There are moments in your life where you catch such fire, you feel like an immortal Highlander. You CAN’T lose. You’re playing blackjack and have a 5 way split, all with double downs. The dealer busts. EUPHORIA. You’re playing poker and get hit the nut flush on the river and your opponent shoves all in. SPIKE OF ADRENALINE. You can’t call fast enough. You’re in a Vegas club, meet a 10, and she can’t even wait to get back to your room…she wants to fuck in the elevator. YOU CAN’T SEND OUT A BRAGGING GROUP TEXT TO YOUR BUDDIES FAST ENOUGH. Then, like Robert DeNiro tells Al Pacino in the amazing film, Heat. “There’s a flip side to this coin.” You’re at that same blackjack table, draw to 19, and the dealer draws 7 to 21. COLD PANG OF DESPAIR. You’re at that same poker table, hit a straight, and shove all in. As you announce straight, your opponent says, “To what?” And then shows the higher straight. ACHING FEELING IN THE BALLS. You’re in that same club in Vegas, meet a 7 in a club, go back to your room and wake up the following morning and then remember how you raw dogged. Oh yeah what were those mysterious bumps down there?? COLD SHIVERS UP YOUR BUTTHOLE.
And that’s what the last 2 weeks have been for me. 5-10 in the last 2 weeks, including last night’s New Orleans under 60 win. Now, I’m 40-34 for 54% YTD. Jesus Christ, I was 59% a few weeks ago at a tally of 35-24.
Let’s see if we can get off the slide and so far, we’re looking good at a 1-0 start for the week. BTW, go out right now and get a New Orleans Saints to win the Super Bowl at +250. Lowest number on the board for the sole reason of THEY’RE GOING TO WIN THE SUPERBOWL. Drew Brees is going to go out on top and he has an alright defense for once. No one is coming into that dome and knocking them off.
Week 12, here we go. Diiiiiicks out.
Lock of the week is:
I know I said on Fantasy Football Jibber Jabber this week (Yep, I’ll shoehorn a plug in for my show.)
that my lock of the week is the Carolina over 46.5. I still kind of like the call but I like Carolina -3 a lot more. Why? Carolina is 14th against the run but 24th against the pass. Panthers are the 3rd best running team in the NFL. Seattle defense isn’t that great against the run, 20th in the NFL but 6th vs the pass. So logic dictates that Carolina is going to be running the ball more, therefore eating more clock up. Also, this is the typical “west coast team flying to play a 1pm game.” The Seahawks have gone 5/6 under of late and Seattle plays to the under 5/6 in Carolina. More stats? Sure, you’re not paying for this curated info. Seattle is 2-4 ATS in Carolina, 1-3-1 against Carolina. And at home, Carolina is a whole new animal, 4-1 ATS. I could still make an argument for the O/U as it’s low-ish at 47.5 but I feel more comfortable putting my money on (and I did) with
Taking Carolina -3
The Giants under was one of the 5 losses I had. And who could blame me? When was the last time the Giants dropped 30 on anyone? When Obama was president. When it was still ok to be a straight white guy. When you could fly on an airplane without getting your ass whooped or your pets killed. Don’t look now but that’s 2 straight overs for the Giants. Scored 38 and 27 points in their last 2 and now facing a completely decimated Eagles secondary? Sign me up. Barkley almost had 100 rushing on top of his over 100 receiving. Beckham with 3 TDs in his last 2 games. The Eagles just finished wiping the Saints’s jizz off from all over their asses from last Sunday. The only problem is that Philly has always been a house of horrors for the Giants. Giants are 1-5 SU in Philly, 2-4 ATS. Good news: Giants are 5/5 over against Garbage Town, USA. Although they’re 6/8 under in Philly and Philly itself is 4/5 under, I think they put up points. And 47 is low for today’s NFL. Doesn’t take a Gootee to figure out where this is going:
Giants over 47. And you also may want to invest in the Giants team total and go over that. That Eagles D is DECIMATED. Also took Barkley OVER 53.5 receiving yds and Giants team total OVER 21.5
