James Salinas Game Notes - NFL Week 12

James Salinas - NFL Week 12 (2-0) Overall: 18-15-2 (55% ATS)

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Game: Seattle Seahawks @ Philadelphia Eagles (-1)

Selection: Seattle Seahawks (+1)

Score: Seattle Seahawks 17 - Eagles 9

Result: W

Notes: Fresh off a bye week after a primetime road win at SF, Seattle struts into Philadelphia full of confidence and swagger reminiscent of their recent Super Bowl teams. Seahawks HC Pete Carroll and GM John Schneider have done a masterful job in retooling Seattle's roster while maintaining a competitive ballclub since winning the Super Bowl six years ago. The Eagles' ability to sustain success since their SB victory two years ago faces series doubt as this year's team has not met their over-hyped preseason expectations. Philly's offensive playmakers have regressed substantially this year leading to anonymous Twitter burner account fingers pointing at the inconsistent play of QB Wentz. The growing pressure to win along with key injuries at RB, WR, and RT Lane Johnson will allow the Seattle DL to win at the line of scrimmage pushing Wentz into hero mode and force throws to receivers who aren't open. Meanwhile QB Wilson will show why he's a MVP candidate by utilizing his ability to extend plays outside the pocket to avoid the Eagles pass rush and make deep throws against an over-matched Eagles secondary. Seattle will maintain its status as a SB contender today while their fragile opponent across the field continues to underachieve, so bet the Seahawks +1.5.



Game: Miami Dolphins @ Cleveland Browns (O/U 45.5)

Selection: Over 45.5

Score: Miami Dolphins 24 - Cleveland Browns 41

Result: W

Notes: For your NFL voyeuristic pleasure episode #11 of the Cleveland Browns' dysfunctional family reality show broadcasts live from FirstEnergy Stadium today at 1PM ET on (fittingly) FOX. Suppressing my urge to provide a scathing op-ed regarding the fiasco that ensued at the end of the Browns recent victory over Pittsburgh, the aftermath will have an impact on today's contest against Miami. The Browns defense will be without the suspended pass rush talents of DE Garrett and DT Ogunjobi along with injuries to DE Vernon, SS Burnett, and SCB Murray, leaving an already vulnerable unit even more susceptible to scoring plays. On the opposite sideline today is a Miami roster engaged in a full youth movement, especially on defense as they will start seven players with less than two years experience including five rookies. The holiday arrives early for QBs Mayfield and Fitzpatrick who will be thankful to face minimal pressure in their respective pockets leading to multiple reads and explosive plays downfield vs. inexperienced players, so bet OVER the game total of 45.5.

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