a colleague and i are going head to head on the following:1. NFC North / 59 - Packers SB - Packers
Comment: Preseason, 59 had the Bears, but with a heavy caveat on their aging defense. So far, it's the Packer d that has spent more time in the whirlpool, but suddenly Chicago's Medicare ward is catching up. Gotta like GB the rest of the way, especially with the Bears on the road 3/4.2. Heisman / 59 - Johnny Manzell SB - M. Teo
Don't get us wrong; we think Teo is the right choice. But the sportswriters and jocksniff chattering class love a QB. 3. NFC East / 59 - Giants SB - Redskins
The Giants are the anti-Cowboys, coming through when they need to and sluffing off when they can afford it. Somehow, we think they'll pull a 3-1 to match the Redskins, who will lose one somewhere.
4, Texans at Pats / 59 - Pats SB - Texans (s.u.)
No strong conviction on this one, even on the moneyline. When in doubt, go with the home team (Pats), especially if there's cold vs. dome implications working in someone's favor (Pats), not to mention the better QB (Pats), and the smarter coach (yah, Pats.) 5. NBA champ / 59 - Grizzlies SB - Thunder
Both respectable bets, likely to hinge importantly on Zach Randolph's injury-prone knees and ankles, and on Westbrook's development as a point guard. We're skeptical of the latter.
Why not the Heat? The "heat is off" of LeBron, as it were, he's got his ring; Wade still looks hobbled; Ray Allen continues to "win games" with flashy 3 pointers at the end but hand away others hand over fist with his whimpy inability to finish drives and weak defense; and the team needed a bit of luck in spots even last year to get past not OKC, but Boston.
We like the young but tough and balanced Grizzlies to take out whatever tired foe they face from the East, whether the Celtics, Heat, or Knicks.