Mile High Salute
Now I know what it's like to be from Pittsburgh, considering the horrific 8-17-1 tally this week, making for two very bad back-to-back weeks. And, if but for one moment, let's all recognize 1) T.O. for dropping a wide-open pass that could cost his team the playoffs and 2) the mighty Denver Broncos for ending the Stealers' season, shall we?
The Steelers have lost six of seven to match their worst midseason record in coach Bill Cowher's 15 seasons and by any returning NFL champion in 20 seasons. No team has bounced back from a 2-6 record and a loss in its eighth game to make the playoffs, and only the Arizona Cardinals (1-7) have a worse record in the NFL.
"At 2-6, you have to audition for next year," wide receiver Hines Ward said. "We'll see now who wants it and who throws in the towel."
So, not that my opinion matters all that much, but I'm figuring, if it's not a push, Seattle will cover the seven, and the game will go over. So, if you're wise, bank on Oakland winning a very low scoring game outright.
Spread: 57-60-6 (49%)
O/U: 64-56-2 (53%)
Total: 120-116-8 (51%)
Spread 5-2-2 (71%)
O/U 6-3 (67%)
(Photo from the Pittsburgh Post Gazette; story excerpt from cnnsi.com)