2005 Season NFL Football Past Picks

October 23, 2005

This pick was released to clients on July 12, 2012 at 8:14PM ET.

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Los Angeles at Philadelphia

Sunday 10/23 01:00 PM Eastern

3 units on Los Angeles +3.5 (-110) (risk 3 to return 5.73)  RESULT: WIN

You heard it here in this newsletter last week. San Diego is for real! They are only 3-3 but as discussed last week, they are the best team with that record in the league. If you look below the surface, it's obvious. I believe they are one of the league's top 3 teams right behind Cincinnati and Indianapolis. Here, they get over a field goal against the has-been Eagles. That's a bit tongue-in-cheek. The Eagles aren't that bad. But, this line is off - more so than any other line this week. San Diego should be a pick'em or a favorite here and I think they have an excellent shot at winning this game outright. San Diego has proved they were not a fluke last year. They have the best player in the league bar-none in LaDanian Tomlinson. This guy is close to Barry Sanders and Emmitt Smith good. He has moves and power and speed and versatility. No one, other than Pittsburgh, has been able to slow him down this season. Philly's defense certainly will not. Drew Brees and Antonio Gates round out an offense that is confident and can flat out score points. The Cowboys racked up 167 yards on the ground against the Eagles. LT could do better. Philly is coming off a devastating loss to the Cowboys. It was so lopsided that I believe their psyche is wounded. They were dominated physically in that game and the loss signaled an end to their NFC East dominance. They have no running game and McNabb just isn't in the groove he was last year - maybe due to the injury. Yes, I know that the Eagles are 6-0 after a bye in the Reid era and 17-3 following a loss this decade. But, things - they are a changin'. This is not the same Eagles team and it cerainly isn't the same Chargers team. Wrong team favored. Take the Chargers plus the points for three stars and if you're feeling as good about this as I am, consider a money-line play on San Diego at +160!

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