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A Bettor's Rant - Week 7    
October 20th 2008

It's one thing to get a pick a game completely wrong like taking the Dallas Cowboys to cover a 6.5 point spread and watch them lose by 20 points.  You can accept it and chalk it up to a bad pick.  However, when a team scores a meaningless touchdown at the end of a game to cover a spread, well that is just painful.  There were several games in week 7 that could be categorized as painful if your pick was on the wrong team. In looking at consensus picks for these games, many people were on the wrong side.  These are the games we have a lot to to rant about.
1. Seattle Seahawks (-10.5) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

It's nothing like a meaningless last minute 4th and goal touchdown to find yourself on the short end of this pick. Statistically, the Bucs probably should have won this game 30-10, but instead you are a loser by a 1/2 point.

2. Detroit Lions (+8.5) at Houston Texans     

As I was flipping through the late games on DIRECTV and saw the Texans dominating the Lions by a score of 28-10, I thought I had this one in the bag.  Next thing you know, a 96 yard TD pass with a 2 point conversion and a 54 yard FG had the Lions covering this game as well.

3. Cleveland Browns (+7) vs Washington Redskins

We are looking good in this game, the Redskins stopped the Browns on a goalline stand and all that is left to do is run out the clock. Hold on! Did Clinton Portis just put the ball on the ground?  No worries, the Redskins defense can stop them again on 4th and goal.  Dope! another backdoor cover.

4. Oakland Raiders (+3) vs NY Jets

You've got to love this, the Raiders are lining up for a 57 yard FG.  After the miss, the Jets will get the ball back at their own 47 and they can drive down and kick a game winning field goal for at least a push on this game.  Wait, did Janikowski just make that kick? The Jets didn't call a timeout to ice him? You've got to be kidding me!

5. NY Giants  (-10.5) vs San Francisco 49ers

We are back to the early games, so what if this story doesn't flow!  All the Pylon experts got this game correct but it did take a Giants safety late in the game to cover this one. Finally, we find ourselves on the good end.   

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