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WORLD SERIES OF HANDICAPPING WEEK 9 – CONSENSUS PICKS

By Des Boodam

 

There are so many great games this week that I can hardly contain myself.  This date has been circled on my calendar since the start of the season.  Brady vs Rodgers for the 2nd and last time ever on Sunday night?  Yes please.  The hands down early NFC Championship prequel between featuring the St. Louis Rams and Saints – sign me up.  The Chargers at the Seahawks looks great, Baltimore vs Pittsburgh is ALWAYS good and how about the Texans at the Broncos featuring Demaryius Thomas who just got traded from the Texans to the Broncos.

I wonder if he spent the week in a Denver hotel or at his house … great story line and yes that’s a major first world problem.  Now it’s time for some World Series of Handicapping action by making some NFL picks.

 

PITTSBURGH STEELERS +3 at BALTIMORE

This is a no brainer.  There is no way the Baltimore running game can survive with two of their best Offensive linemen out.  The running game will slide which will vaporize their passing game.  The Pittsburgh offense is also too strong.  Le’Veon Bell is still one of the biggest idiots of seen.

 

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS -8.5 at CLEVLAND BROWNS 

A home dog by that much… I want no part of it.  The Browns will have a new coach, the Chiefs are likely taking this game for granted and that spread is big.   Are the Chiefs capable… absolutely, but the Browns only lost to t he Saints and the Bucs by three points.  This means their defense at times can tighten up and shut down good defenses.   I wouldn’t be shocked if this happened, but I’m still fading.

 

HOUSTON +2.5 at DENVER

The field loves the Texans with the points but I’m nervous that Vegas knows something about Denver that we don’t.  I think this a close game that could go either way, but I do think HOUSTON is the best team.

 

WASHINGTON REDSKINS -1.5 vs ATLANTA

This game is going to be a super yawner, but the field still wants a piece of it.  My guess is that people are impressed my Washington’s record and have written Atlanta off.  Maybe so, but the Falcons offense led by Matt Ryan is potent and get in a 40 point groove at any moment.  I’m way more skeptical of the redskins since they play in a terrible division and haven’t beat anyone unless you consider a Green Bay win at home when they are beat up… a legitimate win.