Just three weeks to go in the NFL regualr season. Teams on the bubble need wins this week while those that are out of contention for a playoff berth just play for pride. We went with all favorites last week and paid the price by going 2-3 bringing our season total to 44-26. We’re going with two ‘Dogs this week and are looking to improve! Here are this week’s Five Best Bets-Good luck!
*Home team in CAPS
Giants over the FALCONS-
Our first underdog this week are the 8-5 Giants going up vs the 11-2 Falcons. There are actually more reasons to pick Atlanta than New York such as: the Falcons have won their last 10 straight home games, they are the least penalized team in the NFL, they rank eighth in offense, they give up 19.9 points per game on defense and Matt Ryan is 32-4 as a starting QB at the Georgia Dome. So why are we going with the Giants? They are the better team beating the 49ers 26-3 & the Packers 38-10 but more importantly they need this game much more than Atlanta does. If they lose they could miss the playoffs…
From left to right Osi Umenyiora, JPP, and Justin Tuck will need to pressure Matt Ryan to prevent the ball from sailing downfield on Sunday. Photo: nydailynews.com
Packers over the BEARS- The Bears are riddled with injuries; so much so that the team failed to have a practice on Wednesday! They started the season coasting at 7-1, winning many of those games on turnovers. They have gone 1-4 over their last five while the Pack is starting to ‘come on’. In their first meeting, the Bears only managed 168 yards of total offense at Lambeau Field and now given all their injuries, should not do much better.
Vikings over the RAMS- Minnesota, our second underdog this week, travels southeast to St. Louis and brings superstud Adrian Peterson with them. He needs 505 rushing yards over these next three games in order to match Eric Dickerson’s NFL record-setting 2105 rushing yards. Just over 150 yards per game and he’ll own that prestigious record. QB Christian Ponder needs to be able to throw the rock successfully so that AP and the Vikes will have a well balanced attack and a better chance at the upset.
#28 Star Vikings RB Adrian Peterson will be looking to add to his 1600 rushing yards vs the Rams. Photo: twincities.com
Seahawks over the BILLS- Seattle goes cross-country this weekend and even without the warm and noisy confines of CenturyLink Field, their defense could just be enough to help them dismantle the Bills. QB Russell Wilson has been on a tear and Ground Player of the Week, Marshawn Lynch, who ironically enough was drafted by these same Buffalo Bills in the 2007 draft, is one of the top five elite RB’s in the league. We don’t expect a high scoring affair but a Seahawks win nontheless.
TEXANS over the Colts- After an embarassing Monday Night loss 42-14 at the hands of the New England Patriots, the Texans should bounce right back just like they did after getting trounced on by Green Bay earlier in the season when they came back the following week to manhandle the Ravens by 30, 43-13. Colts QB Andrew Luck has had little of it on the road this season amassing 8 touchdowns while tossing 13 INT’s. Facing the league’s seventh ranked defense will not make it any easier for the 1st round pick. Texans by double-digits!
#12 Andrew Luck has had his problems on the road this year completing only 54.5% of his passes. Photo: nfl.si.com