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Staff Picks: Four Writers on the Steelers, Three on the Bears

Chris Liss

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

DDD went 4-0 last week, and Erickson went 3-1 to tie for first at 5-3 so far in the postseason with three games to play. We also won our consensus pick with the Bears, putting us at 32-21-1 on the year.

Enjoy the games.

Erickson Pianowski Liss Stopa Del Don
Packers -3.5 at Bears Bears Bears Bears Packers Packers
Jets +3.5 at Steelers Jets Steelers Steelers Steelers Steelers
Best Bet Jets Steelers Steelers Packers Steelers
Last Week's Record 3-1 1-3 2-2 2-2 4-0
Playoff Record 5-3 3-5 4-4 4-4 5-3
Playoff Best Bet Record 1-1 0-2 1-1 2-0 1-1
2010 Record 129-122-5 134-117-5 126-125-5 136-115-5 134-117-5
Best Bet Record 7-9-1 9-7-1 9-8 10-6-1 11-5-1
Consensus Pick Record 32-21-1
2009 Playoff Record 5-6 4-7 1-10 6-5 5-6
2008 Playoff Record 6-5 5-6 5-6 8-3 4-7
2007 Playoff Record 8-3 3-8 6-5 N/A 2-9
2006 Playoff Record 7-4 N/A 4-7 N/A N/A
2005 Playoff Record 5-6 N/A 3-8 N/A N/A
2004 Playoff Record 6-5 N/A 4-7 N/A N/A
2003 Playoff Record 6-5 N/A 4-7 N/A N/A
2002 Playoff Record 6-5 7-4 5-6 N/A N/A
2001 Playoff Record 6-4-1 7-3-1 4-6-1 N/A N/A
2000 Playoff Record 6-5 7-4 6-5 N/A N/A
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 no consenus picks.

Last week we won with the Bears putting us at 32-21-1 on the year. We finished 2009 at 19-23-1 on consensus picks, and were 24-19-2 on them in 2008.


EricksonI'm really surprised the Packers-Bears line moved off 3 to 3.5 - must have been a lot of sharp money on the Packers. The Bears and Packers have played two tight games, including one in Week 17 where the Packers had to win and the Bears didn't. I know how well the Packers have played the last week, and it's hard to evaluate the Bears after a game against Seattle. But I get the idea this will be a field goal game, so give me the hook... The Steelers' offensive line really scares me, especially now that the Jets have rediscovered a pass rush. Sanchez is playing pretty well now, too. The Steelers were missing Polamalu and Miller last time, and that will help, but I could see the Jets winning this one outright. I'll gladly take the points.
PianowskiMy heart wants a Steelers-Packers Super Bowl. My head has not made very good postseason predictions this year.
LissI wouldn't bet either of these games as there are too many conflicting factors. The Jets are a good value at 3.5, but the setup is poor after the huge win, while the Packers are the better team, but they're laying more than a FG on the road in a rivarly game that had a total of 13 the last time the two played in Green Bay.
StopaAs right as I've been on Green Bay, I've been that wrong about the Jets. But I'm ready to double down again. I realize I said the same thing the last two weeks, but I just can't get past the disparity at the QB position. Ben is so much better than Sanchez, and this time the rest of the Jets don't have a huge talent disparity over the rest of the Steelers. In the NFC, we're watching the emergence of a QB who may wind up as the best of our generation. Unlike the AFC, where the great teams with elite QBs take turns in the big dance, the NFC could be Rodgers' door to many Super Bowls to come. The line is too high, but Rodgers is that good.
Del Don It seems I'm backing both teams most of the public is also on, made apparent by the lines already moving a half point, but it's becoming clear that matters little in the postseason. Frankly, I don't love either bet this week and would stay away.

The players:

Jeff Erickson: RotoWire Senior editor, 2001, 2008 Staff Picks Champ. Writes the Value Meter. Covers and roots for the Bengals.

Scott Pianowski: Fantasy expert for Yahoo! Sports, and also contributes to 2009 Staff Picks Champ. Roots for the Patriots.

Chris Liss: RotoWire Managing Editor, 2000, 2002, 2006 Staff Picks Champ, 2003, 2004 co-champ. Writes Beating the Book and Surviving the Week in addition to Staff Picks. Covers and roots for the Giants.

Mark Stopa: Staff Writer, Writes Working the Wire. 2010 Staff Picks Champ. Roots for the Bills.

Dalton Del Don: RotoWire Senior Staff Writer. 2007 Staff Picks Champ. Writes the Game Capsules and the Barometer. Covers the Eagles and roots for the 49ers.