MINNEAPOLIS, MN - DECEMBER 4: Christian Ponder #7 of the Minnesota Vikings and Tim Tebow #15 of the Denver Broncos speak after their game on December 4, 2011 at Mall of America Field at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Broncos defeated the Vikings 35-32. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
Again, our picks are a little on the late side, and I apologize for that. But, as the saying goes, better late than never, especially if you have as good a week as we did in Week 13, where we got ourselves back above break-even against the spread and kept our hot streak going with our straight-up picks as well.
I'll be doing these picks in a slightly more rapid fire fashion this week, so without any further ado, here we go!
I've given up trying to figure out the whole Tim Tebow thing, folks. All I know is that the guy wins, and will continue to win this week against a Bears team that's without Matt Forte and Jay Cutler. . .or, as we refer to them, the entire Chicago offense.
Straight-Up - Broncos, ATS - Broncos
How in the heck are the 10-2 Niners only favored by four points in this game? Yes, I get that the Cardinals got a dramatic victory over Dallas at home last week. San Francisco is a heck of a lot better than that.
Straight-Up - Niners, ATS - Niners
The Bengals have been a nice story and all that, to be sure, but the Texans have been among the AFC's best teams all season long, regardless if they've been starting Matt Schaub or Matt Leinart or T.J. Yates at quarterback. The Texans know they're still in the hunt for the AFC's top seed, and they'll play like it on Sunday.
Straight-Up - Texans, ATS - Texans
The Rest of the Week
The Falcons are right in the thick of the wild card hunt in the NFC, and with the Lions and Bears doing their best to fall apart, Atlanta needs to take advantage of this one to solidify their position.
Straight-Up - Falcons, ATS - Falcons
Last week, the Colts were 22-point underdogs, and only lost to New England by a touchdown. They might cover this week, too. . .but there's no way in heck they're winning this game, either.
Straight-Up - Ravens, ATS - Colts
The Redskins are still not a very good football team. The Patriots, for all of their faults on defense, are playing to have the road to the Super Bowl run through Foxboro. The Patriots should cruise in this one.
Straight-Up - Patriots, ATS - Patriots
New Orleans is still fighting with the Niners for the second seed in the NFC playoffs, and can take a big step towards that with a victory over Tennessee. I don't know if a resurgent Chris Johnson can carry the Titans past New Orleans in this one.
Straight-Up - Saints, ATS - Saints
The Jets as a 12-point favorite? Man, Vegas is acting like the Chiefs are starting Tyler Palko at quarterback. Oh, that's right. . .they are.
Straight-Up - Jets, ATS - Jets
Two 4-8 teams in this one. . .one of whom might have expected to be here, and one that most certainly did not when the season started. Let's go with the team that may have expected to be there to move past it.
Straight-Up - Dolphins, ATS - Dolphins
The Buccaneers as a favorite on the road? Has anyone from Vegas seen any of Tampa's road games this season? Both of these teams are bad, but the Jags don't deserve that level of disrespect.
Straight-Up - Jaguars, ATS - Jaguars
Two more disappointing teams getting together in this one. Both of these teams got off to fast starts, and both of them went over the cliff faster than Toonces the Driving Cat. The Chargers should win here, but it will be closer than you think.
Straight-Up - Chargers, ATS - Bills
Ugh. (Yeah, that's all the analysis you get for Packer games.)
Straight-Up - Packers, ATS - Raiders
Both of these teams seem bound and determined to fall apart in the face of potentially winning the NFC East. Let's take a mild upset here to make things more interesting for that division, shall we?
Straight-Up - Giants, ATS - Giants
This is the point we're at with the Rams, folks. . .they're double-digit underdogs to a 5-7 team. They'll keep themselves in the race with the Vikings for the second overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft.
Straight-Up - Seahawks, ATS - Rams
Straight-Up For Season: 113-63 (12-3 last week)
ATS For Season: 85-84-7 (9-6 last week)
Lock of the Week: 7-5
Upset of the Week: 4-8