Bwah? Are my eyes decieving me? The Lions and the Bills are 3 and 0? Wha...what happened? Er, never mind; let's rolling, starting with the first piece of evidence that we're living in Bizarro World:
Patriots 31 - Bills 34: True, New England's defense has been a tad questionable for the past few weeks, but this is definitely a statement game for Buffalo. However, do they belong in the conversation? I would prefer not to...er crown them with only three weeks in books.
49ers 13 - Bengals 8: There was little here to remind anyone of the two Super Bowl showdowns San Francisco and Cincinnati had during the 80s except for the 49ers winning.
Dolphins 16 - Browns 17: Colt McCoy's odyssey during this game might make for a good movie, though I imagine the screenwriters would set it somewhere other than Cleveland.
Broncos 14 - Titans 17: Denver.
Lions 26 - Vikings 23: Uh, Minnesota? There are two halves to a football game, remember?
Texans 33 - Saints 40: I've seen that look on Wade Phillips' face before...during pretty much every game he coached for the Cowboys.
Giants 29 - Eagles 16: Hey Philly: you know when you were signing players left and right during the short off-season? Did you spend any of it on offensive linemen?
Jaguars 10 - Panthers 16: The way the rain was coming down and how the field wasn't able to absorb it, it might have been quicker for players to slide their way to the endzone.
Jets 24 - Raiders 34: Does it really matter if Jason Campbell is the quarterback of the Oakland Raiders if the running game is that good? And I bet New York fans wished CBS switched to Heidi.
Ravens 37 - Rams 7: I foresee a huge fight in fantasy leagues to sign Torrey Smith of Baltimore.
Chiefs 17 - Chargers 20: About the only thing that Kansas City can take away from this is that they weren't blown out...and that Todd Haley will be fired soon.
Packers 27 - Bears 17: No, I didn't see the hold, either. Did see a lot of Jermichael Finley, though.
Cardinals 10 - Seahawks 13: If I weren't emotionally invested in the NFC West and didn't have RedZone, I might just refuse to watch any games played by any team in the division.
Falcons 13 - Buccaneers 16: Smile, Atlanta; you just got Buc'ed. New Orleans versus Tampa Bay is going to be epic.
Steelers 23 - Colts 20: Yeah, uh Pittsburgh? This was supposed to be a gimmee. You let Indianapolis do that to you without Peyton Manning, you're begging to be withheld from the playoff conversation.
Redskins 16 - Cowboys 18: Now that was a sloppy one. Oy.
Pick 'Em Week 4: Well, quite a number of squeakers this week in the main batch of picks. Congratulations to/Damn you *Legion*, Nightmare, LeapingGnome, and Gumbie for joining me on Perfection Island for this week. Here's how it all broke down:
My record: 5-0
Jolly Bill 2-3
And the year to date totals, featuring special guest star Jolly Bill:
My record: 13-2
Your guys' record:
Jolly Bill: 8-7
Didn't get an entry from Coolbeans (who's sitting on 4-6) and still didn't get any from Lars (4-1) and jowner (3-2) from the second week in a row. Anyway, we have an all AFC selection this week, featuring:
Titans at Browns: Hmmmmmm. Tennessee doesn't have Kenny Britt for the rest of this year, but I'm thinking it probably doesn't matter much. Titans.
Steelers at Texans: Houston sneaks back into the pick'em for the second week in a row. Tough call here. Steelers.
Patriots at Raaaaaaaaaaaaaiders: I'm going out on a limb here and picking the upset. Raaaaaaaaaaaaiders.
Jets at Ravens: Slightly easier here. Ravens.
For my wildcard, I'm turning my attention to Falcons at Seahawks. Second week in a row that Atlanta's on the road and this time at one of the hardest places to play in the NFL. But, I'm going with the Falcons.
Enjoy the week, folks.