After a much needed “bye,” we’re back and ready to turn the tide with some profitable picks. Speaking of byes, is it me or does this season seem abnormally long? With a 17th regular season game added, it is actually longer. But it’s still hard to believe that we have about a month and a half before the playoffs even begin. The Players Association have complained about the attrition effect that an extended season would have, but what other impacts might there be? Will Bill Belichick’s hoodie slowly disintegrate during another long playoff run? Will the cuteness of Peyton and Eli Manning’s banter wear off? Will “cancelled” Aaron Rogers make it through the season before getting Covid again?
Time will tell, but for now it’s on to Week 13 picks:
Denver @ Kansas City:
Line: Chiefs -10
Betting against the Chiefs has treated us kindly this year, so let’s stick with the winning formula. Back from injury, Teddy Bridgewater should give Denver just enough offense to cover the spread. KC has only covered the spread in four games this season, so take the points and run.
New England @ Buffalo:
Line: Bills -2.5
I loathe picking the Pats for irrational concerns about jinxing my favorite team. Not to mention, I always wonder if I’m betting with my heart rather than my brain. So all signs point to this being an unwise pick, but I’m going to do it anyway. The Pats are on a roll, and it’s going to come to an end some weekend. But not this one. The Bills have been inconsistent and underwhelming after their dominant start. Take the points, especially if it jumps up to 3, and consider the money line.
Arizona @ Chicago:
Line: Bears +7.5
If Kyler Murray starts, take the Cardinals to cover the spread in Chicago. The Bears offense is putrid, and their QB situation is up in the air. With cracked ribs, Justin Fields will be limited if he plays. Otherwise, it’s over-the-hill Andy Dalton. It’s an almost unfair matchup.
2-Team NFL Teaser Play
Admittedly, it was harder to come up with a teaser play than it has been most weeks. But I like the Vikings. Tease them down to half point favorites against the hapless Lions. Detroit might win this year, but not this week. In the second half of the play, bet on the Rams to take their losing-streak frustrations out on Jacksonville. Bump the spread down from 13 to 7, and enjoy the blow out.
Last week: 1-2
By: Peter Mooney CruelFan.com