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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

A few 'dogs still astray

We've got the lines for most of this weekend's pro football games ready for our charity underdog players, and here they are:

10.5 KANSAS CITY vs. Denver
9.5 OAKLAND at Cincinnati
6.5 NEW YORK JETS vs. New England (Thursday 5:20 p.m. Pacific)
3.5 WASHINGTON at Dallas (Thursday 1:15 p.m. Pacific)
3 DETROIT vs. Houston (Thursday 9:30 a.m. Pacific)
3 BUFFALO at Indianapolis
3 MIAMI vs. Seattle
3 JACKSONVILLE at vs. Tennessee
2.5 NEW ORLEANS vs. San Francisco
2.5 GREEN BAY at New York Giants
1 TAMPA BAY vs. Atlanta
1 ST. LOUIS at Arizona
1 BALTIMORE at San Diego

Lots of pups there. But there are still three games as to which lines aren't posted at present: Carolina/Philadelphia Monday, Minnesota/Chicago Sunday, and Pittsburgh/Cleveland Sunday. By rule, we'll keep checking and add lines for those games as updates to this post, if and when we find any between now and Thursday night.

Players, if you are picking one of the three Thursday games, your pick is due by kickoff time of that game. Otherwise, picks are due Sunday at 10:00 a.m. Good luck!

UPDATE, 6:32 p.m.: Pittsburgh/Cleveland is a pick-'em and therefore off the board for the week.

UPDATE, 11/22, 5:54 a.m.: Jacksonville is at home this week, not on the road.

UPDATE, 11/22, 7:55 a.m.: Add this chihuahua:

1 PHILADELPHIA vs. Carolina (Monday, pick still due Sunday morning)

Comments (6)

Injuries, moves, delay posting of the odds. For example:

Steelers' Leftwich has broken ribs, will not start against Browns

Two sources close to Leftwich revealed he has broken ribs, injured when he fell in the end zone following his 31-yard touchdown run early in the game. He played the rest of the game with the injury, but the Steelers are not likely to let him do so in their next game against the Browns.

Veteran backup Charlie Batch would likely start in Cleveland on Sunday and the Steelers will search in earnest to add a quarterback to their roster.


It's official: Steelers sign Burress, add quarterback
The Steelers this afternoon signed wide receiver Plaxico Burress and quarterback Brian Hoyer to one-year contracts.

D.B. Cooper, the mysterious hijacker who plummeted out of existence when he jumped from a Northwest jet 41 years ago tomorrow, has flown back into the news again. It seems that the FBI, who never closed the case, has come up with a new lead which might ultimately identify the elusive criminal. Cooper, the man or perhaps the ghost, has been the leader of prolific blogger, Jack Bogdanski’s, NFL underdog pool for a number of weeks. Now, the FBI feels confident they can bring him down. They have broken his Chip Kelly like algorithms and are now ready to bring him back down to earth.
Continue reading here,

Mojo - The Browns v. Steelers game is apparently off in the betting lines this week. Thanks for the interesting info anyhow because it sort of sheds a light on the Steelers Sunday night loss.

Yeah, and the injury (concussion) to the Eagles' excellent RB LeSean McCoy, is an even worse bad break for that struggling team.

I expect Roethlisberger back for the rematch in Baltimore and to hook up with Burress like old times (only now trailing in an area cleared out by Mike Wallace going post). Burress always gave the Ravens fits, even in Ed Reed's salad days.

Btw, Ed Reed's suspension was lifted on appeal, which included support from Steelers' S Ryan Clark.

VIDEO -- Ravens Ed Reed on Steelers Ryan Clark
7:1AM EST, November 20, 2012 – (02:34)
Baltimore Ravens safety Ed Reed talked about his childhood friend Ryan Clark. (Kevin Richardson/The Baltimore Sun video)

Ravens' Reed wins appeal, avoids suspension

What I want to know, Usual Kevin is: Do we dare pick the Jets to upset the Pats on TG night?

Patriots vs. Jets: 5 Matchups That Will Decide Thanksgiving Night Clash by John Rozum

Cast Your Fate To The Wind ~ Vince Guaraldi Trio

Mojo's Best Bet
"Save West Hayden Island? YES!" Edition

Each week it gets tougher and tougher to pick up any significant points. Bearing that in mind, here we go:

Best Bets
(Last week: 0-2; Overall: 7-8 (.466))

NEW ORLEANS (+2.5) vs. San Francisco -- Looks like 49ers will be going with second string QB Colin Kaepernick once again (coming off his MNF primetime vivisection of the Bears last week), while starting QB Alex Smith continues to recover from issues stemming from his concussion two weeks ago:

"Quarterback Colin Kaepernick will take all the first-team reps for the San Francisco 49ers this week leading into Sunday's game against the New Orleans Saints, quarterback Alex Smith told ESPN on Wednesday night.

Smith told ESPN that coach Jim Harbaugh informed the two quarterbacks of the practice split Wednesday."

(Information from ESPN's Trent Dilfer and The Associated Press (Wed., 11/21)).

The Bleacher Report says it boils down to this: "The Saints continue to surge after their 0-4 start to the season. The team seems to be hitting on all cylinders and should be a handful for the 49ers secondary. It will be quite the game watching the Saints second-ranked passing attack vs. the 49ers' second-ranked pass defense."

NFL Week 12 Predictions: Latest Odds and Picks Against the Spread
by John Degroot

I believe that the key to this game is the Saints' ability to run adequately enough to keep the 49ers defense honest enough. Their resurgence is very much a result of the improvement of their running game over the past several weeks. While it may be difficult for Saints' QB Drew Brees to tie Dan Marino's 300-yard games record this week, if Brees can keep his INTs down to one or none, the Saints have a 60% chance of winning any game no matter the opponent or the spread. Go with the Saints and their "dome field advantage."

Upset Special
(Last week: 0-1; Overall 5-6 (.454))

MIAMI (+3) vs Seattle -- I really like Seattle's team and performance this year, but it's awful tough going back east all the way across the country for 1:00pm game, even coming off of a bye week. Will be interesting to see if Dolphins' RB Reggie Bush rises to the occasion in competition with Seattle's superb Marshawn Lynch. Extra added fuel to the fire is Bush playing against his former coach at USC, Pete "Sorry 'bout those violations, but I gotta move on" Carroll. Also, good rookie QB matchup in this one between Seahawks' Wilson and Dolphins' Tannehill -- so keep an eye out for turnovers popping up at critical times. All eight of Wilson's INTs have come on the road. Defense and special teams decide this one. The Fish over the Seahawks this time around.

Long Distance Runaround/The Fish (Schindleria Praematurus)

Gamblers Corner

NY JETS (+6.5) at New England -- This is the Jets' last hurrah. Picking them here could be the kiss of death. Then again, weirder things have happened. For example, the Jets signed Tebow. Better put him to work in this one, Rex. You need all the help you can get. This could be a heck of a game for TG night, or it could get out of hand before halftime. Time and a word will tell.

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