This article is part of our Beating the Book series.
This is the 23rd year I've done this column. Two years ago I compared my run to Vin Scully's, last year to this tree's, but this year I'm going big, comparing it to Tree(3), a number so unfathomably large you can't even wrap your mind around it. It's bigger – by an incalculably huge amount – than the number of permutations in which the atoms in the universe could possibly be arranged, far bigger even than the insanely large Graham's number. (I have no idea why no one besides me isn't fascinated by huge numbers, but I digress.) My point is I've been doing this a long time.
For a look into how I got started, you can click here.
This week, I particularly like the Football Team, Eagles, Patriots and Browns.
Cowboys +8 at Buccaneers
The Cowboys are loaded on offense, but they'll be missing Pro Bowl right guard Zack Martin, have a rusty Dak Prescott who missed most of last season and virtually the entire preseason, and they're facing arguably the best defense in the NFL. The Bucs also have a top-five offense with Tom Brady not showing major signs of wear at 44, a quality offensive line and a few skill players that might wind up in the Hall of Fame, and they draw a Cowboys defense that was among the worst in the league last year. Lay the wood.
Buccaneers 34 - 23
Steelers +6.5 at Bills