Oh man….that is all I have to say. Oh man. It was bound to happen sooner or later in this crazy year and this past week was the week that it happened. What is it? It is me getting crushed by my picks. I went 5-9 this week and it was without question the worst week I’ve had in years. But, the NFL is a funny league this year so it was bound to happen. Let’s check out the games.
My picks will be italicized. The winning team will be in bold. If I got the pick right it’ll look like this.
Ravens @ Falcons – Something I’ve hated for years is that the defense can’t score on PATs and two point conversion attempts. After the Falcons took the lead on a TD reception by Roddy White towards the end of the game Matt Ryan was picked off by Ed Reed on the two point conversion. In college, Reed would’ve been gone for the TD and would’ve likely won the game for the Ravens. In the NFL, no dice. However, you need to give credit to Atlanta, they are darn near impossible to beat at home. Should they ever get home field advantage throughout the playoffs they will be tough to keep out of the Super Bowl.
Lions @ Bills – The Lions are terrible on the road and they proved it in Buffalo. You’d think the idea of another team possibly going 0-16 would fuel the Lions to beat the Bills but no dice. The Bills were able to take care of business, even if said business was taken care of in a sloppy way. I need to give the Bills credit however, because they haven’t quit on the season yet. Obviously they won’t make the playoffs but they are still playing hard. That’s a good sign for the future Bills fans.
Vikings @ Bears – Stick a fork in the Vikings and Brett Favre. Both are done and dead in the water. It’s beginning to look like a complete shame that Favre returned this season. I know he wants to go out on top but the fact of the matter is that it simply won’t happen. The Bears took care of the Vikings despite somewhat poor play by Cutler. In the end, Favre’s play was much worse and the Bears took advantage of the opportunities presented to them.
Jets @ Browns – Mark Sanchez is the real deal. I firmly believe this. He doesn’t put up the most impressive numbers but when it’s crunch time he is incredibly clutch. Despite playing on a injured calf he made huge plays when it counted. The Browns certainly played it close to a superior team but their luck was bound to run out eventually. The Jets didn’t beat themselves and as a result the Browns fell. In the words of the wise Dennis Greene, they are who we thought they were (The Browns).
Bengals @ Colts – Has the Colts streak of superiority in the league come to an end? They looked mighty vulnerable against the Bengals. Luckily for them they were facing Carson Palmer who loves very few things more than throwing INTs apparently. The Bengals lose yet another close game but remember what I say almost every week…the mark of a good team is one that can win the close games. The Bengals simply can’t do that.
Texans @ Jaguars – The play of the year has occurred. A last second hail mary pass resulted in a sweet TD for the Jaguars and a victory over the Texans. And yet again the Texans suffer a crushing and close loss. However, the fashion in which this one happened was just wrong. No team deserves to be that unlucky defensively. But alas, the Texans pass defense is arguably the worst this league has ever seen. The Jaguars are starting to heat up….things are getting interesting in the AFC South.
Titans @ Dolphins – The Moss 4.0 debut was less than stellar. He ended the day with one catch for 26 yards. Vince Young only completed half of his 18 passes. To add insult to injury the Dolphins lost their first two QBs and still won convincingly. The Titans are a talented team, no doubt about it, but they are lacking weapons. Chris Johnson can’t do it alone and the loss of Kenny Britt is going to haunt them unless Randy Moss finds the fountain of youth.
Panthers @ Buccaneers – Take solace Panthers fans, you will have a top 3 pick in the draft. You could likely have the second overall pick and by then John Fox will be gone so you might not waste said pick. The Buccaneers took care of business in convincing fashion and Josh Freeman continues to just win. The Bucs aren’t ready to be contenders just yet but the good news is that they’re beating the teams they should beat. Give it a year or two and the Bucs will be very real.
Chiefs @ Broncos – Well….I blew this one. I said the Chiefs would win outright. Yeah….the Broncos won 49-29. Tim Tebow accounted for 2 TDs (and several saved souls) and Kyle Orton accounted for 4 TDs. This is one of those times that I was just dead wrong and I’m still not sure what happened with these teams. Have the Chiefs been figured out? Or did the bye week completely rejuvenate the Broncos? Or was it just a fluke? My money is on the latter.
Seahawks @ Arizona – Why did I buy into the Cardinals? Because they played the Vikings tight. What I didn’t take into account was that the Vikings are pretty bad (worse than I thought even) and playing them tight and losing is still embarrassing. So what did the Seahawks do? Dominate. Now, understand that I am in no way buying the Seahawks but the Cardinals are truly pitiful. I’d say they should try and sign McNabb in the offseason but…..yeah.
Cowboys @ Giants – This is one of those times I was pleased to get the pick wrong. Yes, I was pleased to see the Cowboys win. I know, I feel a little nauseous as well. But the fact is that the Cowboys winning only helped the Eagles. The Giants aren’t quite as bad as they showed against the Cowboys but it only fuels my argument that they aren’t all that good. They turned the ball over, as they’ve been doing all season, and this time they paid for it dearly. I’m still not buying Jason Garrett either but I tip my hat to him for beating the Giants.
Rams @ 49ers – This was one of the games I was so close to changing and just didn’t. I knew the Rams struggled on the road but didn’t make the change and I paid for it. The 49ers were able to eek out a win against a Rams team that is playing hard and for that I need to give the 49ers credit. The Rams certainly didn’t quit but the 49ers made the plays at the end when it really mattered. It’s crazy but the 49ers are no where near eliminated from the playoffs. This season is nuts.
Patriots @ Steelers – I had it in mind to switch several picks early on Sunday. This was the only game I chose to switch. Oops. The Patriots followed their worst performance of the year with their best performance. The Steelers proved that without an offensive line, Big Ben will not be kept alive. Jeff Reed (now unemployed) missed FGs as he’s been doing all season. Paper towel dispensers across the east coast quiver with fear. Great win by the Patriots.
Eagles @ Redskins – You can find my thoughts here.
This weekend: 5-9