Good afternoon everyone. It's playoff time, and we're leading off with Joey from Palace Station...
Joey's Parlay Card (Last Week 2-5/Overall 28-26-1)
Texans 10 Raiders 3 --- Texans (-3.5)/Under 37
Seahawks 28 Lions 24 --- Lions (+8)/Over 43.5
Steelers 35 Dolphins 10 --- Steelers (-10)/Under 46
Giants 31 Packers 28 --- Giants (+4.5)/Over 44.5
Clemson 38 Alabama 35 --- Clemson (+6.5)/Over 50.5
Time now for the playoffs. Since the second wild card was started by the NFL in 1979, road dogs are 29-52-4. This weekend all four road teams are more than a field goal underdog. I don't think any win outright, but maybe we can get a couple to cover.
Texans (-3.5) - Both teams offense is on life support. The Texans have the better defense and have been playing close games all year long. A last minute touchdown drive by Brock and Houston wins 10-3.
Lions (+8) - The Seahawks have been playing well at home and will win this game, but Matt Stafford has been able to score a last touchdown in many games this season. Seattle wins but fails to cover. Seattle 28-24.
Steelers (-10) - QB Matt Moore has done an okay job for Miami but the Pittsburgh defense will be more than he can handle. Roethlisberger throws 3 TD's and runs for another as the Steelers roll 35-10.
Giants (+5) - This will be the best game of the weekend. Green Bay has to find a way to run the ball to keep their D off the field. Eli has been great in previous playoff games and could have a field day. Giants are only road dog I think win. A last second moves the Giants on 31-28.
Clemson (+6.5) - I think Clemson is motivated to show that they can beat the Tide. If Clemson can take care of the football, they can win this game. I like the Tigers to pull out a 38-35 victory and take the national championship back to Clemson.
Good luck and may all your teasers cash!
And now we're on to Pete, who crushed it last week. Live from the Strip, here's Pete...
Pete's Parlay Card (Last Week 5-2/Overall 28-27)
Raiders 17 Texans 14 --- Raiders (+3.5)/Under 37
Seahawks 24 Lions 21 --- Lions (+8)/Over 43.5
Steelers 28 Dolphins 17 --- Steelers (-10)/Under 46
Packers 24 Giants 20 --- Giants (+4.5)/Under 44.5
Clemson 27 Alabama 24 --- Clemson (+6.5)/Over 50.5
And now it's my turn. Somehow I managed to find the Wisconsin game and my first tie of the season last week. Live from somewhere in the desert, here are my scores and bets...
Coach's Parlay Card (Last Week 2-4-1/Overall 30-24-1)
Raiders 21 Texans 17 --- Raiders (+3.5)/Over 37 - Gut feeling maybe? Raiders had a better record against a tougher schedule...
Seahawks 21 Lions 17 --- Lions (+8)/Under 43.5 - Seahawks have not been blowing out opponents, and forecast calls for rain...
Steelers 28 Dolphins 21 --- Dolphins (+10)/Over 46 - Steelers lost by 15 to Dolphins earlier this season. Flipping that to an 11-plus point win won't be easy...
Giants 27 Packers 24 --- Giants (+4.5)/Over 44.5 - Giants had better record against tougher schedule, including two wins over Cowboys...
Clemson 24 Alabama 20 --- Clemson (+6.5)/Under 50.5 - Tigers have superior QB and have the same OC they had last week...
As I always say, remember that these picks are for entertainment purposes only. Have a great football weekend everyone!