Like a woman who goes home with a dude after grinding on him for 2 hours in Vegas, I don’t normally do this. I haven’t taken a teaser in EASILY 7 years but good ol’ Steve Fezzik makes a great point. No better way to take 2 teams that are laying 7 or 7.5 points with a 6 point swing and get them down to less than a FG. I took Dallas down to -1 and they covered with ease. Second half of the teaser, Indy -1.5 Who’s hotter than Andrew Luck right now? Emily Ratajkowski. Goddamn, she could wear a Queen Victoria dress as well as a newspaper boy hat while sporting a Mike Tyson face tattoo. I’d still be harder than a shark’s tooth. Miami is 1-9 ATS on the road, 2-5 of late. Fins are 2-4 playing Indy but oddly enough, they’re 7-1 in the land of Applebees VIPs. But the Dolphins are getting Tannehill back and who can figure out if that’s a good thing or a bad thing? The Dolphins have Davante Parker and Danny Amendola listed as questionable, making Kenny Stills the only healthy receiver. Colts are 4-1 SU of late and 4-2 SU at home. I’m only laying 1.5 with the teaser so that’s as SU as you can get.
Teased Dallas to -1 and Indy to -1.5
Another team that completely singed my scrotum last week was the Minnesota Vikings. God, this team has been all over the place this year and you may be wondering when is the safe time to bet them. My answer? Definitely not in the playoffs but I think this Sunday is a good time. Here’s why. They just got smoked by a division rival who’s on the way up and in comes another division rival who is on the way down. Green Bay is 10.5 points WORSE on the road than home, which makes them #32 in the NFL, THE WORST IN THE LEAGUE. Let’s also mention that Aaron Rodgers is below .500 on the road. Lastly, it’s blatantly obvious that the Packers are quitting on McCarthy and he may not make it till the end of the year. If they lose this week, he could be gone monday. And I bet Seattle last week home against the Pack, laying 2.5 points. The number closed at 3 and ended up pushing. And that’s why it’s perfectly ok to take a number IMMEDIATELY if you like it instead of waiting till Sunday. Vikings at home: 36-16-2 ATS under Mike Zimmer and and even bigger sample size, 47-23 ATS at home. Bottom line, Vikings are 72% ATS at home, the second best team at home ATS is the Patriots at 56%. One more oddball stat: Vikings are 36-15-1 on field turf. I’m sure they have a stat about playing on a cross bluegrass, Kentucky bluegrass, featherbed bent, and northern California sinsemilla. BANG! Another Caddyshack reference makes the column.
Jump on the Vikings -3 as it’s probably headed back to -3.5
And now for words that usually don’t make people money. I like the Buffalo Bills this week. I’ll hold for laughter. Done? One more? Sure, go ahead, I need to pee anyway. Ok, I’m back. You’re good? Cool. Last time we saw the Bills, they completely set ablaze my 1st half under 17.5 bet at the Jets 2 weeks ago. Now they’re home, after a bye, against a team who completely dominated the Steelers for 57:30 and then lost late. They’ve lost 5 straight. A warm weather team going up to play inside one of the coldest places, Lena Dunham’s vagina. Jax 0-3-2 of late ATS, 3-5-1 on the road. Blake Bortles (second best gay porno name) is just putrid on the road, 5 TDs and 6 INTs. Jax averaging 17 PPG on the road. So we know they can’t pass, what about Fournette being back? Whoopedy-doo. Buffalo is the 10th best rushing D in the NFL and the 3rd best in the last 3 weeks. I love big defenses getting points at home. Why is Jacksonsville giving a shit about this game? No one else will…except me and the others who bet…
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4-4 last week, meh. Lost TB and the over. Lost Bal and SF over. Fucking Beathard turned that ball over more times than someone on the fix. Couldn’t score more than 10 points in garbage time? I hit Bal under as that Tucker miss solidified the under for me. Hit my lock of the week with SD under and thankfully, Vrabel went for 2 after that late TD. Either way, I was winning that one. Late hits with the Chiefs and my NY Giants brought me to .500. And of course that, “too little, too late comeback attempt but successful backdoor cover” for the Giants. And don’t bother with a butt sex joke, we’ve done them all. Especially all while sitting in a steam room at NY Sports Club. 30-21 on the season which puts me at 59% and better than most Vegas handicappers and MUCH better than the weathermen and weatherladies. Quick would you rather: Land a weatherlady or land an anchorwoman on any of the Hispanic channels? I vote Hispanic anchorwoman. No reason, I think it’s just a slightly higher accomplishment, as long as you don’t land the one that is also cartel member’s girlfriend.
