BT’s “6 pack of picks” Version 8.0

Week 8

Week 1: 4-2 ATS

Week 2: 4-1-1 ATS

Week 3: 3-3 ATS

Week 4: 3-3 ATS

Week 5: 4-2 ATS

Week 6: 2-3-1 ATS

Week 7: 4-2 ATS

Season to date: 24-16-1 ATS

Week 8: (home team in CAPS)

BALTIMORE RAVENS (-12.5) over  Arizona Cardinals: Ray Lewis is angry. The Cardinals are bad. And soft. Advantage Ravens, big. I actually fear for Kevin Kolb’s safety.

Give the man some respect!

NEW YORK GIANTS (-9.5) over Miami Dolphins: Lost in the glow of the “Tim Tebow Show” last Sunday in Miami, this just in: Miami is brutal. Oh yeah, quietly, the Giants remain in the thick of things in the NFC, leading Philly and Dallas by a game for the top spot in the division. Eli Manning has been terrific, connecting for 11 TD’s against only 5 INT’s. His QB rating of 101.1 currently ranks top 5 in football. Miami is hopeless, and the Giants will step on them early and often. Destruction.

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS  (-9) over Cleveland Browns: I went from not giving Jim Harbaugh’s crew enough credit early on, to perhaps giving them too much credit here. 9 points for the (at times) offensively-challenged Niners is dangerous, until you consider just how anemic the Browns have been lately. Peyton Hillis remains banged up, and the depth chart will get a test on Sunday, with injuries to WR and TE. This much I know: San Fran’s D is legit. Lay the points.

(Monday Night) San Diego Chargers @ KANSAS CITY CHIEFS OVER 44: The Bolts average 24 points per game, and really, Phillip Rivers has been…bad. That’s not going to last very long, and this looks like a spot for him to bust out in a big way. Mix in Dwayne Bowe and his big play ability on the other side, and 44 points seems very, very attainable.

CAROLINA PANTHERS (-3.5) over Minnesota Vikings: Simply put, I don’t (yet) trust Christian Ponder away from the friendly confines of his home dome, and I trust him even less with a gimpy Adrian Peterson behind him. I do expect AP to suit up despite being limited in practice late in the week, but I don’t expect much on the stat sheet. Even in the NFL, needles only go so far. Jam with Cam!

Grab it!

Cincinnati Bengals (-3) over SEATTLE SEAHAWKS: Few people know it, and even fewer people say it, but by every viable metric, Cincy has a top 10 defense: total points allowed, points per game against, total yards allowed, etc. Mix in the fact that Seattle simply can’t score (27th ppg), and I’ll take my chances. Even in Seattle, and the 12th man elements.

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