Saturday, December 5, 2009

Babe of the Week and Week 13 Picks

(Thanks for The Big Lead and Stare Magazine for this photo)

Huge weekend of football as the biggest college football game of the season is later today. Thus, for Babe of the Week, it's time to pull out a big name and that name is Jenn Brown, a Florida alum who is destined to become the next Erin Andrews but still does only one piece every week on ESPN College Gameday. Since ESPN won't show you full love, you'll have to settle for the prestige of the Babe of the Week title and you can see more pictures here. This is also a big weekend for the NFL, where the playoff picture could start getting more clear.

Time to end the stripper part of this post and tease you, you want picks and here they are. Home team in CAPS.

KANSAS CITY (+5.5) over Denver- There is real history of the Broncos playing poor in Arrowhead in December. Also, I'm not sure if the Broncos win over the Giants is a good one.
PITTSBURGH (-14.5) over Oakland- I'm not sure whether Ben Roethlisberger or Dennis Dixon will start at QB. It won't matter either way; the Raiders are a cure to the Steelers injuries.
JACKSONVILLE (PK) over Houston- The two teams that frustrate me more than anyone, you really can go either way, thus the pick'em is warranted. I'm guessing the Jags best guy (MJD) outplays the Texans best (A. Johnson)
Tennessee (+6.5) over INDIANAPOLIS- We have colliding "Don't bet against" guys in Chris Johnson and Peyton Manning. Because Vince Young is close to that status, I like the Titans to end the Colts unbeaten dream.
Philadelphia (-5.5) over ATLANTA- I'm not taking Chris Redman against the Eagles, even though I know Philly isn't that good. It's a shame they are going to the playoffs.
CINCINNATI (-13) over Detroit- The Bengals need to send a message after a couple of weak efforts against the Raiders and Browns. Start Chad Ochocinco this week.
WASHINGTON (+9.5) over New Orleans- The Saints might win, but I don't think they dominate the Redskins, who've become an underdog cover in the past few weeks.
CAROLINA (-5.5) over Tampa Bay- For once, I'm not backing Jake Delhomme. Matt Moore will start after John Fox broke Jake's finger for an excuse to bench him after his fourth INT last week.
CHICAGO (-9.5) over St. Louis- I know, I know, you can't trust Jay Cutler. But the Bears if anything are a bully team and the Rams are the fat kid a bully loves to humiliate.
New England (-4.5) over MIAMI- This was my toughest pick since I was leaning on the Dolphins, but I can't give the Pats that small a spread. They bounce back.
San Diego (-13.5) over CLEVELAND- The Chargers should be appreciated for being a team that never plays down to their opponent. Bad teams they crush and I expect the same this week.
San Francisco (-1) over SEATTLE- Not a very good game, but the Niners have to win this, hope the Cards lose and next Monday they can play for the NFC West. It's still possible.
Dallas (-2.5) over GIANTS- I'd probably pick the Giants if they were the more desperate team, but the Cowboys need to prove they can win in December, especially Tony Romo.
Minnesota (-3) over ARIZONA- Not sure about Warner and an average home team make this a game the Vikings should win. Remember, the Cards turned Delhomme into an INT machine, so Favre better watch out.
GREEN BAY (-3) over Baltimore- The Packers have Lambeau Field, Monday night, an 11-day break from Thanksgiving and a playoff spot sitting in front of them. I think they win.

NFL Record: 90-85-2

Cincinnati (-2.5) over PITTSBURGH
Houston (-3) over EAST CAROLINA
Fresno State (+3) over ILLINOIS
Arizona (+7) over USC
Texas (-14) over Nebraska
Georgia Tech (PK) over Clemson
Alabama (+5.5) over Florida- Expect another classic like last year; remember that Florida isn't as good as they were with Percy Harvin in that offense.

College Record: 50-70-2

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