The Lock of the week: I know the Rams just made the Niners look flat out silly last week. Aaron Rodgers is 4-0 when the Packers are getting more than 6. Off the bye, 9-2-1. Allison and Cobb will be back. Rams 6-11-2 last 19 at home ATS. Gonna be a ton of GB fans. So barely a home field advantage for GB.
Take GB +9.5
Facts are facts: Drew Brees is a strong MVP candidate this year. Some people are trying to downplay the revenge factor the where the Lattimore whiffed on a tackle, Stefon Diggs runs for the TD and an insurance company endorsement deal. Saints 4-1 ATS and 5-0 SU out of their last 5. The line went from Saints +1 to now Saints -1.5. Time to wait this out till Sunday as the public has obviously pounded the Saints. Minn 3-5-2 last 10 and 1-3-1 at home. Also, the Saints have went over 52: 6/9, 7/8 vs Minnesota, 8/10 in Minnesota, Minn over 4/6.
I’m taking the Saints -1.5 (Waiting till tomorrow to see what the line ends up) and over 53
The Steelers have been over 6/8, 4/5 at home, Cle under 4/6 and under 4/6 on the road. 8/12 vs Pitt. Plus, Pitt D has let at least 21 points to QBs. 21 is also the number of sandwiches most women order at Primanthi’s, 21 also the number of times they’ve hooked up with their uncles, and 21 is also the number of IQ points those water heads have.
Plunk down some buck on Pitt over 49 (I bought it down to 48.5)
After the Chiefs game sunday night, Cincinatti looked like Houston after her 500 man gangbang. Now they’re home and not on prime time which is key for Andy Dalton. He’s like A-Rod, showing up when there’s no pressure but shrinking when the spotlight is at its brightest. No Gerald McCoy and Kwon Alexander on defense for TB and boy, does Jameis “One Star Uber Passenger rating” love turning that ball over. That fruitcake screwed me out of that over last week with all of those turnovers last week vs Cleveland. Cincy 6-3 ATS of late and 5-2 at home. Bucs 2-11 SU on the road.
Grabbing the Bengals -3.5
Seattle one of the best rushing the ball, Detroit one of the worst defending the rush. Seahawks off a bye and getting 3 points? Heiiidy HOOOOOO.
Taking the Seahawks +3 and their obnoxious fans.
Colts flying west to facing the Oakland Raiders who are in flat out, “selling anything not nailed down” mode. Apparently, Derek Carr isn’t crying, YOU’RE CRYING. They traded away Cooper who wasn’t really doing anything all that special anyway and Lynch is on IR. Now I ask you, where are the points coming from? Jared Cook? I’d rather have Jared from Subway. Raiders also 2-13 ATS against teams that have a bye the following week.
Take the Colts -3
Bears have Mack listed as questionable. But where are the Jets getting their points from? All of their WRs are out: Enuwa, Robbie Anderson, and Wayne Chrebet all out for the Jets. They signed Richard Matthews and who cares? He couldn’t stay on the Titans roster? Jets 2-5-1 on the road. 0-4-1 in Chicago. Bears 11-4-1 at home. I know the Bears haven’t laid more than a TD in well over 5 years but again, where are the Jets getting their points from?
