Editor's Note--Well, that was more like the Big Man's usual ways. 3-1 record. Making picks like he had tomorrow's newspaper today. And what do we have here? Morrrrrrre playoffs?!? Geez Louise! The games go Saturday and Sunday. La-di-daaaa! He's got action both days. Oh, a lock of the year?!!!!? Yep. Who is He? Well, let's just say if you don't know that, you aint been gettin out much.....Take it awayyyyyy--R.B.
The JAGUARS and Bills played too good on the defensive end which cost us our perfect long weekend. But 3-1 DOES pay the debts. We got more winners for Divisional Playoff Weekend. And here they go......
Speaking of the defensive end, something is happening with the Hotlanta Falcons defense. And by happenin? We mean good. First, smashing up Cam Newton, and then punching the LA Rams in the gut. In LA! Now they get backup Nick Foles and the Iggles. Not so sure we can make a living layin points on the road in the playoffs, so we won't try. BUT, we do know it's going to be a little chilly and windy, and Philly knows they won't be able to go back and forth scoring with the Dirty Birds, if they are to win this one. Atlanta UNDER a ton this year. The NFC lock of the year? Oh yes it is baby! UNDER 41.5!! again in Philthydelphia......
According to an article in the Wall Street Journal, (yes they have a fine sports section) there's a case to be made that the 2017 JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS have the #1 ranked defense.....OF ALL TIME! Yep. Those JAGUARS. 1985 Bears got nuthin on them. Let's see now. The last time the JAGWIRRRRRRES were in Pittsburgh a few weeks ago, they won 30-9. Big Ben threw a personal record 5 (FIVE) picks. We don't know if JAGS GM Tom Coughlin follows the pointspread markets, but he made a private speech this week to the team. We'll go with him saying something like......"LISTEN......Vegas has you as 7.5 point UNDERDOGS. They think you stink. Now you can show them you stink or you can break that #7 fellow in yellow in half. Literally.....Thank you...." Um, run, don't walk to the windows. JAX+7.5, and if you wanna bet em on the money line at 2.75-1 to win outright? We aint a stoppin you.
Finally, yes Minnesota plays in a dome, so the saying goes "weather is not a factor". Many folks think this is excellent news for visiting Drew Brees and the Saints. Well, before you get too cocky, the weather has not been a factor in ALL of the Vikes home games. Wanna take a guess how many points they give up on average per home game? 12.5. And we dunno about you, but we think 12.5 is a long, loooooooooong way from 45.5. The Case Keenum story has been nice to follow, but what people NEEEEEEEEED to follow is how nasty the Vikings defense is. A nice conservative game plan on offense for Minnesota, and a smashmouth defense equals another UNDER.
So the happy "only 6 more games till the Super Bowl" recap:
Saturday: NFC LOCK OF THE YEAR UNDER 41.5 Atlanta/Philadelphia, Sunday: JACKSONVILLE+7.5 @ pittsburgh, UNDER 45.5 New Orleans/Minnesota.
Best of luck. God bless. Stay warm and enjoy.
Speaking of enjoy, perhaps one of the most famous live albums was produced on today's date, 50 years ago. It marked a nice career resurgence for our old friend John, who had fallen on some tough times right before this. Richie, used to use the line "Hello....I'm Richie B" in the same voice as this cat, to start this tune. And if you don't think Richie B and we will be drinkin "coffee" and smokin BIG cigars this weekend, you are sorely mistaken. Take it away John......And a happy 50th anniversary to this moment.