Okay, so first we have to clean up a little bit of business. Due to my own procrastination & indolence I completely forgot to actually write last week’s entry. I’d chosen the games. Zach had made his picks. But I got sidetracked with Christmas hustle & bustle and was left in a situation where the only option was to skip church to write the thing and that just wasn’t going to happen. You’re going to have to trust me here folks, which won’t be a problem when you see our less than stellar results. If I was going to lie to you I’d give us better numbers. The games we picked were Colts/Chiefs, Cardinals/Seahawks, Bears/Eagles, Patriots/Ravens, & Saints/Panthers. Both Zach & I took Kansas City, Seattle, New England, & New Orleans. In the one game we differed he took the Chicago Bears and I took the Philadelphia Eagles. I ended up going 2-3, while Zach went 1-4. That makes our season records look like this:
Me = 41-45
Zach = 37-48
That means that I have to be perfect this week to finish with a .500 record. Zach…well he’s playing for pride. Let me take this opportunity to say that I have thoroughly enjoyed doing these picks this season. It’s all in good fun and there is no money or anything else on the line. Thank God, since obviously we aren’t very good at this.
Baltimore at Cincinnati (-6.5)
Baltimore has to win (I think) to secure a wild card berth. The Bengals have already sewn up the AFC North. Normally that’d give me pause since one team has something to play for and the other does not, but in this case my vibes are telling me that Cincy will want to establish a strong presence going into the playoffs. I don’t think they’ll take their foot of the gas against the Ravens. Zach concurs.
San Francisco (-1) at Arizona
The Cardinals have to win this game to sneak into the playoffs. The 49ers need the victory for a chance at a division title. The crowd in Phoenix will be rockin’, but I just don’t think they have enough to overcome the 49ers, who seem to be hitting their stride at the perfect time. Zach concurs.
Kansas City at San Diego (-10)
I’m a little bit stunned at the point spread. I realize that the Chargers have the home field and that they must win to get a wild card. Conversely, the Chiefs playoff position isn’t going to change either way and there is a good chance that they will rest most of their starters. The spread is still too high though. Zach is picking Kansas City as well, although to be honest both of our picks are a wee bit of wishful thinking since we are Steelers fans and need the Chargers to lose.
Green Bay (-3) at Chicago
QB Aaron Rodgers is back for the Packers and that’s enough for me as well as the oddsmakers. This will decide the NFC North (or as ESPN’s Chris Berman calls it The Norris Division), and despite losing 5 out of their last 8 games (and tying in another) Green Bay can…and will…win another division crown. Zach believes it’ll take some time for Rodgers to knock off the rust but that he’ll be fine by the 4th quarter when it really counts.
Philadelphia (-6.5) at Dallas
Well…atleast we know Tony Romo won’t be throwing any late game interceptions. I am not sure who Romo’s absence hurts more…the Cowboys or the Eagles. Kyle Orton is a capable backup, but unfortunately for him Dallas’ defense is still horrible. A few months ago no one thought Philly had a chance at division title. They’ll be hungry to prove the doubters wrong. Zach thinks the Eagles not only win but win big (by 24 points!!).
- Pigskin Picks Week 17 (thesundayletterman.wordpress.com)
- Tony Romo Goes on Injured Reserve Following Back Surgery (bleacherreport.com)
- Aaron Rogers to Return Sunday (keepingscore.blogs.time.com)
- Packers’ NFL Playoff Chances Jump 32% as Aaron Rodgers Returns (bloomberg.com)
- Bruce Arthur’s NFL Picks: A Sunday without Tony Romo is a sad one (o.canada.com)
- Cowboys’ Romo has surgery, out for Eagles finale (nbcsports.com)
- Terrell Owens Says Kyle Orton Gives Cowboys Better Chance to Beat Eagles Than Tony Romo (nesn.com)
- Eagles-Cowboys Matchup Analysis: Who Has the Edge At Each Position? (khandyman.com)
- Cowboys quarterback Romo has surgery, out for Eagles finale (kens5.com)