Take the Bears -8 but going to wait till kickoff to see the number.
Speaking of teams that are else selling their body parts for science, the Giants are home and that will be the last game of the year I attend. As much as I enjoy the randy talk and spirited menu fare of my buddy, I can’t stomach the thought to pay to see this team nor freeze my ass off any more this year. Giants trade Eli Apple and his annoying mother to the Saints (no big deal) and Snacks Harrison (huge deal, #1 run stopper in the NFL) to Detroit. Washington escapes with a win against Dallas and Jason Garrett’s ability to fuck up a glass of water. Washington 4-2 ATS of late and I know the history favors the Giants but I’m going against a team almost ready to bench their QB.
Take the Skins -1
The Niners just got smoked. I don’t feel like going to a full handicap except that from one of my favorite gambling podcasts, RJ “Mushmouth” Bell’s Vegas dream preview, all of the guys love the Niners because the Cardinals stink and the last time they faced each other, the Niners lost but were +5 in turnovers. They rebound against an awful Josh Rosen with turf toe. 4 likes from those sharps are enough for me to like it too.
6-3 last week! 2 out of 3 weeks, I’ve won you money. And not one of you sent me a cut or a thank you note. Didn’t your mothers teach you better manners? I didn’t take Thursday night’s game as I debated about Minnesota (push) and the under (definite miss. I think we all know the Rams over will be the lock of the week for the season.)
Breakdown: I took Indy and the under, Jets under, Cincy over, Miami, and the Saints. The Giants under missed with exactly 1 second left on the clock and of course, that was the big bet of the week. Lost the TB under on Monday night, lost the Niners when Jimmy G snapped that ACL but will still be snapping that porn star puss. 15-8 on the year, why the fuck don’t I have a gambling show yet??!?!?!
The Oakland Raiders are 0-3, just like most of their fans’ parole hearings. Are they that bad or the victims of bad luck? They’ve blown 3 leads at halftime and now they get Baker Mayfield on the road in his first start? In the black hole? Remember when betting, you’re playing the number, which is Oak -2.5 here. Home field is 3 points so what Vegas is trying to say is Cleveland is .5 better than Oakland on a neutral site? With a QB who has ONE HALF under his belt. Not buying it. And Oakland is due for a win, especially at home. Oh yeah, rookie QBs making their first start on the road? ZERO out of 10.
Take the Raiders -2.5. I may even take the under 45 as Oak under 9/10, 5/5 at home, and 4/5 vs Cleveland.
You know what Carson Wentz didn’t do last week? Throw for a shitload of yards and TDs, just like I said he wouldn’t. And now they face a rather stingy Tennessee defense. And Tennessee’s Mariota looks like he got hit by that volcano eruption in his native Hawaii. Tennessee is also a heavy run offense. How do the Eagles fare against the run? #2, just like me in the bathroom 5 minutes ago? Titans have scored totals of 17, 20, and 9 pts this year. Eagles have scored 20, 21, and 18 this year. This game screams 17-13 so let’s be wise and take
Tennessee under 41.5, I bought the .5
Atlanta defense is like the testimony of the second Cavanaugh accuser, possibly full of holes and supposedly gang banged up. Missing both starting safeties is not a way to start against Andy Dalton, who has been slinging it all over the place. Much like a recently divorced woman at an Appelebee’s on a Friday night. 1/2 off appetizers will get her pants fully off in that bathroom! Falcons just played nearly 5 quarters against the Saints and that defense is as gassed like a fat kid doing suicides. Not shooting up a school and then killing himself, I’m talking about running back and forth for an hour straight followed up by puking. You know, the good ol days where coaches would call you a faggot for missing the cutoff man. Cincy lists AJ Green as probable so that’s huge. The only thing that scares is the line opened +5.5 and now it’s down to 3.5.
Take the Bengals while you can get the 3.5, it’s still a good number.
