2002 Season NFL Football Past Picks

December 15, 2002

This pick was released to clients on August 13, 2012 at 3:56PM ET.


New York at Chicago

Sunday 12/15 01:00 PM Eastern

4 units on Chicago +6.5 (-110) (risk 4 to return 7.64)  RESULT: WIN

Letdown time for the Jets.


NY has been under tremendous pressure recently. After starting 2-5 they won 4 straight when they "had nothing to lose" to re-enter the playoff hunt. They then lost a close one to Oakland and beat Denver to keep their hopes alive. Their five wins in the last four weeks have included wins over Miami, Buffalo, San Diego and the aforementioned Broncos. After this game they have New England and Green Bay. I am tired just thinking about it. The Jets simply can't keep up this level of performance for nine straight weeks. There will be a letdown and this is the most likely week, against the 3-10 Bears (without their starting QB) following a brutal squeaker against Denver.


We know the Bears are really struggling this year but statistically this is a pretty close match-up and my Matchup Ratings indicate that the Bears are getting more points than they should be. Despite their recent turnaround, the Jets are still ranked in the bottom quarter of the league in both offense and defense.


The Bears somehow keep this one close enough to cover.



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