Welcome back for my weekly picks. If I was in a tailspin before, I don't even know how to describe where I stand now. Just like we figured the San Francisco 49ers were hitting rock bottom on Sunday against the Oakland Raiders, I too hopefully hit rock bottom. I put together an ugly 0-5 week, dropping me to 32-38 on the season, with only three weeks of football left. 3-2 weeks are not going to cut it in getting me back to .500. If I want to do that, I'll need a couple 4-1 weeks, just to get back to .500.
This week, I'm pulling out the karma club. I'm going to take the Seahawks at -10 against our 49ers. My chances of even a respectable finish are just about finished, so I might as well use these picks for the greater good. I would not be at all shocked to see the Seahawks have their way with the 49ers, but I suppose a stunning upset is not entirely out of the realm of the possible. I expect a loss, but maybe the 49ers will surprise me. Whether they were thoroughly destroyed in Seattle, or sprung the huge upset, it would make for quite the story.
Other than that, I'm looking at teams like the Ravens, Vikings, Steelers, and Titans. The Ravens are double digit home favorites against the Jaguars. I should limit the double digit favorites I grab, but I think Joe Flacco and company will show something on Sunday. The Vikings are eight point underdogs in Detroit, but I could see them keeping it close iwht the Lions. I've pondered the Bucs, who I can get as 3.5-point underdogs against the Panthers. Carolina will be without Cam Newton this week, so I guess it comes down to what I think of Derek Anderson. That's a scary proposition!
For those that missed the previous explanation, I'm taking part in the LVH SuperContest, with OddsShark covering my entry fee. There are over 1,400 entries, and my goal from day one has been to finish closer to first place than last place. You can check out full standings here (my entry is titled "Fooch"). It's not pretty.
Here are all my picks, with the home team listed first in CAPS.
RAMS vs. Cardinals (+4.5) - Rams
CHIEFS vs. Raiders (+10) - Raiders
RAVENS vs. Jaguars (+13.5) - Ravens
FALCONS vs. Steelers (-2.5) - Steelers
COLTS vs. Texans (+6.5) - Colts
BROWNS vs. Bengals (PK) - Browns
PATRIOTS vs. Dolphins (+7.5) - Patriots
PANTHERS vs. Buccaneers (+3.5) - Buccaneers
GIANTS vs. Washington (+6.5) - Washington
BILLS vs. Packers (-4.5) - Packers
LIONS vs. Vikings (+8) - Vikings
TITANS vs. Jets (-2) - Titans
CHARGERS vs. Broncos (-4) - Broncos
SEAHAWKS vs. 49ers (+10) - Seahawks
EAGLES vs. Cowboys (+3) - Eagles
BEARS vs. Saints (-3) - Bears