Week 16 NFL Picks Review: 2007

I was just 4-5 in my free picks for Week 16, but still finished well on the day, going 5-3 with my elite picks. I’m going to need to do this differently next year, selling my best picks and putting up my bottom half as free has been tough on my psyche – but anyway, this is where I won and loss on Sunday.

Thursday’s Game…

Pittsburgh Steelers @ St. Louis Rams (+9): loss
(Line: Tuesday, 4:00am EST: 5Dimes)

The Rams started off right, but couldn’t hold it in against the Steelers. I am officially brutal on Thursday Night games since my Thanks Giving Day wins… The Steelers are looking bad, and while I do expect them to win in Week 17, I wouldn’t be surprised if they didn’t win another game this season. With Willie Parker out, the pressure will be all over Big Ben.

Saturday’s Game…

Dallas Cowboys (-10) @ Carolina Panthers: loss
(Line: Tuesday, 4:00am EST: TheGreek)

The Panthers made this a game while TO tumbled down with an ankle injury midway through the game. Dallas hasn’t impressed me much lately, and even though they won, I don’t think they’ll be taking any late season momentum with them into the playoffs. They do get a 1st round bye, however, and have plenty of talent to do damage in the 2nd Round after their bye.

Sunday’s Games…

Cleveland Browns (-2.5) @ Cincinnati Bengals: loss
(Line: Thursday, 3:00am EST: 5Dimes)

I can’t believe the Browns didn’t play tougher with the playoffs on the line. The Bengals came out and got as much revenge as they possibly could by almost completely knocking the Browns out of the playoffs as they spilt their season series with the Browns with a 19-14 win. Derek Anderson, who was great all year, threw 4 interceptions when his team needed him most. And I lost another free-pick. Blast.

Green Bay Packers (-8.5) @ Chicago Bears: loss
(Line: Thursday, 3:00am EST: Belmont)

The Packers played absolutely terribly, and the Bears capitalized on every mistake that came their way. I think Chicago will regroup over the summer and come out ready to be a playoff team again in 2008-09. They have enough playmakers to make things work on defense, and offensively, they’re just a kick in the butt away from being decent.

Oakland Raiders @ Jacksonville Jaguars (-12.5) win
(Line: Tuesday, 4:00am EST: TheGreek)

This was one of my best bets of the week, and it shows – it was one of my few wins in my free-picks section. The Jaguars just bulldogged the Jaguars to the tune of 49 points…. The Raiders milked 11 points from the Jaguars defense, and this was one of the most lopsided games of the season. Watch out for these Jaguars in the playoffs – not next week.

New York Giants @ Buffalo Bills (+3): loss
(Line: Tuesday, 4:00am EST: Belmont)

The Giants played well and took down the Bills. I really can’t figure out the Giants, all I know is that they need to run the ball more and cut down on younger Manning’s throws, because he is inaccurate and inconsistent – he’s in-just about everything – to be honest. The Giants’ defense has been the one saving grace for this team all season long.

Houston Texans (+9) @ Indianapolis Colts: loss
(Line: Tuesday, 4:00am EST: 5Dimes)

The Colts put up 38 points over the first 3 quarters, and honestly, the Texans just came to Indiana on the wrong day. Indy was on fire in the first half, actually putting up 21 in the 2nd quarter alone. Peyton looks to be getting his touch back, something the Colts will desperately need if they are to win just one playoff game this season.

Kansas City Chiefs @ Detroit Lions (-4.5): win
(Line: Tuesday, 4:00am EST: TheGreek)

The Lions didn’t look good, but they won by 5, which if you add the two and carry the decimal three times, is just enough to make me a winner. ON this tough weekend, I needed anything I could get. I got a win. I still hate Mike Martz. He’ll be somewhere else in 2008, good thing for Roy Williams fans, because Martz decided he didn’t even want to use the guy after the first 5 weeks.

Baltimore Ravens @ Seattle Seahawks (-?): win

The Hawks finally dominanted, and I would have taken this spread easily. The Ravens are terrible, decent, then terrible again. I don’t care what the Ravens’ brass continues to say about coach Billick – that guy will be looking for a new job no later than the first 4 games of next season, maybe even this year.

Monday Night Football Game

Denver Broncos @ San Diego Chargers (-9): win
(Line: Tuesday, 4:00am EST: TheGreek)

The Chargers rubbed it in a little bit against the Broncos, so expect fireworks from these two teams next season. Champ Bailey talked some mess about Phillip Rivers after the game, and it’s not like that’s hard, the kid from NC State is throwing swollen marshmallow ducklings all over the field lately. The Broncos still couldn’t do much as LT and his backups shredded a piss-poor defense from Denver.

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