Pearl’s Picks

Robert Pearl ’20, Opinion Columnist

Last week was interesting to say the least. Two and two is not necessarily great but it does bring our season total to six and six. This is why I am thinking we are in for a big week. Six and six is our record. It is week six. 666 in October aka the only month where 666 is a socially accepted norm. With numbers like that not only should we double our units per bet we might as well play the Powerball. With that being said I can feel some wins coming our way and this streak of weeks with no profit will end at two.

NFL Picks:

Seattle Seahawks minus one and a half – The Seahawks beat the Los Angeles Rams last week 30-29 in a game where Russell Wilson had four touchdowns. The Cleveland Browns however are coming off of a huge loss against the San Francisco 49ers in which Baker Mayfield is coming off of what is arguably his worst performance as a starter since being in the league. The line is close because odds makers don’t see the Seahawks as a real threat and that the Browns are going to use their home field advantage. Guess what? I don’t care. The Seahawks will ROLL the Browns and will make Cleveland really reconsider whether Baker Mayfield is their QB1 in the near future. 

Carolina Panthers minus two – Do you want to hear something scary? Christian McCaffrey has 866 total yards of offense. The Miami Dolphins have 900 total yards of offense. AS A TEAM. AS IN A COLLECTIVE UNIT OF MEN WHO ARE PAID MILLIONS OF DOLLARS TO PLAY FOOTBALL! Christian McCaffrey has six touchdowns this year. The Miami Dolphins as a team have two. Christian McCaffrey is playing like a mad man at this point in the season and I don’t think there is a defense in the league that could stop him right now. The Buccaneers are coming off a loss in New Orleans right now where they allowed Alvin Kamara to have 117 total yards of offense. McCaffrey is way better than Kamara at this point and to think he won’t get at least those same stats is pushing it. Panthers don’t need Cam Newton when they can just feed their workhorse back the ball 80 times a game. I don’t see this game as being close. 

San Francisco 49ers plus three and a half – The San Francisco 49ers just crushed the Browns on Monday night and it begs the question of who is the best team in California. Obviously Oakland is out because they are too inconsistent (plus half of their wins this year are in London so maybe Gruden will petition the league to have the Raiders move there instead of Las Vegas). The Los Angeles Chargers aren’t even the best team in their own city so they are immediately disqualified. The Los Angeles Rams however are a real test. They have one of the most high powered offenses in the league and feature weapons all over the field. San Francisco however is no slouch and in order for them to truly show that they are a legit competitor this year they need to beat the Rams. An old friend once told me don’t take the underdog with points if you don’t think they have a chance of winning straight up. After I paid off his phone bill I was able to call him and say thank you for the great advice. The 49ers are talented and I believe this is the game where the show us all what they are made of. 

Green Bay Packers minus four – Last week I took Green Bay plus the points away at Dallas which proved to be quite the intellectual play. This week the Packers are playing the Detroit Lions at Lambeau Field. The Lions are not nearly as good or talented as the Cowboys are so therefore it only makes sense that the Packers smoke them this week. Aaron Rodgers is hitting his groove and that defense is playing scary. To be quite honest I don’t know how the Lions are good this year. Their only loss is against the Chiefs and they have tied the Cardinals. If those aren’t absolute opposite ends of the talent spectrum I don’t know what is. All I can say is that on Monday Night Football don’t bet against Aaron Rodgers. He will hear about it and will haunt you because of it.