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31 December 2007

Happy New Years

Today's trivia question

2008 - 1983 = ???

End of regular season stats, with playoff matchups broken out

Line: 122-120

O/U: 110-129

Total: 232-249


Playoff teams:
New England 16-14 (10-5, 6-9)
Indianapolis 16-12 (10-3, 6-9)

S.D. 13-18 (8-7, 5-11)
Tennessee 10-17 (4-7, 6-10)
Total for matchup – 23-35 (12-14, 11-21)

Pittsburgh 16-15 (8-7, 8-8)
Jacksonville 15-15 (9-6, 6-9)
Total for matchup – 31-30 (17-13, 14-17)

Dallas 18-13 (10-5, 8-8)
G.B. 14-15 (5-9; 9-6)

Seattle 13-16 (6-8, 7-8)
Tampa Bay 12-17 (8-6, 4-11)
Total for matchup – 25-33 (14-14, 11-19)

Giants 13-17 (5-10, 8-7)
Washington 14-13 (8-4, 6-9)
Total for matchup – 27-30 (13-14, 14-16)

Overall records
(10 teams over .500; 2 at .500; 20 under .500)

Carolina 21-9
Dallas 18-13
Indy 16-12
NYJ, Buffalo, Detroit, Baltimore 16-13
NE 16-14
Pitt 16-15
Washington 14-13

Atlanta, Jax 15-15

Minnesota, KC, Houston, GB 14-15
Tennessee 13-15
Miami 11-14
Seattle 13-16
Giants 13-17
SD 13-18
Cincy, Arizona, SF, TB 12-17
St Louis 12-18
Tennessee 10-17
Philly 12-19
Denver 12-20
Chicago 11-19
Cleveland 10-19
New Orleans 9-19

TEAMS (BY SPREAD RECORD)
(14 over .500; 3 at .500; 15 under .500)

Atlanta, Carolina 12-3
Indy 10-3
Washington 8-4
NE, Dallas 10-5
Jax 9-6
Baltimore, Jets, KC, TB 8-6
San Diego, Pitt 8-7

Detroit 7-7

Oakland, Cincy, St Louis 7-8
Miami 5-6
Seattle, Minnesota, Arizona, Cleveland, Denver, Houston 6-8
Philly, NO 6-9
Tennessee 4-7
GB, Chi, SF 5-9
Chi, SF 4-9
Giants 5-10

TEAMS (BY O/U RECORD)
(7 over .500; 3 at .500; 22 under .500)

Houston 10-5
Buffalo, Carolina, GB, Detroit 9-6
Giants, Baltimore 8-7

Minnesota, Dallas, Pitt 8-8

SF, Seattle 7-8

Cincy 7-9
Chicago 6-8
KC, Den, Indy, NE, Jax, Washington 6-9
Tennessee 6-10
Miami 5-9
Cleveland 4-10
Philly, St Louis, SD, Oakland 5-11
NO, TB 4-11
Atlanta 4-12

28 December 2007

Week 17 picks

New England -13.5 At NY Giants UNDER 46.5

At Philadelphia -7.5 Buffalo OVER 38
Carolina -2.5 At Tampa Bay OVER 36
Cincinnati -3 At Miami UNDER 46
At Washington -9 Dallas UNDER 39
At Green Bay -4 Detroit OVER 39.5
At Houston -6.5 Jacksonville OVER 41
New Orleans -1.5 At Chicago UNDER 40
Pittsburgh -3 At Baltimore OVER 34.5
At Atlanta -1 Seattle OVER 38.5
At Cleveland -10.5 San Francisco OVER 40.5

Minnesota -3 At Denver OVER 42
San Diego -8 At Oakland OVER 42
At Arizona -6 St. Louis UNDER 48
At NY Jets -6 Kansas City OVER 34

Tennessee -6 At Indianapolis OVER 39.5

26 December 2007

"That is the beauty of fashion."

Stats through Week 16

Well, things looked really nice on the spread this week, with an 11-5 tally. But then, so go the odds: a 5-11 on the o/u, resulting in a 16-16 slate. Which is fitting, again, considering the fantasy consolation win leaving me in a break-even 3rd place finish in my first-ever fantasy-football appearance. Again, so goes my break-even life.
In any event, here are the stats; after next week, I'll slim them down to only feature playoff teams, in their matchups, which won't be including the Broncos and Eagles, which totally blows.

