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December 13, 2012

PiRate Picks For College and Pro Football–December 13-17, 2012

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Bowl season kicks off Saturday with two games on the schedule.  Nevada and Arizona face off in the New Mexico Bowl in Tucson, and Toledo and Utah State play in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl in Boise.  We are going to pick every bowl game against the spread, but these are not “official picks” unless we indicate them as so.


New Mexico Bowl: Arizona -9 ½ vs. Nevada

PiRate Pick: Nevada


Famous Idaho Potato Bowl: Utah St. -10 ½ vs. Toledo

PiRate Pick: Toledo


PiRate 13-point Teaser

Nevada +22 ½ vs. Arizona

Toledo +23 ½ vs. Utah St.

Nevada and Arizona UNDER 89

Toledo and Utah St. OVER 45 ½



This has been one of those topsy-turvy seasons in the NFL, and our picks have followed that same trend.  We have a lousy week one week and then go 5-0 the next.  Overall, we are above the waterline, posting a small profit for the season, but we are not getting clients banned from sports books this year like we did in 2011.   We’re going with seven selections this week.


1. Cincinnati -4 ½ vs. Philadelphia

Bengals absolutely must win this game or they are almost assuredly out of the playoff race.  The Eagles showed signs of life last week, but can they do it two weeks in a row with nothing to play for?  We see Cinti winning by double-digits on the final Thursday night game of the season.


2. St. Louis -3 vs. Minnesota

Jeff Fisher-coached teams have a knack for shutting down opponents that must run the ball to succeed.  This Rams defense will not shut down Adrian Peterson, but they will lower his rushing average by one and a half to two yards per attempt.  Christian Ponder will not get it done, and the Rams will move above .500 and stay alive in the playoff race, while knocking the Vikings out of contention.


3. Buffalo +5 ½ vs. Seattle (game played in Toronto)

Seattle must travel 2,500 miles east to Ontario and play in a game three times zones ahead.  This comes after the Seahawks destroyed Arizona last week.  We see a major bounce this week and believe the Bills have a shot at the upset.  We’ll take the points here, thinking that if Seattle wins, it will be very close.  We just hope it doesn’t go to overtime.  Six points would kill us here.


4. 13-point Teaser

Cincinnati +8 ½ vs. Philadelphia

Chicago +16 vs. Green Bay

New York Giants +14 ½ vs. Atlanta

Tampa Bay +16 ½ vs. New Orleans


5. 13-point Teaser

New Orleans +9 ½ vs. Tampa Bay

St. Louis +10 vs. Minnesota

Cleveland +14 vs. Washington

Denver +10 ½ vs. Baltimore


6. 13-point Teaser

Indianapolis +22 vs. Houston

Carolina +16 vs. San Diego

Buffalo +18 ½ vs. Seattle

Pittsburgh +11 ½ vs. Dallas


7. 13-point Teaser

Dallas +14 ½ vs. Pittsburgh

Oakland +10 vs. Kansas City

New England +7 ½ vs. San Francisco

New York Jets +14 ½ vs. Tennessee

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