Sigh, I said I don’t do normally do this…I know, I sound like a woman during a one night stand. But I’m going to make a case for the NY Giants and break my own rule of betting them. Saints played nearly 5 quarters last week. And that defense stinks worse than my house after a night of my wife’s Buffalo wing dip (to die for) and beers. Saints defense AVERAGES 33 points again. And now they’re on the road but more importantly, outside of a dome. The Giants beat them the last time they came to Giants stadium and now they’re catching 3.5? Saints are 1-5 SU in NY and the under has hit 5/7 when they’ve played? Vernon and Apple are out again on defense. Then again, they were out last week against Houston and they won.
Let’s cross those fingers and toes and take the Giants +3.5
I kinda like but probably won’t bet: GB (home against a Bills team who shot their load last week), Detroit +3, Jets +7.5 (3rd road game in a row kind of scares me about the Jets but the number is right), Chargers -10.5 (Large number, may buy it down to 9.5, depends how I do with the 1pm games.)
And now it’s time for the lock of the week. Quite shocked this number is moving this way and a bit annoyed I locked in too earlier. But the Colts -1.5 (now a pick ’em or even +1) is a steal. Hopkins went through limited practice with a couple of injuries, limited as questionable, but he’ll go. And Houston’s secondary is trash. Houston 2-7-2 playing Indy, 2-5-1 in Indy. Colts could’ve won in weeks 1 and 3 EASILY. They’re 2-1 ATS and could be 2-1-1 if they didn’t turn it over late week 1.
I have the Colts at -1.5 but you can get them at a Pick or even +1, get that NOW if you can.
Drink em if you got em, folks. This is the real last week of the NFL season as we all know the Super Bowl is more pageantry than game. This is the last week we get to bet on more than 1 NFL game so it’s bittersweet as it’s the beginning of the end of football. And then after the Super Bowl, we ahead into the great abyss. Or as I call it, Tera Patrick’s gash. 3-4 last week, 6-4 overall. I snuck out the Pats over, thanked Christ the Eagles missed the PAT to get my first half under, and had a puckered up asshole as Vikes late TD didn’t kick the PAT to cover the Saints. Lost Pitt, the under, Vikes under, and the Falcons. We all watched Matt Ryan pull off his best “Crohn’s disease patient fucking a woman on his period” impression: shitting his pants in the red zone. I give that joke a 6.5.
Tom Brady was hurt in practice when a teammate’s helmet accidentally smashed in his hand. Or so the “liberal media” would want you to think. I’m sure he really got the injury when one of Giselle’s hooves crushed his hand when he tried reaching for a candy bar. Jacksonville comes in after a stunning win in Pittsburgh where they dropped 21 on Pitt faster than a Vietnamese black jack dealer in Vegas. Let’s talk stats: Jacksonville is on its 2nd road game in 3 weeks while the Pats have slept in their own beds for a month. And teams that put up 40+ in the playoffs the previous week (Jags)? 4-25-1 ATS. Jags are 2-5 vs NE, 1-5 in NE. Pats are 6-0 ATS at home, 10-1 of their last 11. Blake Bortles passer rating is fucking TERRIBLE when they’re behind, 55 QBR. Do you think the Pats are going to let them get ahead? They’re going to take Leonard Fournette out early and make Blake Bortles beat them. Btw, Bortles averaging 151 passing yds and with a 53% completion rate. And do you think the Patriots are going to take their foot off the gas? Nope. They’ve outscored their opponents in the playoffs, 80-25 in the 2nd half in the last 4 playoff games.
Let’s talk over/under. Pats have hit the under 9/13 but 8/11 over at home. Jaguars vs Patriots are under 4/6 times as well as 4/6 under in NE.
The facts are here: Take the Patriots -7.5 and under 46.5
This last game had me debating for the entire week. The Vikings are good on the road, the Eagles are good at home. Both teams could have EASILY lost last week. Both teams are playing with house money as their backup QBs haven’t flinched, yet. We all know my distaste for that goddamn awful town. Nick Foles is one of the worst in 3rd and long situations. Believe it or not, the Vikings D is better on the road than at home (329 yds allowed vs 387 at home) and the Vikes D is top 5 against the run. But the Eagles D has also been fantastic, 20 points allowed in 3 games. Philly has been 2-4 ATS and under 6/6. Also 5/6 under at home.
