The 32 team league has turned into four teams. The only teams left standing are the Baltimore Ravens, New England Patriots, New York Giants and San Francisco 49ers. Only two move on to the Super Bowl. Yes, we want to know the winners of the game, but what about the point spread? There is money to be won and lost through Vegas and picking against the spread.
So we make our picks for the two games. Last weekend we finished 2-2, but stand at 133-108-3 on the season against the spread.
Baltimore Ravens at New England Patriots (-7.0): The Pats cruised to a win over the Tim Tebows (Broncos) last weekend and the Ravens only beat the Houston Texans because Houston was playing their backup QB's backup, who looked like a rookie on the road. However, Baltimore is historically the only team that can win the Super Bowl, based on offensive and defensive rankings. That trend will end, as the Patriots are playing some dang good football right now. Baltimore's defense is good enough to limit Tom Brady, but Brady is a man on a mission. Pick: Pats, -7.0.
New York Giants at San Francisco 49ers (-2.5): The Niners caused five turnovers against the Saints and still almost lost. The Giants look like they could beat anyone, and Eli Manning has an impressive road resume. The New York defense is as healthy as it has been, so they are getting pressure on the QB and are covering well. SN Fran struggles on offense. They have the D to stop the Giants attack, but they can be susceptible in the air. New York's receiving corp, combined with Manning's play will make this a disappointing Sunday for Niners fans. Pick: Giants, +2.5 (but we expect New York to win outright).