I feel like I say this every week, but this slate of games is very difficult to pick. That’s the beauty of the NFL. There are so many on the field, off the field, strategic and spot details to be taken into consideration when betting these games. That’s why I love it!<p></p>
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Detroit Lions @ New Orleans Saints
This Detroit Lions team has thusfar exceeded expectations this late in the season. They’re a plucky, no nonsense squad who has proven time and time again to have what it takes to win late and rally when the chips are against them. In the NFL, that’s the type of team you want your money on. <p></p>
The Saints are coming off a blowout of the Rams who would’ve added a bit of extra mustard going up against ex-defesnive Coordinator Greg Williams. <p></p>
The Lions are the kings of the close game, with 2 games being decided by 7 points or less and the rest remaining within that number. As a gambling man I’ll happily take those odds especially going up against a team who’s defence has proven many times to be a bit of a sieve.
Carolina Panthers @ Seattle Seahawks
This line may be difficult to find, given the money that’s come in on Seattle but I do like the Seahawks by a touchdown in this one. The Seahawks were thoroughly embarrassed last week on the road at Tampa. The Hawks are renown for bouncing back from these situations.<p></p>
The Panthers season is done and dusted. They didn’t even play like they wanted to win against the Raiders last week and even their head coach was making conservative play calls when their overall season was on the line. With that deflating loss coupled with the fact they stayed at the same area they prepared for last year’s superbowl I don’t see the Panthers getting up for this one.
Los Angeles Rams @ New England Patriots
Once again we revisit the Patriots getting the outright victory without being able to close down the line. The Rams are coming off an embarrassing blowout loss to the hands of the Saints. Surprisingly, Goff looked half way decent in that game. I don’t think the Rams have the troops to outmatch that infamous Brady and Bellichick combo, but I do think the injuries on New England’s side (gronk and possibly Bennett among others) and their surprisingly underwhelming defence will hinder them significantly in this one. <p></p>
Jeff Fisher loves to slow the tempo when his team’s are double digit dogs (Rams +13 in this one). Less snaps equals less opportunity to run up the score and the Patriots are 11-25-1 when they’re a double digit favourite. <p></p>
I think this game will get scrappy and I’m predicting a comfortable 8-10 point victory for the pats.
New York Giants @ Pittsburgh Steelers
As someone who has over 8 wins in the Giants total team wins for the season, nobody wants an outright Giants win in this one more than I do. With that said, I don’t think it’s my bias speaking when I say that 6 points is a lot to give an 8-3 team. <p></p>
I’ll be the first to admit that the Giants havn’t looked like an 8-3 team but that defence is real and that offence is capable. Pittsburgh has to be one of the most unpredictable and overrated teams in the NFL. Big Ben is great this time of year. The Giants have won all three games they’ve played against the AFC North and have grabbed outright wins in 5 of the last 6 games between the two in Pittsburgh. <p></p>
Pittsburgh’s performance last week at Indiannapolis especially on the defensive side of the ball was left a lot to be desired. When you’re getting carved up by Scott Tolzien… geezus that’s a problem. Eli, Odell, Shepherd, Cruz should cause a lot of problems for the Steelers if Tolzien is putting up over 200 yards. Luckily for the Steelers, the Colts continued to go for it on 4th down when they could’ve