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Week 6 Recap
Survivor wise it was a average 2-1 week as Denver and Seattle won, but not without giving you a full-blown sweat. That’s because the Titans blocked a FG at the HT buzzer and returned it for six to take a first half lead. But Marshawn Lynch hit paydirt twice in the second half and Ryan Fitzpatrick remembered he was terrible as the Seahawks won going away.
Meanwhile at Mile High at Peyton Park, the 4-TD dog Jags were busy forgetting that Towson would give them a game as they went into intermission only down 14-12. But Peyton pounded some Papa John’s pies at halftime and reminded them real quick in the 2nd half in a 35-21 win.
My third selection, Houston, just sucks. But its their moronic fans that deserve every loss as they cheered like Kyle Boller was laying on the turf when QB Matt Schaub busted his ankle. Stay classy, Houston. I guess my preseason AFC SB rep isn’t coming from the S-hole this year, eh?
This week’s survivor card is littered with mine fields, but I’m going to try and assist in surviving and advancing you along to Week 8 with these well-thought out nuggets below:
Week 7: Survivor Selections
1. Green Bay Packers (-10.5) – Ravens nation got an up close and personal view of this Packer team last Sunday at the Bank. Not overly impressive, but enough to beat the 2nd-best home team in the NFL (and defending Champs) is nothing to scoff at. And although QB Aaron Rodgers lost two of his best weapons in Randall Cobb and James Jones, I’m pretty sure they can beat the Cleveland Browns in front of ranch-dressing shooting Lambeau lunatics. And I understand the Browns are much improved, but here’s my logic here. If the Packers can win in Baltimore vs. the defending champs, they shouldn’t lose at home to the Browns, right? (famous last words).
2 . Atlanta Falcons (-7.5) – Trust me, I’m not exactly thrilled with this selection either. But I promised you at least three selections and based on my fuzzy math, the under achieving Falcons are my 2nd pick. But this one is more on the side of who they are playing in the dumpster fire that is Tampa Bay. The Bucs hate their coach. They are starting a basketball player at QB in Mike Glennon (who I actually like). Add in the Falcons on coming off a bye week (lost Julio Jones) and playing at home to the equation and I think you can be safe using them in this spot….I think…
3. San Diego Chargers (-7.5) – Before I provide any “analysis” on this one, I must warn you that I bleed the Powder Blue. That being said, I am a realistic homer and if you haven’t used the Bolts (and why would you have) yet, this might be your best chance until the Raiders visit Mission Valley. Listen, I understand the Bolts are the Cowboys/Falcons of the AFC. Translation “Can’t trust them”. I get it. But it’s the Jags and until they prove they know how to win, they aren’t going to win.
Arizona Cardinals (+7) vs. Seattle Seahawks – This is our first Thursday Night selection, so make sure you get it in on time. Yes the Cards boned us sideways last week in Candlestick losing by 12 as a 11.5 pt dog. This week they return to the friendly confines of the desert to host maybe the best team in the NFC. So why do I like the Cards? Well, maybe it’s their 4-2 ATS record this season as well as their amazing home record ATS (nugget below). The Cards might lose, but they will cover the TD they will be getting.
Nuggets: Seahawks are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 meetings in Arizona. Cardinals are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games following a loss.
St. Louis Rams (+7) at Carolina Panthers – Another bottom-feeder matchup, except this time the value too good to pass up. The Rams are much better than you think and the Panthers shouldn’t be laying a TD to anyone. Sam Bradford might not be living up to his monster contract and #1 draft selection, but he’s on pace for a 35TD to 8 INT season (13-3 as of now). Add in that Carolina is 26th out of 32 teams defending the pass and you can see why I like the Rams here.
Nuggets: St. Louis is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games on grass fields. Panthers are 1-5 ATS after scoring more than 30 pts in their previous game (dropped 35 on Minnesota).
Denver Broncos at Indianapolis Colts: Over 55 – This is the one everyone is waiting for. Sunday Night Football might have their biggest ratings as Peyton Manning comes back to the building he built. Both teams had “look ahead” type performances in week 6. Meaning, both teams were more focused on this one as opposed to their week 6 opponents. Of course that was easy for the Broncos as the “bye week” Jags were smoking in the Highlife in Colorado. But for Indy, it was different story as my beloved Bolts played keep away from Andrew Luck and the Colts in a 19-9 win on Monday Night Football. Both teams could easily get in the 30’s as Peyton will be hyped to show that drunk Colts owner Jim Irsay what he is missing. But not to be out done, Luck and the Colts will be game and keep up in the scoring department. This one screams big plays.
Nuggets: All of the Broncos games over gone over the total (6-0). Over is 4-0 in the last meetings in Indianapolis.
Well I might have been wrong on the point total in the Ravens/Packers tilt last Sunday, but the Ravens did it again on the gaming side covering the 3pts. Now it’s time to they take on their rival Steelers in that dump known as Pittsburgh. The sharps in the desert have opened the Steelers as a 2-pt favorite at home. And that’s only because the Steelers beat a pathetic Jets team (yes I know I had Pat’s Jets) last week and the Ravens lost at home to a good Packers team.
I’m not saying the Ravens are going back to the Super Bowl by any stretch, but I feel very confident they bounce back and beat a banged up Steelers team straight up. Give me whatever points Vegas wants to hand me and I’ll take the Ravens. Ravens 25-17