The Colby Jack 2018 Report Card
18-19 Record 115-58-5 or 66%
The Saints 7-2 home record seems softer than it actually is. The Saints lost the first home game of the season, won 6 in a row when it mattered and lost to the Panthers when the game meant nothing.
Gurley looked good last week and I expect him to have a nice day but I think the Saints will give their fans a thrill and send Drew Brees to the Superbowl!
Saints 34 - Rams 30
The Selection is the Saints giving the points
This one is:
The Jedi Master vs. a young Luke Skywalker
Mr. Myagi vs. Danielson
It's Professor Henry Jones Sr. vs. Indiana Jones
It's the bright eyed blind guy in the robe battling David Carradine
The Patriots aren't the same team on the road that they are at home. The Chiefs (especially Andy) have a history of collapsing in the playoffs but they did beat the Colts handily at home last week.
The Patriots have a losing record on the road this season while the Chiefs are 7-1 at home.
How do you bet against the Patriots in the playoffs?
Um, like this - Chiefs 34 Patriots 30
Prediction: Chiefs giving 3
1. THE COLTS VS. THE CHIEFS (-5.5)
This game is a matchup between Andrew Luck and Frank Reich's resurgent Colts vs. the chokemaster-Andy Reid, The Incredible Mahomes and the Chiefs.
The Chiefs are favored by 5.5
Expect fireworks with the KC offense and The Colts playing against one of the worst defensive backfields in the NFL.
The Colts are playing the best football they have played all year. They handled the Texans and I expect them to cover the spread but probably not win outright.
PREDICTION: CHIEFS 31 INDY 27
(selection is INDY +5.5)
2. THE COWBOYS AT THE RAMS (-7)
The Cowboys won their HOME game against the Seahawks where they are not 8-1.
The Cowboys have made it the divisional round 5 times in the last 22 years and are 0-5.
The Rams are 7-1 at home.
PREDICTION: RAMS 31 COWBOYS 17
Happy Trails Cowboys
(Selection is RAMS -7)
3. THE CHARGERS VS. THE PATRIOTS (-4)
I like to pick blowouts but thanks to the NFL's success at creating parody, the playoffs are so hard to read.
Look at this one:
The Chargers(13-4) are 7-1 ON THE ROAD! They have a better record than the Patriots (11-5). However, the Patriots are perfect at home 8-0. The Chargers upset the Ravens last week and also recently defeated the Chiefs on the road.
This is another one that I expect the Patriots to win, remain perfect but not to cover. I'm taking the Chargers.
PREDICTION: PATRIOTS 28 CHARGERS 27
(Selection is CHARGERS +4)
4, THE EAGLES VS. THE SAINTS (-8.5)
When they last met, the Saints beat up on the Eagles 48-7. The Eagles appear to be a better team now and are riding Foles magic that has shown 3 consecutive road wins agains the RAMS, REDSKINS, and BEARS.
I think the Saints are better than all of them on paper but I think the Eagles would repeat if they played these games at home.
They don't and the Eagles are 5-4 on the road while the Saints are 7-1. I don't expect the Saints to cover.
PREDICTION: SAINTS 30 EAGLES 24
(Selection is EAGLES +8.5)
Enjoy the games!
The Colby Jack 2018 Report Card
SUMMARY: COLBY JACK'S NFL 2018
W 102 - L 47 - T 5 67.85% !!! REALLY NICE!
If you have a dog in the fight on this weekend, I have to tell you that I'm not cheering against anyone and that none of these games have me beaming with confidence. All 8 of these teams are good enough to move past this weekend. Below are my best guesses!
WILDCARD WEEKEND GAME #1
The Indianapolis Colts vs The Houston Texans (-2.5)
These two teams met twice during the regular season and both games were decided by 3 points and both victories were by the road team. This one is tough. The Texans won the first game in overtime but fell victim in the second as the Colts strengthened through the season and the Texans seemed to soften just a bit. I think Frank Reich can never be counted out but, against it all, I'm taking the Texans at home to win by a field goal and beat the line.
