And after going 5-0 last week, Rumpole is mighty fine heading into week nine.
Who won the suicide pool?
Who told you to take the Colts and the under when the entire football picking, grit eating world (note the obscure reference to “My Cousin Vinny”. I’ve had a lot of coffee this morning.) was picking the Cheaters and especially the Under?
Rumpole. That's who. Trial Lawyer. Football tout extraordinaire. (There. I’ve just about guaranteed a losing day today.)
The Buffalo Bills rumble into Miami as a road favorite. Buffalo? The team with the most injuries since the 82nd Airborne stopped the German army at Bastogne in the Ardennes Forrest in December 1944? Yes, those Buffalo Bills are a road favorite, against a home team coming off a bye week. What does that mean? It means you run from this game like a Judge asking for a favor. Stay away from it. No picks here.
The Cowboys play the Giants in New Jersey. We’re beginning to think that these Cowpokes are just a mite bit overrated. While the Giants have rallied and surprised us, as we had them winning about two games and their coach fired by now. The Giants are coming off a bye week, and the line is anywhere from even to the Giants favored by 1.5. The under line is 49, and we like the under. Good teams play good defense, as we very well knew last week in the game of the millennium. Take the Giants big, and take the Under small.
Jax plays the Titans at Tennessee. We like the Titans -4, and we like the under 35. It’s a low number, but these teams have a history of playing under. That being said, don’t bet the mortgage on the under. That was for last week. Just a couple of six packs worth of under is enough here.
There is just not a lot of match ups we like this week. So rather than push it when it isn’t there, we’re going to leave our picks as they are: but here are a few thoughts:
The Dolphins/Bills o/u is 40-41, and something tells us this could be a shoot out. Good teams play good defense, and neither of these two teams qualify for the label good, so the reverse corollary is true: bad teams play bad defense.
Norv Turner in San Diego should be arrested on suspicion of murder. He took the super bowl contending Chargers and killed them. Somewhere Marty Schottenheimer is laughing. The Colts would be the play but for the issue of how bad are they hurting for blowing a game they should have won? Tony Dungy is the class of the coaches here, and in the NFL. They don’t come any better than Dungy, and if anyone could have his team ready to go, it would be him. The problem is that in this business you go broke fast betting against home dogs, and the Chargers are getting 3.5, so be careful.
Steelers pounded the Browns in week one. But since then the Brownies have a new QB and a three game winning streak. Something tells us that the men of steel are just not as good as they looked Monday night. The Ravens got old fast. We think the Steelers will win this one, but it could be close. An angry team looking for revenge with a new QB says to us to leave the game alone.
Don't forget at 11:00 AM today what is really important. 2 Minutes of silence is the least we can do to remember.