2005 Season NFL Football Past Picks
October 30, 2005
This pick was released to clients on December 31, 1969 at 9:00PM ET.
Washington at New York
Sunday 10/30 01:00 PM Eastern
2 units on Washington +2.5 (-110) (risk 2 to return 3.82) RESULT: LOSS
You win 52-17 to push your record to 4-2 and you find yourselves as an underdog. Love it. The Skins are for real folks and they are getting (much) better every week. The G-Men are very good as well and power-wise these are pretty close teams. But, Washington has the big emotional and situational advantage. They are coming off a big-time confidence boosting game. They got the offensive monkey off their back as they finally broke out. That now makes four out of five weeks that they've scored more than their previous week. They now know and believe they can score. Combine that with their defensive prowess and they are a tough opponent for anyone right now. Things are going so good emotionally for this club that even the disgruntled Lavar Arrington is happy again after playing a significant role last week. Brunnel is killing it and Portis had his breakout game last week. They are riding high. The Giants are also off a big win but one of a very different kind. Eli Manning has been nothing short of amazing and given his play, at this point in his career, he looks to have even better prospects than his brother. But, these new cardiac kids can't continue to win close ones week after week. The kinds of games that they have played the last two weeks vs. Denver and Dallas takes its toll. And, while boosting confidence in some ways, it dampens it in others. "Why do we need to keep winning at the last second?" they must be asking themselves subconciously. New York, after coming out of the gates offensively (34 points per game over first four) have shown that they aren't so prolific against good defenses (18.5 per game last two). Did I mention that Washington has the league's 2nd ranked offense and 4th ranked defense while New York's defense is ranked second to last? Redskins for two stars.