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Week 13 – Closing the “Book of Eli”


Week 13 and three teams have already been eliminated from playoff contention. The Browns, the Niners and the Giants. Like all fans “Big Blue”, we’re still stunned at the benching of Eli Manning. More than likely, we may have seen the last of the two-time Super Bowl MVP in a Giants uniform. The future of life without Eli begins this weekend.

Head to Head: 11-5
Against the Spread: 9-5-2

Season to Date

Head to Head: 104-71
Against the Spread: 70-65-24

All odds courtesy of Oddsshark.com

Thursday, November 30

Washington at Dallas
Line: Redskins by 1

Three weeks ago, this would have been a marquee matchup. But with both teams on the skids and just about out of contention, this is just another game being played out for the season to end. It should still be an intriguing game.

Smooth’s Pick – Dallas (24-16)

Sunday, December 3

Denver at Miami
Line: Pick ‘em

Both teams are also heading downhill, more so for the Broncos. Their once great offense can’t get started. Miami still with QB issues. This could get ugly.

Smooth’s Pick – Miami (14-12)

Detroit at Baltimore
Line: Ravens by 2½

Every game is big for these two teams. The Lions need to bounce back from a loss to the Vikings. The Ravens look to capitalize and stay close to the Steelers. This could be a close one.

Smooth’s Pick – Baltimore (20-17)

Houston at Tennessee
Line: Titans by 7

This is a divisional game that with make or break the Texans for the season. A win by Tennessee gives them a chance to take control in the AFC South.

Smooth’s Pick – Tennessee (24-13)

Indianapolis at Jacksonville
Line: Jags by 9½

Another divisional game, although the Colts could play spoiler, but that’s not likely. The Jags need a win to keep pace with Tennessee.

Smooth’s Pick – Jacksonville (34-16)

Kansas City at NY Jets
Line: Chiefs by 3

The Chiefs are in trouble. They came out of the starting blocks on fire and now they find themselves looking from behind at the Chargers on their back. They get a chance to get back on track with Gang Green, but it won’t be easy.

Smooth’s Pick – Kansas City (17-13)

Minnesota at Atlanta
Line: Falcons by 3

The Vikings can sew up the NFC North with a win this weekend. The Falcons might be on the outside of the playoff hunt. They need this victory to keep themselves relevant.

Smooth’s Pick – Atlanta (31-24)

New England at Buffalo
Line: Patriots by 8½

This is one of those games that the Bills usually play hard, a divisional game with the Patriots. But they’re still having issues at QB and the Patriots look to finish off the Bills.

Smooth’s Pick – New England (27-24)

San Francisco at Chicago
Line: Bears by 3

The Niners are losers of 10 out of 11, they travel to the windy city to take on the Bears, who are showing signs of life. They look to break a 4 game skid.

Smooth’s Pick – Chicago (19-16)

Tampa Bay at Green Bay
Line: Pick ‘em

These two teams used to play twice a year when there was the NFC Central. The Bucs had a hard time playing in the cold. They still do, but with the Packers hurting at QB, they look to steal a win in Lambeau.

Smooth’s Pick – Green Bay (21-14)

Cleveland at LA Chargers
Line: Bolts by 13½

The Browns just keep on losing, and losing. Another loss will guarantee Hue Jacksons’ firing at the end of the season. The Bolts look to pull to .500 with a victory.

This is my lock!
Smooth’s Pick – LA Chargers (37-10)

Carolina at New Orleans
Line: Saints by 4

The Panthers need this game and so do the Saints. Both teams are at 8-3. A win will probably mean a win in the NFC South for one of these teams.

Smooth’s Pick – New Orleans (28-21)

LA Rams at Arizona
Line: Rams by 7

The “Greatest Show on Turf” has returned to the Rams at its new home in Tinseltown. Despite the win, this will be a tough divisional matchup in the desert. Looks for the Cardinals to come out swinging.

Smooth’s Pick – LA Rams (26-19)

NY Giants at Oakland
Line: Raiders by 7

Giants management did the unthinkable this week and benched Eli Manning for of all people, Geno Smith. We’ll soon see if this was a move of desperation to save McAdoo and GM Jerry Reese’s jobs or an act of genius. Look for the Raiders to drop the hammer.

Smooth’s Pick – Oakland (35-7)

Philadelphia at Seattle
Line: Eagles by 5½

The Eagles continue to fly high, but this weekend they may have met their match. The Seahawks are matched perfectly on pass defense with Philly and their primed for competition.

This is my upset special!
Smooth’s Pick – Seattle (23-13)

Monday, December 4

Pittsburgh at Cincinnati
Line: Steelers by 5½

Slim chances for the Bengals. They’ll need to keep winning if they want to make the playoffs and they’ll need to beat division rivals. This is a chance to catch the Steelers sleeping.

Smooth’s Pick – Pittsburgh (29-13)

Now 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 gamblersanonymous.org.


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