Line: 112-115

O/U: 103-120

Total: 215-235


Overall records
(9 teams over .500; 3 at .500; 20 under .500)

Carolina 19-9
NYJ, Buffalo, Detroit, Indy, Baltimore 15-12
Dallas, NE 15-13
Pitt 14-13

Atlanta, Jax 14-14
Washington 12-12

Minnesota, Tennessee, KC 13-14
Miami 11-12
NY Giants 13-15
Cincy, Houston, Seattle 12-15
GB 11-14
SD 12-16
Arizona, SF 11-16
St Louis 11-17
Philly 11-18
Denver 11-19
Chicago 10-18
Cleveland 9-18
New Orleans 8-18
TB 7-18

TEAMS (BY SPREAD RECORD)
(14 over .500; 3 at .500; 15 under .500)

Atlanta 12-2
Carolina 11-3
Indy 10-3
Washington 7-4
NE, Dallas 9-5
Baltimore 8-5
San Diego, Jax, Pitt 8-6
Jets, KC, TB, Detroit 7-6

Oakland, Cincy 7-7
Miami 5-5

Seattle 6-7
St. Louis 6-8
Tennessee 4-7
Minnesota, Arizona, Cleveland, Denver, GB, Houston 5-8
Philly, NO 5-9
Chi, SF 4-9
Giants 4-10

TEAMS (BY O/U RECORD)
(8 over .500; 2 at .500; 22 under .500)

Houston, Buffalo 9-5
Detroit, Carolina, GB, Giants 8-6
Minnesota 8-7
Jets 7-6

SF, Baltimore 7-7

Dallas, Cincy 7-8
Chicago, Pitt 6-7
KC, Den, Indy, NE, Seattle 6-8
Tennessee 6-9
Jax, Washington 5-9
Miami 5-8
Cleveland 4-9
Philly, St Louis 5-10
NO 4-10
SD, Oakland 4-11
TB 3-11
Atlanta 3-12

* pushes taken out of the records

23 December 2007

Christmas Comes Early



Wah.

21 December 2007

'Tis the Season

20 December 2007

Week 16 picks




Pittsburgh -7.5 At St. Louis UNDER 44

Dallas -10.5 At Carolina OVER 43


Cleveland -3 At Cincinnati OVER 43.5
Green Bay -8.5 At Chicago UNDER 36
At Indianapolis -7 Houston OVER 45
At Detroit -4.5 Kansas City UNDER 43.5


NY Giants -2.5 At Buffalo OVER 32.5
At Jacksonville -13 Oakland UNDER 39
At New Orleans -3 Philadelphia UNDER 47


At New England -22 Miami UNDER 45
At Arizona -10 Atlanta UNDER 43.5
At Seattle -10 Baltimore UNDER 39.5
At Tennessee -9 NY Jets OVER 37
Tampa Bay -6.5 At San Francisco UNDER 37


At Minnesota -6.5 Washington OVER 40.5


At San Diego -8.5 Denver OVER 47

Week 15 damage

As if seeing the Eagles and Broncos get eliminated, and losing in the fantasy semis, weren't indignities enough, I went and put up a rousing 12-21 tally in the week 15 games. All of which means to break even on the year, I'll have to go 28-4 in 16 and 17. Not likely. But in any event, here are the latest team-by-team tallies. There's one team that you'd be well-served to heed, obviously.

Line: 101-109

O/U: 97-109

Total: 196-220


Overall records
(10 teams over .500; 3 at .500; 19 under .500)

Carolina 18-8
NYJ 15-10
Buffalo, Detroit 14-11
Dallas, Atlanta 14-12
Indy, Baltimore, Tennessee, Pittsburgh 13-12

NE, Jax 13-13
Washington 11-11

Minnesota, KC 12-13
NY Giants 12-14
GB 10-13
Miami 9-12
Arizona, Cincy 11-14
SD 11-15
Philly 11-16
Houston, Seattle, SF 10-15
St Louis 10-16
Denver 10-18
Chicago 9-17
New Orleans 8-16
Cleveland 8-17
TB 6-17