I’m still not sure but leaning Vikings -3 and under 38.5. I’m definitely jumping on the Vikes if it gets to 2.5.
Happy gambling and don’t be afraid to grab the first half unders again.
I’ll take my usual bow at the beginning of the column and say yet again, another fantastic week for Herr Gootee. 3-0 last week as the Jax first half under, Saints over, and KC under (thought I had a clenched asshole for the last hour of that game) all came in to cover. This week, I think it’s a harder crop of games as the numbers are a bit wonky. Does Tom Brady and the Pats take all the bulletin board material (Discourse in the Pats locker room and Titans safety talking shit) and go into pure, “fuck you” mode? Do the Vikings take one more step to becoming the first team in a Super Bowl that hosts the game? Do Eagle fans continue their streak of shitting the bed while their white trash, vile fans create a riot after their backup QB loses the game? I’ll bet the ranch and your ranch that they’ll do that if Philly loses well because, a tiger doesn’t change his stripes. Onto the picks.
The aforementioned white trash wasteland known as Philadelphia hosts the red hot (yes, you read that right) Atlanta Falcons at the Stink this weekend. Atlanta has had to damn near win out while Philly has been on autopilot for 3 weeks, including a bye. But, in the 2 games Philly has played, they’ve combined for 19 points. Yes, one was meaningless in week 17 but not a good look when you’re prepping for the playoffs, especially with a backup QB. The line is 3 so let’s break that down: Home field is 3 points so what this is saying to me is that on a neutral field Matt Ryan and Nick Foles are considered even? Get the fuck out of here. Yes, I know it’s a dome team out in the cold where those teams are 4-24 in January. And I know Atlanta has been on the road for 4/5 of their last games. But the Atlanta defense can hold down NICK FOLES. And can you say with confidence that you’re going to put money. On Nick Foles. In a playoff game?
I think people are afraid to call Philly a paper tiger as there has never been #1 seed that’s an underdog. But, let’s also look at numbers: Atlanta under, 5/5. 4/5 under on the road. 9/12 under against Philly and 5/7 under in Philly. Lastly, Philly has been under in 5/7. Let’s also add that it’s cold there today in the city that considers grade D shaved meat with synthetic cheese a “gourmet experience.” I think both teams start off slow and try to figure each other out so…
I took first half under 20 and I’ll buy the .5 to get Atlanta at -2.5
Tom Brady is butthurt that Jimmy Garrapolo could have been a threat to his legacy so he had him shipped off. This is some real Sopranos shit here; didn’t Tony debate about having Christopher knocked off because he also viewed him as a threat? Don’t flood my inbox with corrections because I haven’t watched the show since it unceremoniously ended in one of the laziest endings ever written. I know Montana was getting upset that Steve Young was about to and did take his job. But only time will tell if Jimmy G meets up to everyone’s lofty expectations. And why does every male sportscaster have to swoon about his looks. Guys, calm down with that. Women went gaga over Derek Jeter. I went gaga because he delivered clutch hits in October so let’s leave it at that.
The 13.5 is quite lofty and the Pats rarely get backdoored (go ahead and insert your lazy butt sex reference in here, I’m trying to bang out this column before I appear on a podcast to talk about Comics Watching Comics for the umpteenth time this week. Fuck it, I’ll shoehorn a plug into my own column.) The Pats have outscored opponents in the 2nd half, 66-18, in their last 3 playoff games. Meaning they don’t take the foot off the gas. BUT the Pats against the run are like Alabama fans in SAT scores, dead last. Derrick Henry ran all over the Chiefs so expect the Pats to key in on him. That leaves Corey Davis, Erick Decker, and Delanie Walker left as the main options for Marcus Mariota. Do any of them get your dick hard? Me neither but I think the Titans can chase points and keep it closer and make Brady throw it late in the game; facing the Titans 24th ranked pass D. But would I be shocked if this game ends up 35-14? Nope. So what am I saying? I’m saying the Pats are 7/10 over at home, I’m saying Tenn in NE has been over 6/7. I’m saying Tenn and NE has gone over 7/10 at home.
