Week 9 Picks

Posted: November 6, 2011 by ndbohlen in NFL, Opinion, Picks
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With the second half of the season set to get underway, we inaugurate our weekly tradition of picking against the spread. For you gambling innocents, Vegas sets a point spread for each game that ups the stakes from who will win to how much a team should win by. It provides a handicap for the underdog so they have a chance to win at something (we both believe this was invented specifically for the New York Mets).

To give you an example, if the spread between two teams is 6.5 points, that means the team that is favored (signified by -6.5) must win by a touchdown or more, while the underdog (shown at +6.5) does not have to win, but simply lose by less than seven points in order to cover the spread. I have the utmost faith that you will all catch on quickly, or at least won’t be too lazy to go to Wikipedia and read two paragraphs of explanation.

Each week, we will pick against the spread to determine which of us would be able to afford more strippers from our winnings in Vegas. Of course, this is a hypothetical situation predicated on the premise “if gambling were legal” (yes, sadly that means theoretical strippers, too – sorry). Tune back in each Sunday to see how we each fared the week before and which of us has the upper hand when it comes to gambling prowess.

Without further ado, here are our Week 9 picks (point spread in parentheses):

Atlanta Falcons at Indianapolis Colts

Mike: Falcons (-6.5)

Nick: Falcons (-6.5)

Tampa Bay Bucs at New Orleans Saints

Mike: Bucs (+8.5)

Nick: Saints (-8.5)

Cleveland Browns at Houston Texans

Mike: Texans (-10.5)

Nick: Texans (-10.5)

New York Jets at Buffalo Bills

Mike: Jets (+2.5)

Nick: Jets (+2.5)

Miami Dolphins at Kansas City Chiefs

Mike: Chiefs (-4)

Nick: Chiefs (-4)

San Francisco 49ers at Washington Redskins

Mike: 49ers (-4)

Nick: 49ers (-4)

Seattle Seahawks at Dallas Cowboys

Mike: Seahawks (+11)

Nick: Cowboys (-11)

Denver Broncos at Oakland Raiders

Mike: Raiders (-7)

Nick: Raiders (-7)

Cincinnati Bengals at Tennessee Titans

Mike: Bengals (+3)

Nick: Bengals (+3)

St. Louis Rams at Arizona Cardinals

Mike: Rams (+3)

Nick: Cardinals (-3)

New York Giants at New England Patriots

Mike: Giants (+9)

Nick: Patriots (-9)

Green Bay Packers at San Diego Chargers

Mike: Packers (-5.5)

Nick: Packers (-5.5)

Baltimore Ravens at Pittsburgh Steelers

Mike: Ravens (+3)

Nick: Steelers (-3)

Chicago Bears at Philadelphia Eagles

Mike: Bears (+7.5)

Nick: Eagles (-7.5)

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