All make your picks for fun and/or against the gambling lines also for fun. Here are my takes to try my instincts and luck as I used to do annually when I was in Las Vegas or had a bookie.
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For sake of simplicity, round up or down the payoff amounts if not ending in a 5.
My picks are at the top of each game summary, and I reference any funny money bets with the current lines as of my post.
Pittsburgh over Denver / -9/34.5
The line is Pittsburgh -9 with the over/under 34.5. I wouldn't touch these at all given Pittsburgh's history of disappointments in playing down to their level of competition (i.e. the Browns in both games this season). It's Pittsburgh's game to lose by allowing it to be down to 10-points or less going into the 4th quarter with Denver with the ball. Tebow's team is capable of winning any close game, and for Ben to get some added rest it's best to be up a bunch by the middle of the third quarter. Denver's aim will be to drag this out and wear them out and just score field goals with Prater in order to go into a close game for the 4th quarter.
New York Giants over Atlanta / -3/48
The Falcons can't win on the road and definitely not in cold weather in the playoffs even though the Giants' defense sucks.
The Giants will step up for this game though, and if there is ever a close and critical call, don't say you did not hear it here first that it will go the Giants' way ha ha ha.
Giants -3 is the line and over/under 48.
I'll take the
Giants -3 for
$21 funny money at x2
Detroit over New Orleans / +10.5/58.5
I'm going with my gut here to choose Detroit to win and definitely +10.5 and taking the over.
$8 Over 58.5 x1.9
$11 Detroit +10.5 x2
We'll see what the money line is on Detroit later this week, and if the payoff is good for the heavy underdog I might be tempted there too.
Cincinnati over Houston / +3/38
T.J. Yates might not even be 100%, and then Houston will be down to Jake Delhomme who might even be better anyway.
I do not expect this to be a very good game just like the Steelers and Broncos.
I don't like these lines enough to make a bet though. Cinci wins.