Pats/Titans over 48 is the play.
Pittsburgh gets a chance to redeem themselves after Ben gave it up more than a black family at a high school graduation. Jesus, I wish my parents hooted and yelled that loud. The only thing they yelled was, “Get a fucking job because interns don’t get paid shit.” This next handicap is really based on the eye test and some stats. Blake Bortles was fucking ghastly last week, having more rushing yards than throwing yards. At home. In 60 degree weather. Only time that’s ever happened is when I played as Michael Vick in Madden. And this was against a mediocre Bills defense. So what do you think is going to happen when he’s in Pittsburgh. In 20 degree weather. Facing a team with a solid pass rush. Yeah, not much.
I see both teams running the ball as each team’s rush defense isn’t stellar. In fact, Jax run d is 30th! Plus, I think they’ll want to slowly dip their toes in the water and not air it out early as Bortles is always a nanosecond from going full Bortles. And Ben got picked 5 times. BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE! Jax is surprisingly successful in Pittsburgh, 12-5 and recently 4-1 ATS. Pitt is 1-5 of late and 1-4 at home. Again, the eye test screams Pitt but they’ve also been known to play to the level of their competition. Jax under has hit 4/6 on the road and 15/23. Pitt at home has gone over 5/6 and 5/7 recently. I think Pitt is going to win and probably cover as well as go under but I’m going to go with my gut when I put my money down.
And my gut says take the first half under again. I don’t have a number yet but I’m taking it.
Lastly, the Saints head to Minnesota where everyone and their mothers love the Vikings. And why not? The numbers of the Vikings have been insanely 1 sided. Vikes are 11-4-1 ATS and I’ve made a ton of money betting on them. They have a great defense: 276 ypg average, 10.6 pig, and +137 yds over an opponent at home. But the Saints (who I have to win the NFC at 6/1) despite being 1-4 ATS of late, do have some success on the road, 12-5-1 on the road ATS. They are 2-4 in Minnesota, and 2-7 against Minnesota. If this game gets to 6 or more, I may take it. I may take the over 48 as recently, 4/6 have gone over and 6/7 over in Minnesota. BUT the Saints are under 4/6 on the road. Man, so many conflicting stats. I just may see how I do and then go on my gut. But there’s one stat that stares at me square in the eyes, THIS IS THE BIGGEST GAME THAT CASE KEENUM HAS PLAYED IN.
Probably the over and possibly the Saints…depending on the numbers.
I knew I jinxed myself when I said I haven’t had a losing weekend since late october. 2-5 was not the way to spend Christmas but shit, these things happen. Hope you enjoyed Star Wars as much as I did. And I recently did see 2 new films that you may enjoy: Film reviews: 3 Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri and Darkest Hour And now we go into the last week of the year which is just as confusing as week 1. Playoffs are mostly set with seedings up in the air which means some teams are half assing it or completely resting their starters. So I’m going to do more totals or games where there is some meaning.
The Raiders head to LA for a quasi meaningless game as the Chargers need help to make the playoffs. So for all you LA residents, get ready for Raiders fans (cholos) to have cockfights in that soccer stadium parking lot of yours. Let’s get ready for some cold, hard facts. Oak has hit the under in 5/5, 8/11 on the road (including last week in Philly, one of the 2 I got right), 4/6 vs LA, 13/17 in LA. Phil Rivers has been focusing more on his 29 kids than scoring points as his team his hit the under in 5/5 and 5/7 at home. I think Oak +7 is a play
But I like the LA under 42 better.
