Lucky week 13, where real teams start thinking about home field advantage and pretenders start shooting themselves in the… thigh. We’re publishing this before Suh’s appeal but we’re assuming that you do not get to stomp on another player and not get suspended two games.
The featured games this week are Raiders at Dolphins, Packers at Giants, and Lions at Saints.
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NFL Week 13 2011 Picks
|Eagles @ Seahawks||Seahawks||Eagles||Seahawks||Seahawks|
|Raiders @ Dolphins||Dolphins||Dolphins||Dolphins||Dolphins|
|Jets @ Redskins||Jets||Jets||Redskins||Jets|
|Chiefs @ Bears||Bears||Bears||Bears||Bears|
|Panthers @ Bucs||Panthers||Panthers||Panthers||Panthers|
|Titans @ Bills||Bills||Bills||Titans||Titans|
|Falcons @ Texans||Falcons||Falcons||Falcons||Falcons|
|Bengals @ Steelers||Steelers||Steelers||Steelers||Steelers|
|Ravens @ Browns||Ravens||Ravens||Ravens||Ravens|
|Broncos @ Vikings||Broncos||Broncos||Broncos||Broncos|
|Packers @ Giants||Packers||Packers||Packers||Giants|
|Cowboys @ Cards||Cowboys||Cowboys||Cowboys||Cards|
|Rams @ Niners||Niners||Niners||Niners||Niners|
|Colts @ Patriots||Patriots||Patriots||Patriots||Patriots|
|Lions @ Saints||Saints||Saints||Saints||Saints|
|Chargers @ Jaguars||Jaguars||Chargers||Jaguars||Chargers|
Against the Spread
|Eagles @ Seahawks (+2.5)||Seahawks||Eagles||Seahawks||Seahawks|
|Raiders @ Dolphins (-3)||Raiders||Dolphins||Dolphins||Dolphins|
|Jets @ Redskins (+3)||Jets||Jets||Redskins||Jets|
|Chiefs @ Bears (-7)||Chiefs||Bears||Bears||Bears|
|Panthers @ Bucs (-3.5)||Panthers||Panthers||Panthers||Panthers|
|Titans @ Bills (0)||Bills||Bills||Titans||Titans|
|Falcons @ Texans (+1.5)||Falcons||Falcons||Falcons||Falcons|
|Bengals @ Steelers (-6.5)||Bengals||Bengals||Bengals||Steelers|
|Ravens @ Browns (+6.5)||Browns||Browns||Ravens||Browns|
|Broncos @ Vikings (0)||Broncos||Broncos||Broncos||Broncos|
|Packers @ Giants (+7)||Packers||Giants||Giants||Giants|
|Cowboys @ Cards (+4.5)||Cards||Cards||Cowboys||Cards|
| Rams @ Niners (-13)
|Colts @ Patriots (-20)||Colts||Colts||Colts||Colts|
|Lions @ Saints (-9)||Saints||Saints||Saints||Saints|
|Chargers @ Jaguars (+1.5)||Jaguars||Chargers||Jaguars||Chargers|
Locks of the Week
Vegas Vinny: (5-7, Balance=$1,190) I’m going to ride the Green Bay Packers gravy train once again. The Packers are 8-3 against the spread this year. All three losses against the spread were double digit lines. The Packers caught a break and only (yes, only) have to cover 7 points this week. Against a good team like the Lions, the Packers won by 12. And you’re telling me they can’t cover a touchdown against a crappy, gutless, freefalling team like the Giants who’ve started their yearly swoon? No chance. The Packers are on a mission to go 19-0 and they’re not going to trip up against a team lead by Eli “Fraud” Manning.
I’ve got $110 to win $100 on the Packers (-7). Packers 38-10.
BostonMac: (7-5, Balance=$1,315) If my prediction this week comes true, by next week at this time there won’t be any Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus, Shintos, Zoroastrians, or atheists left on the planet. Once Tebow leads another epic Broncos fourth quarter (or overtime) victory on the road against the Vikings, there will be no further proof required of the simple truth that Jesus Christ is the Messiah and the world will convert en masse to follow Him. Hell, he’s got even got me convinced. (Though I might hear it from the Big Guy after just dropping an h-bomb in my writeup.) Tebow is the best advertisement for Christianity since Richard the Lionhearted posted Crusades recruiting banners all over medieval England. Unfortunately I didn’t get to watch Denver’s great win over San Diego last week as my local feed was showing the Eagles getting manhandled by some other team, but I did get to watch Saint Timothy work his divine magic again in overtime. This week, the Chosen One will head into the Dome and take down the Vikes. In fact, he might not lose again until he goes up against the Great Satan, Bill Belichick, in week 15, in a game which will probably set in motion the Rapture. Harold Camping was right… he just mixed up the date, and the source of Judgment. Would you want to bet against the Lord thy God? I didn’t think so. I’m stepping it up and putting $330 to win $300 on DENVER (Pick em) over Minnesota.
RJ: (2-9, Balance =$335)When picking my locks this year, football knowledge and insight have not been my strong points. So, in my last desperate attempt to stay alive, I’m going for pure spite. I didn’t appreciate Burton piggybacking on my brilliant strategy last week in fading my lock. That service is for the YOU, the listeners and readers. I’m interested in making you guys money, not my lowlife colleagues. So, in the interest of upsetting Burton’s apple cart, I’m taking his beloved FALCONS (-1.5) over the Texans and their street urchin quarterback. I only have $375 left in my budget , so I’m putting every last cent in on the bet. Host/bookie Vin has graciously accepted a dozen Dunkin’ Donuts as the juice. How ya’ like them apples, Burton? And by the way, I have no idea what a street urchin is, but I’m sure TJ Yates spent some time as one.
Burton: (6-6, Balance =$1,615) This might be the toughest LOTW Week yet this year. I’m torn looking up and down this list, as almost every line seems to be pretty darn close to what I think it should be. But after some careful prodding, and without the benefit of seeing R.J.’s lock first, I came to my decision, finding that one spread that yelled out to me to put down $110 and try to make a quick Benjamin.
I’ve been saying all year Tampa Bay is fraudulent, and only recently has everyone else caught on. The Bucs have been gleamingly bad all season, even when they beat my Falcons in Week 3. But that also was a different Atlanta team: a Falcon team struggling to find an identity after that crushing defeat in the playoffs and a heartless Week 1 beat-down in the Windy City. You take today’s Falcons, and Tampa might as well be a ball boy for a basketball facility in upstate New York.
Carolina, conversely, has been losing tight games all year, even pushing Green Bay for 60 minutes before succumbing to the pressures and responsibilities of not losing. But they’ve shown up almost every week, only getting thrashed against a Tennessee team that is as unpredictable as the Stanley Cup playoffs. All they’re still missing is a division win, and the Panthers are ready to make that jump. They’re ready to move on up and usurp third place from Raheem Morris’ fingertips.
If Carolina were the favorite, as the Panthers should be, I probably wouldn’t lock this. But Carolina is not the favorite, and there is no reason in hell it shouldn’t be. At +3.5, I’d be stupid to pass up a shot at glory. Let’s go $110 to win $100, and I’ll see if any of the other PMPTI boys knows how to keep up. Good luck, homies.