I was one call-out and one point form having the sought-after perfect week. Oh well, I’ll take 4-2 anytime. This week was really hard and I found it easy to create comments on both sides. That means I’ll be praying for a 3-3 week.
Atlanta @ Philadelphia (-2.5)
RG: Hard to see why the Eagles are favored in this game. Vegas essentially is saying that Atlanta is only .5 points better than the Eagles. But, you know what? I don’t like the Falcons on grass and I do not trust them to convert key rushing first downs, kind of like the playoff game in New York last season. Mike Vick can only go so many games giving the ball away three times a contest. Plus, Andy Reid is 13-0 after the bye week and 10-3 ATS in those games. PICK: Philadelphia
Washington @ Pittsburgh (-4), o/u 47.5
RG: Call me crazy, and here’s a number: Pittsburgh is 8th in QB rating differential and Washington is not far behind in 12th. That means that I believe that the Redskins are a fringe playoff contender. Also, these teams allow a combined 50+ points per game, so the under/over may seem a tad low here. I disagree, I think that both teams have been solid defending the pass and Vegas knows it. Throw in the fact that Griffin may miss a series or two in this game, and I start to buy the Steelers at home. PICK: Steelers, also taking the under.
New York @ Dallas (-2)
RG: New York getting points on the road in the quiet shopping mall at Dallas? Once my wife finds out that I tried to bet her and our house on the game; I expect to be homeless and single. Because of that, I submit this; I like the color blue and long walks on the beach as long as my phone has a signal to get football scores. I know this could be a classic opposite pick, but I’m sticking with the team who knows how to close out a game. PICK: New York
New Orleans @ Denver (-6)
RG: I hear that Tracy Porter picked off Manning about 8 times in practice by blinding him with his Saints Super Bowl ring. This game should feature a ton of points and it will decide many fantasy match-ups. There are plenty of reasons to hate the Saints on the road and on grass. Call this pick a “funny feeling” type. I still think the Broncos are a better team, but the line strikes me as high. PICK: New Orleans
San Francisco (-4) @ Arizona
RG: Remember that feel good start for Arizona? That was only three weeks ago. Remember when people thought the Niners could trust Alex Smith? That was only about a month ago, too. That was until San Francisco followed about 80 points in two weeks with 3 and 13 points. It’s a good thing that the defense is scrumtralescent. PICK: San Francisco
Courtesy of Andy, here is a hot sauce recipe perfect for chili:
I use a wide variety of peppers and a few onions. Jalapeños, Anaheim, Cayenne, Fresno, Poblano, Serrano, Bell for taste and of course, lots of Habaeros. Remove the stem and dump them in a food processor (don't remove the seeds or placenta) to grind them into a foul, potentially lethal relish. I then put that relish like substance into a blender with just enough liquid (water, hot sauce, pineapple juice is great for adding a little sweetness) and blend it until it's smooth. Put that over medium heat for a while adding lots of salt, some chili powder, garlic and a vile little substance called pure-cap (http://www.hotsauceworld.com/purecap.html
), which is nothing more than capsaisin and vegetable oil. You now have a ridiculously hot, but still tasty hot sauce. I pour it in the chili after it's simmered for a while and put the rest in mason jars for the masochists.
FP(L) public service announcement - wear gloves when you make this. Even with the gloves my hands burn for hours. You can also wash your hands with baking soda. Another tip that I learned the hard way, DO NOT fill the dirty chili pot with water then stick your hand in the water to scrub the pot clean. Gloves won't help you if you do that, nothing will help you except time, a high tolerance for pain and possibly amputation.
Also, Football Pros cannot and will not be held responsible and resulting ulcers from prolonged intake of the sauce above.
Beer of the Week: Chocolate Sauce. Seriously, forget the beer if you make that sauce. You’ll need chocolate sauce. If you eat normally this weekend, I nominate Great Lakes Brewing Company’s Lake Erie Monster IPA. It’s thick and powerful.
LAST WEEK: 4-2
FP NATION: 8-16