Hey, a win is a win, even when there was only one game to choose from. When Oakland covered the large spread in last Sunday’s game against Atlanta, that provided this H-Bomber with his first success of the season.
OK, so a 1-5 record is nothing to crow about, but the Saints, at 1-4 (thanks to the bye), are trying to convince everyone their season can be salvaged, so I’ll stay with the same theme. Even if I can’t blame my poor picks on having an interim bomber.
So, here we are in Week 7 with three games that qualify (6½-point spread or more, not including Thursday night’s San Francisco-Seattle game, which ended up a push thanks to the 13-6 victory by the 49ers). You think coach Jim Harbaugh teed off a bunch of 49ers fans that bet their team and would have won had the coach taken the late safety? I would say so. But, I digress.
The three games, based on the lines on our site, are Houston 6½ over Baltimore, New England 10½ over the Jets and the Giants 6½ over the Redskins.
In my picks, I went with the underdog in each game so the quest here is to pick the one I feel most strongly about — and the one where the underdog has the best chance of winning the game outright.
With that standard, I am torn between the Ravens and Redskins. Baltimore lost cornerback Lardarius Webb and linebacker Ray Lewis last week, and the Ravens could be victimized by Houston’s ground game. The Giants, meanwhile, are coming off a dominating win over the 49ers, which means they probably won’t play as well, and they often have uneven performances at home. In addition, they lost twice to Washington last season when the Redskins didn’t have Robert Griffin III.
Thus, the bomb drops this week on the Giants.