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Scoreless minutes for Trail Blazers at start of Wednesday’s loss to Sixers

Eric Fisher’s weekly column about a variety of topics. This week Eric serves up opinions on Rollie Massimino, the Eagles’ “final” roster and the courage of Soul quarterback Dan Raudabaugh.

Heisman Trophy candidate Saquon Barkley (pictured) has Penn State in the national championship discussion this season. Temple and Villanova try to continue their success under new head coaches, Penn tries for a share of a third straight Ivy League championship, and Delaware tries to turn its fortunes around with a new head coach.

The Greek God of Wrestling chronicles Braun Strowman’s meteoric rise to main event status. Achilles Heel also bemoans JBL leaving Smackdown, rips Sexy Star and for her conduct during and after a recent incident with Rosemary, and provides a link for Ric Flair’s first video after his nearly fatal medical issues.

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Putting it on the Line

Posted by Eric Fisher On November - 22 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

There are a lot of large spreads this week, including the Eagles, Patriots, Steelers and Chiefs being favored by double digits and the Falcons coming within a half-point of joining that group.

Large spread are supposed to make the bettor consider selecting the underdog, but I like the favorites in all of those game except the Chiefs (+10) over the Bills. The Bills are in disarray, but the Chiefs have lost four of their past five games. I’m hesitant to bet on a double-digit favorite that has only won once in its past five games.

My “best bet” this week is the Falcons (9½) over the Buccaneers. Both teams have won two straight games, but the Bucs defeated the Jets and Dolphins, while the Falcons beat the Cowboys and Seahawks and seem to be hitting their stride.

The Eagles were my “best bet” last week against the Cowboys (one of the few things that went right for me last week). I like them against the Bears this week, but they are giving too many points (-13½) for me to make them a best bet again. The Eagles will have to settle for being among my “other top picks.”

Two teams chasing the Eagles in the NFC, the Vikings (-3 at Lions) and Panthers (4½ at Jets), make my “other top picks,” as do the desperate Cowboys, who are 2-point underdogs to the Chargers.

Here are my Week 12 selections:

(Home team in CAPS)                                           

(Winning team against the line in bold)

Vikings -3 at LIONS

COWBOYS +2 vs. Chargers

Giants +7 at REDSKINS

Browns +8½ at BENGALS

EAGLES -13½ vs Bears

PATRIOTS -16½ vs. Dolphins

Bills +10 at CHIEFS

FALCONS –9½ vs. Bucs

Panthers -4½ at JETS

Titans -3 at COLTS

Seahawks –6½ at 49ers

RAMS -2½ vs. Saints

CARDINALS +5½ vs. Jaguars

Broncos +5 at RAIDERS

STEELERS -14 vs. Packers
RAVENS -7 vs. Texans

Best bet: FALCONS –9½ vs. Bucs

Other top picks: Panthers -4½ at JETS; Vikings -3 at LIONS; EAGLES -13½ vs Bears; COWBOYS +2 vs. Chargers

Last week: 5-8-1 (85-68-6 overall)

Best bet: 1-0 (5-6 overall)

Other top picks: 0-4 (20-23-2 overall)

Putting it on the Line

Posted by Eric Fisher On November - 15 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

Home, sweet home.

I like a lot of home teams this week. In particular, I like the home underdogs.

There are six home underdogs this week (and two pick ‘em games). I like the home team in all of those games except one.

My one exception to the trend this week? The Eagles (-3½) at the Cowboys. The Eagles are healthy and coming off a bye week. The Cowboys will be missing suspended running back Ezekiel Elliott, Sean Lee, who is the heart of their defense, and possibly left tackle Tyron Smith. The Eagles should eat up the Dallas defense and stifle the Cowboys’ running game. I like the Eagles so much that I’m making them my “best bet” for the first time this season.

Among the heavy home underdogs I like are the winless Browns (+7½) over the Jaguars. I’m not going to be so bold as to predict the Browns’ first victory, as I did for the then-winless 49ers last week, but it’s possible. The Browns jumped out to a lead over the Lions last week before turning back into the Browns. The Jaguars survived some stupid mistakes near the end of regulation to beat the Chargers in overtime. If the patterns repeat this week, the Browns should lose a close game – or maybe even win.

In addition to the Browns being among my “other top picks,” so are the Raiders (+6½) against the visiting Patriots. The Raiders need this game much more than the Patriots, who posted a double-digit road win last week and have a comfortable lead in the AFC East.

I even like the Giants (+10½) against the Chiefs. The Giants are an absolute mess, but a double-digit underdog at home? I’ll take the Giants, but I don’t like them enough to put them among my “other top picks.”

Here are my Week 11 selections:

(Home team in CAPS)                                           

(Winning team against the line in bold)

Titans +7 at Steelers

BEARS +3 vs. Lions

GIANTS +10½ vs. Chiefs

DOLPHINS pick vs. Bucs

PACKERS +2 vs Ravens

VIKINGS -2½ vs. Rams

TEXANS pick vs. Cardinals

BROWNS +7½ vs. Jaguars

SAINTS -8 vs. Redskins

CHARGERS -4 vs. Bills

BRONCOS –2½ vs. Bengals

RAIDERS +6½ vs. Patriots

Eagles -3½ at COWBOYS

SEAHAWKS -3 vs. Falcons

Best bet: Eagles -3½ at COWBOYS

Other top picks: SAINTS -8 vs. Redskins; BROWNS +7½ vs. Jaguars; BRONCOS –2½ vs. Bengals; RAIDERS +6½ vs. Patriots

Last week: 6-7-1 (80-60-5 overall)

Best bet: 0-1 (4-6 overall)

Other top picks: 2-2 (20-19-2 overall)

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