Pick 4: San Diego vs. Kansas City and Arizona vs. San Francisco

Pick 4: San Diego vs. Kansas City and Arizona vs. San Francisco

The Teaser: Pair San Diego and Arizona

Game 1: San Diego vs. Kansas City

The Initial Line:

San Diego +3 away vs. Kansas City

The Take:

Add 8.5 points to San Diego’s line

The Final Line:

San Diego +11.5

The Breakdown:

San Diego had a huge comeback in their fight for the playoffs, as they won in OT on the road vs San Francisco 38-35. The score was 28-7 SF at halftime and looked like a blowout, but Philip Rivers brought his team back finishing with 356 yds, 4 TDs and 3 INTs. They also got a fumble recovery in the endzone for a defensive TD. Kansas City made their road to the playoffs a little more difficult with a road loss to Pittsburgh 20-12. Alex Smith did have a good game, throwing for 311 yds. However the usually reliable Jamaal Charles only had 29 rush yds on 9 carries (2.9 yds/rush), and had a crucial fumble late.

San Diego currently sits in the 6th AFC playoff spot, the only spot still not decided. Kansas City is in the hunt, but will need to defeat San Diego and have Baltimore and Houston lose. At one point KC was sitting pretty at 7-3, but 4 losses out of the last 5 games has really hurt their chances. San Diego is coming off a huge week after 2 tough defeats to Denver and New England. Recent news came out that Alex Smith will not be able to play due to a spleen injury, so this leaves KC’s playoff hopes up to Chase Daniel. This bodes well for a matchup against Philip Rivers who ranks 9th in passing yds. This should be a hard fought game as both teams need this game, so taking SD at +11.5 should be plenty to cover.

Game 2: Arizona vs. San Francisco

The Initial Line:

Arizona +6 away vs. San Francisco

The Take:

Add 8.5 points to Arizona’s line

The Final Line:

Arizona +14.5

The Breakdown:

Arizona suffered a big home loss at the hands of Seattle during Sunday Night Football, falling 35-6. Arizona gave up 596 yds to Seattle, which was a franchise record for yds gained for them. Backup Ryan Lindley didn’t fair too well on offense either, as he went 18-44 for 216 yds and an INT. The rushing game only contributed 29 total yds as well – this was a bad game all around for Arizona. San Francisco let a huge home lead slip away, as they fell in OT to San Diego 38-35. They were able to gain over 300 yds on the ground between Frank Gore (158 yds, 1 TD) and Colin Kaepernick (151 yds, 1 TD). However the defense wasn’t able to stop Philip Rivers in the 2nd half, which led to their demise.

San Francisco was knocked out of playoff contention last week, while Arizona is currently still holding the #6 seed. If they can beat SF and Seattle loses to STL, they can clinch the NFC West. San Francisco is on a bad slide, as they’ve lost their last 4 games. Arizona is still in a great position with an 11-4 record, but having Ryan Lindley as their QB doesn’t give them a lot of confidence. They will need to get their running game going to take the pressure off of him. Also the defense has been excellent all year, and should bounce back from last week in a game they’d like to forget. Bottom line is Arizona has something to play for and SF doesn’t so taking them with a 2 TD cushion is a safe bet.

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