Minnesota Vikings (-3) at Philadelphia Eagles
NB: Philadelphia Eagles. Get the dog masks out! Minnesota is coming off an emotional win, but if you take away the slow start by the Saints, the Vikings were utterly dominated in the second half. I think the Eagles will look at that tape and try to find some of the same holes that the Saints did. I also just can’t see a team playing a home game in the Super Bowl. Eagles 23-17.
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Atlanta Falcons (-3) at Philadelphia Eagles
NB: Atlanta Falcons. The head of the Eagles was already cut off when Carson Wentz injured his knee. For casual football fans, It’s a real shame because the Eagles are really good this year. For rivals of Randy, it’s great because he will have so suffer all day Saturday waiting for his team’s inevitable death. This game should be close, but I just can’t see Nick Foles winning. Falcons 21-17.
RH: Philadelphia Eagles. From a pure betting perspective a home dog in the playoffs is a no brainer. From an on field perspective these two teams met last season and the Eagles dominated in the trenches on both side of the football rushing for over 200 yards and holding Atlanta to just 48 yards on the ground in a 9 point win. From a Nick Foles playing quarterback in a playoff game perspective, this one could get ugly and it’s probably a stay away. Falcons 17-16.
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Saturday, Jan. 6
Tennessee Titans at Kansas City Chiefs (-8.5)
NB: Tennessee Titans. It seems like just about everyone thinks this will be a KC blowout this weekend. I’m not nearly as convinced and think the Titans could screw around and maybe even win this one. We haven’t seen Playoff Mariota yet. He might shine and prove he is franchise QB for the Titans. Or he will wilt and the Chiefs will blow Tennessee out. A strange stat for you. The NFL regular season leading rusher has only won a single playoff game in the past decade (DeMarco Murray). Who won it this year? Kareem Hunt. Titans 24-23.
RH: Kansas City Chiefs. The Chiefs have been a roller coaster all season long, but at least their ride had some high points. The Titans are bad and if not for the Bills squeaking into the playoffs they’d be hands down the worst team in the playoffs. The Titans allowed more points than they scored and Marcus Mariota had more turnovers than TD passes. I wouldn’t be surprised if this games is over by halftime. Chiefs 27-13.
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Sunday, Dec. 31
1:00 p.m. ET
Green Bay Packers at Detroit Lions (-7.5)
NB: Green Bay Packers. With both teams eliminated, this is just a gut call that this game stays close. I wouldn’t actually wager on it though.
RH: Detroit Lions. Betting in Week 17 can be a major crap shoot. So while I’ll make my picks I’ll talk more about the teams in general than this specific game. For the Packers, Aaron Rodgers can pretty much name his price going forward and all he would have to do is point to this season. On the Lions side, I’m really hoping we’ve seen the last of Jim Caldwell, it’s time for Detroit to move on.
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Saturday, Dec. 23
4:30 p.m. ET
Indianapolis Colts at Baltimore Ravens (-12.5)
NB: Indianapolis Colts. This line just seems too high for an up and down Ravens’ offense. I foresee a backdoor cover by the Colts.
RH: Baltimore Ravens. The Colts are terrible, but the good news is hopefully they only have one more game after this without Andrew Luck.
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Thursday, Dec. 14
Denver Broncos (-2.5) at Indianapolis Colts
NB: Indianapolis Colts. Brutal Thursday night game this week. Hold your nose, cover your eyes, and take the points with the home underdog.
RH: Indianapolis Colts. A bad game that doesn’t even have a lot of fantasy players in it. Hard pass.
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Thursday, Dec. 7
New Orleans Saints at Atlanta Falcons (-1)
NB: Atlanta Falcons. In what should be a pick em, the Falcons are getting an extra 2 points for what I think the spread should be. For that alone, I’ll take Atlanta.
RH: Atlanta Falcons. This is essentially a win or go home game for Atlanta and I think they’ll show up. It’s a lot to ask for the Saints to play basically two in division games with a playoff like atmosphere in five days.
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