You know how it goes in gambling.
There are games you “like”, games you “feel good about” and games where you say, “it’s a lock!”
I have a slam-dunk thing called the “7-Star Lock” that I only bring out for very special occasions.
I’ve only used the “7-Star Lock” twice this season.
It hit both times.
The first go-round was in Baltimore last month when the Ravens edged the Bengals 20-17 in overtime. The Friday before, I ended our award-winning segment – “Picks and Comment” – with the stunning revelation that the game in Baltimore two days later was “the lock of all locks”. Hence, the reason it was a 7-Star Lock.
You just don’t label a game a 7-Star Lock unless you know it’s a done deal.
In fact, the 7-Star Lock is just like a honeybee. When a honeybee stings you, that’s essentially its final act, as it will perish hours later.
If the 7-Star Lock ever fails, it, too, is dead. A 7-Star Lock can only be used while owning a perfect record.
Anyway, following the successful application of the 7-SL on the Bengals in Baltimore (“I don’t care what you say, Cincinnati isn’t coming to Baltimore and beating the Ravens this Sunday…”), I took a few weeks off before finding another 7-SL game.
Last Sunday in Miami, I called the Dolphins over New England a 7-Star Lock for the hometown ‘Fins.
You can up that record to 2-0 on 7-SL’s this season.
Oddly enough, New England will once again be involved in a 7-Star Lock game. It’s this Sunday afternoon in Baltimore.
Baltimore 26 – New England 13
And, yes, you can make that a 7-Star Lock.
New England’s not coming to Baltimore and winning on Sunday. They don’t have enough offense, even though they have the best QB in the league. They don’t have a defense that can stop the Ravens long enough to let the referees work their expected late-game magic for Bill Belichick’s team.
They have a very good kicker.
The Ravens have a great one.
New England doesn’t have to win the game.
The Ravens don’t lose big home games. Not under John Harbaugh, anyway. Not in December.
The last time the Ravens spit the bit in a home game of this kind of magnitude was January 13, 2007 when the ’06 campaign ended abruptly with a 15-6 loss to the Colts in the AFC playoffs.
Ain’t happenin’ this Sunday in Baltimore, trust me.
Ravens in a romp.