Staff Picks: Bengals

Staff Picks: Bengals

This article is part of our NFL Picks series.

Congrats again to Kevin Payne who is our 2021 Staff Picks champion. I finished second, a full six games behind him, and DDD finished third. Last week was a strong one as everyone was over .500, and we went 4-1 on unanimous picks. 

This week we all like the Bengals, but no one made them his best bet. 

 

Erickson

Pianowski

Liss

Payne

Del Don

Raiders +5.5 at BengalsBengalsBengalsBengalsBengalsBengals
Patriots +4 at BillsBillsPatriotsPatriotsBillsPatriots
Eagles +8.5 at BuccaneersBuccaneersEaglesEaglesBuccaneersEagles
49ers +3 at Cowboys49ers49ers49ersCowboys49ers
Steelers +12.5 at ChiefsSteelersChiefsSteelersSteelersChiefs
Cardinals +4 at RamsCardinalsCardinalsCardinalsRamsRams
Best BetBillsEaglesSteelersRams49ers
Last week's Record11-511-512-410-69-7
Best Bet Record12-610-812-612-67-11
Unanimous Pick Record28-26    
Majority Pick Record135-134-3    
2020 Playoff Record5-88-58-56-77-6
2019 Playoff Record6-55-66-54-77-4
2018 Playoff Record3-6-11-8-13-6-1N/A2-7-1
2017 Playoff Record5-65-65-6N/A2-9
2016 Playoff Record6-55-66-5N/A6-5
2015 Playoff Record5-62-93-8N/A1-10
2014 Playoff Record10-15-69-2N/A9-2
2013 Playoff Record5-4-23-6-24-5-2N/A4-5-2
2012 Playoff Record4-6-15-5-16-4-1N/A8-2-1
2011 Playoff Record8-35-69-2N/A7-4
2010 Playoff Record6-55-65-6N/A8-3
2009 Playoff Record5-6

Congrats again to Kevin Payne who is our 2021 Staff Picks champion. I finished second, a full six games behind him, and DDD finished third. Last week was a strong one as everyone was over .500, and we went 4-1 on unanimous picks. 

This week we all like the Bengals, but no one made them his best bet. 

 

Erickson

Pianowski

Liss

Payne

Del Don

Raiders +5.5 at BengalsBengalsBengalsBengalsBengalsBengals
Patriots +4 at BillsBillsPatriotsPatriotsBillsPatriots
Eagles +8.5 at BuccaneersBuccaneersEaglesEaglesBuccaneersEagles
49ers +3 at Cowboys49ers49ers49ersCowboys49ers
Steelers +12.5 at ChiefsSteelersChiefsSteelersSteelersChiefs
Cardinals +4 at RamsCardinalsCardinalsCardinalsRamsRams
Best BetBillsEaglesSteelersRams49ers
Last week's Record11-511-512-410-69-7
Best Bet Record12-610-812-612-67-11
Unanimous Pick Record28-26    
Majority Pick Record135-134-3    
2020 Playoff Record5-88-58-56-77-6
2019 Playoff Record6-55-66-54-77-4
2018 Playoff Record3-6-11-8-13-6-1N/A2-7-1
2017 Playoff Record5-65-65-6N/A2-9
2016 Playoff Record6-55-66-5N/A6-5
2015 Playoff Record5-62-93-8N/A1-10
2014 Playoff Record10-15-69-2N/A9-2
2013 Playoff Record5-4-23-6-24-5-2N/A4-5-2
2012 Playoff Record4-6-15-5-16-4-1N/A8-2-1
2011 Playoff Record8-35-69-2N/A7-4
2010 Playoff Record6-55-65-6N/A8-3
2009 Playoff Record5-64-71-10N/A5-6
2008 Playoff Record6-55-65-6N/A4-7
2007 Playoff Record8-33-86-5N/A2-9
2006 Playoff Record7-4N/A4-7N/AN/A
2005 Playoff Record5-6N/A3-8N/AN/A
2004 Playoff Record6-5N/A4-7N/AN/A
2003 Playoff Record6-5N/A4-7N/AN/A
2002 Playoff Record6-57-45-6N/AN/A
2001 Playoff Record6-4-17-3-14-6-1N/AN/A
2021 Record129-140-3134-135-3139-130-3145-124-3136-133-3
2020 Record121-127-8128-120-8118-130-8115-133-8118-130-8
2019 Record126-124-6140-110-6127-123-6127-123-6134-116-6
2018 Record125-122-9134-113-9141-106-9N/A120-127-9
2017 Record117-125-14128-114-14117-125-14N/A98-144-14
2016 Record140-111-5130-121-5123-128-5N/A132-119-5
2015 Record134-114-8120-128-8114-134-8N/A121-127-8
2014 Record123-128-5140-111-5135-116-5N/A128-123-5
2013 Record132-114-10118-128-10123-123-10N/A128-118-10
2012 Record110-140-6125-125-6121-129-6N/A123-127-6
2011 Record121-128-7134-115-7124-125-7N/A127-122-7
2010 Record129-122-5134-117-5126-125-5N/A134-117-5
2009 Record123-130-3132-121-3131-122-3N/A126-127-3
2008 Record132-114-10128-118-10124-122-10N/A130-116-10
2007 Record127-120118-129127-120N/A130-117
2006 Record118-129N/A139-108N/AN/A
2005 Record121-126N/A127-120N/AN/A
2004 Record124-124N/A130-118N/AN/A
2003 Record121-126118-129124-123N/AN/A
2002 Record113-136123-126141-108N/AN/A
2001 Record124-113117-120118-119N/AN/A
2000 Record123-117134-106141-99N/AN/A

