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“Pick Six” for Week 5

Each Friday we will be giving you our “Pick Six” for the upcoming week’s schedule. Here is your Week 5 installment of “Pick Six”

Cleveland Browns @ NY Giants – The Browns are one of the league’s worst, sitting winless in the bottom of their division. For such a bad team, it’s hard to believe they’ve only given up 25 more points than they’ve scored, especially if you’ve watched them this season.  On the other side of the ball are the New York Giants, who also sit at the bottom of their division but at 2-2. It’s a small technicality that has them sitting there but none-the-less, there they are. They barely lost to the Eagles last week and in any given week I would take a squad being led by Eli Manning over one being led by Brandon Weeden (or 99% of the other QBs in the league.

This is a game that will prove how good New York is. If you are a good team, then you destroy those teams that you are supposed to be so much better than. I don’t think this one is close and I see monster games from Victor Cruz and Jason Pierre Paul. The Giants are favored by 9.5 at home and I don’t think that’s going to be an issue. I see a 2 TD win at the very least.

Miami Dolphins @ Cincinnati Bengals – I think one is going to be a very close game. Yes, the Bengals got a good old fashioned ass kicking in week 1 when they played the Ravens but since then, they’ve won 3 straight and their defense looks a lot better, although their run defense is still mediocre. Miami, while 1-3, is not a team that is as bad as a 1-3 record would suggest.

If Miami is going to win, it’s going to be the ground game that wins this one for them. The Bengals have been inconsistent defending the run and the Dolphins are fourth-best at running the ball. That’s not a good matchup at all. Look for Miami to exploit the Bengals’ weak run defense with a good dose of Reggie Bush, Daniel Thomas and Lamar Miller. A good ground game will limit the Bengals’ offensive opportunities, which you want to do because the Dalton, Green and Hawkins tandem will kill you given the opportunity.

Miami wins this one late in the 4th Quarter.

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NFL Win Total Over/Unders: Miami Dolphins

Every season RDM obsesses on the NFL team win total over/unders. It’s one of the more fun bets in all of sports. A single well-placed bet turns an otherwise random team into a must see weekly event. Today we look at the 2012 Miami Dolphins.

The number: 6.5 wins

The addition Chad Ochocinco’s Johnson’s alone literally makes me want to bet the under. It’s not just the stench of desperation oozing from the act of the Dolphins signing a wide receiver that is clearly on the back 9 that makes me say this. It’s the fact that Miami would sign him, then tell him to be the old “Chad Johnson” that is a bit concerning. Don’t fully concentrate on football like you did in New England. Rather, be the social media maven that you were in Cincy. That’s what the ‘Phins want.

The fact that this is tolerated down there isn’t surprising. In my opinion, this type of management can only hurt a team. This shit matters. A culture of absurdity doesn’t work.

I would think this to be a ridiculous statement. However, after watching this first episode of Hard Knocks, I think it might be true. The Dolphins, as an organization, signed Chad Johnson to produce a more interesting season of Hard Knocks. Sounds fucking impossible. Why would a team care to do such a thing? Because in Miami they are just trying desperately to get any asses in those seats in that old P-O-S stadium.

Maybe the ‘Phins didn’t get a viable wide out in Chad Johnson. BUT, they did get a fantastic PR buff. Chad Johnson is essentially the highest paid social media rep in the NFL.

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NFL Win Total Over/Unders 2011: AFC East

Dolphins — 7.5

The ‘Phins were slotted at 8.5 last season. But in 2010, the team won only 7 games. Miami is still struggling to find a quarterback. Tell me if you have heard that one before.

My pick: Under

Patriots — 11.5

Based on personnel, all signs point to the Patriots being as good as last season. Even Vegas didn’t see the Patriots 14 win season in their 2010 crystal ball. New England blew the bookmaker’s 9.5 over/under out of the water. It was the second largest discrepancy between the set over/under and the actual outcome. Definitely an interesting fact, as that is extremely rare with teams that are as public as the Patriots.

My pick: Over

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