Blazing Five YTD:
44-34-2 (56.4%) = Savage (3-2)
41-37-2 (52.6%) = Katz (3-2)
41-37-2 (52.1%) = Rabbitt (3-2)
41-38-1 (51.9%) = Colin (4-1)
37-41-2 (47.4%) = RC (2-3)
35-44-1 (44.3%) = Skol (3-2)
Awesome! Three of the five handicapping group members took down Colin Cowherd at his own game this year. Colin has been one of the best handicappers in the world for years and he had a tough year, as many of us did. The NFL is always changing…and very complex to pop 55%+ in a contest where you are forced to pick five games on THU/FRI pre-full injury reports out.
Congrats to Savage for a stunning year at 56.4% this year. Hopefully, he helped a few folks make some $$$. He was where the money was at…flirting with 60%+ most of the season.
Just for fun, here are some Week 17 plays from the group:
COLIN: No picks, he doesn’t play Week 17.
CHI at MIN (-1.0)
Bears will try to win to finish 8-8 and Minnesota not so much. The Vikes given some advance word that the key starts might sit the game, and not play a series or two…even better for CHI.
TEN at HOU (+3.5)
The Texans injury report looks worse and worse…I love this for Tennessee this week.
ARI at LAR (-4.5)
When the Rams have meaningless games, they sit everyone they can. Arizona can close out on a 3-game win streak and Brett Hundley is decent. I need this to cash in on all my real 5.5 ‘over’ win total bets with the Cardinals. The Rams will barely be there/playing/trying, and Arizona will try…I think…I hope.
NO at CAR (+13.0)
I don't like to lay this many points, but the Panthers are embarrassing themselves to the finish and the Saints have a must-win for seeding.
SF at SEA (+3.5)
Russell Wilson +points at home in a big game? Yes, please.
Buccaneers pk - I think the Bucs should be a 3-point favorite in this game. Bruce Arians has stated that the team wants to get to 8-8 and his guys have played hard for him all year. Atlanta has played hard for Dan Quinn, too, but they may feel like they've already saved his job. I would not be surprised if the Falcons treat this trip to Tampa as a holiday vacation.
Chiefs -9 - KC will be watching the score of the Patriots/Dolphins game and could pull their starters. I think KC is playing well enough to blow the Chargers out in the first alone and it wouldn't shock me to see the Patriots struggle to put the Dolphins away.
Panthers +13 - The Saints were only a 10-point favorite when these teams played in New Orleans in week 12, a game the Panthers nearly won. As bad as the Panthers have been, I'm not convinced they deserve to be this big of a home dog. There are plenty of scenarios where the Saints win comfortably and don't cover.
Vikings +3 - I'm not sure the Bears should be a 3-point road favorite in Minnesota, even against Vikings backups. I'm sure the Vikings remember the Bears eliminating them from playoff contention in week 17 last year, so they might have some added motivation. Plus, I like the idea of Mike Boone getting 20 carries against a checked-out Bears defense.
Raiders +3.5 - Both teams are dealing with injuries to several key players and I think the Raiders guys will do their best to suit up whereas Denver is more likely proceed with caution. The Raiders are the only team with something to play for that isn't favored this weekend and I think they'll at least be able to keep this game close.