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Brad Richter

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Against the Spread: Super Bowl Picks
Fri, Feb 2
Against the Spread: Super Bowl Picks
Game: Philadelphia Eagles at New England Patriots (-4.5)
Pick: New England Patriots (-4.5)
How quickly we forget how inept the Eagles offense with Nick Foles was in the last two games of the regular season and their first playoff game. Get Foles and the Eagles out of Philly to a neutral site with an inexperienced coach facing a clutch QB with a ton of playoff success and they will struggle. I'm expecting a double-digit win for the Patriots.

Game: Will the combined score be over or under 48 points?
Pick: Over

Game: What will the total combined points be at the end of the game?
Pick: 54 points (34-20)

Against the Spread: Conference Round Picks
Thu, Jan 18
Against the Spread: Conference Round Picks
Game: Jacksonville Jaguars at New England Patriots (-9)
Pick: Jacksonville Jaguars (+9)

Game: Minnesota Vikings at Philadelphia Eagles (+3)
Pick: Minnesota Vikings (-3)
The Eagles were able to overcome being a home underdog last week against the Falcons but following the Vikings miracle (lucky) victory over the Saints they are flying high as they travel to Philly. I expect the Vikings to prevail as they come in with a better defense, better QB and a whole lot of mojo.

Which game pick are you most confident with?
Minnesota Vikings at Philadelphia Eagles (+3)

Against the Spread: Divisional Round Picks
Fri, Jan 12
Against the Spread: Divisional Round Picks
Game: Atlanta Falcons at Philadelphia Eagles (+3)
Pick: Philadelphia Eagles (+3)
Eagles where dominate at home all season. Yes, they don't have Carson Wentz but Nick Foles is still a solid QB and the Eagles are a good "team" that was not 100% dependent on Wentz. Meanwhile, the dome-team Falcons will travel on the road in the cold (low 30s) in a much more hostile environment then they encountered in LA last weekend. All of this plus they are getting points. You can keep the points, I'll take the Eagles straight-up.

Game: Tennessee Titans at New England Patriots (-13.5)
Pick: New England Patriots (-13.5)
The Titans were getting crushed by the Chiefs before the clock struck midnight (or the end of the first half) and all of the sudden every bounce went their way. They won't be as lucky this weekend in New England against an improved defense and Tom Brady with a healthy set of receivers against a week Titans' secondary.

Game: Jacksonville Jaguars at Pittsburgh Steelers (-7)
Pick: Jacksonville Jaguars (+7)
The Jaguars already beat the Steelers in Pittsburgh once this season, 30-9 in Week 5. They may not win and surely not by 21 points but with an elite defense and good running game they should be able to keep it close enough to cover the spread.

Game: New Orleans Saints at Minnesota Vikings (-4.5)
Pick: New Orleans Saints (+4.5)
Unlike the Falcons that need to venture out of the dome to the fridged weather, the Saints just travel to another dome in Minnesota. The Saints have the better QB and running game which should be the difference in a game with two strong defenses. Winner of this game I expect to be coming back to Minnesota for the Super Bowl.

Which game pick are you most confident with?
Atlanta Falcons at Philadelphia Eagles (+3)

Against the Spread: Wild Card Picks
Thu, Jan 4
Against the Spread: Wild Card Picks
Game: Tennessee Titans at Kansas City Chiefs (-8)
Pick: Kansas City Chiefs (-8)

Game: Atlanta Falcons at Los Angeles Rams (-5)
Pick: Atlanta Falcons (+5)
If you are looking for the one Wild Card upset then give the Falcons a long look. They have much more playoff experience than the surprising Rams while the Rams possess the weakest home field advantage of any of the playoff teams without a distinct crowd or weather edge. Matt Ryan and the Falcons know how to keep games close with four of their six losses coming by six points or less. Also if the game comes down to the kicking game, the Falcons have a distinct advantage with Matt Bryant while the Rams will have to rely on Sam Ficken following the Greg Zuerlein injury. This should also be the highest scoring game of the week as I expect it to exceed the 48.5 Vegas total.

Game: Buffalo Bills at Jacksonville Jaguars (-8.5)
Pick: Jacksonville Jaguars (-8.5)

Game: Carolina Panthers at New Orleans Saints (-6)
Pick: New Orleans Saints (-6)

Which game pick are you most confident with?
Tennessee Titans at Kansas City Chiefs (-8)

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