|"Let's see, I've got a starfish, a donkey, a guy |
with four arms lying down...I know, a coyote!"
I was 8-8 last week but, in my defense, the NFC West went 4-0 including big upsets by the Seahawks and Cardinals over the Ravens and Eagles (note that in nature, the Eagles would have been big favorites over the Cardinals while Ravens v. Seahawks (ospreys) probably would have been a pickem. Maybe I should stop wasting so much time on the preamble and get on with the picks especially if it means finding a way out of this seemingly endless parenthetical):
Atlanta by 6 over Tennessee: The Pick - Falcons
|"Yeah . . . that's the spot."|
Miami by 2 over Buffalo: The Pick - Bills
Look, I'm fine with the Bills reverting back to their losing ways as long as they stay focused on the one thing that is still achievable this season - getting Fred Jackson to the Pro Bowl (says the guy who lucked into Freejack on two fantasy teams and spent way too much time in Week 6 waffling between "sell high" or "hold" before deciding on the latter).
Baltimore by 7 over Cincinnati: The Pick - Bengals
I'm beginning to think that if Cam Cameron's name was Lou Cameron, he'd be coaching special teams in the CFL by now. He was the head coach at Indiana University where he went 18-37 and then built his reputation as an offensive coordinator coaching teams with Drew Brees and Phillip Rivers at quarterback, Ladanian Tomlinson, Michael Turner, Lorenzo Neal and Darren Sproles at running back and a healthy Antonio Gates. (You better make a good sauce with ingredients that fresh). He then went 1-15 as the head coach of the Dolphins and now he's an offensive guru who had Ray Rice run the ball 5 times (at 5.2 yards per carry) and Joe Flacco throw it 52 times in a game the Ravens lost by 5 against an inferior team.
This week Cameron was quoted as saying, "hey I feel you guys. I feel everybody when it comes to Ray (what in the hell does that mean?), continually keeping him involved. I don't know how he stacks up across the league. We don't really care how he stacks up across the league." That comment is asinine and may explain part of the problem. There are about eight teams in the NFL that have a running back in the same class as Rice. Those backs have carried the ball between 163 and 191 times this year. Rice has carried it 138. And don't talk to me about throwing it to him out of the backfield because, though Rice has caught a few more passes than the other backs, he and Flacco have also failed to connect on a bunch and, last time I checked, those incompletions get you zero yards. Hand Ray the damn ball! There endeth the Ravens rant for the week.
Cleveland PK with Jacksonville: The Pick - Jaguars
Happy holidays Browns fans, you get the Jags and then close your home schedule with the Ravens and the Steelers though you might get lucky if Cam Cameron inadvertently shoots Ray Rice with a tranquilizer dart before the Ravens game. (OK, I'll let it go).
Detroit by 7 over Carolina: The Pick - Lions
Someone needs to investigate what bad teams do during their bye week. The Panthers were competitive in every game they played, took a week off and then went to Tennessee and lost 30-3. The Lions have lost 3 of their last 4 and are looking literally and figuratively gimpy. Something's got to give and I think the Lions get it together before losing 4 of their last 6 and miss the playoffs by a game as Ndamukong Suh continues to maul quarterbacks like a PMSing grizzly bear. (Didn't know "PMSing" was actually a word. . . in the Urban Dictionary. Love that thing).
Green Bay by 14 over Tampa Bay: The Pick - Packers
Oakland by 1 over Minnesota: The Pick - Raiders
Another casualty of the bye week as the Vikings played on Monday night like they spent their time off having houseboat orgys on Lake Minnetonka. Prior to their bye week, they actually looked respectable with a win over the Panthers and a 6 point loss to the Packers. If you take the Raiders, it means you're beginning to nervously sip the Carson Palmer Kool Aid like someone just handed it to you in a small paper cup while talking about how great things are going to be in the next life. If that's not a ringing endorsement for picking the Raiders, I don't know what is.
Dallas by 7.5 over Washington: The Pick - Cowboys
|"I'm not even dead yet Goddammit!"|
San Francisco by 9.5 over Arizona: The Pick - Cardinals
I can see Jim Harbaugh in the film room watching Larry Fitzgerald singlehandedly shredding the Eagles last week smugly saying to himself (just loud enough for everyone in the room to hear) "these coaches can't be that stupid!" The Niners will get to 9-1 but they don't have the offensive firepower to blow anyone out and the Cardinals have won two in a row (and it should have been three because they had the Ravens on the ropes) so I'll take John Skelton, the points and a shot of Wild Turkey.
St. Louis by 2 over Seattle: The Pick - Seahawks
|"No I'm not. Do I look like I|
actually give a crap?"
Chicago by 3.5 over San Diego: The Pick - Bears
Considering Norv Turner's full name is Norval Eugene Turner, he should be proud of the fact that he survived high school and overcame the inexplicable cruelty of his own parents. Unfortunately, his football team is coming unraveled and now has to play the biggest bullies on the block (see how I tied that together . . . I was an English major).
Giants by 4 over Philadelphia: The Pick - Giants
The information I'm getting is that Michael Vick is unlikely to play meaning Vince Young will start which makes this line seem very low. It has to be one of three things: (a) the oddsmakers don't have access to the same information, (b) Michael Vick has been so bad lately that his absence is considered a plus (as the shoulders of everyone who picked him in the first round sag) or (c) Vince Young is ready to prove himself worthy of the 3rd overall pick in the draft. I'm not buying any of it and I'm starting to believe that Andy Reid is trying to get fired so he can hold a press conference and finally tell the Philly fans what he really thinks of them.
New England by 15 over Kansas City: The Pick - Patriots
Tyler Palko is (a) the 2009 seventh place finisher on American Idol, (b) the United States' best hope for figure skating gold in Sochi, or (c) the Chiefs starting quarterback on Monday night. If you answered (c), you are probably a Chiefs fan and . . . I'm sorry.
Last week: 8-8 . . . Season: 35-32-2