Friday, December 07, 2007

Clement’s Weekly Picks and Prognostications…Week 14

In case you haven’t noticed, a few things have seemed to ring quite true in recent weeks of my picks:
-I never touch a Jets game.
-I far too often mention AFC South teams (particularly Tennessee)
-I love taking the road dogs
-I always really mess up a game every two or three weeks.
-I’ll mock some idiotic player, this week Randy Moss, for pretending to be all about the team and class when he’s only been doing it for the last couple weeks he’d been winning.

However, I’ve also been on an incredible streak picking collegiate games [18-6 after two perfect weekends of picks]. In fact, if I had two or three more picks a week (who else loved the Pitt Panthers getting almost 30 points in the ‘Backyard Brawl’), my record would be staggering. Especially considering it’s spreads I’m dealing with and not straight up.

NFL Picks: [24-15-1]
NY Giants @ Philadelphia [-3]

Credit: Yahoo! Sports

Call me crazy, but why are the Eagles consistently considered ‘favorites’? Their record at home is far from impressive and their quarterbacks fall along the same lines. While the Giants barely escaped Chicago with a 4th-quarter comeback victory, it was still a solid early December victory. Bury the Eagles alongside the Redskins in the NFC East cellar and take the Giants with the easy W.

Pittsburgh @ New England [10.5]

Credit: Yahoo! Sports

As soon at the Pats went down 10-3 to Baltimore on Monday night, you knew the light in Tom Brady’s head would go off. He’d march downfield however he needed to, make important 3rd down plays, and the Pats would draw penalties (real and perceived) on Ravens cornerbacks. In fact, it happened all night. While I HATE the Pats (especially Rodney Harrison’s taunt to Brian F. Billick), they’re THAT good. Though Pittsburgh swept divisional foe Cincy the night before, they’re not the ones to stop the Pats – especially in Foxboro – as Roethlisberger will continue his struggles versus the Pats as their disgusting march towards 19-0 sadly continues.

San Diego @ Tennessee [Pick’em]

Credit: Yahoo! Sports

With a much-needed victory at home against Houston, Tennessee clung to its wild-card hopes behind the arm of Vince Young and the return of a healthier Albert Haynesworth. Suddenly, at 7-5, the Super Chargers have seemed to seize control of the AFC West. While the chance at a playoff bye is all but lost, San Diego needs to get on a roll quickly. Although the Titans have the secondary to keep them in the game, the Chargers will make an extra play or two on defense and take the much-needed road victory.

3 Must Starts and Must Sits
…Last Week…
Donte Stallworth: He made enough plays in the first half to merit a 3rd-wideout start.
Chester Taylor: While he played second fiddle to A-Pete, he still got that much-deserved TD.

LJ Smith: I have to stop plugging in these “gut-shot” tight end starts.

…This Week…
Lee Evans: The Miami D is ready to be torched yet again.
Sidney Rice: Gotta love those iffy 3rd-wideout plays.
Reggie Bush: Don’t you dare sit the same guy you reached on way too high in your fantasy draft.

…Last Week…
Steve Smith: How does he not get one of the 2 Carolina TD receptions?

Donovan McNabb: DNP. Feeley was a bad start too.

Laurence Maroney: This is a fantasy DUD, plain and simple.

…This Week…
Reggie Williams: Nope, nope, nope.
Warrick Dunn: It’s about that time to shut down the “home-builder”.
Sage Rosenfels/Matt Schaub: Avoid whomever is playing the QB position in Houston.

I wish I could say more, but then you’d think I was rambling.

Until next time...

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