It is from the bottom of my heart that I apologize for not giving you wonderful people an Around the League Recap for this past week of games. I went 12-4 for the second straight week and I’m looking to continue that tear this coming week. Week 14 offers us some divisional rivalry games and many important conference games. Let’s hit it!
My picks will be in italics.
Colts @ Titans – Maybe I’m too stubborn but I can’t pick against the Colts. I think I’ve picked against them once all season. This team will be the picking death of me. The Titans are in complete disarray but they will be getting back one Kenny Britt back this week (possibly). That will aid their offense remarkably but I don’t think it will be enough. Peyton Manning is going to look like the Peyton Manning we all know and love and he will roast the Titans. Redemption is here. Give me the Colts on the road.
Browns @ Bills – How the Browns were able to beat the Dolphins last week with Jake Delhomme is mind boggling. Well, it mainly has to do with Chad Henne throwing 3 INTs. The Bills are playing with guts and at home and I think that will bode well for Buffalo. The Browns have not done too well on the road for the most part of the season and I believe that trend continues as long as Colt McCoy is hobbled by an ankle injury. Give me the Bills at home.
Falcons @ Panthers – I’m gonna make this easy. The Panthers are awful. Give me the Falcons on the road.
Packers @ Lions – The Lions have a lot of fight in them and they’re proving that week after week. This will not be an easy game for the Packers and if the Lions were at some relative status of full health I might take them. But they aren’t anywhere near that and the Packers generally are. This will be a fun game but in the end the Lions will make some mistake (or get some awful penalty called on them) that will blow the game. Give me the Packers on the road.
Raiders @ Jaguars – Who are the Raiders? Seriously. Who are they? I can’t figure them out. The Jaguars have been very good in the second half of the season and the Raiders have been up and down. But, one thing the Raiders don’t do well is travel to the east coast. For that reason I believe the Jaguars will be able to take care of them. But this will be a very fun game to watch. Give me the Jaguars at home.
Giants @ Vikings – Who starts at QB for the Vikings? Will Brett Favre’s streak come to an end? Doubt it. Dude’s too tough and no one has the guts to bench him. The Giants are getting healthier so that makes me a little leery about my pick. However, the Vikings are nowhere near as bad as their record suggests and I believe they’ll continue to play hard for Leslie Frazier. For now give me the Vikings at home. Pick subject to change.
Bengals @ Steelers – The Bungles will always find a way to lose. The Steelers will always find a way to win. Can you guess who I’m picking? I’ll give you a hint, it’s the home team. Seriously, the Bungles are a complete joke and it baffles me how Marvin Lewis still has a job. The offseason will be full of serious overhaul in Cincinnati. Give me the Steelers at home.
Buccaneers @ Redskins – The Buccaneers aren’t ready to beat elite teams yet but they are more than ready to beat poor teams like the Redskins. The Redskins season was embarrassing before the game last week against the Giants. Now they’re season is nothing short of a joke and a bad one at that. Give me the Buccaneers on the road.
Rams @ Saints – The Rams will make it to the playoffs. This weekend they’ll take a slight step back as they face a truly elite team in the Saints. Well, the Saints offense is elite. The defense is having some serious problems. However, the Rams just simply don’t have enough firepower to keep up with the Saints. It won’t be a total blowout but give me the Saints at home.
Seahawks @ 49ers – This game is a coin toss game for me. Meaning? I could go either way so the coin toss indicates the Seahawks will win. Okay, that’s not entirely true. The 49ers look to be rolling with Alex Smith at QB again and I think this week will seal their fate. As of now I’m going with the Seahawks on the road but this pick is (as they all are really) subject to change.
Broncos @ Cardinals – Josh McDaniels is out in Denver but I don’t know that he was their biggest problem. The offense was not the issue, it was the defense. Now, I don’t believe McDaniels was a good coach at all. This is a team that will not enjoy the whole “Interim Coach Process” as other teams have. The Cardinals will get a much desired win at home and somehow keep their playoffs hopes a live. Give me the Cardinals at home.
Patriots @ Bears – Reality is about to set in Bears fans. This stretch of the schedule will be so difficult for the Bears. The Patriots are on a complete tear right now and I don’t know that there’s a team in the league that can earnestly go toe to toe with them and beat them. They are playing that good right now. I will say this: Should the Bears beat the Patriots they will officially have my vote of confidence. That said, give me the Patriots on the road.
Dolphins @ Jets – The Jets played what might have been the worst game of any team this season. The defense was lousy and the offense was worse. They are a team moving quickly in the right direction but they aren’t ready for prime time just yet. However, they are furious about this. I can guarantee that. The Dolphins have been very good on the road but I think they are going to get the living daylights beaten out of them this weekend. Give me the Jets at home in convincing fashion.
Chiefs @ Chargers – The Chargers were another team that was embarrassed last week by a division opponent. The Chiefs offensive attack was stifled by the Broncos defense. How? It’s a miracle. These two teams faced off on Monday Night Football in week 1 to kick off the season and the Chiefs beat the Chargers in Kansas City while the rain was pouring. The Chargers remember that game and now have all the reason in the world to win this game. They need to. Give me the Chargers at home in a great game.
Eagles @ Cowboys – You can listen to my thoughts on the game here.
Ravens @ Texans – The Ravens came within either a missed blocking assignment or an awful protection scheme of beating the Steelers. I still firmly believe in the Ravens and I think they are going to take out their frustration on the Texans who can’t seem to hold onto a lead. The Eagles defense was getting in the backfield a lot last week against the Texans and I think the Ravens will follow that trend and smack Matt Schaub around. A lot. Give me the Ravens on the road.
Last week: 12-4