It’s week 14 and this week is the final week of most Fantasy Football Leagues. We’ve been playing with a 12 team internet broadcast league for the last 9 years. So far, our team, the SJM ThunderCats are struggling to make the championship round of the playoffs. Last year’s champs, Fumbles and Stumbles are looking for a repeat, while 3 time champs, the Choirboys put up the highest point total of the season. However, they’re in the wildcard spot and could be kicked out of the championship round with a loss. In two weeks, we’ll have a Fantasy Football League champion. Stay tuned.
Head to Head: 13-3
Against the Spread: 10-3-3
Season to Date
Head to Head: 117-74
Against the Spread: 80-68-27
All odds courtesy of oddsshark.com
Thursday, December 7
New Orleans at Atlanta
Line: Falcons by 1
This is a huge game for the dirty birds. They need a win to stay alive in the NFC South. A loss will not only knock them out of the division hunt, it might even knock them out of the wild-card.
Smooth’s Pick – Atlanta (23-21)
Sunday, December 10
Chicago at Cincinnati
Line: Bengals by 6
Tough loss for Cincinnati verses Pittsburgh pretty much ends their playoff hopes. However, there’s still a chance for a .500 record with the Bears coming to town. Chicago have been horrible on the road. This is the Bengals chance to get a “W”.
Smooth’s Pick – Cincinnati (28-14)
Dallas at NY Giants
Line: Cowboys by 4
The Bob McAdoo era is over, Interim head coach Steve Spagnolo will take the helm for the rest of the year. If there’s any consolation, a win by the G-men will knock the Cowboys out of the playoffs.
Smooth’s Pick – Dallas (26-13)
Detroit at Tampa Bay
No line on this game because of the game-day status of QB Matthew Stafford. He suffered an injury on his throwing hand. Team doctors say he’ll play this weekend. Just how effective he’ll be is another story. This is a must win for the Lions.
Smooth’s Pick – Detroit (20-12)
Green Bay at Cleveland
Line: Packers by 3
A few weeks ago, the point spread would have been 10 points or more. But with the Packers playing the way they are, it’s no telling what kind of team will play on Sunday.
Smooth’s Pick – Green Bay (27-16)
Indianapolis at Buffalo
Also no line of this one because the Bills QB situation. They looked horrible last weekend verses the Patriots. They need to win the rest of their games for any chance for the wild-card. The Colts look like they could end their season right now.
Smooth’s Pick – Buffalo (13-9)
Minnesota at Carolina
Line: Vikings by 3
The Vikings bring their high powered defense to Charlotte to take on the Panthers. Cam Newton have issues with these types of games. The Vikings now have a chance to seriously look at overtaking Philadelphia for the #1 spot in the NFC.
Smooth’s Pick – Minnesota (23-16)
Oakland at Kansas City
Line: Chiefs by 4
KC continues their downward spiral, and it doesn’t get any easier. The Raiders come into town needing a win to keep their playoff dreams going. This is an even matchup, Oakland won on a last second TD and Field Goal in week 4. KC will go for revenge.
Smooth’s Pick – Kansas City (19-16)
San Francisco at Houston
Line: Texans by 2½
The Niners got their second win of the season last weekend in Chicago. It will be a challenge to put together a two game win streak with a second straight road win. The Texans are tough at home.
Smooth’s Pick – Houston (24-13)
NY Jets at Denver
Line: Pick ‘em
With their 8th loss in a row, the Broncos are on their worst losing streak in nearly 50 years. The Jets ended a two game skid by beating Kansas City, and they can make it two in a row with a win this weekend.
Smooth’s Pick – NY Jets (20-17)
Tennessee at Arizona
Line: Titans by 3
The Titans look to continue their AFC South title hopes with a win in the desert. The Cardinals continue to struggle having lost three of their last 4 games. However, this game could change their fortunes.
Smooth’s Pick – Arizona (23-20)
Washington at LA Chargers
Line: Bolts by 6
The Chargers looked dead in the water starting their season with 4 straight losses. But they’ve gone 6-2 during that stretch, and with the battered Redskins coming to town, their win streak may continue.
This is my lock!
Smooth’s Pick – LA Chargers (31-13)
Philadelphia at LA Rams
Line: Rams by 2½
If you look between the numbers during the Eagles win streak, only two teams have records over .500. Both of those teams they lost. The Rams get their biggest test of the year and this could be a playoff preview.
Smooth’s Pick – LA Rams (24-21)
Seattle at Jacksonville
Line: Jags by 2½
Sports books have the Seahawks as underdogs, because they’re going from west coast to east coast. But they’ve done very well this season. The Jags have let down betters a number of times with disappointing home losses. This looks like another heartbreaker.
This is my upset special!
Smooth’s Pick – Seattle (26-23)
Baltimore at Pittsburgh
Line: Steelers by 5
Pittsburgh won a brutal Monday night game verses Cincinnati. They get another brutal matchup with the Ravens, who won three straight and need this game to stay alive in the AFC North. A win by the Steelers would clinch the division.
Smooth’s Pick – Pittsburgh (28-13)
Monday, December 11
New England at Miami
Line: Patriots by 11
The Patriots go for their 9th straight and another AFC East crown with a win verses the Dolphins, who snapped a 5 game losing skid. Look for the Patriots to rip the depleted Miami defense. Rob Gronkowski will not be playing due to a suspension.
Smooth’s Pick – New England (38-12)
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