Eagles Pick: The Eagles are clearly a better football team. I would have said that even if the Cowboys came back and won that game. Miami just gave up 250+ yards to the Bills on the ground, and the Eagles are built through the run. Furthermore, I think on the other end of the ball they will be able to get to Ryan Tannehill and force a key turnover or two. Also, the Eagles’ offensive line seems to be gelling and playing better than any other point this season. Allen Barbre has really turned a corner and recently is playing his best football, particularly in the run game. I have not been impressed by the Miami Dolphins in one game this season, so I expect the Eagles to beat them by 10 points or so. Also, the Eagles have really created a home field for these 1:00 games; over the past two calendar years, they are a perfect 8-0 at home for 1:00 kickoffs.

Pick: Eagles, ATS: Eagles -6

NFL Against the Spread Pick: More times than you think, the team that “wants it more” actually does play like they want it more. I saw it in Seattle last time they played, two weeks ago against the Cowboys. They’ve had two weeks off (although so have their next opponent) to get ready for their next game. Their season is on the line at 4-4 as they get set to welcome the 6-2 Arizona Cardinals to their home field. Seattle is notoriously tough at home, and they simply need this game more. With the national crowd, I expect them to defend their home field.

Pick: Seahawks -3

NCAA Against the Spread Pick: Nick Saban has the Crimson Tide on a mission. They faced their biggest test of the season in playing No. 2 LSU last week, after beating a feisty Tennessee team and winning in a tough place like Texas A&M at College Station. They are one amazing play on a tipped ball away from being undefeated. They play Mississippi State, a team that has been good but has not played an impressive schedule of games. I think Alabama is focused and about to hit their stride, and I think they win by 10 or more points. Buy the half point back if you can, though.

Pick: Alabama -7.5

NFL Three-Team Tease:

  • Packers -1
  • Eagles +4
  • Patriots +3

Last Week: 2-2, Season: 11-5