Guest picks of the week

By Brendan Nelson

Once I go 10-2, I might come back next week and humblebrag.

DALLAS -1.5 OVER CAROLINA

Jason Garrett gets fired if he loses this game. Something to think about, Jason Garrett.

CLEVELAND +3.5 OVER INDIANAPOLIS

Jesse Pinkman from “Breaking Bad” wouldn’t watch this game with an endless supply of meth.

NEW ORLEANS -2.5 OVER TAMPA BAY

I just don’t like taking Josh Freeman over Drew Brees. Plus, the Saints are off a bye, and you know, that means something.

WASHINGTON +6.5 OVER NEW YORK

Don’t the Giants never cover these games??? What am I missing???

BALTIMORE +6.5 OVER HOUSTON

I like when FOX showed Ray Lewis in street clothes on the sidelines during the meltdown against Dallas, the announcers failed to say a word about what happened. Scott Hanson needs a raise, right now.

ST. LOUIS +5.5 OVER GREEN BAY

Bigger douche: Aaron Rodgers or Justin Verlander?

ARIZONA +6.5 MINNESOTA

I’m pretty sure John Skelton delivered me a pizza from Papa John’s at 2 a.m. this past weekend. Yes, I stole that joke. From RJ in Vegas, NFC dogs are like 34-4 straight up or something. Aren’t the Cardinals kinda good?

TENNESSEE +3.5 OVER BUFFALO

If you haven’t seen this clip, you need to watch.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Buh6lUixvo

NEW ENGLAND -10.5 OVER NEW YORK

I’M NOT TAKING MARK SANCHEZ ON THE ROAD AGAINST BILL BELICHICK OFF A LOSS. I’M NOT TAKING MARK SANCHEZ ON THE ROAD AGAINST BILL BELICHICK OFF A LOSS. I’M NOT TAKING MARK SANCHEZ ON THE ROAD AGAINST BILL BELICHICK OFF A LOSS.

JACKSONVILLE +4.5 OVER OAKLAND

Remember when Carson Palmer was a Pro Bowl quarterback? Or how about, when have the Jaguars nailed a draft pick?

PITTSBURGH -2.5 OVER CINCINNATI

If I had lots and lots of monies, I would bet on the Pittsburgh Steelers in this game. I KINDA like them.

CHICAGO -5.5 OVER DETROIT

How does America react when we watch Jay Cutler hold up the Lombardi trophy while embracing Kristin Cavallari? I think about these things before I go to sleep at night.

ALCS Game 3 Recap

Last night as we saw, Verlander and the Tigeres defeated the Yankees 2-1 to take a 3-0 series lead in the ALCS.  So, with this you’re asking how alive are the Yankees world series aspirations? They are less alive than a Dodo bird.  Verlander definitely didn’t have the best movement on his pitches last night, but he still was able to hold the Yankees to three hits over eight and a third.  Also, the Nunez homerun in the ninth was his first earned run allowed in his last 23 innings.

For some reason, with runners on first and second in the ninth, Joe Girardi had Ibanez bat against Phil Coke.  To give you an idea of how bad it is to have Ibanez bat against a lefty, just about any abled person in the stands would have hit Coke better. (and they’re Tigers fans, they’d try to strike out!)  If only Girardi had a switch hitter on his bench to pinch-hit for Ibanez….

Anyway, tonight the Yankees will hope to salvage and have the fanbase pretend they can bring the series home.  But honestly, Yankee fans are probably already dialed in to the Giants (or Jets) football seasons.  Sabathia will pitch the Yankees into this game, and continue pitching until his arm falls off, but considering he’s probably their best hitter right now and he won’t bat is probably not helping the Yankees’ situation.

How can Girardi win? First, have CC bat.  He’s a career .238 hitter sure, but all you need is Scherzer confused enough on one pitch, throw a fastball, and have CC crush a homerun. Second, start Swisher and A-Rod, and remove them when Scherzer is taken out.  The Yankees have shown they can’t manufacture runs, and Scherzer has a high HR%, so take your chances that you’ll hit a homerun and have CC do the rest.

Week 6 Picks

Going to keep it short and sweet this week.

 

Indianapolis (+3.5) over NEW YORK JETS

 

Dallas (+3.5) over BALTIMORE

 

Cincinnati (-2) over CLEVELAND

 

St. Louis (+4) over MIAMI

 

ATLANTA (-9) over Oakland

 

Detroit (+3.5) over PHILADELPHIA

 

Kansas City (+4.5) over TAMPA BAY

 

New England (-4) over SEATTLE

 

Buffalo (+4.5) over ARIZONA

 

WASHINGTON (+3.5) over Minnesota

 

New York Giants (+6.5) over SAN FRANCISCO

 

HOUSTON (-3.5) over Green Bay

 

Denver (+1.5) over SAN DIEGO

Week 6 – Thursday Night

Pittsburgh (-5.5) over TENNESSEE

 

Until Chris Johnson can prove he’s not completely useless, the Titans offense will continue to struggle. Pittsburgh will dare Matt Hasselbeck to beat them, by loading the box and sending pressure. Kenny Britt looks like a go, which should help, but it’s hard to say how effective he’ll be. With the injuries to the Steelers D (LaMarr Woodley and Troy Polamalu are both scratched), it’s tempting to take the points in this one, but the Titans have looked horrendous, and I have a hard time picking them to make this a one score game.

Week 5 – Primetime

.500 for the day. I’ll take it. With a one game lead on the Little Coin entering the home stretch of week, a strong pair of primetime games could keep me on top for the season.

 

NEW ORLEANS (-3.5) over San Diego

 

I don’t care if the Saints are 0-4, the Superdome is always a tough place to play. Drew Brees is on the cusp of breaking Johnny Unitas’s record for consecutive TD games with at least one TD pass. He’ll be fired up this evening and looking to further cement himself as one of the all time greats. I know they’ve looked bad this year, but I can’t see the Saints dropping to 0-5. 

 

Houston (-7.5) over NEW YORK JETS

 

Tough matchup for the reeling Jets. Mark Sanchez is going to have a tough time with this Texans D, and this week will pour gas on the fire that is the Jets QB controversy. Without Darrelle Revis, the Jets defense is simply average, and the Texans have the ability to beat teams on the ground or through the air. This one should be a laugher.

Week 5 – Afternoon Games

CAROLINA (-3.5) over Seattle

Seattle’s defense, particularly its pass rush, have been impressive this year, but I think the Panthers have the formula to beat them. They have a lot of quality ball carriers, who should do a consistent job of moving the chains. This will take the edge off Seattle’s pass rush and allow Cam Newton to take some shots late in the game. Panthers by a TD.

CHICAGO (-5.5) over Jacksonville

The Bears defense should slow down Maurice Jones-Drew, which will put pressure on the Jaguars passing game. Blaine Gabbert doesn’t have it in him, especially not with Peppers and up-and-coming DT Henry Melton in his face all day.

Tennessee (+5.5) over MINNESOTA

I expect Tennessee to try to keep Chris Johnson involved in the offense through the screen game today. They obviously can’t get anything going on the ground, and despite his lackluster season to date, he’s still their best offensive weapon.

Denver (+6.5) over NEW ENGLAND

Manning vs. Brady once again. I can’t help but think this game will be tightly contested. I expect a high scoring game. Ultimately, I think the Pats escape with the W, but it could take some late game heroics.

SAN FRANCISCO (-9.5) over Buffalo

The Bills have been gashed on the ground this year, which makes the 49ers a tough matchup. Combine that with the Niners fierce defense, and this looks like a long afternoon for the Bills. Per usual.