Hoo-hah. Red rolled a strike last week going 6-0 on the straight up picks. That brings your peerless prognosticator to 36-24 for the season. Against the money line it was more like Ho-hum as Red went 3-3
Vikings -3 – paid $
Texans +11 – bust
Titans/Bengals over – paid $
Niners/Giants under – bust
Stealers -10 – bust
Panthers/Dolphins over – paid $
Answer to last week’s trivia: Joe Gibbs won 17 playoff games in 16 seasons.
This week’s trivia: Which NFL quarterback holds the record for most passing yards in a single game?
Your Flying Dutchman Pick of the Week: Raiders over Patriots. This is Red relying purely on the triple reverse time zone, inverse longitudinal shift, head-trip whack job all-in hex. Everything else favors the Pats. But Red dances with the one who brung him. It’s a risky move and you are warned to not try this at home but Red is inclined to take the Raiders plus 7 playing at home against the Patriot Juggernaut. Oakland 28 New England 27.
Your LA Rams Pick of the Week: Vikings over Rams. The Rams could do no wrong last Sunday. Of course, they were playing the hapless, rudderless, hopeless Texans. And the Rams have been playing pretty heady ball with the Goff and Gurley Show (sounds like a crack British comedy team) putting up an eye-opening 33 points per game and a better than expected defense under the redoubtable Wade Phillips. The Vikings, as said before, are doing it with smoke, mirrors and Case Keenum – but they are doing it. Can we now admit that it was a mistake for the Texans to let CK go? Red really likes the over at 46 here. Minnesota 35 Los Angeles 30. .
Your Big Yards Pick of the Week: Eagles over Cowboys. You can’t quite stick a fork in the Cowboys just yet, but you can prod them with your instant-read thermometer a little bit. A win here solidifies the Eagles as the team to beat in the NFC. Meanwhile, the Cowboys December swoon has apparently started early this year. Without their designated girl-beater in tow, Red is again resurrecting the Red Rule – which as longtime readers know is — Drum Roll — SCORE 13 POINTS AND BEAT THE COWBOYS! Red likes the Eagles to cover the 48.5 O/U all by their lonesome. Philadelphia 50 Arlington 10.
Your Slinging Pick of the Week: Titans over Stealers. Red is sticking with his team of destiny in the AFC. Nuff said. Well not quite enough. Since getting rolled and smoked by Deshaun Watson, the Titans are 4-1 having beat a plethora of bad teams and losing to the Dolphins. This is the real playoff stretch drive test for the Titans. Beat the Stealers in Week 11 to go 7-3 and the playoffs are within your grasp with four patsies up next before ending the season at home with the Rams and a possible division deciding game against the Jaguars. Take the Titans and 7. Tennessee 23 Pittsburgh 17.
Your On a Wing and a Prayer Pick of the Week: Falcons over Seahawks. Losing Richard Sherman the week before playing the Falcons is very much like the proverbial taking of a knife to a gun fight. Falcons are riding high after demolishing the Cowboys on Sunday. The Seahawks will not be demolished but they may very well lose. Here is the telling stat for the Seahawks – Russell Wilson is their leading rusher with 290 yards. Red will go with the Falcons getting 3 on the road. Atlanta 21 Seattle 20.
Your Weird Throwing Motion Pick of the Week: Texans over Cards. Simply put, someone has to win this week’s Shit Bowl. The only good thing to come out of this season for Texans fans may be the overdue exit of Bill O’ the Clown as head coach. Not sure if anything good is going to happen as a result of the Cards sucking gas. Speaking of sucking gas, make sure all the gas outlets are secured, the valve at the meter is closed and all hand tools are safely out of reach, lest ye be tempted to stick your head in the oven after Tom Savage is sacked for the 7th time – in the first half if this turgid turd tussle. The over/under is 43.5. Are these guys paying the slightest bit of attention to the exact degree of suckitude that these two offenses are displaying right now? Take the under. Houston 13 Arizona 10.