stats
globeinteractive.com: Making the Business of Life Easier

   Finance globeinvestor   Careers globecareers.workopolis Subscribe to The Globe
The Globe and Mail /globeandmail.com
Home | Business | National | Int'l | Sports | Columnists | The Arts | Tech | Travel | TV | Wheels
space


Search

space
  This site         Tips

  
space
  The Web Google
space
   space



space

  Where to Find It


Breaking News
  Home Page

  Report on Business

  Sports

  Technology

space
Subscribe to The Globe

Shop at our Globe Store


Print Edition
  Front Page

  Report on Business

  National

  International

  Sports

  Arts & Entertainment

  Editorials

  Columnists

   Headline Index

 Other Sections
  Appointments

  Births & Deaths

  Books

  Classifieds

  Comment

  Education

  Environment

  Facts & Arguments

  Focus

  Health

  Obituaries

  Real Estate

  Review

  Science

  Style

  Technology

  Travel

  Wheels

 Leisure
  Cartoon

  Crosswords

  Food & Dining

  Golf

  Horoscopes

  Movies

  Online Personals

  TV Listings/News

 Specials & Series
  All Reports...

space

Services
   Where to Find It
 A quick guide to what's available on the site

 Newspaper
  Advertise

  Corrections

  Customer Service

  Help & Contact Us

  Reprints

  Subscriptions

 Web Site
  Advertise

  E-Mail Newsletters

  Free Headlines

  Globe Store New

  Help & Contact Us

  Make Us Home

  Mobile New

  Press Room

  Privacy Policy

  Terms & Conditions


GiveLife.ca

    

PRINT EDITION
Saints, Panthers offer best first-round show
space
Chiefs aim to maintain late-season momentum while the Bills face a one-and-done campaign
space
By BARRY WILNER
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
  
  

Email this article Print this article
Friday, January 5, 2018 – Page B12

Pro Picks heads into the postseason with an incredible record straight up, 70 games over .500. A coach would have a lifetime contract for such an impressive showing.

The key to picking NFL games, of course, is winning against the point spread. In that area, well, we need a rally, three games under the break-even mark thanks to a particularly damaging Week 16.

A strong playoffs served us well last year. So let's do it again.

NO. 11 TENNESSEE (PLUS 7 1 / 2) AT NO. 8 KANSAS CITY, SATURDAY

All four wild-card matchups have spreads in the same range.

This one seems most out of whack.

While the Chiefs have not exactly recaptured their form of early in the schedule, when they were the NFL's best, they are on the rise.

The dynamic offence has been rekindled, particularly by sensational rookie running back Kareem Hunt.

"We look at it right around Game 12, you kind of see where they're at and if they have a bad play you say, 'Whoop! There's the rookie wall,' " coach Andy Reid joked - yes, Reid has a very good sense of humour, folks.

"Sometimes I think that gets a little overrated, but we haven't seen that with him. He's done well and I think we're probably a little hypersensitive to that when you get around the middle of the season, that 12th game." This is the 17th game, and the trend for the Titans hasn't been good lately. They lost three in a row down the stretch and needed to squeeze past AFC South winner Jacksonville, which had nothing to gain last Sunday, to make the field.

The Titans won't last long in it.

Best bet: CHIEFS, 23-10 NO. 7 CAROLINA (PLUS 6 1 / 2) AT NO. 5 NEW ORLEANS, SUNDAY

This is the best looker of the four playoff openers, a confrontation between two of the league's strongest teams out of the NFL's top division.

The Saints or the Panthers are as capable as any NFC squad of getting to the Super Bowl. New Orleans knocked off Carolina twice in the regular season and is the more balanced side.

It's also the more explosive team.

But if any of the road teams is going to spring an upset, it's Ron Rivera and the Panthers, who have a much more recent record of postseason success than Drew Brees and the Saints.

Upset special: PANTHERS, 27-26 NO. 9 ATLANTA (PLUS 6 1 / 2) AT NO. 4 LOS ANGELES RAMS, SATURDAY

So here come the more-experienced Falcons, ready to surge back to the Super Bowl and, this time, finish it off after building a big lead?

We don't buy it.

These aren't even close to being the same Falcons. Matt Ryan has had a problematic season, and the Falcons have made the kind of critical mistakes they avoided in 2016 - until the second half of that historic Super Bowl flop.

The Rams are young and eager and explosive and dynamic and ... well, superior.

RAMS, 27-19 NO. 12 (TIE) BUFFALO (PLUS 7 1 / 2) AT NO. 10 JACKSONVILLE, SUNDAY

The feel-good story throughout Western New York - there are college players who might not have been born when the Bills last made it this far - ends rapidly. Barring a recovery by LeSean McCoy from his ankle injury, the Bills will be one and done, even though the Jags have a few question areas on offence, particularly QB Blake Bortles.

JAGUARS, 19-13 2017 RECORD

Last week: Against spread (9-7).

Straight up (9-7) Season totals: Against spread (117-120-10). Straight up: (162-92) Best bet: 9-8 against spread, 10-7 straight up Upset special: 9-8 against spread, 9-8 straight up


Huh? How did I get here?
Return to Main Andrew_Willis Page
Subscribe to
The Globe and Mail
 

Email this article Print this article

space  Advertisement
space

Need CPR for your RSP? Check your portfolio’s pulse and lower yours by improving the overall health of your investments. Click here.

Advertisement

7-Day Site Search
    

Breaking News



Today's Weather


Inside

Rick Salutin
Merrily marching
off to war
Roy MacGregor
Duct tape might hold
when panic strikes


Editorial
Where Manley is going with his first budget




space

Columnists



For a columnist's most recent stories, click on their name below.

 National


Roy MacGregor arrow
This Country
space
Jeffrey Simpson arrow
The Nation
space
Margaret Wente arrow
Counterpoint
space
Hugh Winsor  arrow
The Power Game
space
 Business


Rob Carrick arrow
Personal Finance
space
Drew Fagan arrow
The Big Picture
space
Mathew Ingram arrow
space
Brent Jang arrow
Business West
space
Brian Milner arrow
Taking Stock
space
Eric Reguly arrow
To The Point
space
Andrew Willis arrow
Streetwise
space
 Sports


Stephen Brunt arrow
The Game
space
Eric Duhatschek arrow
space
Allan Maki arrow
space
William Houston arrow
Truth & Rumours
space
Lorne Rubenstein arrow
Golf
space
 The Arts


John Doyle arrow
Television
space
John MacLachlan Gray arrow
Gray's Anatomy
space
David Macfarlane arrow
Cheap Seats
space
Johanna Schneller arrow
Moviegoer
space
 Comment


Murray Campbell arrow
Ontario Politics
space
Lysiane Gagnon arrow
Inside Quebec
space
Marcus Gee arrow
The World
space
William Johnson arrow
Pit Bill
space
Paul Knox arrow
Worldbeat
space
Heather Mallick arrow
As If
space
Leah McLaren arrow
Generation Why
space
Rex Murphy arrow
Japes of Wrath
space
Rick Salutin arrow
On The Other Hand
space
Paul Sullivan arrow
The West
space
William Thorsell arrow
space





Home | Business | National | Int'l | Sports | Columnists | The Arts | Tech | Travel | TV | Wheels
space

© 2003 Bell Globemedia Interactive Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Help & Contact Us | Back to the top of this page