Kevin's Rad Picks: Week 13
Last week I took off as it was Thanksgiving and I didn’t feel like writing an article. This week I’m back with some hot pics and even hotter takes. I know it’s technically Week 13, but its only week 2 of the GRIND. Side note: I was late getting even this article out. So yes, it's too late to take my advice on the Thursday night game but, I made my pick anyway. Let’s dive in.
Washington @ Dallas(-2): Washington
The Washington R-words beat the Giants last week while the Cowboys have lost three straight, all without Ezekiel Elliott. Cowboys stink now without Elliott, so my pick goes to the R-words.
Minnesota @ Atlanta(-3): Minnesota
“Life's too short to bet the under”… wait that's the wrong saying. Anyway, this may be the easiest pick I make all year. Minnesota is good and Atlanta is not, so the fact that they are plus 3 mean you HAVE to pick the Vikes.
Detroit @ Baltimore(-1): Detroit
Detroit’s offense is far superior to the Ravens in all aspects except for rushing. Meaning, if Joe Flacco wants to truly be considered elite, this is a must win for the Ravens. I, however, think he's a washed-up bum so, I got Detroit. But hey, who knows? Maybe he can lead is very mediocre Ravens to a trip to the playoffs because the AFC stinks.
New England(-8.5) @ Buffalo: New England
No matter how much Billsmafia believes they can win this game, they won't. The Bills stink.
San Francisco @ Chicago(-3): Chicago
No one wins. This will be the worst game of football all year. Both teams are tanking and are forcing the fans to watch this sorry excuse for a football game. I say Bears for the sole reason that they won two more games than the Niners. The one good that comes out of this game is that the over/under is 41. This might be the one time you NEED to bet the under, sorry Big Cat.
Denver(-1) @ Miami: Miami
You know when you just have a feeling? I've got a big one for the Fins. That one guy on the Broncos who got into a fight last week is apparently good and is now suspended so, that's why I'm going Miami.
Kansas City(-3.5) @ New York Jets: Jets
Kansas City has been REALLY bad lately, like, lose to the Giants bad. If Kansas City is as bad as they've been, the Jets should be able to get themselves back into the AFC Wild Card picture without much effort.
Houston @ Tennessee(-6.5): Houston
I was going to go Titans, but the spread favors Houston. The Titans are very mediocre and so is Houston without Deshaun Watson. And, Trubisky isn't bad when John Fox lets him throw the ball. It should be a close one, also considering Houston blew out the Titans Week 4.
Cleveland@ Los Angeles Chargers(-14): Chargers
The Steeler-Packer game last week had this same spread, and that turned out to be a 3 point game. But then I realized, the Chargers don't play down to their opponent’s level like the Steelers do. Plus the Browns aren't just bad, they're a full blown dumpster fire that can't be controlled.
Carolina @ New Orleans(-4): New Orleans
The Saints are good. I think I said that Week 11 too. Anyway, they are both 8-3 but, New Orleans has the better offense. I trust Drew Brees and the Saints offense more than Cam “The Ham” Newton (yes, I made that up right on the spot), so my pick goes to New Orleans.
Los Angeles Rams(-7) @ Arizona: Rams
The Cards stink and I shouldn't have picked them when they played Houston in Week 11. Rams take this one.
New York Giants @ Oakland(-7): Giants
I'm going to do my first real “hot take” that will for sure heat some Giants fans up. I think Geno is the answer. There, I said it. Ben McAdoo is without a doubt getting fired after this season, and he knows that. So, why not stir up some controversy with your 36 year-old franchise quarterback? Look, the way I see it, Geno has had some time to develop his game on the bench and Mcadoo knows that. Worse case scenario, Geno screws up and you give Eli’s eventual replacement some reps. I say Giants still lose, but not by 7.
Philadelphia(-5.5) @ Seattle: Philadelphia
I'm convinced Philly will not lose another game this regular season. Playoffs are a different story, because, you know, Patriots.
Pittsburgh(-5) @ Cincinnati: Pittsburgh
This is a big rivalry game that never seems to disappoint. The Steelers always play down to the Bengals, but always win. This time should be no different.
My record: 7-6-1
All stats and spreads courtesy of NFL.com and ESPN.com