Week 8 NFL Picks To Pound with Bud deBurgh

Alright boobs. After a 3-0 Week 6, the Kid took a beating missing all 3 of my preferred bets last week. Shit happens, if I was right all the time I wouldn’t be writing this blog while my boss is in a meeting, nawmean?

Feeling good about Week 8, ready to bounce back. Here are my favorite picks of the week:

Detroit (+3.5) vs KC

London game! The conversion rate is 1.55 USD/GBP for all the readers heading across the pond to catch this barn-burner in person.

KC coming off a win vs a Big Ben-less Steelers may have people thinking they are good, but they most certainly are not.

Simply put, both teams suck and neither has a home field advantage. Detroit could potentially be in shambles after firing OC Joe Lombardi this week, but I think this will allow for Stafford to air the ball out to Calvin/Tate/Ebron and company. KC has issues stopping the pass; I like Detroit to win and cover in a sloppy game.

Arizona (-6) at Cleveland

If you read last weeks preview you know that I was all in on the Cardinals giving nine points to Baltimore. Arizona won that game handily and was in position to cover before allowing the Ravens through the backdoor with a late touchdown. I’m still high on the Cards.

I also picked Cleveland last week to keep it close vs STL, but they got beat down. I expect the Browns to catch another butt-whooping. AZ will move the ball at will and force turnovers en route to a blowout win.

Minnesota (essentially between -1 and +1 so call it a pick ’em) at Chicago

The Vikings are 4-2, yet no one seems to notice. Since a weird Week 1 Monday Night game, they have gone 4-1 with double digit wins over Detroit (twice) and San Diego, and a 6 point victory versus the Chiefs.

Chicago is better than most expected, but they still have some bad losses. Last week’s never-ending slopfest against the Lions is the most recent example.

The emergence of Stefon Diggs gives Teddy Bridgewater a weapon (not named Mike Wallace) to spread the field. In addition to those two wideouts and AP, Minnesota has a very stout defense and a sharp coach in Mike Zimmer.

I fully expect the Vikings to slide into the playoffs as a wild card team. Look for Minnesota to win on Sunday.


Week 7 NFL Picks To Pound with Bud deBurgh

After a 3-0 week for the kid last week I’m looking to keep it rollin’. Below are my favorite lines for this weeks NFL action.

Atlanta (-4) at Tennessee

Easy pick for me here. Almost too tasty. Titans got slaughtered last week and may be without QB1 Mariota on Sunday. Atlanta is on a long break after losing to New Orleans last Thursday and historically play poor versus the Saints. Look for them to bounce back in a big way and take it to the hapless Titans.

Cleveland (+6) at St Louis

This line seemed a bit weird to me. Both teams are definitely subpar, but Cleveland has kept it close most games. St. Louis, on the other hand, has garnered 2 wins by a combined 5 points. In other words, the Rams are damn close to being winless. The only thing that worries me is that Todd Gurley is a budding star.  The man looks like a surefire bet to break out, but I still like Cleveland to keep it close. I’ll definitely be teasing the Browns down in a few parlays, but I like this line straight up, too.

Arizona (-8.5) vs Baltimore

People might be sleeping on Arizona after my Steelers beat that ass last week, but I love this line. Last week’s game had some questionable officiating, and historically it’s tough for west coast teams to travel east. Expect Arizona to bounce back in a big way. After their first loss against the Rams they beat the Detroit by 25.

Looking at the numbers, the Cardinals have won by 12, 25, 40, 25 in their 4 victories.  Simply put: when they win, they win BIG. Carson Palmer, Larry Fitzgerald and the boys smells blood in the water and pour it on.

Baltimore is falling apart. I foresee the Arizona defense giving Flacco hell all night. Expect a blowout win for Arizona.