Leo’s Losers – Week 16
By Leo Haggerty
Editor – It’s Sports Magazine
Knights Sports Productions
And the beat goes on! Chalk up another positive week to the tune of $270 pushing the yearly total up to $1,580. Improved to an amazing, if I do say so myself, 14-1 with Leo’s Lock and cashed in a 3-2 week with Leo’s Losers. A 6-2 log with Leo’s Others capped off a very successful Week 15 and, considering it’s all National Football League picks which is normally my Achilles’ Heel, I’ll take that outcome every day and twice on Sunday.
Also, just as a sidebar, take a minute to check out the unders for all the games this weekend. Normally, over the last few years because of weather issues, a majority of them are low-scoring affairs. I’ll let you know next week if that trend happens to continues.
So let’s get right to my Week 16 losers, shall we?
San Francisco (+9 ½) loses to DETROIT
Tough one to pick for Leo’s Lock because San Fran in transition and it seems like every year the Motor City bunch is retooling. 49ers starting to get a comfort level on offense with QB Blaine Gabbert at the helm but it won’t be enough. Look for the Stafford-to-Johnson tandem to have a big day at Ford Field. I’m looking for Detroit by at least a dozen.
Chicago (+3) loses to TAMPA BAY
Here you have two teams that are out of playoff contention but with something to play for. Da’ Bears need to make a decision on how, and if, to proceed with QB Jay Cutler, who has not been the QB Chicago top brass had anticipated wen he was given a contract extension, and RB Matt Forte, who just hit the ripe old age of 30 which is the death knell for running backs in the NFL. Bucs have a chance to have their first league-leading rusher in RB Doug Martin, who sits nine yards behind RB Adrian Peterson of the Vikings heading into this week’s action, and will look to feed him the pigskin. Pewter Pirates excel at running the football and the Monsters of the Midway can seem to stop the run. That equates to a Tampa Bay victory by a touchdown.
Dallas (+6) loses to BUFFALO
Big D has no QB Tony Romo or WR Dez Bryant and, to make matters worse they have to travel to Ralph Wilson Stadium in December. Looks like rain with the temperature at kickoff in the low 40s and that’s Bills weather. Buffalo doesn’t cover but still wins by four with a late Tyrone Taylor to Sammie Watkins TD pass continuing the inability of Dallas to close out a game.
Indianapolis (+2 ½) loses to MIAMI
Indy is a shell of itself without QB Andrew Luck under center. The Fish are classic underachievers who can’t seem to put together a positive performance in all three phases of the game. With that being said, I like the Dolphins here because their defensive line will put more pressure on Colts QBs Matt Hasselback or Charlie Whitehurst than the Indianapolis front four will put on Miami QB Ryan Tannyhill. QB with the cleanest jersey wins and I’m looking for that to be the home team by ten.
TENNESSEE (+4 ½) loses to Houston
The Texans, for the first time, control their own destiny. Win out and they clinch the AFC South plus a first-round home playoff game. Even though Houston will have to start Brandon Weeden as the signal caller due to multiple injuries at QB, I can’t see back-up QB Zach Mettenberger escaping the clutches of J.J. Watt and Company. I’m taking the visiting Lone Star State guys big in Nissan Stadium.
DENVER (-3 ½) loses to Cincinnati
Here’s the dilemma. Both teams could be starting back-up QBs but there’s an outside chance the Broncos get Payton Manning back for this one. Still, can’t go with Denver, even at home, with their receivers having a case of the drops for the last two contests that were both losses. Going out on the limb but I think the Bengals get out to an early lead and hold on by a point or two.
New York Giants (+6 ½) loses to MINNESOTA
ATLANTA (+7) loses to Carolina
NEW ORLEANS (-3) loses to Jacksonville
Cleveland (+11) loses to KANSAS CITY
New England (+3) loses to NEW YORK JETS
ARIZONA (-4 ½) loses to Green Bay
Baltimore (+10) loses to PITTSBURGH
St. Louis (+13) loses to SEATTLE