Last week Red was off – way off – going 1-5 on the straight up picks. He is now 30-24 for the season and definitely trending in the wrong direction. That ends this week and Red is back on making some money line picks after checking his bank statement this week. Take that however you will.
Answer to Last Week’s Trivia: The Pittsburgh Stealers won their 450th game since the 1970 merger on Sunday. That puts them at the top of the total wins column by a decent margin.
This Week’s Trivia: What NFL coach has the best playoff win to seasons coached ratio over the course of a more than 10 year career?
Your Hey Joe Pick of the Week: Rams over Texans. Red got to witness the white hot fire that is Tom Savage in person last week. In fairness to Tom, the Texans receivers couldn’t find an opening with a compass and when TS dropped back he had about 2.5 seconds of peace before all holy hell was at his doorstep. That and a lot of rust – a lot of rust, doomed the Texans against a limp-dicked Colts squad. Meanwhile on the West Coast, the Rams are real team – at least for the present. Will they be able to manage that transition from the doormat/also-ran afterthought they have been for more than a decade to a playoff contender piquing real interest? It is a hard transition when people start to expect you to win. And a win this week is expected. For that reason, Red likes the Texans + 11. Los Angeles 24 Houston 20.
Your NASCAR Pick of the Week: Panthers over Dolphins. Why is it so easy to forget that the Panthers are 6-3 and in the thick of it for the playoffs? Not to mention in the running for the best record in the NFC should the Eagles stumble down the stretch? Why is it so easy to forget that the Dolphins have an offense? Well it might have something to do with their dead-last point output of 14.5 per game. Defense and special teams play has bailed them out so far and with a 4-4 record they are in the playoff hunt – well they’re sniffing the butts of the horses that the teams that are in the playoff hunt are riding. Hey, but that’s something! This is a matchup of one excellent defense (Panthers) and pretty good defense (Dolphins) and thus, we have a troubling 39.5 O/U. When expectations are that low, Red goes high – take the over and sit in your sweat lodge. Carolina 28 Miami 14.
Your OTNAs Pick of the Week: Vikings over OTNA’s. The good news for the OTNA’s is that they have beaten the Rams, Raiders, Niners and Seahawks. The bad news is the only West Coast team left on the schedule is the Chargers. Well that and that they don’t have to play the Eagles again. The Vikings are doing it with smoke, mirrors and Case Keenum. CK has been the leading passing in the Vikings games for the last six weeks. Either he is tearing it up or the Vikes defense is giving holy hell to other team’s quarterback. That streak may end this week with Kirk Cousins at the helm. Red still likes the Vikings giving up 3 on the road. Minnesota 31 Landover, MD 27.
Your Winning Pick of the Week: Stealers over Colts. Colts had their game of the season last week – that is if you can call beating the hopelessly crippled Texans an achievement. Stealers are for real – they are always for real it seems. Take the Stealers giving up 10. But don’t take it too far. Pittsburgh 35 Indianapolis 13.
Your Playoff Drive Pick of the Week: Titans over Bengals. Titans are definitely not living up to Red’s lofty expectations so far – but a 7-1 record down the stretch is not far fetched given the Titans remaining schedule. Yes, they have to play the Stealers and Rams but other than that it is games in the division and against the Niners and Cards. They are still Red’s team of destiny. The Bengals are on fast track to Nowheresville – which actually has some decent restaurants according to Yelp! Red likes the over at 41 here. Tennessee 29 Cincinnati 20
Your Flaming Turd Pick of the Week: 49ers over Giants. One thing is clear, Eli Manning should have quit while he was behind. His reasonably decent legacy is being tarnished by the ugliness of the current season. Eli’s numbers are not awful but his team is. Meanwhile in San Francisco – Red is convinced that if he keeps picking the Niners every week they will eventually win. It isn’t working so far. Take the under at 42 when these two old worn out used up warhorses meet. Oh, and if you hadn’t guessed this one just might qualify for Shit Bowl of the Year. So put away the drain cleaner just in case you are tempted to spike your bloody maria with a little Drano during the second quarter of this beastly bowel battle. Santa Clara 13 New Jersey 12.