TEAMS (BY SPREAD RECORD)
(9 over .500; 4 at .500; 19 under .500)

Atlanta 12-1
Carolina 10-3
Indy 9-3
Washington 7-3
NE, Dallas 8-5
Jets, Baltimore 7-5
San Diego, Jax, Pitt 7-6

Buffalo, KC, Tampa, Detroit 6-6

Oakland, Cincy 6-7
Miami 4-5
Tennessee 4-6
Minnesota, Seattle, Arizona 5-7
Philly, St Louis, NO 5-8
Cleveland, Denver, GB, Houston 4-8
Giants 4-9
Chi, SF 3-9

TEAMS (BY O/U RECORD)
(8 over .500; 5 at .500; 19 under .500)

Houston, Detroit, Buffalo, Carolina, GB 8-5
Jets 7-5
Giants, SF 7-6

Minn, Dallas, Cincy 7-7
Chicago, Pitt 6-6

Baltimore, KC, Den 6-7
Tennessee 6-8
Jax 5-7
Indy, NE, Seattle 5-8
Miami, Cleveland 4-8
Philly, St Louis 5-9
Washington, NO 4-9
SD, Oakland 4-10
TB 3-10
Atlanta 3-11

* pushes taken out of the records

13 December 2007

Week 15 picks

Denver -2 At Houston OVER 47

Cincinnati -8.5 At San Francisco UNDER 43

At New Orleans -3.5 Arizona OVER 47.5
At Tampa Bay -13.5 Atlanta UNDER 39
Baltimore -3.5 At Miami UNDER 37.5
At Cleveland -5.5 Buffalo OVER 43
Green Bay -9.5 At St. Louis OVER 44.5
At Pittsburgh -3.5 Jacksonville OVER 37
At New England -23.5 NY Jets OVER 46.5
Seattle -7.5 At Carolina UNDER 37.5
Tennessee -4 At Kansas City UNDER 34

Indianapolis -10.5 At Oakland OVER 45
At San Diego -10 Detroit UNDER 45.5
At Dallas -10.5 Philadelphia OVER 48.5

At NY Giants -4.5 Washington OVER 37

At Minnesota -10 Chicago OVER 43

Picks of the Week

New England -23.5
Cleveland/Buffalo Over 43

11 December 2007

Stats through Week 14

Creeping back into this thang with an 18-12 week, coupled with a big first-round fantasy win courtesy of the Hon. Marques Colston.


Line: 94-100

O/U: 97-109

Total: 191-209


Overall records
(11 teams over .500; 1 at .500; 20 under .500)

Carolina 17-7
NYJ 15-8
Buffalo 14-9
Dallas 14-10
Indy, Baltimore, Detroit 13-10
NE, Atlanta 13-11
Tennessee, Minnesota 12-11

Washington 10-10

KC, Pittsburgh 11-12
Miami 9-10
NY Giants, Jax 11-13
GB 9-12
Philly 11-14
Houston 10-13
SD 10-14
Arizona, Seattle, Cincy 9-14
Denver, Oakland 10-16
Chicago, St Louis 9-15
Cleveland, SF 8-15
New Orleans 6-16
TB 5-16

TEAMS (BY SPREAD RECORD)
(9 over .500; 5 at .500; 18 under .500)

Atlanta 11-1
Carolina 10-2
Indy 9-2
NE, Dallas 8-4
Jets, Baltimore 7-4
Washington 6-3
Buffalo 6-5

Oakland, SD, Pitt, Jax 6-6
Miami 4-4

KC, Minnesota, Seattle, Tampa, Detroit 5-6
Philly, Cincy, St Louis 5-7
Cleveland, Denver, GB, Houston, Arizona 4-7
Tennessee 3-6
NO 4-8
Chi 3-8
Giants 3-9
SF 2-9

TEAMS (BY O/U RECORD)
(10 over .500; 4 at .500; 20 under .500)

Houston, Detroit, Buffalo 8-4
Carolina, Giants, GB 7-5
Jets 7-4
Chicago 6-5
Minn, Dallas 7-6

Baltimore, KC, Den, SF 6-6

Tennessee, Cincy 6-7
Pittsburgh 5-6
Indy, NE 5-7
Jax 4-7
Miami, Cleveland 4-7
Philly 5-8
Washington, Seattle 4-8
SD, StL, Oakland 4-9
NO, TB 3-9
Atlanta 3-10

* pushes taken out of the records

The Tattered Steal Curtain


Asked about how [ill-timed guarantee-speaker Anthony] Smith was tricked into allowing a long touchdown catch by Jabar Gaffney on a gadget play, Belichick said, "The safety play at that position was pretty inviting."

