2006 Season NFL Football Past Picks
August 12, 2006
This pick was released to clients on July 30, 2012 at 7:46PM ET.
Pittsburgh at Arizona
Saturday 08/12 04:00 PM Eastern
2 units on Pittsburgh +3.5 (-110) (risk 2 to return 3.82) RESULT: LOSS
The defending World Champions are getting 3.5 points vs. a team that won 5 games last year. Must be the preseason! Teams that were poor the prior year during the regular season and are installed as home favorites in the preseason don't fare too well vs. the spread. Here we get over a field goal on a team that has winning as part of their DNA. They were 15-1 in 2004, almost unbeatable with Roethlisberger last year on way to a Super Bowl win and they went 3-1 in last year's preseason. I don't think they are complacent either. Head coach Bill Cowher said "When you have opportunities that we have in front of us to do that, you have to ride it. We have a lot of people back. It's not going to be easy, it's a big challenge, but boy, to me it's very invigorating. I think we're all kind of champing at the bit to get back." Backing up Big Ben will be Charlie Batch who should be able to have some success agianst Arizona' backup defense. 'Zona veteran starter Kurt Warner won't see a lot of action this preseason as the Cards want to look at John Navarre and Matt Leinart. I don't expect much from the 2004 seventh round pick (Navarre) or the rookie (Leinart) in his first real action. Leinart is not yet signed and I think Navarre will really struggle against Pittsburgh's defense whose backups are better than many teams' starters. Yes, it's the preseason but talent still comes into play and Pittsburgh only knows how to play one way - that's to win. Take the much better team as a dog of more than a field goal.