BY SAMIR NAWAZ – FAN FUEL BLOGGER
Although going 3-5 last week, it is worth noting that I was one dropped Atlanta pass and one less Giants turnover away from going 5-0. But because batting .600 is fairly good, that coupled with my beloved Cowboys actually winning a home game they were favoured to win, had me feeling good all week. Let’s see if we (me and the Cowboys) can continue our winning ways this week. As always HOME TEAM IN CAPS.
PICK 1: Titans +9 OVER TEXANS
I am not sure that I get the Vegas logic here. So Tennessee upsets Pittsburgh with a strong defensive showing and Houston needs an improbable three touchdown miracle just to scrape by a terrible San Diego team, and somehow the latter is favoured by nine points? It doesn’t even matter that this game is at home, nine points? Be smart, take the points and be happy.
PICK 2: COLTS -1 OVER Dolphins
Okay, what this line means for all you gambling novices out there, is that Indy must win at home against Miami. That’s it. That’s all you need to know. I cannot understand how exactly Miami plans to put up points against a potent Indy offense. Miami cannot run, they cannot pass and unless their defense plans to put up all of their points for them, I cannot fathom where they are even going to get 13 points from. Although Indy did not look great against the Raiders they, like all good teams, found a way to win. Your decision therefore is broken down to which is the better team? As such bet on the Colts.
BRONZE PICK: Washington +9.5 OVER PACKERS
Like most people I do like high scoring games (as long as my opponent’s fantasy team has zero players in that tilt), and this week’s Redskins-Packers game promises to be a good one. Although I love Green Bay to win this game outright given their loss last week to San Fran, the Packers of late seem to rise and fall with the level of their competition. As such, a line that gives 9.5 points to the Redskins is a tough pill to swallow given that even an injured RG3 puts up points and his defense and run game always manages to put up points even if he is slacking. As such you should be smart here and take the points.
SILVER PICK: Lions -1 OVER CARDINALS
I love the Lions this year. They have looked great all preseason and except for a boneheaded play by Ndamukong Suh last week (which contributed to a 14 point swing in a game they still managed to win), it looked as if they are poised for a great season. Their defensive front seven look amazing, their entire offensive looks explosive and if they could simply get someone in their defensive backfield they will be a force to be reckoned with. These are not your Matt Millen Lions. And although the Cardinals look better this season under Carson Palmer, the Lions should win this game handily if they can simply keep Larry Fitzgerald in check.
GOLD PICK: 49ers +3 OVER SEAHAWKS
Contrary to what some authors think, there IS such a thing as momentum in football. With the way things turned around in the second half of their big game in February, the 49ers would have needed only a few more plays to win the Super Bowl. Sadly however for them and all 49ers fans, there just wasn’t enough time. This season with redemption on their brain, the 49ers are poised for a very deep playoff run.
Not only have they kept virtually their entire roster together, but they actually managed to improve upon it with the additions of Anquan Boldin and once heralded corner Nnamdi Asomugha. The only team standing in their way (you mean other than my beloved Cowboys?), the Seattle Seahawks. Believe me this game will have the feel of much more than a normal Week 2 game. These teams hate each other and cannot wait to get the first game of their eventual rubber match underway. However, despite what most people say, I am not completely sold on the Seahawks. They looked weak in the opener against Carolina, and although they are playing at home I do not trust Wilson in this game and am not sold on the Seahawks in general.
I think the road to the NFC title goes through San Fran, and so even though this game is being played in Seattle, make the right move and take the points, I mean 49ers.