touch, on 09 January 2018 - 07:57 PM, said:
NFL Playoffs Divisional Round Lines
Atlanta -3 at Philadelphia 41 1/2
Tennessee at New England -13 1/2 47
Jacksonville at Pittsburgh -7 1/2 40 1/2
New Orleans at Minnesota -4 45
As a lad on the streets of Pittsburgh we played a lot of football. We were either Mel Blount or Terry Bradshaw depending on which side of the ball we were standing. There were truths out there for us. One of them was, "Suckers walk" which meant after you gave up a touchdown you had to walk the length of the block to receive the kick off. The other one was "Losers first" so after the game to 7 (counting by one), the losing team got the ball first. Well, sticking with the truths, I am first up, and here they are.
I like NIck Foles, I think he is probably a good kid, and definitely an NFL QB. He showed that a couple of years ago. If he had Wilbert Montgomery in the backfield and Harold Carmichael on the outside, he would probably still be the starter... but he doesn't, and he isn't. Wentz is the real deal, and Foles limped into the playoffs. In an Elton John special, the Philadelphia Freedom special, the Eagles will be free until August after Saturday's game. I like the Falcons to win and cover, and I like the under. I just don't think the Eagles are going to score enough.
Tuck rule, what is a catch rule, and every other rule is decided basically by, "How will this help Belicheat and SuperTom?" In a Jeff Fisher helped build the Titans special, the Patriots win and cover and I am picking the over, it is 6 touchdowns and I think the pats will get their fair share of them. But really, Jeff should get some accolades for setting the foundation for a playoff team, his kid played in MT too, just saying.
Chrissy Hynde eventually found herself in London in the late 70s where she kicked around with the Clash and some other punk bands. She was picked up to sing for a group called the Pretenders, and perhaps you know the rest of the story. Her story is being re-lived by the Jags. They can't get any traction here in the states, so they play each year in London hoping to have someone like them. Blake Bortles is kicking around with other superstars hoping for the time when his Honeywell-Scott will fall in love with him and take him on a magical journey. Well, this probably won't be that weekend. The Jags head back to northern FL with an L, the Steelers don't cover the spread because they only do that with Landy Jones, and they don't score that many points either. So in a "Precious" special with Chrissy Hynde killing it, Jags are the pick to cover, and the overall is an under.
A few years before Chrissy Hynde moved, there was a huge clatter for women's rights, and in the SuperDome a young woman named Billie Jean King beat the verbose Bobby Riggs in a strike against male chauvinism. What this means is that huge upsets come when played indoors. The Billie Jean King win was the culmination of a women's rights fight that started in the 1800s with Elizabeth Cady Stanton in upstate NY, it took over a hundred years for women to get any respect as athletes, and even then it didn't really resonate with a lot of the fans of athletics. The Saints are leaving the sight of that huge upset, but does anyone remember Tom Benson dancing with the parasol? I do. And I like a Drew Brees victory here, and obviously covering the spread. I am going to pick the over as well. Heck they are playing indoors so it should be a score fest.
Good luck, and have a great week.