Godzilla’s NFL Playoffs: No Dog Sunday
By John Fredericks
CARY, North Carolina—The Chokin’ Chargers cost me a nice 2-0 start. After leading 27-0 and counting my winnings, the bottom fell out. Their fan base calls it: “Chargering” a football curse that goes back to the Air Coryell days and the Ice Bowl in Cincinnati. Well enough of that! I’m 1-1 ATS in the playoffs and today we need to run the table.
Fish at Bills -14
This is really a no-brainer. The Fins, losers of five of their last six games to end the season, is starting a third-string practice squad quarterback against Josh Allen and the Bills Mafia. The tailgate party in Buffalo started at lunch on Wednesday. This is a blow-out. The Dolphins can’t run the ball against the Bills front four which means the passing game is all they have. The Dolphins wide receiver speed is irrelevant if you can’t get the ball downfield to them.
It’s a really sad way to end a season for Miami that started with such promise, excitement and hope. The only risk for this Bills bet is they overlook the Fish and get off to a slow start. I don’t see that happening with the Damar Hamlin emotion engulfing the stadium.
Tua will be back next year. Their NFL draft planning starts about 4:15 PM EST.
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Pick: Bills -14
Giants at Vikings -3
This is my best bet of the day. I’ll be stark: The Giants are a fraud, and come into this dance as the most over-rated team in the playoffs. The line on this game should be 7. It’s a field goal based on two things: New York money in Vegas and the regular season game against the Vikings many say the Giants should have won. That was then-this is now. Minnesota is 13-4 for a reason. They win games. While Kirk Cousins isn’t flashy, he does not lose games. He wins them. Are you willing to bet against the Vikings at home with that crazy horn blowing your ears off with Daniel Jones as your hope when down 14 points in the fourth quarter? The Giants won nine games – they beat two teams with winning records—one was the 9-8 (Jags) and the other had no quarterback (Ravens).
This is the biggest underlay I can remember.
BEST BET: VIKES -3
Ravens at Bungles -8.5
I know this is painful for Ravens fans: you are not the same team without Lamar Jackson. Joey Burrow is on fire, the Bengals are at home and Baltimore is banking on Todd Hundley. The level of confidence the Bengals offense has right now is uncanny. The bottom-line comes down to points. Once Cincinnati gets up by two or three scores, how to the Ravens come back? This has pick-six O-rama written all over it. Sure maybe the Bengals go to sleep in the fourth quarter, but it won’t matter. This is not a doggie day. To get a back-door cover, the game has to be somewhat close. Not here. Not today.
Pick: Bengals -8.5