The Unabashed Blogorrhea shaking and stirring while serving up pugnacious NFL and BMOC picks each and every week. Entertainment purposes only. Money back not guaranteed.
As in years past, the rules each week: fearlessly (or not) forecasting the Texans and the Cowboys always plus four other games from the weekly professional slate which supposedly allegedly offer particularly promising prospects.
And some assorted BCS selections when warranted which strike a particular fancy. No need to remind - for entertainment purposes. Only.
Kubiak Crew stays defeated by losing for the first time. First time ATS. Infinitely more critical, losing Cushing for the season. Not crushing to the expected Super run but not exactly the same as much discussed Mario deja vu. Both perhaps down for the duration after Week Five in consecutive seasons but the similarity pretty much stops there. The drop-off Cushing to Dobbins decidedly different in scope and impact than from Williams to Reed a year ago. Texans lost zero production inserting the rookie from Williams. Missing Captain Cushing likely proves tangible right away against the Packers, but perhaps as late as hosting that first playoff. Wade can certainly mask in between but make no mistake. Cushing done for 2012 is a monster hit.
To the picks ...
PACKERS (+3) at TEXANS. Adjusting to Cushing MIA. Short work week after Monday night in Joisey. Rodgers all riveted with already two kick-to-the-gut losses in Seattle and in Indy. Green Bay desperate trying to avoid 2-4 start coming off fourth-biggest gag in franchise history. All obvious points to take the points.
COWBOYS (+3.5) at RAVENS. ‘Boys bang into Bahlmer out of the bye. So far a really good opening win followed by a lousy road loss, a lousy home win and a lousy home loss. Names and faces may change but on-the-field mediocrity remains the same in not-so-Big D. Since the last Super win (that would be January 1996) the Jerry Jones Empire reads 132-128 in the NFC standings. You know, $227 million in operating income just doesn't goes as far as it once might have. But just when you expect Dallas to dive they seem to survive, at least temporarily. Ravens haven't lost a regular-season home game in nearly two years but defense not as dastardly as rep, ripped for 214 rushing yards by Chiefs.
BENGALS (-1) at BROWNS. Home team 0-5 for the first time since NFL returned to Cleveland in 1999. Eleven straight defeats dating back to last season. Not closer than seven points since opening loss by one. Andy Dalton and A.J. Green can surely cover one single solitary point, can they not? They can.
49ers (-6.5) vs. GIANTS. Yack of "revenge" in what is nothing more than a "rematch" of NFC title tilt is absurd. Perhaps the two should tango more often. At least a Harbaugh-Gilbride steel-cage halftime match. Cue the coach after the one-time Oilers offensive mastermind (and least fave Buddy Ryan play-caller) alleged Justin Smith "gets away with murder" by holding offensive linemen and enhancing the 49ers' pass rush. "Kevin Gilbride's outrageous, irrational statement regarding Justin Smith's play is, first, an absurd analogy. Second, it is an incendiary comment targeting one of the truly exemplary players in this league. It's obvious that the Giants coaching staff's sole purpose is to use their high visibility to both criticize and influence officiating." Game on.
FALCONS (-8.5) vs. RAIDERS.
BRONCOS (+1.5) at CHARGERS.
TEXAS (+3) vs. OKLAHOMA. Kick return game kick-starts a cover if not first series win in three years. Think of D.J. Monroe starring in Jordan Shipley, the sequel.
LOUISIANA TECH (+7.5) vs. TEXAS A&M. Sumlin no doubt preaches throughout get-ready to not underestimate but it's only natural to forget Tech with Louisiana State in next week. Easy for such pleas to not resonate. Techsters meantime treating this as an all-in break-through coming out party. AND 15-2 ATS since start of 2011. AND have covered a dozen straight games as an underdog. AND are routinely hanging half a hundred. AND will throw early and late and often regardless of the score. So ... taking the points.
LSU (-2.5) vs. SOUTH CAROLINA. Last stand time for Tigers to stay in BCS title hunt. Gamecocks clocked down on the bayou. Well, beaten for the first and only time during this regular season.
WEST VIRGINIA/TEXAS TECH OVER 77 TOTAL. Just might hit that number by the break. Sort of a Baylor-WVA Take Two.
OKLAHOMA ST. (-27.5) at KANSAS. Style points pile up when the only wins so far for the defending conference champs Savannah St. and Louisiana-Lafayette.
TOTE BOARD TO DATE