Last week Red was 3-3 again. For the season Red is 18-12. On the money line, it wasn’t so great a week:
Packers covered the spread and Red made good on the over – $ paid
Bengals covered the spread (barely) – $ paid
Buccaneers failed to cover the spread (barely) and missed wildly on the over – Bust
Giants/Chargers blew through the over – Bust
Answer to Last Weeks Trivia: The final score was Bears 73 OTNAs 0 in the 1940 NFL championship game which set multiple records including largest margin of victory. No other NFL team has hit the 70’s.
This Week’s Trivia: Which player scored the most points in an NFL game? Hint: You have to go back a long ways to find this one.
Your Chicago Connection Pick of the Week – Bears over Ravens. Well, after more or less stating that he would never pick the Bears (as they keep finding new and imaginative ways to lose), Red is stretching this week to find an upset. Ravens are favored by 7. The 1-4 Bears need a win badly. The 3-2 Ravens are surprising a lot of analysts (Red including) by not sucking. Red will likely regret this one, but at least he won’t lead you down the wrong path by recommending any bets here. Chicago 17 Baltimore 16.
Your Second Chicago Connection Pick of the Week – Buccaneers over Cardinals. Jameis Winston seems to show up for work every other week. Meanwhile, Carson Palmer seems to have gone into early retirement. Well, early retirement would have been 3 years ago, but CP seems ready for the rest home now. Bucs’ offense struggled against a weak Pats defense last week. Look for a break out game against the ragged remnants of what used to be a top tier NFL defense. Amazingly, the Cards are favored by a whole point! Red thinks the Bucs cover that rather easily. Tampa Bay 28 Arizona 17.
Your Throw Down a 40 Pick of the Week – Saints over Lions. See below re: Lions. Saints have to win a few games this season. Why not this one? Saints are getting 4 points at home. Take that and the under at 51. New Orleans 20 Detroit 17.
Your Extra Point Pick of the Week – Texans over Browns. It was a sad Sunday night for Texans fans. The majority of the mourning was for the loss of JJ Watt for the second season in a row. Watt’s first 5 seasons in the league are the stuff of legends, but losing most of a second season in a row is putting what seemed to be a certain Hall of Fame career in doubt. As longtime sports radio host Charlie Palillo says, “Attendance is part of the grade.” Red was in the vast minority by being more upset about the loss of Whitney Mercilus. WM is actually the more versatile player if not as disruptive as JJW. Watt can be “replaced” with a defensive lineman. Mercilus is a tougher proposition as he lines up in multiple positions. Well, the tonic for tragedy is the Browns. Texans are a heavy favorite, but Red is skeptical of giving up 12 points ever. He is also skeptical of ever betting on the Browns to cover. However, the over at 44 looks tempting given the number of points the Texans are putting up since Deshaun Watson took over – Dude is a scoring machine and he will have to be if the Texans are to win games with the loss of their top two defenders. Houston 39 Cleveland 21.
Your Stanford Connection Pick of the Week – Titans over Colts. Red is so far rather highly disappointed with the Titans who he picked to go 13-3. Well that obviously aint happening. And who gives up 57 points to the Texans anyway? The defense righted the ship allowing only 16 points last week. But the offense without Mariota is a rudderless wreck. There is no line yet because of that unknown factor. If Mariota is back, the Titans should roll. If not, all bets are off. Tennessee 21 Indianapolis 14.
Your Unparalleled Excellence Pick of the Week – Eagles over Panthers. After encountering the high-powered Eagles offense last week, the once-vaunted Cardinals defense was carried off the field in a basket. Meanwhile the Panthers were efficient in dispatching a Lions team unlikely to beat any team with a winning record at season end. Expect the Panthers to put up a better fight than the hapless Cards, but the Eagles offense has Carson Wentz in full control and is averaging almost 400 yards per game. Somehow the Eagles are getting 3 points. This may be the betting opportunity of the season. Double up on the Eagles and the over at 45. Philadelphia 35 Carolina 24.