Pro football picks: Giants over Cowboys for NFC East
AP Pro Football Writer
Thank you, Drew Brees and the Saints.
Because of their 45-16 rout of Atlanta, Pro Picks not only is guaranteed being over .500 for the season against the spread, but also snapped an ignominious streak of nine successive missed Best Bets.
We are tempted to make every game with a line the Best Bet for the final weekend of the season, but given the lack of success in that area, maybe it’s best to just swallow the overall record with top choices and move on.
Hoping to move on to the playoffs are the Giants and Cowboys, who meet at the Meadowlands for the NFC East crown, with the loser going home. Both teams have had schizophrenic seasons, with the Giants revitalizing their chances when they rallied to beat the Cowboys on the road three weeks ago.
But New York, a 3-point favorite, has been mediocre at home, just 3-4. Yet emerging star receiver Victor Cruz is glad to be playing in the Meadowlands.
“It is a big advantage playing here with our fans and their natural hate for the Cowboys is always good,” Cruz said. “The fans will be on our side and it is good to be home, it is good to be familiar with this place and them. It is going to be a good game. They are not going to go down without a fight and we know that.”
Dallas might be undermanned for the fight. Quarterback Tony Romo has a bruised right hand,
Running back Felix Jones is battling hamstring tightness, and starting left guard Montrae Holland was put on injured reserve this week with a partially torn left biceps.
Still, a win and the Cowboys are in.
“For us, things have gone our way enough to give us this chance,” coach Jason Garrett said. “You can look back at the successes that we had that maybe we shouldn’t have had and maybe some of the disappointments we’ve had that maybe we shouldn’t have had. That’s the Giants. That’s every team in this league.”
Dallas owner Jerry Jones expressed his fear of the Eagles before last week’s matchup, and Philly easily handled Dallas, 20-7. We wonder if Jones is quaking in his Cowboy boots about this one.
He should be.
Tennessee (minus 11/2) at Houston
Titans do their part to grab AFC wild card; game means nothing to locked-in Texans.
BEST BET: TITANS, 20-13
San Diego (plus 3) at Oakland
Staying-home-for-playoffs Chargers get some small satisfaction by eliminating Raiders.
UPSET SPECIAL: CHARGERS, 24-23
Kansas City (plus 3) at Denver
On to the postseason for Tebow and company.
Baltimore (minus 3) at Cincinnati
No way Ravens want to go wild-card route again. Bengals would earn wild card with win.
Pittsburgh (OFF) at Cleveland
Steelers chase Ravens in vain.
Buffalo (plus 13) at New England
AFC playoffs run through Foxborough, not so fearsome a prospect anymore.
New York Jets (plus 1) at Miami
Dolphins finish off Jets’ collapse.
San Francisco (minus 101/2) at St. Louis
Niners grab a playoff bye.
Detroit (minus 31/2) at Green Bay
Packers will show up, try to avoid more injuries. Even then, they can make it close.
Carolina (plus 9) at New Orleans
Brees takes yards passing record into stratosphere in shootout with Cam Newton.
Seattle (plus 3) at Arizona
Cardinals get to .500, Seahawks don’t.
Indianapolis (plus 5) at Jacksonville
Colts stay Lucky, although losing to Jags takes some effort.
Washington (plus 9) at Philadelphia
Eagles surely didn’t dream of this being the end.
Tampa Bay (plus 101/2) at Atlanta
Hey, Falcons, enjoy that trip back to Nawlins next week.
Chicago (minus 1) at Minnesota
Get the season over with.
Against spread: 8-7 (overall 118-101-4); straight up 11-5 (overall 155-85).
Best Bet: 3-13 against spread, 11-5 straight up.
Upset Special: 10-6 against spread, 7-9 straight up.
Support Local Journalism
Support Local Journalism
Readers around the Lake Tahoe Basin and beyond make the Tahoe Tribune's work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.
Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.
Your donation will help us continue to cover COVID-19 and our other vital local news.
Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.
User Legend: Moderator Trusted User