Originally written on The Hazean  |  Last updated 11/18/14
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Did anyone watch the Chargers/Ravens game last week? If you saw last week’s Backdoor Cover you know I had the home San Diego. What a way to lose a game. Much was made of Ray Rice converting a 4th and 29 to keep the game alive. He didn’t even make it I mean, by at least a yard. By the time it was reviewed, the chains had already moved so the refs didn’t know where exactly they were originally. I just don’t see how in this day and age where I can order pizza online and watch it being cooked, or Kathrine Heigl is a movie star or even ESPN expands “First Take” to Saturdays that we can’t tell on multiple video angles where Ray Rice’s knee went down accurately. It’s all still Norv Turners fault regardless. #FireNorv Heading down to Hazean home base territory by going to a bachelor party in New Orleans this weekend. While I am extremely excited about the chance to go to one of my favorite cities in the whole world and because of whom the trip is honoring, I can’t help but feel a bit of sadness. People: If you ever get the chance to go please don’t spend all your time on Bourbon street. Please do not eat at the Acme Oyster House or Bubba Gump Shrimping Co. and call it a weekend. Drink something besides Bud/Miller/Coors. I realize that everyone is a snob about places they really like, but damnit New Orleans is different. I, on the other hand, will spend my weekend drinking 3 – for -1 Coors light on Bourbon street while listening to karaoke of Joan Jett. It comes with the territory of not being in charge. Let me be your warning: Go eat at Cochon, visit Frenchman street, slip into the Maple Leaf and just explore*. I used to think this was all public knowledge but apparently not. *explore = places you won’t get shanked. You’ll know, trust me. Speaking of the Hazean, he is coming up to my normal stomping grounds to run in the St. Jude Marathon. High-fives to everyone who participates in this event. In a world of cynical jokes about everything, St. Jude literally might be the greatest place on Earth. Which is saying something, because it deals with the worst things on Earth. If you plan on being charitable at all this giving season, I hope you put St. Jude Children’s hospital at or near the top of your list. Thanks. On to the picks! Season record (47-37-3) Last week (6-3-1) NFL NEW ORLEANS +3.5 vs. Falcons – Can you imagine how mad professional athletes who get paid millions of dollars are going to be when they find out someone egged the Saints’ team bus? Has Sean Penn arrived on the scene yet to start the healing process? What time does the U2 egg benefit concert start? Obviously, the yoke is going to be on the Falcons when the Saints keep it within a field goal. Jimmy Graham goes off in a big way, chalk it. HOUSTON -6 vs. Titans – Being a Denver fan, I would love to think the Titans can pull the upset here and win but unfortunately, I can do math. As impressive of a showing as TN had last week losing at Jacksonville, I can’t support them stopping the Texans ground game especially with the threat of Andre Johnson keeping teams from stacking the box. This represents a step up from competition from the Titan’s previous games. Blowout. NEW YORK JETS -4.5 vs. Cardinals –  I have bet against the Jets so much this year. So, so much. However, this sets up brilliantly for the fighting Tebows to get a decisive victory. I don’t have much analysis other than some trends and the AZ QB situation is the equivalent of Lindsay Lohan’s accent in the new Lifetime movie “Liz and Dick”. It’s the best train wreck TV since Chicago Fire! BUFFALO -5.5 vs. Jaguars – This isn’t so much a pick for the Bills doing great, I just don’t think the Jaguars can cover three straight. The Bills have been a mystery to me, underperforming when I thought they would be at least decent. C.J. Spiller is an elite talent and I think he’ll make a big impact on this game. Of course I picked up Chad Henne in my leagues where I have Kaepernick to give me options so what do I know. ST. LOUIS +7 vs. 49ers – I just love betting on St. Louis. They win for me. A lot. I find myself leaning towards the same teams some times. One of the things I want to do is go back and see my record with each team to know if I’m telling the truth or not. In the past couple of weeks, it is just assumed that San Francisco has won the NFC Championship. Not on Jeff Fisher’s watch they haven’t. SAN DIEGO +2 vs. Bengals – I cannot believe I am back on this incompetent clown ride of a football team. There is a 50% chance I’m still on tilt from losing with them last week. They remind me of a Blockbuster video store in 2013. They have outlived their usefulness. There is so many better ways to spend your day in San Diego I bet than keeping up with this group. #FireNorv  #endthehype4AntonioGatesRyanMatthews DENVER -7 vs. Buccanneers – My Broncos have been on fiyah and so have I betting on their games. Last two weeks I’ve gone against them and cashed. I guess that’s what has contributed to the popularity of taking the Bucs this week. They have been playing overrated and cupcake teams. They aren’t going to know what hit them. I’m telling you – Denver by 17 here. NEW YORK GIANTS -2 vs. Redskins – This is just two different teams that have similar perception but there is actually a large gap in team talent. I have no problem taking the Giants on the road to cover the short number. Let the RGIII MNF hype build, but I’ll take the group that has been there and done it, including demolishing a Green Bay team last week. After not taking the Monday game a few weeks, it’s time I get over my fears and pick a side. Good luck!  
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