Sal’s Week 13 NFL Picks Plus a Little C-Wall Banter

Last Week: 9-7

Season: 84-83-8

Not too bad of a week last week as I’ve nudged myself over the .500 hump again. The picks this week will either be very very bad or shockingly flukey. I am pressed for time this week, but I must continue this weekly streak of picks. Wifey is not around, so we’ll have to skip her fun picks this week.

Philly -3 at Seattle

Pick: Eagles -3, I usually like picking the Hawks at home when they are dogs because of how crazy their stadium is, but I just don’t like their chances in this one…especially on the offensive side of the ball. The passing game took a huge blow with their best wideout Sidney Rice being put on IR this week. Doug Baldwin and Ben Obomanu aren’t scaring nobody.

Oakland at Miami -3

Pick: Dolphins -3, The Dolphins have been a solid team the last 6 weeks. Their defence has been solid and their offence has been decent. The Raiders have won 3 in a row, but I think the streak has been a little deceiving in beating a Cutler-less Bears team, a weak Minny team and a floundering Chargers team.

Atlanta -3 at Houston

Pick: Texans +3, So much for Matt Leinart having a shot at proving himself. The Texans are down to their 3rd string QB, but really all he needs to do is keep handing it off to his 3 stud running backs and maybe throw an occasional PA pass to one of the best WR’s in the game.

Tennessee at Buffalo -1

Pick: Bills -1, The Bills are banged up big time, but they play tough at home. I also have CJ Spiller in fantasy so I’m extremely biased here.

KC at Chicago -7

Pick: Chiefs +7, seems like too many points to give to a team relying on Caleb Hanie

NYJ -3 at Washington

Pick: Jets -3, the Jets need this win badly. I see them picking off Grossman 3 to 4 times.

Cincinnati at Pittsburgh -7

Pick: Bengals +7, seems like the Steelers let any team hang around

Denver at Minnesota -1

Pick: Vikings -1, I’ve been picking Tebow pretty much every week, but I have this gut feeling the Vikings roll the Broncos this week…

Carolina at Tampa Bay -3

Pick: Bucs -3, Lagarrette Blount against that Carolina run d is making his fantasy owners drool.

Indy at New England -20.5

Pick: Patriots -20.5, what an unreal line…I’m riding it

Baltimore -6.5 at Cleveland

Pick: Ravens -6.5, This seems to easy…it probably is, but I’ll take the bait.

Dallas -4.5 at Arizona

Pick: Cowboys -4.5, another suspicious line, I’m taking all the sucker bets this week

Green Bay -6.5 at NYG

Pick: Aaron Rodgers -6.5, can’t stop, won’t stop…un unh

St. Louis at San Fran -13.5

Pick: 49ers -13.5, It’s 49ers or nothing here, can’t lay it down with the Rams.

Detroit at New Orleans -9

Pick: Saints -9, I think we see a similar game out of the Saints as we did last week.

San Diego -3 at Jacksonville

Pick: Chargers -3, final hurrah for Norm and the Boys, desperado to the extreme


Onto the C-Wall


If you don’t know who the C-Wall is, it’s Cory Schneider of the Vancouver Canucks. He will be making his 7th straight start tonight, appeasing all the Lu Haters in Van City. He definitely deserves to keep starting with his ridiculous play of late, a 0.79 goals against with 2 shut outs during a current 5 game win streak. You have to wonder though, what happens if he wins another 2, 3, 4 games in a row? You gunna pull him after 1 loss after 10-12 amazing games? Luongo and C-Wall have been saying all the right things in the media, but I am a little afraid of the fallout if C-Wall keeps up his hot play and Luongo becomes the highest paid back-up next to Dipietro.  Yeah, yeah, I know it shouldn’t matter if the boys keep winning, but eventually this could become a major distraction for the whole team.

Easy solution, trade Luongo obviously.  Really, you want to roll to the Stanley Cup playoffs with Schneider and Eddie Lack as your goalies? Luongo doesn’t have a cup, but he has experience, he’s been in huge games before. Schneider has skills,  that’s for sure, but I don’t think he’s ready to be “the man” right now. Actually, if you want to trade someone, trading Schneider right now would give you the most bang for your buck. In the end Gillis would be nuts to break up this studly goalie tandem . Canucks fans should just sit back and be smug that they have arguably the best goalie tandem in the league. Fans all over the league would kill to have this so called ‘problem’.