Bart Barden is back with three tips from the weekend's NFL action...
"I haven’t picked Carolina all year and although this could be a trap game coming off a Thanksgiving thrashing of Dallas, they are on ten days' rest and New Orleans is pretty much playing for pride at this point."
After a week off to eat turkey, mash and green bean casserole, I have come out of my food coma and am looking to reverse the first two week losing P/L trend I've suffered. While the Packers bucked the trend on a crazy miracle Rodgers-to-Rodgers Hail Mary on Thursday night, I am going back to the well with the picks this week.
I need to get back to my winning ways like Detroit needs to stop grabbing face masks...
Denver Broncos @ San Diego Chargers
3pts Back Denver-4.5 @ 2.0621/20 on the Exchange
Mo' Manning, mo' problems. The Broncos' chance of winning and closing games increases as Brock Osweiler executes the offense that Gary Kubiak wanted to install as game manager. The Denver defense is a bit banged up, but so is the SD Offense, and if it wasn't for two bone-headed plays from Jacksonville's QB last week, SD would have lost that game as well. Philip Rivers is also not 100%. In the game of injuries and in a division game, you take the team with the strongest defense and running game.
So that's two votes for Denver, then. Bet with confidence.
Carolina Panthers @ New Orleans Saints
2pts Back Carolina-7 @ 2.0811/10 on the Exchange
I haven't picked Carolina all year and although this could be a trap game coming off a Thanksgiving thrashing of Dallas, they are on ten days' rest and New Orleans is pretty much playing for pride at this point. The word on the street is that Drew Brees still has some lingering shoulder injuries and that prevented him from throwing a TD in a game last week, and that's the first time that happened in eight years. Cam Newton is too much of a glory hog to lose this division game, and will most likely be doing the Superman a few times in the big easy.
Who Dat? Cam Dat!
Seattle Seahawks @ Minnesota Vikings
1pts Back Seattle @ 1.910/11 on the Exchange
What can I say here? Big time homer pick. Darrell Bevell will have the Seahawks offense ready to put up points against his former team. The LOB got stronger with Jeremy Lane back into the mix, and benching the often targeted and burned Cary Williams. Sherman, Earl Thomas and Bam Bam Kam are starting to gel and the Seahawks could show the league again that they can get hot at the right time.
Bart Barden P/L