Beating The Book – Year 22
I started writing this column in 1999 when I was 28, and now I'm 49. Last year I compared my run to Vin Scully's (1950 to 2016), but this year I'm going bigger and likening it to that of this tree.
As usual, I'll make a best bet each week for Staff Picks, and will post that and my Super Contest picks in the comment section below.
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As for this week, I especially like the Bengals.
Texans +9 at Chiefs
I love rooting for the Chiefs, but I made this line only 8.5, so I'm narrowly on the Texans. My gut was that Deshaun Watson would make it a game. Take the points.
Chiefs 29 - 23
Dolphins +6.5 at Patriots
I made this line 7.5, as I think Cam Newton is good, and the Patriots have a much better defense. I'm not sure how much the home field will matter on a warm day without fans, but give me the Pats.
Patriots 20 - 13
Browns +8 at Ravens
I think the Browns will improve, and I made this line 8.5, thinking it would put me on them. But the real line is even lower, so I guess I'm taking the Ravens.
Ravens 30 - 21
Jets +6.5 at Bills
The Jets are bad, and the