James Salinas Game Notes - NFL Week 13

James Salinas - NFL Week 13 (2-1) Overall: 20-16-2 (56% ATS)

Photo Credit: Jack Dempsey - Associated Press

Game: Green Bay Packers @ New York Giants (+6.5)

Selection: Green Bay Packers (-6.5)

Score: Green Bay 31 - New York 13

Result: W

Notes: Green Bay arrived in New York this week nursing its collective confidence after being thoroughly humiliated on SNF by a dominate 49ers ballclub. Fortunately for the Packers the NYG will provide the perfect elixir to cure Green Bay's ailing pride. The Giants are in full youth movement mode and QB Rodgers will take full advantage of a NY secondary starting 3 rookies thrust into their on the job training roles. As expected NYG rookie QB Jones has regressed from a promising start to his season and will find an angry Packer defense looking to rebound from last week's embarrassing performance and will show no mercy to the young gunslinger, so bet the Packers -6.5 as the play.

Game: San Francisco 49ers @ Baltimore Ravens (-5.5)

Selection: San Francisco 49ers (+5.5)

Score: San Francisco 17 - Baltimore 20

Result: W

Notes: SF travels to Baltimore today seeking to find the answer of how to stop the freight train that is the Ravens' rushing attack. In what looks to be a fantastic matchup of the Ravens offense vs the 49ers hammer of a defense, SF will have help beyond their 53 man roster today as the forecast calls for rain throughout the game which should make for a slightly slower playing field for speedy QB Jackson. The 49ers will also have another big advantage facing a shuffled OL for Baltimore as the Ravens lost starting center Skura for the season and will start undrafted rookie OL Mekari to take his place, which will be an enormous challenge vs the SF front 4. Additionally the SF offense comes to town as healthy as they've been all season giving HC Shanahan a full arsenal to attack a suspect Baltimore back seven. In what should turn out to be an incredibly physical and intense contest that could come down to the final possession take SF +6 as the play.

Game: Los Angeles Chargers @ Denver Broncos (+3.5)

Selection: Los Angeles Chargers (-3.5)

Score: Los Angeles 20 - Denver 23

Result: L

Notes: National TV NFL pundits with narrow viewpoints have targeted a time-filler narrative that Chargers' QB Rivers should retire at seasons end and spend his post-nfl career with his litter of children. The sidebar to the Rivers' story however is the multitude of injuries this Chargers team has suffered, particularly in the secondary and OL. The LAC locker room headline this week reads “Reinforcements on the mend,” as starting Pro Bowl safeties James and Phillips return from IR and both starting OT will also play this week in Denver. The return of these 4 starters should provide this veteran team some much needed motivational juice to finish out the season competitively. That is not the case for the Broncos as they continue to hold open tryouts for the 2020 season, in particular under center where rookie QB Lock is active for the first time this year and will see the field (probably from his back) playing behind one of the worst OL in the NFL. LAC pass rushers Bosa and Ingram will look to meet contract incentives and pad their sack totals vs. a lifeless Denver offense and Rivers will have time to find his form and top shelf skill players and quiets the talking heads as he and his healthy Charger teammates punish the Broncos and cover the -3.5.


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