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 set to emerge into second half of their season with seven wins in eight tries. The AFC South long ago secured. The target now is squarely on the AFC’s best overall record with the against-all home field advantage.
Twelve wins is fully within range. Any remaining losses should come from the pool of: at Chicago, at Detroit, at New England and the finale with Indy provided the game carries no playoff posturing.
Projecting the AFC playoff party at mid-season: Top seed to the Texans. The Patriots and Broncos splitting the second and third seeds with 10-11 wins. The Steelers taking the South with 9-10 wins. The Ravens the higher Wild Card. The Dolphins with the sixth seed. Yes, the “Hard Knocks” Dolphins. Insane.
Script-perfect for Texans with first-ever reasonable sights set on Super Bowl. Perhaps first through Pittsburgh to exorcise previous Houston football demons. Perhaps next through Peyton to dash their own decade-long ghosts. Who's conjuring up this stuff?
Projecting the NFC playoff party at mid-season: Atlanta one of the least inspiring 12-13 win top-seeds of all top. The 49ers and Bears splitting the second and third seeds with 10-11 wins. The Giants winning the East. The Packers the higher Wild Card. Seattle and Dallas fighting for the final invitation with nine wins.
To the picks ...
TEXANS (-10) vs. BILLS. Below bargain basement defense stands little chance against fresh legs and Arian Foster STILL searching for the big breakout bonanza on the home turf.
COWBOYS (+4) at FALCONS. Perfect setup for Romo and the Psychos. Underdog. On the road. Against a mid-season undefeated. In prime time. Likely a winner outright.
STEELERS (+3) at GIANTS. Underdogs regularly enjoying their day through this NFL season. So far better than 60% ATS. Again, no surprise if Pitt is it straight up even in wake of Sunday travel.
COLTS (+2.5) vs. DOLPHINS. Battle of rookie QBs tarnished with Tannehill’s knee issue. No issues at all with Luck. He’s really good in crunch time, really good at home. Miami never ever good in week following helmet-to-helmet with Jets. How good will Prince Andrew be by Week 15?
BENGALS (+4) vs. BRONCOS. Cincy in desperation mode but when is that not the case for assorted reasons. But enough tangible/intangible with home turf and banging Bengals defense to keep it close so taking the valuable points
SEAHAWKS (-4) vs. VIKINGS. Ponder just appears lost the last few weeks. Does he ever throw the ball, you know, down the field? Like, 20-30 yards, down the field. You know, just for fun. Just to break the monotony? Crazy home scene plus frothing enraged defense from crazy home scene plus the travel west should be worth giving the four.
TEXAS TECH (-6) vs. TEXAS. Tech favored in the series for first time since 2004. There’s a discernable reason why. Many in the Burnt Orange kingdom hoping that oh so close cratering at Kansas would be tighten the noose around Mack for good. Sad season that should be pumping 9-10 wins devolving to ugly state. Red Raiders operating the reverse. Victory total could reach 10. Perhaps should reach 10.
MISSISSIPPI ST. (+7) vs. TEXAS A&M. Aggies have crushed two SEC dregs, survived Ole Miss with late rally despite six turnovers and dipped against two national Top Five-types by a total of 8 points. State’s SEC wins against a group that is 0-14 inside the league. Still, close enough match-up to take the points.
KANSAS ST. (-8.5) at OKLAHOMA ST. Anyone not believing in Billy Ugly-ball?
LSU (+10) vs. ALABAMA. Too much talent, too much pride, too much after dark voodoo down on the bayou for this game to be determined by double digits.
LOUISIANA TECH (-32) vs. UTSA. Might be twice that margin.
TOTE BOARD TO DATE