Sunday, December 30, 2018

PIGSKIN 2018: Week Seventeen

Football Sunday

Week Eleven
Thanksgiving Day
Week Twelve
Week Thirteen
Week Fourteen
Week Fifteen
Week Sixteen

Week Sixteen Record:  5-6-2
Overall Record:  88-113-10
Schmear of the Week:  8-8
Bagels in the Basket:  -40

An old football coach once said, "You are what your record says you are."  Like the Giants and Jets, I guess that makes me a loser.  What can I say ... if you wanna win against the spread, you gotta take chances with underdogs.  This season it appears as if I picked too many.  That's why they call it gambling.  Good thing I only wager imaginary bagels.  But all kidding aside, thank you to all whom keep up with my weekly PIGSKIN picks, and to everyone who has ever spent time visiting my Brooklyn Trolley Blogger.  From my family and I, to you and yours, Happy New Year.

1st and Ten:
  • Clinched: Patriots; Texans; Chiefs; Chargers; Cowboys; Saints; Bears; Rams; Seahawks.
  • Saints and Rams have shot at joining Chiefs with 500-points scored this season.
  • Story of the Year:  Browns.
2nd and Long:
  • Last Chance at Playoff Corral: Colts; Titans; Ravens; Steelers; Vikings; Eagles.
No Gain:
  • Biggest Disappointments: Jaguars; Eagles; Giants; Falcons; Panthers; Packers.
  • NFL Nomads: Raiders; Dolphins; Broncos; D.C. Hogs; Bucs; Cardinals.
  • Business as Usual:  Jets; Bills; Bengals; Lions; Niners.

Friday Line ~ NYDN

GIANTS -6 (Cowboys)
I don't believe in sitting starters, therefore I'm throwing my favorite team a bone.  The Giants have somehow scored thirty more points this season than the Cowboys despite a mixed bag-o-goods from Odell Beckham.
Loss; 36-35 Cowboys

PATRIOTS -13 1/2 (Jets)
Remember that huge Jets win at Foxboro when Rex Ryan was still coach?  Yeah, well...  This is going to be an exclamation point game for the Patriots who I'm sure want to show the league they are far from through.
WIN; 38-3 Patriots

Raiders +13 1/2 (CHIEFS)
Chiefs give up so many damn points.  That'll play right into Derek Carr's hands.  Chiefs also haven't been the same since they lost what's his face.  Take the points.
Loss; 35-3 Chiefs

SAINTS -9 (Panthers)
Saints merely need to show up.  Somehow, the Panthers under new ownership, and minus Cam Newton, have become an unmitigated mess.
Loss; 33-14 Panthers

Eagles -6 1/2 (D.C. HOGS)
Nick Foles can't save the Eagles season now.  But the defending champs still want to finish the season on a positive note.  They'll take out all their frustrations against the Hogs.
WIN; 24-0 Eagles

PACKERS -8 (Lions)
Matt Patricia's first season with Detroit did not go so well.  Why should it turn around now?  No playoffs for the Packers ... but Green Bay still wants to have a good time.  Brats and Beer for everyone!
Loss; 31-0 Lions

TEXANS -6 1/2 (Jaguars)
If the Jaguars only had a quarterback...  Houston has lost two of their last three, and should be looking for a strong finish.  I smell potential blowout.
WIN; 20-3 Texans

RAVENS -6 1/2 (Browns)
Ravens are on a mission.  Defeat is not an option.  Defense plays huge, giving Baker Mayfield something to ponder over the winter.
Loss; 26-24 Ravens

BUCS -1 (Falcons)
Atlanta qualifies as one of the season's biggest disappointments.  The Bucs score points; the Falcons allow points.  A marriage made in heaven.
Loss; 34-32 Falcons

Dolphins +3 1/2 (BILLS)
Yeah, the Bills at home probably win this.  But I'm going to finish with my season long support of the Sea Mammals.
Loss; 42-17 Bills

TITANS +3 (Colts)
All eyes are on this game; winner advances; loser goes home.  Andrew Luck and the Colts offense vs. Titans defense.  The Titans can run the ball well, making Marcus Mariota the decisive factor in this game.  Sunday we learn what he's made of.
Loss; 33-17 Colts

Bengals +14 1/2 (STEELERS)
Just looking for the hapless Bengals to cover.  That extra half-point is too tempting to resist.
WIN; 16-13 Steelers

Bears +4 1/2 (VIKINGS)
Both teams have much to play for.  I think this spread is all wrong.
WIN; 24-10 Bears

Chargers -6 1/2 (BRONCOS)
With an opportunity to win the division, the Bolts are coming strong.
WIN; 23-9 Chargers

SEAHAWKS -13 1/2 (Cardinals)
Seattle has scored 200 more points than Arizona this season.  Nuf ced.
Loss; 27-24 Seahawks

RAMS -10 (49ers)
The Rams are chasing the 500 point mark.  Can you say, tune up?
WIN; 48-32 Rams

Schmear of the Week:
Texans -6 1/2

Good luck, have a great Season Finale, and Happy New Year!!!

Post Game
Week Seventeen Record:  7-9
Overall Record:  95-122-10
Schmear of the Week:  9-7
Bagels in the Basket:  -39

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