Week 10 was a week of mostly good football and contained a few upsets. Last
week I went a very nice 11-3 to bring my overall total for the season to 105-55.
With that bragged about slightly, letís look at what we learned in NFL Week
Tebow strikes again. He played terribly for the majority of Thursday nightís
game, only to engineer a 95 yard game-winning touchdown drive. I still donít
get it. On another note, the Jets looked exhausted by the fourth quarter. The
quick turnaround, going west, Mile High Stadium, etc. played a bigger factor in
Denver winning than I think the ďexpertsĒ would like to admit.
Oakland still looks solid. Minnesota has a few good things going. There really
isnít much more to analyze.
Miami obliterated Buffalo taking the last wheel off the bandwagon. Told ya soÖ
Baltimore got down early but was able to stay calm and take control of what
turned out to be a hard fought game. Really enjoyed it and looking forward to
the sequel in a couple of weeks.
Once again, the Redskins gave false hope to a beleaguered fan base. Had Gano not
choked the game-winning kick, Iíd probably be in a much better mood. What we
really learned Sunday here is that Shanahan screwed up the chemistry. Seriously.
Grossman is not a long-term answer by any means but itís obvious that he is
light years ahead of John Beck. Even with all the injuries, the offense
responded and played decently and for that, I must give them some respect. That
said, Shanahan needs to pick some horses and stick with them. His constant
tinkering and reinserting quarterbacks and running backs is getting old quickly.
Tampa Bay did something rather surprising on Sunday; they exposed some issues
with the Packersí defense. LeGarrette Blount on two occasions broke 5 tackles
on a single play for big gains. The Packersí defense is a poor run defense and
Tampa exploited it. Donít let the 35-26 final fool you, the Bucs came close
and Josh Freeman threw an untimely INT near the end that led to the final 7
points. The stupid thing is, Raheem deciding his young team would go for an
onside kick twice led to points against them. If he hadnít been so aggressive
there, his team might have won.
Detroit again had to engineer a fourth quarter comeback. Anyone think they were
looking ahead to Thursday? I do.
St. Louis is pretty terrible.
Chicago pretty handily killed the Chargers however Cutler suffered a broken
thumb and is done until maybe the first round of the playoffs. Luckily for the
Bears, they can probably go 3-3 and still make it, then get Cutler back for the
game in New Orleans.
I hate the Atlanta Falcons. They are not a very good team but they keep hanging
around and hanging around by getting wins at home with a relatively soft
schedule. If they creep into the playoffs I may just track down Matty Ice, grab
him by his shirt collar, and scream ďWHY? WHY? WHY?Ē 300 times before
releasing him and continuing on with my day.
Gosh, the Giants really donít want to win the NFC East do they? No Michael
Vick and Vince Young at QB? This should have been easy, but not for Uncle Tommy
and the Giants.
Now, letís predict what will happen in Week 11.
Green Bay Packers @ Detroit Lions
Who would have ever thought that a Lions Thanksgiving Day game would actually
hold meaning? Iíve been alive nearly 28 years and I donít think thatís
happened once! I think the Lions come into this game extremely pumped up and on
fire. Green Bay has to lose a game at some point and this is shaping up to be
it. I think the Detroit crowd makes Ford Field so loud Rogers has a hard time
audibling at the line leading to a close win by the Lions.
Winner: Detroit by 3.
Miami Dolphins @ Dallas Cowboys
I like how Miami has played in recent weeks BUT they arenít that good. Also,
Tony Romo is undefeated in Thanksgiving Day games.
Winner: Dallas by 7.
San Francisco 49ers @ Baltimore Ravens
How many marriages will end this holiday season due to inattentive husbands?
This is the first Thanksgiving in forever where the two traditional games have
great meaning and the NFL Network primetime game being a possible Super Bowl
preview? Give thanks indeed. So what happens? Of any game this season, this is
by far the hardest the game to pick. Do you trust Alex Smith against the
Ravensí defense? Do you trust Flacco to score on the 49ers defense? Will the
Ravens commit to the run and Ray Rice or will Flacco be unleashed for 50 throws?
There is a lot of guesswork involved so it really boils down to who wants it
more. This game will be decided by a matter of inches.
Winner: Baltimore by 1.
Minnesota Vikings @ Atlanta Falcons
I still hate Atlanta for games like this.
Winner: Atlanta by 7.
Cleveland Browns @ Cincinnati Bengals
Winner: Cincinnati by 6.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Tennessee Titans
Yikes. Where do you go here? The Titans are still on the bubble but the Bucs
just came off a game where they hung with what is arguably the leagueís best
team this season. Iíll ride this horse until it kills me.
Winner: Tennessee by 3.
Carolina Panthers @ Indianapolis Colts
Ugh! Iíve tried picking Indy before and theyíve laid eggs.
Winner: Carolina by 2.
Arizona Cardinals @ St. Louis Rams
Gosh. There are some terrible games on Sunday.
Winner: Arizona by 3.
Buffalo Bills @ New York Jets
The bandwagon is gone and the true Bills are sitting there staring at us.
Winner: New York Jets by 7.
Houston Texans @ Jacksonville Jaguars
Picking this game is a lot like being on ďLetís Make A DealĒ. You can
choose whatís behind Door Number 1, Door Number 2, the envelope, or the
mystery box! Then you choose Door Number 2 and you win a burrow and a little
Winner: Houston by 3 (not crazy about it).
Chicago Bears @ Oakland Raiders
Can the bears win on the road without Cutler against the Raiders? Probably not
and hereís why. The Raidersí defense is rather good and the offense is
holding their own even without their playmaker Darren McFadden.
Winner: Oakland by 3.
Washington Redskins @ Seattle Seahawks
As close as Washington played Dallas, a lot of the ďexpertsĒ are going with
the Ďskins as their Week 12 sexy pick. For some unknown reason, I am doing the
same. I think itís a matter of not being all that thrilled with picking
Winner: Washington by 3.
New England Patriots @ Philadelphia Eagles
Offensively, the Pats have found a groove. The Eagles will be able to move the
ball so whoever wins the horse race, gets the W.
Winner: New England by 3.
Denver Broncos @ San Diego Chargers
Does the Tebow magic run wild here? Do we factor in Norv? He finds the most
creative ways to collapse in games and a loss at home to the Denver Tebows will
be the nail in his coffin as head coach of San Diego.
Winner: San Diego by 3.
Pittsburgh Steelers @ Kansas City Chiefs
Winner: Pittsburgh by 21.
New York Giants @ New Orleans Saints
Finally, ESPN gets a good Monday night matchup. The Saints do a lot of things
well and itís in the Dome. On the other hand, New York plays better when
everyone is counting them out. They still have the lead in the NFC East but Eli
always has to make things interesting.
Winner: New Orleans by 3.
Happy Thanksgiving to all of you. May no pilgrims or mutant turkeys invade your