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.
The Kubiak Crew in bounce-back mode against Bahlmer. The top-two in the AFC. The AFC's only winning outfits just six rides into the 2012 rodeo. Major down-the-road playoff implications. The franchise the Texans have never beaten, the franchise that ended their first-ever playoff season just a matter of months ago. Subplots galore.
RAVENS (+6.5) vs. TEXANS. Both defenses are banged. Ravens ravaged by injury and opposing run games. They've allowed 200+ yards rushing in consecutive games for the first time in team history and last Sunday a team-record 227 to the Cowboys (Ray Lewis out may actually help reversing that trend. But don't tell anyone). All the more reason to believe Arian Foster busts out on home turf for first time this season. He had better because with Flacco flinging, with Cushing MIA, with Joseph obviously less than 100%, with Watt the only proven Texans sack-master so far, points will be scored on both sides. Huge number too much not to take when both likely into the 30s. And all the more reason to take the OVER at 48.5.
COWBOYS (-2.5) at PANTHERS. How can a NFL head honcho, a honcho with a Princeton degree no less, have so little command of simplest time-management concepts? Better question, how does said NFL head honcho remain a head honcho in the NFL in face of repeated slop-clock issues? Forward all related inquires c/o Jones, Jerry, Dallas.
Probably not a good strategy to lean on the faves when last week the dogs very much had their Sunday (and Thursday and Monday night). Week Six belong to the lower class - 12-2 ATS and a you-have-to-be-kidding-me 57-32-2 for the fall. What the heck ...
PATRIOTS (-10.5) vs. JETS. Any encounter with Jets is enough to make Pats PO'd. They are already PO's after locked in AFC East 3-3 logjam with no one to blame but themselves. Three wins by 55 points, three losses by four points. The Pats are so PO'd Not-so-King Rex may not cover 20.
BEARS (-6.5) vs. LIONS. Week of rest plus a defense which scores about as often as it is scored upon.
PACKERS (-5.5) at RAMS. Rodgers revved up to start rolling up wins.
RAIDERS (-4) vs. JAGUARS. Still not much (football) there there but Oakland showed some fight in last tick punch-out in Atlanta. What sort of muscle/attitude does Jax pack for cross-country jag across multiple time zones? Serously, you ask such?
LSU (-3.5) at TEXAS A&M. Tigers re-discover trench warfare game in survival test with South Carolina. Enough dastardly defense to keep the manic master of improv Manziel from destroying their BCS title game shot.
TEXAS TECH (-1.5) at TCU. Doege and validated "D" the difference.
SOUTH CAROLINA at FLORIDA UNDER 41 TOTAL. First to nine might be enough.
ARIZONA (-7) vs. WASHINGTON.
TOTE BOARD TO DATE