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Smooth’s Football Picks – Wildcard Weekend

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The NFL playoffs are in full swing. After 5 months over 200 games and plenty of excitement. It’s now down to 12 teams, for of them, New England, Kansas City, Dallas and Atlanta will enjoy a 1st round bye. The rest will battle it out to keep their season going.

Before we tell you who out picks are, let’s tell you how we did last weekend and for the season.

Head to Head: 14-2
Against the Spread: 10-2-4

Final Season Stats

Head to Head: 152-102
Against the Spread: 110-102-43

All odds courtesy of Oddsshark.com

Saturday January 7th

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Oakland at Houston
Line: Texans by 3½

 

With the problems on both teams, this match-up could be a coin toss. The edge goes to the Texans because of home field advantage. But for the Raiders to win, they’ll need a big time performance from the defense and a stellar performance from their 3rd string QB, Connor Cook, a task that may be too much for the silver and black.

Smooth’s Pick – Houston (17-13)

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Detroit at Seattle
Line: Seattle by 8

 

Century Link Field is one of the hardest places for opponents to play in. it’s loud. It’s hostile and it’s the perfect place if you want home field advantage. That makes winning even tougher for the Lions. Unless Matthew Stafford has a monster game against the Seahawk Secondary, this may be a cakewalk for Seattle.

Smooth’s Pick – Seattle (24-12)

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Sunday January 8th

Dolphins at Pittsburgh
Line: Steelers by 10

 

There’s a reason why the point spread is so large in this game. Miami doesn’t do well in mid-winter games. But the Dolphins may get a reprieve as it will be mostly sunny and in the 40’s. Their only hope is to give the ball to Jay Ajayi and keep Ben Rothlisberger’s offense off the field as much as possible. But I don’t see that happening. The Steelers were our pre-season pick to go to the Super Bowl, we’re not changing just yet.

Smooth’s Pick – Pittsburgh (37-10)

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NY Giants at Green Bay
Line: Packers by

 

This is the game of the weekend. Earlier this year, Green Bay beat the Giants 23-16. In that game, Rodgers had 259 yards passing and threw two interceptions. The big difference will be Eli Manning. He’s been in big time games before, including two at Lambeau Field and won both. I’m a firm believer of defense winning championships. And as much as the Packers have been hot and were our pre-season pick, the Giants defense is also getting hot, as well.

Smooth’s Pick – NY Giants (19-17)

With all of our picks, past performance doesn’t guarantee future results. If you have a gambling problem, then please seek help by going to gamblers anonymous dot org.

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