I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and I also hope everyone is ready to make some money on day after Christmas football. Let’s get right into it with some picks.
TB @ DET (O/U 55.5)
The total in this game is a little surprising to me because at the beginning of the year all I was hearing was how good Todd Bowles is and how he deserves a second chance to be a head coach. Sure a big part of this total comes from how bad the Lions are defensively but surely Tampa can slow down a Lions offense who is without Golladay and their starting center. With a win today the Bucs clinch a playoff spot and officially end their playoff drought. I really don’t think it’s talked about enough how Tampa has gone 13 seasons without a post season birth. Still I like Tampa to win but I don’t want to give 12 points on them so I will stick with the under. I think Tampa can hold Detroit under 20 and keep it under a high point total.
SF @ ARI (-6.5)
The path for Arizona to make the playoffs is clear. You win out and you are in. If they stumble they will need some help to get in. Lucky for them they will be going against CJ Bethard in this game so they should win and cover. These teams met in week 1 and Arizona won that one against a fully healthy 49ers team so they should be able to handle them at 70 percent. I expect DeAndre Hopkins to have a big game as he looks to build on his league lead in receiving yards.
Pick: ARI -6.5
MIA @ LV (+2.5)
I’m a little shocked to see this line where it is. The Raiders are a bad football team. Since almost beating Kansas City 5 weeks ago they have only won once and that was a Hail Mary against the Jets. The Raiders defense is just not good at all and their offense is not good enough to test this Dolphins team. I think the Dolphins win big here and officially end the Raiders Playoff hopes.
Pick: MIA -2.5