Like a moth to the flame burned by the fire, my picks are blind; can't you feel my misfire?
That's the way picks go.
Welcome to another addition of Fat Pickins--the least-read column of the week at our humble site.
Why does it get so few hits?
Because no one really cares who another man believes is going to win a football game--unless there are naked cheerleaders involved.
Unfortunately, I didn't have the time this week to arrange for that, so we'll make fun of Peter King's afro instead.
Mike Silver is on a tear like I've never seen through three weeks. He's built such a large margin that even if his picks crater for a three- or four-game stretch during the season, he's going to be hard to beat this year. I've never heard of anyone picking above 70% for the year, let alone 80%, so I'm giddy with excitement to see if he can
continue his success get lucky. I'm not sure where he's getting the information to make his picks. Perhaps the cook for the home team?
Clearly, no one gives the Broncos a snowball's chance in hell to win today's game. But that's also true for Kansas City and Indianapolis--wait, that's not exactly where I mean to go with this.
If you want to wager some money straight up with your buddies (or you're just a degenerate), here's what you're looking at with respect to probabilities this week, using Sagarin's Rating System and my own Excel spreadsheets:
|Favorite||Spread||Probability of Winning|
There's good reason to leave your Broncos emotion at home this week when picking games. The Packers have the highest probability of winning, at least according to this system. My other system--the orange and blood arteries that run through my body--say otherwise.
Also, stay away from the Giants and Cardinals. It's almost a coin flip.
Baxter McLove's Stone-Cold-Drunk Locks
1. Green Bay over Denver. "Aaron Rodgers has better facial hair--barely--than Kyle Orton."
2. Chicago over Carolina. "Cam Newton, meet the Tampa 2. Tampa 2, meet Cam Newton. Any questions?"
3. New England over Oakland. "The talk you hear about the Raiders being a playoff team? Jive talkin'."
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