• Gary Porpora

NFL 2021 WEEK 15

NFL WEEK FIFTEEN ATS 2021


2020 NFL TALLY SHEET – WEEK FOURTEEN

Week Thirteen Tally: 9 – 5 2021 Overall Tally: 92 – 102

Week Thirteen Totals 1 – 4 Cumulative Totals: 49 – 29

Weekly Specials 1 – 3 Cumulative Specials: 27 – 25

GAME OF THE WEEK 4 – 9 LOCK OF THE WEEK 5 – 8

UPSET SPECIAL 10 – 3 O/U OF THE WEEK 8 – 5

PREMIUM PICK CUMULATIVE 76 – 54 PARLAYS 1


GAME OF THE WEEK (4 – 8)


KANSAS CITY CHIEFS @ LOS ANGELES CHARGERS (+3, 52) [O]


We called this puppy like we actually knew what we were talking about and earned the trifecta: we called the winner, the Total, and it was our marquee Special—and we needed the GOW to hit…


Let’s see if we finally get above .500 on our yearlong tally…


OH BTW…


The epic fail of Ol’ Urbie Meyer was mercifully ended—and graced with poetry when Shad Khan fired the POS HC in an “early morning news dump” at 1:00am.


Sometimes language works its own magic, doesn’t it?


ONE MORE THING…


Khan and the Jags brain trust insists the coach’s termination was not impacted by Meyer’s kicking kicker, Josh Lamb—yes, you read that right—during pre-season team stretching and barking obscenities at the former All-Pro kicker.


I’ll let Lambo’s account of the incident, as told to Tampa Bay Times sports scribe, Rick Stroud, provide the details:


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"I'm in a lunge position. Left leg forward, right leg back," Lambo told Stroud. "... Urban Meyer, while I'm in that stretch position, comes up to me and says, 'Hey Dips--t, make your f--king kicks!' And kicks me in the leg."


The root of Meyer's kick was due to Lambo -- and All-Pro kicker in 2019 -- missing a field goal attempt in each of the Jaguars' first two exhibitions. Naturally, the blow sparked a reaction from Lambo, who also noted that Meyer did not mention specialists by name, rather their position or "S--tbag, Dips--t or whatever the hell it was."


"It certainly wasn't as hard as he could've done it, but it certainly wasn't a love tap," Lambo said. "Truthfully, I'd register it as a five (out of 10). Which in the workplace, I don't care if it's football or not, the boss can't strike an employee. And for a second, I couldn't believe it actually happened. Pardon my vulgarity, I said, 'Don't you ever f--king kick me again!' And his response was, 'I'm the head ball coach, I'll kick you whenever the f--k I want.'"


On the day Meyer kicked him in warmups, Lambo said that he later reported the incident to his agent, Richard Irvin, who then contacted the Jaguars' legal counsel. In a statement to the Tampa Bay Times, the Jaguars said that they "acknowledged and responded immediately to the query made by Josh Lambo's agent Friday, August 27, 2021." They added that they offered to speak with Lambo about the incident, but he told Stroud that he has "no recollection of being able to speak with the Jags' legal team."


Meyer has said that Lambo's characterization of the incident is "completely inaccurate, and there are eyewitnesses to refute his account."


"(General manager) Trent (Baalke) and I met with him on multiple occasions to encourage his performance, and this was never brought up," Meyer added, via the Tampa Bay Times. "I was fully supportive of Josh during his time with the team and wish him nothing but the best."

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In the world of athletics, Lambos’ muted reaction, his surprise, his enlisting his agent’s intervention is as predictable as a 20th century extra point.


It also reminds yours truly to thank God I was destined to be a writer—even a struggling one.


I can kick myself, beat myself up all I want—but if a head ball coach kicked me…I don’t care if he was Vincent Thomas Lombardi, he would need a new leg after I was done with him…


BACK TO THE GAMES


LOCK OF THE WEEK (5-8)


CAROLINA PANTHERS @ BUFFALO BILLS (-10.5, 44.5 LW [O]


This baby is one of the few contests that as of this writing has been unaffected by Covid protocols, and therefore, is a bargain with the Bills giving 10 instead of the current 13.

Josh Allen’s foot is fine; Buffalo is a quality team that lost two one-score nail-biters to the Champs and the Pats.


The intended boost Cam Newton was supposed to give his old team hasn’t panned out—and without Christian McCaffery the Panthers elite offensive talent is nonexistent.


The Bills will be desperate, looking to stay relevant for the bye.


They should win by three scores—Play the Over.


Bills 33

Panthers 13



UPSET SPECIAL (9 -3 )


NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS @ INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (-2.5, 45) US [U]


Give me a Bill Belichick team with an elite defense and a soon to be crowned rookie of the year quarterback and I’ll take the 2.5 points 95% of the time.


Nobody takes another team’s strength away like His Holy Darkness does.


That means Jonathan Taylor will rush for 307 yards and the Colts might score 15 points—and it means the Under is a Premium Play.


Patriots 23

Colts 20



OVER/UNDER OF THE WEEK (8-5)


Seattle Seahawks @ Los Angeles Rams (-4.5, 45.5) O/U


Matthew Stafford has the look of a great quarterback who had been mired in a losing culture then suddenly found himself making a winning culture…


Oh, wait—that’s exactly what he is. The former Lion looks like he has found his jungle land, which means he is having fun, loves the talent he has and can’t wait for February…


Russel Wilson looks like he’s ready to say goodbye to the only team he played for and took to two Super Bowls…


Oh wait…


Pile on those little mountains of reality that the Gulls have been wildly inconsistent all year, and the Rams will play the Pack for the right to go to the SuperBowl The Over is the high value play here.


Rams 31

Seahawks 20


The rest of my picks in bold italic…



Week 15

Thurs., Dec. 16

Chiefs @ Chargers (+3, 52) GW [O]

Sunday, Dec. 19

NY Jets @ Dolphins (-10, 42)

Football Team @ Eagles (-7, 44)

Raiders @ Browns (-6.5, 50)

Panthers @ Bills (-10.5, 44.5) LW [U]

Patriots @ Colts (-2.5, 45) US

Cowboys @ NY Giants (+10.5, 44.5)

Texans @ Jaguars (-4.5, 39.5)

Titans @ Steelers (+1.5, 41.5)

Packers @ Ravens (+5.5, 43.5

Cardinals @ Lions (+13, 47.5)

Bengals @ Broncos (-2.5, 44)

Falcons @ 49ers (-9, 45.5)

Seahawks @ Rams (-4.5, 45.5 O/U

Saints @ Bucs (-11, 46.5) [O]

Monday, Dec. 20

Vikings @ Bears (+3.5, 44) [O]



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