Football is a team game – that fact cannot be denied. Yet, when all other factors are taken into consideration, there's only one true reason why the Notre Dame Fighting Irish did not deliver the goods in the 2011 college football season: They didn't have a quarterback they could trust, especially in the red zone.

Regular Season Win Total: 8.5

By Eric Cohen

Interesting that 3 of the 4 divisional playoff match ups are re-matches from the regular season. Also the same 4 teams that played last year in this round in the AFC are once again ready to compete for the Super Bowl.

Tampa Bay’s hunt for the postseason took a hit in a loss to Denver on Sunday, but they can get back on track this weekend when they welcome a struggling Philadelphia team to Raymond James Stadium.

By Eric Cohen

Thanksgiving in the USA gives us 3 NFL games on Thursday. I am going back and forth with 2 of them from a handicapping aspect but do have a strong lean in the middle game. When analyzing the week 12 spreads I do see a lot of over reaction on lines that feature teams that struggled last week. Lets begin with the Thanksgiving game.

By Eric Cohen

I don't like to brag but when handicapping the toughest league to bet on in professional sports 3 straight winning weeks is something I take pride in. Week 10 saw 4 significant quarterback injuries as Ben Roethlisberger, Alex Smith, Jay Cutler and Mike Vick all were injured and did not finish the game. Of those 4 only Smith has a realistic chance to play this week when the 49ers host the Bears Monday night. Here is hoping for another winning week.

By Eric Cohen

Last week was a great week for the public as heavily bet favourites like the Chargers, Texans, Lions, Broncos, Ravens, Packers Bears, Sea Hawks and Falcons all won and covered. The sports books both in Vegas and on line took a beating and normally this does not happen in back to back weeks. Here are my top plays.

By Eric Cohen

Every week I analyze the point spreads to look for underdogs that I feel can win outright. I love the value of taking points with teams that I feel will be in the game in the final minutes but I am having a hard time finding those juicy dogs this week. My top 3 plays for the week are all favourites as I just don't see any value with many underdogs in week 9.

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