Prediction: Houston 27 Indianapolis 24
Wildcard Weekend Game #2
The Seattle Seahawks vs. The Dallas Cowboys (-2.5)
If this were in Seattle, there would be no doubt that the Seahawks would be favored. It's not. It's in Dallas. The Cowboys are better at home at 7-1 and the Seahaks are really mediocre on the road at 4-4. I may lose these first two picks but again, despite everything I just said, I think the Seahawks are the better team.
Prediction: Seahawks 21 Cowboys 20 (it could actually go either way but I expect the Seahawks to cover)
WILDCARD WEEKEND GAME #3
The Los Angeles Chargers at the Baltmimore Ravens(-2.5)
The Chargers are 7-1 on the road this year! The Ravens are 6-2 at home. The Chargers played the Ravens earlier this year and were beaten 22-10. I expect another Chargers loss but possibly a tigher game.
Prediction: Ravens 27 Chargers 17
WILDCARD WEEKEND GAME #4
The Philadelphia Eagles At The Chicago Bears (-6)
The Eagles are only 4-4 on the road this year but the last two road games, in their 3 game win streak, The Bears should handle the Eagles at home where they're 7-1. I'd love to see St. Nick (Foles) continue his magic but I can't pick against the Bears at home.
Prediction: Bears 24 Eagles 14
If you have a dog in the fight on this weekend, I have to tell you that I'm not cheering against anyone and that none of these games have me beaming with confidence.
Good Luck! Have Fun this Weekend!!
The Ravens are really good AT HOME but they're not at home! They have a losing record on the road at 3-4. The Chargers, coming off a big win against the Chiefs on the road, are now tie for the division and top seed in the AFC.
Prediction: Chargers 24 Ravens 16
Nick Foles is a Super Bowl MVP, a ProBowl MVP, has one of the greatest seasons ever as an NFL QB under Chip Kelly's 1st Year and came in last week to give the Rams their first home loss of the year. The magic runs out here.
The Texans record on the road 5-2 is better than the Eagles home record 4-3. The Texans have a better defense in light of the fact that the Eagles are very light on defensive backs.
Prediction: Houston Texans 31 Philadelphia Eagles 21
The Saints just played 3 tough road games coming out 2-1 while being held in the low teens in points on two of the three. They are simply a different team on offense at home.
The Steelers play well on the road this year at 4-2-1 but the Saints will be too much at home.
Prediction: Saints 37 Pittsburgh 24
The Seahawks have a better record on the road 4-3 than the 49ers have at home (3-3). The Seahawks are a far better team with a lot more to play for. I'm taking the road favorite Seahawks to beat the spread
Prediction: Seahawks 34 49ers 21
The Dallas Cowboys are currently riding the longest win streak in the NFL. The Texans had a win streak of their own which was ended by the Colts last week. I don't see that happening. Despite the Cowboys road record of 2-4 and the Indy Road record of 4-2, I don't see a Indy 3 point spread holding up.
rediction: Dallas 23 Indy 21
The Oakland Raiders and the Cincinnati Bengals are the two worst teams in the NFL for Points Against. The Bengals are at home and they are playing for jobs. The Raiders should be playing for a draft pick. Either team could win this slop but I see the Bengals over the Raiders and the spread at home.
Prediction: Bengals 24 Raiders 20
1.Thursday Night: LA Chargers vs. Kansas City Chiefs (-3.5)
I don't like this game but I don't have a crystal ball - just balls of steal and will make a selection KC (even though Ware is down) will cover
Prediction: Chiefs 28 Chargers 24
2.Sunday Night: Eagles vs. Rams (-9.5)
Hey Eagles fans! Not good! Wentz is out so if there was even a chance, there's not now.
Prediction: Rams 35 Eagles 13
3. Monday Night: New Orleans(-6.5) at Carolina
New Orleans should win regardless. They are 6-1 in road games but haven't been very impressive in last few. The Panthers are very good at home and still have an outside shot at a wild card spot but the Saints are tie with the Rams for home field.
Prediction New Orleans 27 Panthers 20
Last week, the Indianapolis Colts ended the Houston winning streak and, although the Jets beat the Bills last week to end their losing streak, NYJ isn't a good team. The Jets are only 2-4 at home while the Texans are 4-2 on the road.
