Jay’s Plays NFL predictions: Week 11 picks and bettor’s guide
Jay's Plays

Jay’s Plays NFL predictions: Week 11 picks and bettor’s guide


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So Faith the Prediction Cat went a rather pedestrian 3-2-1 (1-1-1 in teasers) last week, bringing the season totals to 23-12-1. Covers/wins by the Cowboys, Dolphins and the over in the Skins/Vikes game were offset by the Patriots getting stuffed at the goal line and the Steelers defense melting down like Hillary Clinton in the fourth quarter.

WATCHING THE ELECTION RETURNS? NO, WATCHINGTHE CRAZY END OF THE SAINTS - BRONCOS GAME
WATCHING THE ELECTION RETURNS? NO, WATCHING THE CRAZY END OF THE SAINTS - BRONCOS GAME...

Faith gets one more shot filling in for Ernesto the Prediction Iguana. Here’s this week’s winners before they happen. And when you cash your winnings, tell him the cat sent you. As always, we do 2-team teasers so you can move the line six points in either direction. All odds are from www.vegasinsider.com, HOME TEAM IN CAPS.

GREEN LIGHT



COWBOYS-Ravens OVER 39
RAIDERS-Texans OVER 40.5

It’s an over league now. Every five minutes it’s 15 yards this, and unnecessary that, and flags, flags, flags! Dak Prescott and Derek Carr. Dez Bryant and Michael Crabtree. That’s all you need to know to hit the OVER.

LOOK OUT

Saints (+10.5) at PANTHERS
GIANTS EVEN vs. Bears

Take the big number with the high-flying Saints. The Panthers still haven’t found themselves this season, and it’s getting rather late. Speaking of not finding themselves, the Bears should just get lost. Don’t look now, but the Giants are on the rise.

HOME COOKIN’!

CHIEFS (-1.5) vs. Buccaneers
LIONS (-0.5) vs JAGS

The Chiefs are solidifying, beating the inferior teams they are supposed to beat. Poor Bucs fans...those bags still fit over their heads 40 years later. This is the first time we have ever taken the Lions giving points in the history of this column – nine long years. Usually when we take the Lions, we’re getting +20.

BONUS PICK! FOR DEGENERATES ONLY: ROAD DOGS BARKIN’!

Bills (+10) at BENGALS
Dolphins (+6) at RAMS

I hate to say this, but Rex Ryan is in a good place with Buffalo, and if this year isn’t his year, with his skill at rebuilding bad franchises and crafting iron-willed defenses he will make the Bills a playoff team sometime soon. The Dolphins again can take advantage of a weak schedule and move into the sixth and final seed in the AFC playoff picture. They will control their own destiny with six games to go. THERE’S YOUR MOTIVATION.

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About the author

Jay Flemma

Jay Flemma

Starting with a blog and a dream, Jay Flemma launched his first sports-writing website in 2004. Some 13 years and 25 major golf championships later, Jay has won multiple national sports writing awards. Besides GNN, his work has appeared in numerous books as well as on-line at Cybergolf, PGA.com, GolfObserver, GolfChannel.com and many other sites and print magazines. When not trying to find a lost golf ball, Jay is an entertainment, copyright, Internet, sports and trademark lawyer in Manhattan. His clients have been nominated for Grammy and Emmy awards, won a Sundance Film Festival Best Director award, performed on stage and screen, and designed pop art for museums and collectors. Jay lives in Forest Hills, N.Y., and is fiercely loyal to his alma maters, Deerfield Academy in Massachusetts and Trinity College in Connecticut.