Only 4 more weeks of the regular season grind for Red. It may not look like it, but more than a bit of thought goes into doing this every week. For Week 13 Red was 5-1 and is 48-30 for the year – setting him up for a possible all time regular season record. On the money line, Red stunk it up – so the rule is layoff the bets this week.
Answer to Last Week’s Trivia: The Lions and Giants combined for a net total of zero points on November 7, 1943 in a game played before 16,992 at Detroit’s Briggs Stadium. The teams generated a total of 214 yards and missed 4 field goals.
This Week’s Trivia: What other non-football award did NFL Hall of Famer Walter Payton almost win?
Your Soulful Pick of the Week: Falcons over Saints – Falcons could muster all of 3 field goals against a game Vikings defense last week – after averaging 28 points per game in November. Is it time for a December swoon? If so, then give the division to the Saints on a silver platter. Meanwhile, the Saints are good for 30 points a game just about every time out. If Falcons eke out a win, they are still in striking distance and in the thick of the playoff hunt. Atlanta 31 New Orleans 30.
Your Do the Hustle Pick of the Week: Jaguars over Seahawks – Red likes picking against the Seahawks led by Pete the Cheat. It hasn’t worked out very well for Red as yet, but he keeps trying. The Jags have the top ranked scoring defense in the league and Seattle is very respectable in averaging almost 25 ppg so far. They haven’t faced a defense like the Jags yet. Jags need win to keep pace with Titans who have slightly more difficult schedule. AFC South is probably going to come down to the Jags/Titans matchup in Week 17. Red is looking forward to that one. Jacksonsville 20 Seattle 17
Your Footloose Pick of the Week: Raiders over Chiefs – Chief are in free fall since the Raiders beat them 31-30 in Week 6. Other than that game, Raiders have not beaten a good team all season. Chiefs are not a good team anymore. Red likes the repeat here. Oakland 31 KC 30
Your Motown Pick of the Week: Buccaneers over Lions – Lions could have been somebody, they could have been a contender – instead of a bum which is what they are. Bucs had pretensions but are also pretenders at this point. Red’s gotta pick someone to win. Oh well. Tampa Bay 23 Detroit 20
Your Hollywood Pick of the Week: Eagles over Rams – Your NFL Game of the Week has the 10-2 Eagles taking on the Resurgent Rams. Eagles clinch NFC East with win. Rams could put some distance between themselves and S’hawks with win and S’Hawks loss. This is the showdown of the season between the top two hot young quarterbacks in Wentz and Goff. Red thinks this might just be a preview of the NFC title game. This will be fun. Philadelphia 33 Los Angeles 25
Your Dirty Dancing Pick of the Week: Texans over 49ers – The Texans have sunk to Shit Bowl status with yet another last minute drive to win floundering near the goal line. Tom “the Turnover Machine” Savage has looked better of late and will probably land a back up job somewhere next season. The Texans were essentially down to DeAndre Hopkins and some guy who had caught one pass at wide receiver on Sunday and Savage still kept completing passes. Back in California, Jimmy Garapolo finally got a start and looked decent in beating the barely there Bears. Red anticipates at least 25,000 loyal fans will show up at NRG for this one. Red won’t be among them. So turn off the big 72 incher after the CBS Sunday Morning show lest ye be tempted to empty your 38 Special into the plasma in the third quarter of this beastly bowel battle. Houston 20 Santa Clara 19