My NY Giants just have a new GM who already just started cleaning house. Got rid of the head of personnel evaluation and cut OL Bobby Ross for refusing to practice and play in Sunday’s game. In come the Redskins off a win and Kirk Cousins playing for a contract. It’s gonna be cold in Giants Stadium (sorry you Jets fans squatters, it will always be Giants stadium) and let’s see who’s out for the Giants: Evan Engram, Sterling Sheppard, Landon Collins, and Eli Apple. But I would consider it a positive for the other team if Apple was in because his mouthy mother could cover better than her pansy ass kid can. This team has ZERO offense which is exactly how many points they scored last week in Arizona. Oh yeah, JPP and his 7.5 fingers is also questionable. I’m 0-2 betting against the Giants this year as KC and Den both decided to take a steamy diarrhea dump on themselves in the ONLY 2 Giants wins all year. Skins are 4-2 ATS or late and 12-6 on the road. Giants are 2-5 ATS at home and 3-6 overall. Third time’s the charm.
Take the Skins -3
Minnesota is about to lock up a first round bye if they can take down the Bears. Shouldn’t be a problem as the Vikings are 9-1 of late, 7-1 at home, and 4-1. The ONLY thing I’m worried about is the funky number of 11.5 for the Vikings. I think the Vikings come out flying and shut down the anemic Bears offense. Bears are 2-4-1 ATS of late, 5-10 on the road, and 1-4 @ Minnesota. John Fox will be gone before the post game buffet is laid out. Get ready to say these words in the same sentence: Case Keenum and playoffs. Here are a couple of fun stats: Vikes are 6-0 for the under as home favorites of 10 points or more. Vikings are under 4/6 of late, 4/5 @ home, and 4/6 home vs Chi. The Bears are 5-1 for the under as an underdog of 10+ points. Bears are 4/5 of late with the under, 5/8 playing the Vikings, and 4/6 in Minnesota.
I really like the Vikings under 38 and the Vikings first half. I kind of like the Vikings -12 but prefer the other 2 plays.
In one of the top, “who gives a shit” games of the week, the Colts finish the year against the Texans who still look like they’re playing in that hurricane. This is going to be Chuck Pagano’s last game so the Colts may resemble an NFL team for once. The Texans have TJ Yates as quarterback this week and I’ll be honest when I say I’d rather have TJ Hooker behind center. And no DeAndre Hopkins this week either so I’ll play on the sentimentality factor and….
Lay -5 and grab the Colts.
I think the Bengals and Ravens go higher than 40 points this week. Why? The trends say under as Cincy has hit the under in Bal 7/10 and 12/18 overall. But Baltimore hasn’t put up less than 20 points since 10/22. And Cincy has put up at least 20 in 5/7. No Vontez Burfect for Cincy either. Bal needs the game and will want to stay motivated.
Take Bal over 40
In another, “who gives a shit game”, the Cardinals fly (pun intended) to Seattle who actually can make the playoffs with some help. Cardinals are 4-0-1 ATS of late but they suck on the road, 1-6. They also have trouble with Seattle, 2-4-1 ATS. And why doth thou give a dookie about this game? Because Bruce Arians is supposedly retiring due to health reasons. And you’re getting 9 points with a team who’s actually trying for no apparent reason. Yes, Seattle is healthier. But they haven’t exactly been lighting it up of late, 3-5-1 and 1-4 at home ATS. I’m tired so no more jokes or analysis.
Take the Redbirds and the 9 free points.
The lock of the week is the Saints game but not for the reason you may think. The Saints need this game to ensure a home game. The Bucs have played well of late but let’s tip my hand a little bit. Bucs have went under in 5/5 at home and 6/9 overall. 5/6 vs NO and 8/9 at home vs NO. Saints are 4/5 on the road with the under. This game could easily be a Saints blowout or a squeaker and I just don’t give 2 flying purple dildos. But I will guaran-damn-tee that this game…
Goes under 48.5
Kind of debating about: Cincy +9.5, Jets +15, and Niners -3…