This week, we have  one unanimous pick: the Bengals. We went 4-1 on unanimous picks last week, winning with the Lions, Vikings, Dolphins and Seahawks, but losing with the Falcons to put our record at 28-26 on the year. We went 11-5 on majority picks (three or more writers) to go 135-134-3 on the year. We went 17-23 on unanimous picks and 118-130-8 on majority picks in 2020. 

WriterComment
EricksonI guessed that the line would be Bills -7, I wanted to be below that and set my line at -5.5, and it still wasn't close to being enough. Ok, Bills it is. I originally was on the Eagles as a pick (not a best bet), but I've just got a feeling on the Bucs now.
Pianowski I don't feel great about any of these picks. I'm giving Philadelphia the best bet only because I don't think this version of Tampa Bay should be expected to blow out a playoff opponent. That said, when we did our playoff draft I still did a Buccaneers bankroll. It's as wide-open a playoffs as we've seen in a while. Kansas City is another reluctant pick; the line is definitely too high, but I have zero faith in Pittsburgh's offense. I don't think it can win. I wonder if Ben Roethlisberger secretly would have preferred his career ended last week, in glory.
LissThe Steelers are getting way too many points against a team that still hasn't figured it out on offense. Probably recently bias from the blowout between the teams a few weeks ago. I also like the Bengals after a week of rest to their key guys, facing a Raiders team off an emotional five-quarter war and short week.
Payne I think Arizona completes its late season collapse. Went back and forth a lot on the Bills game; lot of local talk about how tough it is beating Belichick twice in a season.
Del DonI'm interested to see how the weather affects the Buffalo/New England matchup ... The 49ers quietly led the NFL in yards per play this season (and were top-five in YPP against). 

The players:

• Jeff Erickson: RotoWire Senior editor, 2001, 2008, 2013, 2015, 2016 Staff Picks Champ. Writes the Weekly Rankings. Covers and roots for the Bengals.

• Scott Pianowski: Fantasy expert for Yahoo! Sports, and also contributes to Rotowire.com. 2009, 2011, 2014, 2017, 2019 and 2020 Staff Picks Champ. Roots for the Patriots.

• Chris Liss: RotoWire Managing Editor, 2000, 2002, 2006, 2018 Staff Picks Champ, 2003, 2004 co-champ. Writes East Coast Offense, Beating the Book and the Survivor column in addition to Staff Picks. Covers and roots for the Giants.

• Kevin Payne: Staff Writer, Writes our Waiver Wire column. Roots for the Bills. 2021 Staff Picks Champ.

• Dalton Del Don: Fantasy Expert for Yahoo! Sports, 2007 Staff Picks Champ. Roots for the 49ers.

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