The John DeBella Show

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Each week of the NFL season for the last 5 years we’ve done a segment called Pigskin Picks. The picks are normally on Fridays at 7:40a unless we something comes up, like having a baby. Over the years we’ve had various pickers for the season, our old pals Harry Mayes and Jason Myrtetus both handled picks for a couple years. Our best friend, Dave Gibson, had the duties for the last 2+ years and now I have the honor of dropping some knowledge on you.

The format will stay the same as it always has: 3 picks. 1. Game of the Week. 2. Lock of the Week. 3. Eagles game. 4. Listener pick for a chance to win some cash, courtesy of the Bet Parx Casino and Sportsbook App.

I’ll post my plays each week after we do the segment for you to take a look at and decide if you want to tail me or fade me.  All in good fun.

Week 7 record – 2-1.  Overall record 4-2. *I started picks in week 6*

Game of the Week – 49ers @ Rams (SF -1½)

Did someone forget to tell the oddsmakers that Christian McCaffery is now a 49er? A top running back in the league goes to one of the most run happy offenses in the league, against a team that is currently broken. The last game that the Rams played before their bye was against CMC when he was on the garbage Panthers. He put up 158 total yards against a defense that had no other threat to worry about. Now they have multiple threats to worry about. I don’t think the Rams problems could be fixed with just a week of self scouting during the bye. There is no such thing as home field advantage in LA. Expect a lot of red and gold in the stands and in the endzone. 49ers cover that small number.

Pick: San Francisco -1.5

Lock of the Week – Las Vegas @ New Orleans (LV -1½)

I kind of want to make the Eagles my lock of the week because I’m so high on Philly sports at the moment, but there are rules here and I will look elsewhere. Elsewhere being Bourbon Street. The Saints are floundering, and the Raiders are beginning to mesh. The Saints don’t know if they should start Andy Dalton or Jameis Winston. Or if they should just put TE/RB/QB hybrid Taysom Hill in for more plays. The Raiders have figured out that when you put the ball in Davante Adams and Josh Jacobs’ hands good things happen. Doing that has even made former Eagle Mack Hollins Relevant. Vegas dances down Bourbon Street and covers the 1 ½, keeping the Eagles in the top 5 picks of the 2023 NFL draft thanks to trader Howie.

Pick: Vegas -1.5

Eagles – Steelers @ Eagles (PHL -10½)

The last time the Eagles played Pittsburgh at home they absolutely crushed. That Pittsburgh team was much better than this Steelers team. This Pittsburgh team stinks. The Eagles do not. They’re also fresh after the bye. There is the slightest chance that the Eagles offense comes out a bit rusty after the week off, but I don’t expect that to last long. Pittsburgh’s offense is so bad that I think it’s a 70/30 chance that the Eagles hold them to a single TD in this game. It is not easy to hold an NFL offense to a single TD. Their run game stinks. Their starting and backup QBs stink. Their defense is ok, but also slightly banged up. I think the Eagles absolutely crush the Steelers this week, cover the big number and head into Thursday night Football at 7-0.

Pick: Eagles -10.5


Go Birds!


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