You know, I am very frustrated with how my picks have been going this season. I went 7-6 this past weekend yet I still out picked many people. That shows you just how screwy this NFL season is. My theory is that if you have a tremendous record this season, in the past you’ve had god awful seasons when it comes to picking games. That or you’re psychic. I’m not psychic. My record indicates as such. Let’s check out those games!
My picks will be in italics. The winning team will be in bold. If I got the game right it’ll look like this.
Broncos “@” 49ers– For the first half the poor Europeans were subject to cruel and unusual punishment. The second half was significantly better. Tim Tebow has now scored a TD in two countries and rumor has it that the Church of England is officially changing its name to the Church of Tebow. But, despite the Broncos scoring with the greatest college player ever they still fell short to the 49ers.
Jaguars @ Cowboys – Did you start David Garrard in fantasy? Of course not. You’re regretting it though. He had a near perfect QB rating as he threw for four TDs and ran for another. On the other side, Dallas is a train wreck. Stick a big ol’ fork in em because they are done. They could very easily get swept by the division. Looking at the rest of their schedule they could very easily only win another game or two. As for me….I’m loving it! The Jags rolled!
Dolphins @ Bengals – Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. So it’s the fourth quarter, crunch time, and Carson Palmer drops back to pass and he’s picked off. You have? Oh, well that’s because it seems to happen every week. I refuse to let anyone try and convince me that Palmer is a good QB. He’s not. The Dolphins were fearlessly led by their kicker but hey, do what you gotta do to win. The Dolphins come out in ugly fashion but they are quietly among the top teams in the league.
Bills @ Chiefs – The Chiefs defense is for real. The offense is as inconsistent as Lindsey Lohan’s rehabilitation bouts. This is also two weeks in a row that Buffalo has taken a team to OT….maybe they will win a game after all. However, I’m not betting on that. The Chiefs are still possibly the best team in that division but they do have some issues to work out. QUESTION: If you’re a Chiefs fan, are you wanting your team to put a waiver claim on Randy Moss?
Redskins @ Lions – Give me a moment. I’m still basking in the glory of being right about McNabb. I don’t hate the guy but the constant media backlash against Philly has made me want to be right all the more. Mike Shanahan helped prove that point. The Lions defense did the rest. As for the Lions, I am making a bold prediction. They will be in the playoffs next season. They are so close and everything is moving in the right direction for them.
Panthers @ Rams – Serious question here: Are the Rams the best team in the NFC West? They’re 4-4 but they’re winning with great quality play. In the past 6 week they’re 4-2 with one loss coming in the final 30 seconds of play. This is a team on the rise and given the general weak play in the rest of the division they could find themselves in the playoffs this season. Meanwhile, the Panthers are continuing to flounder. I do wonder if they might make a waiver claim on Randy Moss. While it might not make too much sense he could help them win a few more games and save John Fox’s job.
Packers @ Jets – Normally I love low scoring affairs between two great teams. This was not the case. Both offenses were making boneheaded mistakes and the defenses took full advantage. The Packers were able to make three FGs and the Jets consistently blew it when they crossed into Packer territory. Mark Sanchez, whom I still have a ton of faith in, seems to be going through a little sophomore slump. Things would certainly be better for him is his receivers could hang onto the ball when DBs tried to rip them out.
Titans @ Chargers – The Chargers finally win a close game. Phillip Rivers continues to blow teams away with scrubs as WRs. Antonio Gates is becoming one of the best TEs in NFL history. Fun game but a disappointing loss for the Titans. With 30 seconds remaining, and driving, Kerry Collins threw a pass right to Chris Johnson on 4th and 2 but he just dropped it. I truly hate when mental errors like that cost me picks. It drives me batty. Little late Halloween humor for ya.
Vikings @ Patriots – For a brief moment I thought we’d seen the end of the Favre starting streak. When he took that shot and took forever to get up I was sure it was something serious. As it turns out it was just a facial laceration. The Patriots essentially lacerated the Vikings entire team and I am officially off their bandwagon. And for the record, I’m hoping Randy Moss goes back to Minnesota. It’d be pure comedic gold and seeing the Vikings makes such a colossal mistake would make me feel a lot better about the mistakes the Eagles have made. Also, I believe waiving Moss was a stupid decision.
Buccaneers @ Cardinals – Josh Freeman is the Anti-McNabb. This dude is so clutch and he proved it again this past weekend. The Cardinals put up a good fight but fell short at the end of the game. I’m going to give out some free fantasy advice: If they’re available I highly suggest you grab Freeman and Bucs RB LaGarrette Blount. I’m going to make another prediction: Donovan McNabb ends up as a Cardinal next season.
Seahawks @ Raiders – Prior to the season I believed the Raiders were moving in the right direction. Over the past two weeks they are showing just that. In past years they would’ve came out flat after a huge game like the one they had against the Broncos. Instead they came out and took care of business against the Seahawks. If I’m Tom Cable there is no question that Jason Campbell is my starter for the rest of the season. He is a good, not spectacular, but good QB.
Steelers @ Saints – The first half was a mess with both offenses making awful mistakes. The second half became the All-Saints show. Big Ben is not quite right just yet. Sure, he had a great game against Cleveland but since then he’s been off. But a four week suspension is going to do that. The Steelers are still an excellent team and the Saints continue to confuse me. I believe the secret to picking the Saints is that if they are facing a team that they should have to try in order to beat, pick them. If they’re facing a team that they should crush then you should take the other team.
Texans @ Colts – I’m so glad I changed my pick. Matt Schaub got murdered by the Colts defensive front. The Texans tried to get cute and pass the ball when running the ball clearly works against the Colts. Meanwhile the Colts seem impervious to getting hurt by injuries. Someone gets hurt, like All-Pro TE Dallas Clark? No problem. Just plug in some guy that no one has heard of (Jacob Tamme) and he’ll play great. You want to know the secret? Peyton. Manning.
This weekend: 7-6