Ron Rosenbaum, Writer

January 20, 2007

Football Picks: Round 3, Overconfident Edition

Filed under: Uncategorized — ronrosenbaumwriter @ 4:08 pm

I wish I could say I find myself troubled or conflicted this week. My record, I’m sure you know, is perfect in picking game-winners (that would be 8-0) and I’m 5-3 against the point spread, thus I suppose my assurance about this week’s picks must be overconfidence and the Almighty Line will punish me. So take these with a grain of salt:

I like the Patriots plus 3 over the Colts. I just don’t get what’s happened to Peyton Manning. The similar, even more short-lived, rise and fall of brother Eli suggests there may be a Manning family sell-by date. I keep thinking Peyton’s due for a great game, but when The Line gives you Brady and Belichick as underdogs in a playoff game it’s crazy not to take them.

And I like New Orleans plus 2and 1/2** over Chicago. Despite what Philip Roth says, I can’t see picking Chicago QB Rex Grossman as a favorite. And by the way there’s nothing more annoying to me than careless misreading of my own words however trivial. Case in point the unusally-named guest over at the blog of my rival in playoff picking, Gil Roth, who is under the impression that I think Rex Grossman is Jewish.

No, as anyone reading my Round 2 post can see, all I say is that Rex Grossman could be the name of a Philip Roth character, not that the actual inept Chicago QB is a Member of the Tribe. We have enough trouble without be saddled with that. I should also point out that the line being used at Gil Roth’s blog, Chicago minus 2 1/2 is outdated, and as of Saturday morning it was 2. Could make a big difference. I wonder how he’ll deal with it if it does.

**Update Since the Sunday morning line has gone back to Saints plus 2 and 1/2 and because Gil Roth rightly pointed out we’d informally agreed to use the Friday morning line (2 and 1/2) as our guide, I’ve upodated the line on my pick (it’s still 6 hours before game time) to be consistent with my match-up with Gil. It could make a big difference and the fact that it’s slightly more advantageous to me has nothing to do with this decision. You’ll just have to trust me on that.



  1. I figured I’d stick with our policy of using the Friday morning NYPost betting line, even though there’s no Saturday games, so that’s why I used the 2.5-point spread.

    It’s not like I have a chance at winning anyway. Sigh…

    Comment by Gil Roth — January 21, 2007 @ 8:02 am | Reply

  2. I pick the Saints and the Patriots.

    Makes for a great Super Bowl of Hope vs. Experience. 🙂

    Comment by Bill Bradley — January 21, 2007 @ 2:24 pm | Reply

  3. Well, I have a lot more experience in Presidential primary campaigns than in NFL play-off games … 🙂

    The Saint’s go from 2 points down to 25 points down in less than a half of play. OUCH!

    Comment by Bill Bradley — January 21, 2007 @ 6:40 pm | Reply

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