I'm taking the road favorite Texans in NY
Prediction: Houston Texans 27 and the New York Jets 13
This one should be an easy win for the Patriots having easily handled the Fins on their first matchup this year BUT the Dolphins typically handle the Patriots at home. I'm going with the numbers and the fact that the Patriots need to maintain momentum and won't overlook the Dolphins on this trip.
Prediction: Patriots 30 Dolphins 16
The Cowboys are coming off a big win and a long rest. They are great at home with a 5-1 record. The Eagles have a losing record on the road this year.
The Champs go down for the count after this game. Honestly, It pains me.
Prediction: Dallas 27 Philadelphia 20
These are two teams heading in different directions. Regardless, the Seahawks have a winning record at home and the Vikings are only fair on the road (2-3-1)
Prediction: Seattle 26 Minnesota 18
The Lions offense is beaten up! The Rams are coming off a bye and rested. The only Rams loss on the road was to the New Orlean Saints. The Lions who are 3-3 at home, aren't the Saints.
(a scene from Rocky 3)
Interviewer: What's your prediction for the fight?
Clubber Lang: My prediction?
Interviewer: Yes your prediction.
(Clubber looks into the Camera)
Prediction: Rams 35 Lions 14 (Pain)
I, like the rest of America, am excited about the Browns starting to become a good team. But let's not get carried away! Houston's won 8 in a row and the Browns are 1-4 on the road.
There should be some dog in the fight but, ultimately, the Browns just ain't that good yet.
Prediction: Houston 28 Cleveland 14
I'm glad this is on prime-time television or the Saints may walk into a trap game. The Cowboys are on a 3-game winning streak and, if they somehow win this game, all the Cowboys fans will reappear in neighborhoods around the country. Don't count on it!
The Saints are the best team in the NFC at 10-1 having given the Rams their only loss of the season.
Drew Brees has scored 4 times in each of the last 4 games.
Prediction: New Orleans 34 Dallas 20
Frank Reich has the Colts moving upward with a current 4 game winning streak. The Miami Dolphins are 1-4 on the road. Should be a big day for Andrew Luck as the Colts extend their winning streak to 5.
PREDICTION: INDIANAPOLIS COLTS 31 AND MIAMI DOLPHINS 17
The Broncos are just 2-3 at home. The Steelers are 4-0-1 on the road. The Broncos are coming off a huge win in San Diego but can't finish to pull back to back upsets.
PREDICTION: PITTSBURGH STEELERS 23 DENVER BRONCOS 14
I hate these high-spread games but:
The Chargers are two games up in the last AFC wildcard spot and 1.5 games behind KC in the AFC West. They cannot rest. The Cardinals, however, can starting making plans for the off-season. They just lost a home game to the Oakland Raiders!
PREDICTION: THE LA CHARGERS 31 THE ARIZONA CARDINALS 16
Keeping this simple: The Saints are unbelievable at home! Did you see them tear up the Eagles? I think the Falcons offense is currently playing better than the Eagles, and I know that the Saints -13 is a huge line but I'm taking them anyway. Stay tuned as we will offer free picks for sports betting throughout the NFL Playoffs!
Prediction? Saints 37 - Falcons 17
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The Steelers have won 5 straight and are undefeated on the road. The Jaguars have lost the last 5 games and are just 2-3 at home.
NFL Lines (PIT -5.5)
PREDICTION: Pittsburgh wins by two scores 28-14
The Steelers widen thier lead inth AFC North while the Jaquars take firm control over last place.
Both teams are on the decline and, although the Bengals have a better record and the Ravens are on a three game skid, I like the Ravens to win at home even though they are 2-2 there.
NFL Lines (BAL -3)
PREDICTION: Baltimore 27 - Cincinnati 14
After the game, both teams will be at 5-5. They will be 2.5 games behind the Steelers and beginning to settle into mediocrity.
The reigning Champion Philadelphia Eagles are 2-2 on the road.
The Saints have won their last 8 games and are the best team in the NFC. They are also at home.
NFL Lines (NO- 7.5)
PREDICTION: New Orleans 38-Philadelphia 24
The Saints win their 9th straight and top seed in the NFC.
The talk of the Eagles and playoffs stops . At 4-6, Eagles hopes for this year fade to black.