Give Belichick five yards for piling on.

Even worse for the Steelers: The trick play, which began with Brady flipping the ball to Randy Moss behind the line of scrimmage before getting it back to throw downfield, was a mirror image of one Pittsburgh ran while beating the Bengals 31-17 in a playoff game two years ago.

Losing to the Patriots was bad enough for the Steelers. Losing on their own play made it even worse.


Updated stats, including a fantasy-playoff victory to come later today.


(photo from NY Daily News)

07 December 2007

Week 14 Picks

At Jacksonville -10.5 Carolina UNDER 38
Dallas -11 At Detroit OVER 51.5
At Buffalo -7 Miami OVER 36
At Philadelphia -3 NY Giants UNDER 42.5
At Green Bay -10.5 Oakland OVER 41
At Tennessee PK San Diego OVER 40.5
At Cincinnati -6.5 St. Louis UNDER 48
Tampa Bay -3 At Houston UNDER 40
At New England -10.5 Pittsburgh OVER 49
At Seattle -7 Arizona OVER 44
Minnesota -8.5 At San Francisco UNDER 39
Cleveland -3.5 At NY Jets UNDER 47.5
At Denver -6.5 Kansas City OVER 37

Indianapolis -9 At Baltimore UNDER 43.5

New Orleans -4 At Atlanta UNDER 43

Picks of the Week:
Indy -9
NE/Pitt over 49

05 December 2007

Stats through Week 13



Another sub-par week, 14-18. Oh well, I'll blame it on Lofa Tatupu, like I did from the seats in that picture. In any event, fantasy playoffs start this week and I'm torn between White Jesus and Donovan. Won't be as easy a call as it seems. So, this week's update: Want to make easy money? Listen to everything I say about the Falcons line; it's just that easy.


Line: 86-94

O/U: 88-103

Total: 174-197


Overall records
(11 teams over .500; 1 at .500; 20 under .500)

Carolina 16-6
NYJ 14-7
Buffalo 13-8
Indy, Baltimore 12-9
NE, Atlanta, Dallas 12-10
Tennessee, Detroit, Minnesota 11-10

Washington 10-10

KC, Pittsburgh 10-11
Miami 8-9
NY Giants, Jax 10-12
Philly 10-13
Houston 9-12
SD 9-13
Chicago, Denver, Oakland 9-15
Arizona, Cleveland, SF, Seattle, Cincy 7-14
GB 8-11
St. Louis 7-15
New Orleans 5-15
TB 4-15

TEAMS (BY SPREAD RECORD)
(11 over .500; 2 at .500; 19 under .500)

Atlanta 10-1
Carolina 9-2
Indy 8-2
Jets 7-3
NE, Dallas 7-4
Washington 6-3
Baltimore, Buffalo 6-4
Oakland 6-5
Miami 4-3

KC, Minnesota 5-5

SD, Philly, Pittsburgh, Jax 5-6
Cleveland, Denver, Seattle, Tampa, GB, Detroit 4-6
Cincy, St. Louis, 4-7
Tennessee 3-5
Arizona, Houston 3-7
Chi, NO, Giants 3-8
SF 2-8

TEAMS (BY O/U RECORD)
(8 over .500; 4 at .500; 20 under .500)

Houston 8-3
Detroit, Carolina, Buffalo 7-4
Jets 6-4
Giants, Chicago, Baltimore, GB 6-5

Minn, Dallas, Tennessee 6-6
Pittsburgh 5-5

Indy, KC, Denver, NE, SF 5-6
Cincy 5-7
Jax 4-6
Miami 4-7
SD, Philly, Washington 4-8
Cleveland 3-7
Seattle, NO, TB 3-8
StL, Oakland, Atlanta 3-9

* pushes taken out of the records

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