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Monday Night Football: Texans/Patriots, Major Swing In AFC Playoff Chase

So, tonight’s Houston-New England game is a big deal. Anytime its December, and the two best records in the conference clash on Monday Night Football, it’s appointment viewing. Let’s take a look at the projected AFC brackets based on different outcomes tonight. If the home chalk Patriots win, the current shape of the AFC bracket would look like this: 1 seed: Houston, 11-2 (AFC South Champ) 2 seed: New England, 10-3 (AFC East Champ) 3 seed: Denver, 10-3 (AFC West Champ) 4 seed: Baltimore, 9-4 (AFC North Champ) 5 seed: Indianapolis, 9-4 (Wild Card) 6 seed: Pittsburgh, 7-6 (Wild Card) The Steelers, despite now losing games to teams coached by Pat Shurmur, Norv Turner, Mike Munchak and whatever idiot is coaching the Raiders these days, still holds a playoff spot, by virtue of a head to head win over Cincinnati, who are also at 7-6. The Steelers host Cincy in Week 16 in a game that looks like it will decided that sixth and final postseason berth in the AFC. The Patriots win would not impact that, however. It would, obviously, make things interesting at the top. First, the chase between them and Houston for the #1 overall seed would be officially on. The Texans

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Thursday Night Football: Breaking Down The Props, Steelers/Titans

Thursday Night NFL Football brings us the Steelers at Titans this evening. The Steelers are 2-2, desperately trying to keep up in the AFC North race with Baltimore, 4-1, and Cincinnati, 3-2. The Titans, meanwhile, are just trying to keep their season from the dumpster fire. They’re 1-4 and have lost by more than two touchdowns in each of those defeats. The Steelers are favored by 6.5 points tonight. Pittsburgh plays so down to its competition these days, that I dont know about laying that kind of number of the road. But maybe there are some props that catches the eye, so lets take a look at the prop board: Ben Roethlisberger, Over/Under 22 completions, 254.5 passing yards, 1.5 TDs……He’s had 22 completions in every game, but twice hit the number exactly. Still, thats 2-0-2 on tonight’s over this season. He went over that completion mark six times a year ago with three pushes, but otherwise has not been regularily putting up games of more than 22 completions in his career. But this is a much different Steeler team than he’s been leading for the better part of the last decade. This is a pass first team thats in the top-10 in the league in

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Thursday Night Football: Breaking Down The Props, Arizona Cardinals at St. Louis Rams

As the second quarter of the NFL season begins, we have a huge swing game in the suddenly resurgent and physical NFC West. And here’s the kicker: The game doesnt involve the San Fransisco 49ers. Instead it’s the unbeaten and Kevin Kolb-led Arizona Cardinals taking to the road, trying to stay perfect, against the 2-2 Rams. This was supposed to be a 49er runaway in this division, but so far the Cardinals, Rams and Seahawks have all looked better than expected. That said, 3-1 San Fran remains expensive chalk to win the division. Current odds still show the 49ers as -300 (bet $300 to win $100) to take the west, while the still perfect Cardinals are +300. The Seahawks and Rams remain longshots at +1000 and +1800 respectively. But we’re a little bullish on the Rams these days. We won on them last week against the Seahawks. Will we take them tonight? I think I might. Home team, underdog, against a team thats getting love from all corners of the NFL punditry right now. The Cards seem ripe for a fall. But no trigger has been pulled yet. Current lines show Arizona a 2-point favorite with the Over/Under nestled at 39.5. Sounds like a defensive

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