Thursday Night Football Picks: What You Can Expect

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Season Record: 3-2-2

Sunday’s Record: 2-2-2 (Wins: CLE, Under 46 in WSH/HOU – Losses: CHI, TB – Pushes: NYJ, DEN)

While I’m glad that football is back, I surely don’t miss these heart-wrenching moments that make your picks go from a sure lock to a dramatic…tie? We experienced that a couple times on Sunday with the Jets and Broncos.

With a minute left and the Jets covering, Raiders WR James Jones made an unbelievable 30-yard TD catch to kill the dreams I laid out for everyone. I still think he was out of bounds but obviously the refs in East Rutherford didn’t feel that same way. In the Broncos-Colts game, a late onside kick recovered by the Colts allowed them to score a late TD and tie up the game. Two instances where BUYING POINTS saved everyone from a horrific half-point loss; keep buying points.

I’ll have another six-pack of games for everyone for Friday afternoon, but let’s start with tonight’s division bloodbath between the Steelers and Ravens…

UNDER 44.5 (buy to 45.5) in PITTSBURGH/BALTIMORE game

This is one of the league’s greatest rivalries, but unfortunately this will be the second-most important storyline tonight. With a week full of distractions in the Ray Rice saga, this game will be more about how the Ravens rebound from the short week of controversy.

With these two teams the games are usually close (9 out last 10 in regular season decided by 3 pts or less). Last week both teams, which pride themselves on defense, let up almost 400 yards each and I don’t see that happening again. You have to remember that this is a Thursday night game, which means that they’ll be looking to play it safe and get away from this game without having major injuries.

If you want to play the over tonight, I have no qualms with that. Both teams are running more of an up-tempo offense with the defenses playing uncharacteristically poor. However, more money is on the over in this one and I’m not completely sold on it. The Rice distraction, the history of the rivalry and a short week make me more comfortable taking the over.

RAVENS 20 Steelers 17

Alan Walsh | News Cult

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