Will the Pro Football Divisional games continue the trend?

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After watching all four of the NFL Wild Card games this past weekend I have come to the conclusion there are very few pro players who could hold a regular job.

You say I am mean and nasty. Well, I don’t see it that way; just telling it the way I see it. My favorite play this past weekend was in the Texans/Bengals game when Cincy had a fourth down at or around the 50.

They went for it and the defensive back for the Texans (won’t mention his name as he may come here looking for a job one day) intercepted the ball at or around the 20 and ran it out of bounds.

He and his fellow players were all celebrating. All he had to do was knock it down and they get the ball on the 50!

I really want to prove my point so I went back and dug up a few quotes from a few pro players.

• New Orleans Saint running back George Rogers once was asked about the upcoming season:

“I want to rush for 1,000 or 1,500 yards, whichever comes first.”

• Football commentator and past NFL QB Joe Theismann:

“Nobody in football should be called a genius. A genius is a guy like Norman Einstein.”

• In the words of NC State great Charles Shackelford:

“I can go to my left or right, I am amphibious.”

There are many more but I will just rest my case. By the way, the “zebras,” I believe, have other jobs. How do they keep them?

After the results were in, it was easy just taking the home teams. You would have hit a four-team parlay with three exceeding the total. Will that trend continue this week?


Saints -3½ at 49ers (47): This could be the first game that will stop the home team from getting the outright win. That +3½ with the 49ers looks very enticing, but the question is can their great defense stop the unstoppable Drew Brees? These two teams did not meet in the regular season. The one time they met last year was prime time on Monday night in San Francisco and the Saints eked out a 25-22 win.

Could history repeat itself? For myself this is a must take so I will lay it down with the Niners at home and +9½ on the teaser. The total looks solid at 47 so I will pass. 49ERS.

Broncos +13½ at Patriots (51): Tebow pulled it off and got the OT win against the crippled Steelers using his arm this time. As it happened on Dec. 12 in Denver when the Pats won 41-23, it will happen in New England even though I hate laying the lumber in a revenge game.

The Pats get the win but will they cover? I will use them in my 6½ point teaser and lay the -7 but if the weather is fine the Pats can do it. PATRIOTS.


Texans +7½ at Ravens (35½): I will definitely be on the Texans and under in this game as they look to be playing with high intensity and want to play better than their first trip to Baltimore back in October when they were humiliated 29-14.

I see the Ravens coming out a little stale in what will be a low scoring game in the early going. They will most likely pull out the win but taking the points looks real good. TEXANS / UNDER.

Giants +8½ at Packers (52½): In their meeting this year in New York the G-men were getting a TD and they just did fail to pull it off losing 38-35 in a real barn burner. This game could be an instant replay of that one.

The last time the Giants beat the Packers was in 2007 in Green Bay on their way to winning the Super Bowl that year. PACKERS.

Way to go, Joe!

I would like to congratulate our bookie battle winner Joe Porrello from the Cannery for his big win and I would like to take a little credit as I happened to teach Joe most of what he knows about handicapping when he worked with me at the Excalibur. )Just kidding, Joe, or am I)?

By the way, Joe, the stand up person that he is, will be donating his winnings to charity.

And I thought I was going to get a free dinner.

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