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Daily Picks, Oct. 14: Packers, Nats Seek Control

Tonight will see some incredible sports action, from the gridiron to the diamond.  There’s definitely going to be some channel-flipping going as sports nuts go back and forth between Monday Night Football and the NLCS, but how these contests play out could result in some tough decisions having to be made.  Picture-in-picture should be mandatory on all TV sets.

The NFC North leaders, the Green Bay Packers, are going to take on a division rival tonight as the Detroit Lions take a road trip to Lambeau Field.  Tonight’s game brings to a close an interesting Week 6 that saw the Dallas Cowboys fall to the previously winless New York Jets and the Packers are hoping they don’t suffer a similar embarrassment.  They are sitting at 4-1 against a 2-1-1 team tonight that had a week to recuperate.

That extra week is going to prove beneficial.  The Packers are favored to win, by 3.5 points, but the Lions are 3-1 against the spread this year and have been looking better as the season rolls on.  The over/under for the total points of the game is 45.5, which is one point lower than it was when the line first appeared.  Someone thinks the Lions might be ready to put up a strong fight.


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The Packers still have some incredible talent, though, and this is where they’ll shine.  Running back Aaron Jones is having an awesome year and his performance last week has boosted his confidence.  When the Packers met the Cowboys in Dallas, he had the ball 19 times and recorded 107 yards with four touchdowns.  Another seven receptions for 75 yards showed how versatile he can be.  This is important, given quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ lackluster performance.

Rodgers and Jones will need to bring everything they can tonight.  The Lions are 4-0 against the Packers in their last four meetings – most recently with a massive 31-0 beating.  If quarterback Matthew Stafford can come up with a few tricks tonight, it could be lights out for the Packers.

While that game is playing out, the Washington Nationals will be looking to strengthen their lead against the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Championship Series.  The Nationals have already proven that they’re out for blood by advancing to where they are now and what they have shown so far in the series has been nothing less than perfection.

The Nationals are now 2-0 in the series.  Historically speaking, the team that has won the first two of any best-of-seven series on the road (like the Nationals did) have been able to advance 22 out of 25 times.  In the 18 innings that have already been played in the series, the Cardinals have only been able to put four hits on the board.  This could turn around tonight, though, and it will need to if the Cardinals want to stay in the running.

Fortunately, the St. Louis dugout will be ready to put Jack Flaherty back on the mound.  He has the season record for the lowest ERA, at 0.91, and the lowest wOBA, .189, since the All-Star break and his performance tonight will decide the team’s future for the rest of the series.  However, the consensus has been that the Nationals are going to keep their streak alive and will win again tonight.  The money line sits at -129 toward the Nationals and the over/under sits at 7.5 (-134).


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Erik is a writer and a sports nut who has had the good fortune to be able to experience a wide variety of world sports action up close and personal. He enjoys staying on top of the changing world of athletics and capitalizing on his writing skills to offer a unique take on what's going on in the ever-changing athletics ecosystem.

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