I’m going to bring this up before you do.
Two weeks ago I picked Carolina to beat San Francisco, a six-point favorite, by one. The Panthers did.
Last week I picked the Panthers, a three-point favorite by kickoff, to beat New England by four. They did.
Yeah, I know. NostraThomas.
So if I pick Miami to beat the Panthers, what happens?
Most of us think we influence outcomes. When we sit in an old leather chair, with a glass in our right hand and a sip of a beverage in our mouth, and our team does something wonderful, what do we do?
The next time we need a result we sit in the old leather chair, with a glass in our right hand and a sip of a beverage in our mouth. But we can’t do it every play. If we do, we mock Good Fortune. Friends, Good Fortune does not like to be mocked.
I pick the team I think will win. Carolina’s advantage will be its tough defensive line against a soft Miami offensive line. Carolina’s disadvantage is that it has a short week and a road trip.
The Panthers are coming off two big victories and the next two weeks they play NFC South rivals. This makes Miami a trap game.
But how can a game be a trap if everybody is aware of the trap? I don’t know if Carolina’s defense will play as well as it did against the 49ers or if Carolina’s offense will play as well as it did against the Patriots.
I’ll be shocked, however, if the Panthers don’t play as hard. Carolina 23, MIAMI 21
This week’s picks, with the home team in CAPS:
Upset of the week
Lock of the week