Every week, Kevin Cusick makes his predictions about the latest scatter in Las Vegas as God intended …
Pirate Eagles (-8½)
Tom Brady stayed in the season finale to make sure his buddy Rob Gronkowski caught another pass for the $ 1 million bonus. The Tampa Bay quarterback subsequently received thank-you notes from his colorful tight end and the United Las Vegas Strip Club Workers Union.
Select: Buccaneers at 11
Cardinals in Rams (-4)
The first playoff game on Monday night will include the first-ever Manningcast playoff game. As such, the vast majority of viewers, instead of watching a standard ESPN broadcast, will watch Peyton Manning nibble on chicken breast, receiving copious amounts of makeup on their forehead.
Choice: Rams by 3
49ers in Cowboys (-3)
Dallas retained their attacking stars against the Eagles understudies and took a landslide victory last Saturday night. But the bad news for Mike McCarthy’s team is that San Francisco plans to play with all of its rookies.
Choice: 49ers by 3
Steelers in Chiefs (-12½)
Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin said he fell asleep before the end of Sunday’s Raiders-Chargers match in Donnybrook, which nearly cost his team a playoff spot. This will help him prepare for a postseason cameo as Patrick Mahomes and company will put the Steelers to sleep forever.
Choice: Chiefs U14
Raiders in Bengal (-5½)
Las Vegas decided to play to win last Sunday night’s epic, in part to avoid the Kansas City playoffs and earn a trip to Cincinnati. It doesn’t really matter, because these Raiders are unlikely to beat the Chiefs or Bengals anyway.
Choice: Bengals at 7
Patriots in the accounts (-4)
New England’s Bill Belichick, hurt after his team lost to Miami for the second time this season, lamented “poor performance, poor coaching, poor play.” Experts expect that after their season ends in cold Buffalo, the coach may be tempted to use the second adjective.
Choice: counts for 10
10-6 straight up
5-11 versus scatter
178-93-1 straight up (0.657)
146-124-2 versus spread (0.541)
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