Sunday Money – 6-Pack

November 19, 2010 |

PREDICTION #1 – Hamlin Breaks The Streak

That’s right, Denny Hamlin wins the NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship. I know …. 80% of those who read this blog couldn’t care less about cars going in circles. And, the remaining portion of readers are convinced Jimmie Johnson will win, because “he always wins.”

Well, there was a time when people felt the same way about Jeff Gordon …..

Johnson’s string of success will end at some point, and this is the likely time. He’s 15 points behind Hamlin – which is not an earth shattering amount. It’s the equivalent to spotting Hamlin a couple field goals.

That said, Denny Hamlin has really had the best season and the most dependable car. However, Jimmie Johnson has the experience – at winning championships. He’s also pretty good at mind games.

MARTINSVILLE, VA - OCTOBER 24: Denny Hamlin (R), driver of the  FedEx Express Toyota, celebrates with car owner Joe Gibbs (L), in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series TUMS Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway on October 24, 2010 in Martinsville, Virginia. (Photo by Geoff Burke/Getty Images for NASCAR)

In fact, Johnson has joined with Kevin Harvick (who has a mathematical shot at the title) in trying to “rattle Hamlin’s cage” over the past couple days. It appears to be having an effect.

But, keep an eye on this …. Hamlin’s car is owned by Joe Gibbs, and he’s intimately involved in operations. I can imagine Gibbs will have the persuasive tools to get his driver focused.

Bet on Hamlin.

PREDICTION #2 – Foxboro is NOT Peyton’s Place

The New England Patriots host the Indianapolis Colts, in the marquee matchup of the NFL weekend. The Patriots are the better team, especially given the cache’ of injuries being piled up for the Colts.

With New England favored by 3.5 points, I will gladly take them. In addition to the injuries, the Colts are struggling with some inner-turmoil – Peyton Manning and Pierre Garcon are not getting along.

INDIANAPOLIS - JANUARY 24: Quarterback Peyton Manning #18 of the Indianapolis Colts and teammate Pierre Garcon #85 are interviewed by Jim Nance of CBS during the presentation ceremony of the Lamar Hunt Trophy after defeating the New York Jets 30-17 during the AFC Championship Game at Lucas Oil Stadium on January 24, 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

You know what that means, right?

Manning has been targeting Garcon less and less, with each passing week. And, this is happening with the Colts struggling to keep receivers and tight ends healthy. Regardless of how the season ends in Indy, I’m imagining we’ll see Garcon in a new town, in 2011.

Brady and company handle the Colts, 37-27. Yep, I’ve got a feeling Belichick will pour it on, if possible.

Give the points …..