Welcome to SLICED SPREAD, the place on Inside Pulse Sports for weekly NFL picks against the spread, head to head survivor picks, and score prognostications. I lost power last week due to Hurricane Sandy, and where I am in Long Island has just been chaos everywhere: the trains, the gas lines, the power outages, the stress, and the devastation.
If you can, please donate to the Red Cross, as so many people are displaced in shelters or freezing or hungry or homeless.
I am very fortunate to not have lost anything other than power for a few days, and while our infrastructure is weak, our spirit is resonant and our resolve remains strong.
To all of my fellow Northeasterners, I’m with you.
Now, onto our national distraction / escape known as the NFL:
Home teams are shown in CAPs
*LOCK IT UP: Indianapolis (-2.5) over JACKSONVILLE — Colts will dominate the worst home team in football. Colts win 23-9Sunday:
Tennessee (+6.5) over MIAMI — Love the Titans as underdogs, despite their blowout loss last week. Titans win 21-19
*LOCK IT UP: NEW ORLEANS (+2.5) over Atlanta — Trap game for Atlanta in New Orleans. Saints win 31-27
Denver (-3.5) over CAROLINA — The Broncos are on too much of a roll right now to be stopped by the Panthers. Broncos win 29-20
BALTIMORE (-9.5) over Oakland — Sorry Oakland. Ravens win 24-12
TAMPA BAY (-3.5) over San Diego — How good have the Bucs looked lately? Bucs win 31-21
Detroit (-0.5) over MINNESOTA — The Lions are back on track. They edge out the Vikings up north. Lions win 24-21
NY Giants (-3.5) over CINCINNATI — The Giants will be on a mission this week to put that loss to the Steelers behind them. They’ll do just that. Giants win 28-17
NEW ENGLAND (-11.5) over Buffalo — Sorry Buffalo. Patriots win 42-20
*H2H SURVIVOR PICK: SEATTLE (-6.5) over NY Jets — The Jets are as hapless as ever. Will they even score in Seattle? Seahawks win 24-6
*UNTOUCHABLE SPREAD OF THE WEEK: St. Louis (+11.5) over SAN FRANCISCO — This could backfire on me, but I sense a closer game than 11.5 points. Niners win 30-21
PHILADELPHIA (+0.5) over Dallas — Coin toss kind of pick, going with the home team. Eagles win 21-16
Sunday Night Football:
*LOCK IT UP: CHICAGO (-1.5) over Houston — LOVE the Bears at home this week in a statement game at Soldier Field. The Texans will fall to 7-2, slightly opening the door for those pesky Colts. Bears win 23-20
Monday Night Football:
PITTSBURGH (-12.5) over Kansas City — The Chiefs are this bad. Steelers win 20-3
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