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Staff Picks: Backing the Lions and Packers

Chris Liss

Chris Liss is RotoWire's Managing Editor and Host of RotoWIre Fantasy Sports Today on Sirius XM radio.

A pretty good week for some of the staff, but why dwell on that? This whole business of who's in first, who's in last - it's really a bit tiresome when you think about it. I say we take a week off from recapping the standings - no one will mind, I'm sure.

In any event, a strange slate of games with no home dogs, no point spreads above 7.5 and a few quarterback injuries causing extra uncertainty. We do have two consensus picks: the Lions and Packers.

Enjoy the games

Erickson Pianowski Liss Stopa Del Don
Bills +7.5 at Chiefs Bills Bills Chiefs Chiefs Bills
Jaguars +6.5 at Cowboys Cowboys Cowboys Cowboys Jaguars Jaguars
Panthers +3 at Rams Rams Rams Panthers Panthers Panthers
Dolphins +2 at Bengals Bengals Dolphins Bengals Bengals Bengals
Redskins +2 at Lions Lions Lions Lions Lions Lions
Broncos +1 at 49ers Broncos Broncos 49ers Broncos Broncos
Packers +5.5 at Jets Packers Packers Packers Packers Packers
Titans +3.5 at Chargers Chargers Titans Chargers Chargers Chargers
Buccaneers +3 at Cardinals Cardinals Buccaneers Cardinals Buccaneers Cardinals
Vikings +5 at Patriots Vikings Vikings Patriots Vikings Vikings
Seahawks +2.5 at Raiders Raiders Raiders Raiders Seahawks Raiders
Steelers pick 'em at Saints Saints Steelers Saints Saints Steelers
Texans +5.5 at Colts Colts Texans Colts Colts Texans
Best Bet Rams Texans Chargers Chiefs Lions
Last Week's Record 10-4 8-6 5-9 9-5 6-8
2010 Record 53-47-4 53-47-4 49-51-4 59-41-4 52-48-4
Best Bet Record 1-6 2-4-1 3-4 5-1-1 3-3-1
Consensus Pick Record 17-11-1
2009 Record 123-130-3 132-121-3 131-122-3 130-123-3 126-127-3
2008 Record 132-114-10 128-118-10 124-122-10 125-121-10 130-116-10
2007 Record 127-120 118-129 127-120 N/A 130-117
2006 Record 118-129 N/A 139-108 N/A N/A
2005 Record 121-126 N/A 127-120 N/A N/A
2004 Record 124-124 N/A 130-118 N/A N/A
2003 Record 121-126 118-129 124-123 N/A N/A
2002 Record 113-136 123-126 141-108 N/A N/A
2001 Record 124-113 117-120 118-119 N/A N/A
2000 Record 123-117 134-106 141-99 N/A N/A

Consensus Picks

This week we have two consensus picks: the Lions and Packers.

Last week we went 3-1 on consensus picks, putting us at 17-11-1 on the year. We finished 2009 at 19-23-1 on consensus picks, and were 24-19-2 on them in 2008.


EricksonBlech... There's a good chance for bloodshed with this slate. I thought about making the Cardinals my best bet. This is just their third home game of the year - I know that the QB situation is a mess, but I think the home field will make that defense a lot better at least.
PianowskiI hate this slate about 500 different ways. If I have a winning record at the end of it, I'll breathe a sigh of relief.
LissTough slate with no home dogs, but I like the Chargers, Cowboys and Saints this week. Warming up to the 49ers, too.
StopaI'm sticking with my plan of fading the public when it's a big disparity, and that means Saints, Chargers, Bengals and Lions. Interesting that the public is on the Redskins, but the line has moved 3 points in their favor since the opening. That suggests sharps bet big money on the Lions... It's a similar phenomenon with KC/Buf, as that line has gone down 3 points since opening even though a slight majority is on the Chiefs. But I see no way the Bills stop the Chiefs offense, and even coming off a loss, I'll sell the Bills high, at least their offense anyway... I like buying low on the Saints and Broncos and selling high on the Raiders and Titans. I also like how the line moved in Seattle's favor since it opened... The Bucs strike me as the type of team that can play a 17-16 game every week when they're facing similar competition, so I'll take the points there... I struggled with the Packers and Jaguars. Ultimately, I couldn't lay points with Jon Kitna and a Cowboys team that may quit on Wade Phillips, and if the Packers are the playoff team I think they are, they'll give the Jets a game.
Del Don I struggled coming up with a best bet this week and ultimately went with Detroit, who seems like an odd favorite at 1-5 and playing a 4-3 Redskins team. I actually worry about the return of Matthew Stafford, but the Lions are coming off a bye, and Washington has plenty of fleas - its defense is on pace to allow the second most yards in NFL history, and Donovan McNabb has finished with a QB rating under 80.0 in six of seven games this season.

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