After a topsy-turvy week that I was sure at one point would extend Dan’s lead in the picks competition, we ended up both having a nine-point week that keeps us both over a fifty percent win rate and leaves Dan six points ahead.
I really need to put together some strong weeks together to pull this one out but I’ll keep trying.
|Gee:||Week 15: 9 – 7||Overall: 117 – 107|
|Dan:||Week 15: 9 – 7||Overall: 123 – 101|
49ers @ Titans (+3.5)
The Christmas Eve’s Eve game sees the Tennessee Titans hosting the 49ers having lost three out of their last four games and with Julio Jones pulling up with a re-occurrence of his hamstring injury. While the Titans try to hold on to the AFC South, the 49ers have dragged themselves into the wildcard hunt thanks to a run of form and are laying points in this one for a reason. It’s one thing to lose Derrick Henry but compounding that with the loss of both AJ Brown and Julio Jones at receiver largely explains the Titans losing record over the last month so whilst the number makes me somewhat nervous, I’m going to back the 49ers as the form team as I have to make some big swings if I am going to catch Dan.
Gee’s Pick: 49ers
Dan’s Pick: Titans
Browns @ Packers (-7.5)
The Browns have had a season to forget, and with defensive star Myles Garrett dealing with a groin injury on top of all the Covid positives plus having played a game on Monday, a Christmas trip to Green Bay is probably the very last thing the Browns need right now. The Packers clearly have issues on special teams given they are ranked thirty-second in the league by DVOA, and the defence is only twenty-second, but with Aaron Rodgers playing this well the Packers are the rare case where a superstar quarterback can genuinely carry a team. Although running back Aaron Jones and receiver Davante Adams are damn capable in their own right. As is traditional, the number of points worry me, but I have a feeling the Browns could be in for a long one in this game.
Gee’s Pick: Packers
Dan’s Pick: Packers
Colts @ Cardinals (-1.5)
The Cardinals might well have hit a late season wall, although I think it might be a little unfair to question if Kyler Murray can last a full season given the injury to star receiver DeAndre Hopkins that would hurt any offence. The Cardinals welcome a Colts team with the belief they can get themselves into the playoffs despite their 1-4 start. Fresh off beating the Patriots the Colts should go into this one with plenty of confidence and as long as Carson Wentz continues to reign himself in I think this should be another win for Frank Reich, who is 36-26 despite having a different starting quarterback at the beginning of each of his four years in charge.
Gee’s Pick: Colts
Dan’s Pick: Colts
Dan was not enjoying making a pick last week, but his faith in the Chiefs was rewarded with a point, whilst I had some concerns thanks to the number of Miami players on the Covid list but also got the point. This week I am hoping the Chiefs’ win streak holds against the Steelers whilst Dan is backing the Chargers to win out over the Texans.
Week 16 Selection:
Bold Prediction of the Week
As ever I struggled with this one, but in the end, I plumped for Washington to keep it within three of the Cowboys.