Thursday, October 25, 2012

I Ching Thursday Night Football Prognostication

Buccaneers @ Vikings -6.5
Hexagram 34: Great Strength 大壮
Gerald McCoy’s promising career has been riddled with injuries up to this point. This year, he is finally healthy and has been a force in the middle for Tampa Bay. McCoy leads the Buccaneers’ run defense that is 3rd best in the league. The liability of that defense is a pass defense that gives up over 320 yards in the air a game, but the Christian Ponder led Vikings attack has been well short of explosive, averaging just over 22 points a game, and that’s counting points chipped in by the defense and special teams as well. I think Minnesota will struggle to get Adrian Peterson going, and don’t have the dynamism in the aerial attack to put Tampa’s suspect secondary to sword. The Buccaneers have played every team they have faced close, their average difference in their four losses is just 5.5 points, and I like their chances to pull an upset on the road tonight.   

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