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Football Picks, Etc. – 11/12/2021

Good news! We rebounded on the football picks, going 5-1 last week. Even better news — Cam Newton is coming home.

It’s 14 days until my favorite holiday — Thanksgiving!

What are you doing for dinner? Cooking? Traveling? We are embracing the task of cooking dinner for family this year.

Some type of bird, ham, green beans, “Baby Girl’s” Macaroni & Cheese, and MORE, are all on the dinner menu.

I will be making mom’s “Red Velvet” cake, as well as a pound cake for dessert.

Good Food Eating GIF by Bounce

Sounds good, doesn’t it?

Football Picks Recap

How did we do last week?

Because some of you were praying for me (thanks!), we had a 5-1 mark last weekend:

  • 3-0 clean sweep on the College Football Picks (week 10), elevating the overall record to 16-14.
  • 2-1 mark on the NFL Picks (week 9), improving the record to 11-16.

Hot Takes

Health care company cuts ties with Aaron Rodgers after COVID-19 vaccine  comments : NPR

NFL / Aaron Rodgers

When asked recently, “Did Aaron Rodgers lie…?”

“Well, he said he was ‘immunized’. ‘Immunized’ and ‘vaccinated’ are not the same thing, IMHO.”

“For those who equated ‘immunized’ with ‘vaccinated’, then ‘yes’, Rodgers lied.”

“For those who picked up on the subtle difference, he didn’t lie. He just evaded the question.”

NFL / Playoff Predictions


  1. Tennessee
  2. Baltimore
  3. L.A. Chargers
  4. Buffalo
  5. Pittsburgh
  6. Cleveland
  7. Cincinnati


  1. Arizona
  2. Dallas
  3. Tampa Bay
  4. Green Bay (only because someone has to win the NFC North)
  5. L.A. Rams
  6. New Orleans
  7. Umm, someone might reach the playoffs with a sub-500 record.

NFL / Carolina Panthers

How it started on Monday morning after watching that disastrous performance by Jimmy Clausen Sam Darnold:

Fuck You Music Video GIF by Teyonahhh

How it’s going now…

Now that Cam Newton has agreed to return to the Panthers:

It’s possible the 7th seed in the NFC could have a record of 8-9.

If that’s the case, then adding Cam — the same fella who was having a very good preseason in New England — makes Carolina a 7th-seed playoff contender.

That’s all I ask for as a fan — give me a glimmer of hope.

(That, and buying out Jimmy Clausen II’s contract at the end of the season…)

ACC Football

Kenny Pickett, Pitt survive to win in overtime against North Carolina |  Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pitt survived a scare last night in its game against North Carolina.

We fans of “chaos” a “false start at the 2-yard line” away from another glorious round of “Coastal Chaos”.

If the Tar Heel offensive lineman doesn’t flinch, I think Carolina scores a TD, wins the game and leaves the door wide open for Miami and Virginia.

As it is, Pitt escaped and maintains the inside track to the Coastal Division crown.

As for the Atlantic Division…

#16 NC State at #12 Wake Forest

What’s at stake?

First, bragging rights — Wake Forest wants to avenge last season’s loss.

Second, and just as important —

Atlantic Division title chase:

Wake Forest either needs to:

  • win out and eliminate any possibility of a tiebreaker scenario, OR
  • beat NC State and Clemson and eliminate the possibility of an unfavorable tiebreaker scenario, OR
  • beat Clemson and BC, and hope NC State falls apart down the stretch

NC State either needs to:

  • win out, OR
  • beat Wake Forest & Syracuse, and hope Wake loses to either Clemson or BC, OR
  • hope it finds itself in a 3-way tie with Wake Forest and Clemson

That’s still enough to make your head spin, isn’t it?

I tend to favor NC State in this game because of their ability to slow the game down and limit possessions.

If the Wolfpack get anything out of their run game, it’ll be a long night for Wake Forest.

With that said, it’s time to make some picks for the weekend!

College Football Picks / Week 11

Last week: 3-0 / Overall: 16-14

NC STATE (+2) at Wake Forest

QB Devin Leary and his WRs (for the most part) have been flying under the radar.

While Sam Hartman has amassed great stats — 27 TDs / 5 INTs, 2,800+ passing yards — Leary is right there with him at 25/3/2400+.

NC State’s entire defensive scheme is designed to not only contain Clemson, but contain Sam Hartman.

The Deacs are going to be forced into long, sustained possessions.

It may take a last second FG for Wake Forest to win by that, but that’s about it.

MIAMI (-2.5) at Florida State

I can’t believe I’m tying this about a Manny Diaz-coached team, but..

Miami has righted itself with Van Dyke at QB, and they remain in the Coastal Division title chase.

In case you’re wondering, the Canes need to 1) win out, 2) hope Pitt beats Virginia and 3) hope Pitt loses at Syracuse.

ECU (+5) at Memphis

It’s time for us to start paying attention to my alma mater — because they’re likely our last hope at ditching Cincinnati’s CFB Playoff aspirations.

NFL Picks / Week 10

Last week: 2-1 / Overall: 11-16

Detroit at Pittsburgh – UNDER 41.5

I’d rather take the OVER than flirt with a push or backdoor Detroit (+8) cover.

UPDATE – With Big Ben out, due to COVID, I have posted the updated over/under — and I’m taking the UNDER.

ARIZONA (-10.5) vs Carolina

DENVER (-2.5) vs Philadelphia

Have a great weekend!