Another 4-3 week last week and we are 24 over .500, sitting at 58% or so. This week really tests your faith in the approach because I gotta tell you — I don’t know who is playing for teams and I don’t care. The old something-to-play-for vs nothing-to-play-for … add in a little “this team stinks” and it’s a bonanza of picks that make you make the face my puppy makes when he hears a weird noise. Anyway … I’m not boring you with explanations — there aren’t any. These are the sides — take them or don’t. I completely understand and don’t take it personally.
NFL Week 18
Van Pelt’s pick: Falcons (-4)
Why would you be on Atlanta? I don’t know. Because you like to party?
SVP: 6-2 all time when picking NFC South games
Van Pelt’s pick: Ravens (+9)
How about Baltimore — is Lamar Jackson ever playing for them again? He’s not on Sunday — we are on the Ravens.
SVP: 0-7 all time when picking against the Bengals
Van Pelt’s pick: Bears (+6)
Hey — want to back Nathan Peterman? Sure you do.
SVP: 3-2 all time when picking the Bears
Van Pelt’s pick: Broncos (-3)
I am Broncos country. One last time: Let’s ride.
SVP: 5-4 all time when picking the Broncos
Van Pelt’s pick: Eagles (-15)
Fly Eagles Fly laying a massive number. Most we have ever given in the NFL; I’d have to think. (Editor’s note: SVP had never laid more than 10 points in an NFL pick)
SVP: 7-4 all time when laying at least 14 points
Van Pelt’s pick: Commanders (+7)
Sam Howell gets the start. Handsome beard on Sam — that’s the move here.
SVP: 3-1-2 all time when picking against the Cowboys
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Van Pelt’s pick: Georgia (-12.5)
And let’s close shop Monday night, and one last time sing it with me: Who’s that coming down the track? A mean machine in red and black. The Dawgs are laying an enormous number to a very capable team.
If you understand how we see the world, you get that we liked Ohio State because the number was less than a touchdown, and we like Georgia because this number is so high.
SVP: 9-1 all time when picking Georgia
There you go. Happy New Year, America. I hope you like slop, because that’s what we have in the old birdcage.