE 3 Pittsburgh 40
NEW ENGLAND 3 NY Jets 46½
Safe Bets – If there is such a thing in this league of parity…
Eagles – Houston looked good last week but that was against the struggling Titans with a rookie QB. Vick will give them fits.
Vikings – It appears that the leaking has stopped on this ship. They are still a bit sluggish but actually do have playoff chances. You have to like how Toby Gerhart stepped in and got in done last week against Washington. Playing at home against Buffalo this week is a good momentum builder for the Vikings.
Chiefs – After watching what Sam Bradford did to Denver’s secondary think of the field day that Matt Cassel is going to have. Did I mention they are 8 point favorites?
Saints – The Bengals have just made me sick this year. Oh wait, TO and Ocho’s antics annoy me every year. I will happily watch New Orleans outclass Cincinatti.
Chargers – Favored by 12 and 1/2 this is about as good as it gets. The Bolts just pasted the Colts. Rivers is probably the leading MVP candidate this year. Oakland just doesn’t have the horses to keep up.
Closer Calls – Go with your gut…
Dolphins – Miami actually looked strong last week really pounding Oakland. You have to like the home matchup against Cleveland who struggled mightily versus Carolina.
Giants – Though they are favorored by 7 this is still a tough divisional game. If I was picking against the spread I would take Washington. Straight up though, I see the Giants winning at home.
Falcons – Atlanta is only the favorite by 2 1/2. I guess playing in Tampa Bay will help the Bucs but they still haven’t beaten any of the elite teams. The Falcons just beat the Green Bay Packers. Don’t expect them to lose to the Bucs.
Seahawks – Expect it to be close. Expect Carolina to lose again.
Packers – San Fran looked good last week but they aren’t going to beat the Pack at Lambeau.
Jaguars – Tennessee is going to have to get some things figured out before they win any more football games.
Knuckle Balls – Who knows…
Bears – Chicago is favored by 3 and a half but the Lions are a good team at home. This one could go either way but the Bears are playing for playoff position and they need it more.
Ravens – The immovable object versus the…immovable object. Two of the leagues best defenses square off. Baltimore is at home, favored by 3, and they won the previous encounter this year.
Patriots – A battle of the AFC’s best. I like New England with homefield advantage to come through against the Jets.
Rams – Sam Bradford rookie of the year? This is definitely a winnable game for Bradford and Co. against the woeful Cardinals.
Upsets – Embrace the underdog…
Cowboys – Though it burnt me last week I am going to take the Cowboys again. The Colts remain very banged up. Suddenly the Cowboys are playing for some pride and this week is as good a chance as any to try and salvage some respect.
Week 12 Results:
Last week I went 11-5 tied for 6th in the AC Sportswriters NFL Pick ’em contest.
I was 3 for 3 on Safe Bets. 4 for 5 on Closer Calls missing only the Eagles tough road loss to Chicago. I’m particularly proud for calling the 36-33 result in Denver. Read here to see what I’m talking about. www.associatedcontent.com/article/6047022/week_12_nfl_picks_2010_pg2.html
I was 3 for 6, only 50%, on games I considered knuckle balls. I was completely wrong picking Tennessee, Indy and Oakland as they were dominated by the Texans, Chargers and Dolphins respectively.
I was also 50% on my upset picks. I called Minnesota’s win over Washington and was darn close picking the Cowboys on Turkey Day in thier last minute loss to the Saints.