Each week Mike Angelina will share his picks on the Eagles, a game against the spread in both NFL and NCAA, a Suicide Pool Pick, a 3-team tease, as well as a fantasy player to make sure you start. Follow Mike on Twitter @MikeAngelina
Eagles Pick: Last week, the Eagles went up against one of the NFL’s better defenses, and despite the poor first half, were decent enough to win the game. Washington entered the game with the No. 2 ranked defense, yet still gave up touchdowns to Brent Celek, Riley Cooper and Miles Austin—not exactly Rob Gronkowski, Terrell Owens and Randy Moss. So, the Eagles offense is not completely broken, despite how broken the offensive line may seem. Watching each of these teams play last week, it’d be crazy to call either team impressive. However, I thought the Saints victory was much less impressive than the Eagles’ loss. They were playing a very mediocre Dallas team since they were without a lot of big pieces, including Dez Bryant, Tony Romo and Sean Lee. Still, Brandon Weeden was able to march down the field and slice through their defense when he needed to in the final two minutes. I also think Vegas is revealing the Eagles are the better team with the opening line of -5. I expect the Eagles, though not too convincingly, to win this must-win game at home.
Pick: Eagles, ATS: Saints+5
NFL Against the Spread Pick: The Patriots, and Tom Brady in particular, are on a mission. After shaking off a little rust (while still being near perfect) in his opener against Pittsburgh, Brady has the Patriots firing on all cylinders. In their most recent game, they scored points on every single drive—essentially a perfect game on offense. They’ve had a full week to give Brady and Bill Belichick time to formulate their next perfect game plan, against the beat-up Dallas Cowboys. Does anyone think Brandon Weeden can come close to keeping up with Tom Brady? Take the Patriots and lay the nine points.
Pick: Patriots -9.5
NCAA Against the Spread Pick: Seventeen points is a lot of points to give to a team in a rivalry game, but that’s the case when the Texas Longhorns face off against the Oklahoma Sooners. Both teams are going in opposite directions, and a rivalry game like this often balances the scales a bit more towards normalcy. Texas has some talent, particularly with their freshmen, but they’ve been playing as incomplete units. Sounds like timing for a big game, such as the Red River Rivalry, to bring the team together and rally the squad. In addition, Oklahoma just needs to not get embarrassed in this game, and so I don’t see them blowing Texas out too badly. They’ve also played some games with slow starts, and so I wouldn’t be surprised if they keep the door open for Texas and it only ends up being about a two-TD margin of victory.
Pick: Texas +17
NFL Three-Team Tease:
- Steelers +13.5
- Broncos +5.5
Last Week: 2-2, Season: 5-3