Brrrrrrr. Now it's football weather.
Jets 27 - Bills 11: I'm starting to think Buffalo's fairy tale coach is turning back into a pumpkin right about now, particularly with the division they're in.
Seahawks 13 - Cowboys 23: Not exactly unexpected. Moving on.
Falcons 31 - Colts 7: Congratulations, Indianpolis; you're in sole possession of first place in the Suck for Luck sweepstakes. However, your problems run deeper than the starting QB position.
Dolphins 31 - Chiefs 3: Miami, you're doing it wrong, unless your goal was to get Todd Haley to stop looking like a hobo.
Buccaneers 16 - Saints 27: Think it's possible that both wild cards could come out of the NFC South? Maybe only if both of those teams somehow overtake Detroit which doesn't seem likely.
49ers 19 - Redskins 11: I remember after San Francisco trounced Tampa Bay my mother asking me "Who are these guys?" The answer finally hit me yesterday in the form of words not from the current head coach but a previous one: "Our formula is this: we go out, we hit people in the mouth." Jim Harbaugh just figured out how to execute that formula in a way Mike Singletary couldn't.
Browns 12 - Texans 30: Andre who?
Bengals 24 - Titans 17: About the only flaw I can see in Cincinnati is that they play in the AFC North.
Tebows 38 - Raiders 24: If John Elway and John Fox's grand plan was to throw Tim Tebow into a position where he'll fail and shake the Denver fan base's faith in him, then they're doing a lousy job of it. About the only quarterback at this point who is guaranteed a starting job next season is Jason Campbell.
Giants 24 - Patriots 20: My jogging path in the morning takes me near a middle school and yesterday I ran past a 12 year old who was a lot taller than me. Then I thought, this kid's taller than Wes Welker!
Rams 13 - Cardinals 19: Perhaps Arizona took inspiration from the presence of Muhammed Ali. Special teams certainly must have, what with a blocked field goal and a punt return for a TD in OT.
Packers 45 - Chargers 38: If Phillip Rivers didn't throw two pick sixes, then Miami fans could have popped two bottles of champagne on Sunday. People keep wondering how Green Bay can be defeated and San Diego gave people a good blueprint to start from. But, all San Diego accomplished was set up the AFC West to supply this year's rant about letting a .500 team or worst into the playoffs over a potential wild card team with a better record.
Ravens 23 - Steelers 20: The LSU v. Alabama comparison is apt. Chances are they will meet again in the playoffs and at least no one's going to complain about the system being broke if they do.
Bears 30 - Eagles 24: Yesterday Dan Le Batard (whose ESPN2 show is worth watching only for the father-son banter) proclaimed Philadelphia as the 2nd best team in the NFC. Maybe that might have been true has his papi, aka El Oraculo, said it.
Week 10 Pick 'Em:
My record: 3-2
Unfortunately, I got no picks this week from Landshrk83, so I'm dinging him with 5 goose eggs and doing the same with Elliotx for last week. Still plenty of time to make up some ground:
My record: 33-12
Your guys' record:
For now, TheGameguru holds sole possession of first place, but that could change as early as this week. Speaking of which...
Saints at Falcons: This is an example of one of those games where you wonder which team is going to show up, and I'm not referring to New Orleans or Atlanta in general. Both teams have shown inconsistencies this season, making you doubt whether or not they can contend for the NFC South crown. If Good Drew Brees shows up, it's the Saints. If Good Matt Ryan shows up, it's the Falcons. On the other hand, Matt Ryan has Michael Turner (who could pull a Steven Jackson on New Orleans), Roddy White, Julio Jones, and Tony Gonzalez to lean on. Falcons.
Steelers at Bengals: This one is a little easier to figure out but just like the last time we featured Pittsburgh or the Jets-Bills match-up could end up going the other way and tossing a monkey wrench in the works. Still, I don't see the Andy and A.J. Show being able to hold up against Pittsburgh's defense the way Baltimore did. Steelers.
Lions at Bears: I would have gone all in on Detroit until I saw what happened last night. Of course, Detroit has had a few bad performances and if Chicago's D can pull an Optimus Prime on Megatron like San Francisco did a few weeks ago, that could open the door for Jay Cutler and friends. I don't know what I feel worse about: working a Transformers reference in or praising Jay Cutler. Da Bears.
Giants at 49ers: Usually I'd pick San Francisco for the sake of being a homer, but considering how New York already lost one against an NFC West team at home and considering how well Frank Gore's been carrying the rock, there's plenty of reason to think they have a shot. Well, that and I can see Justin Smith getting well acquainted with Pie F...Eli Manning. 49ers.
For my wild card, I'm playing it safe and taking the Ravens over the Seahawks.
Enjoy the week, folks.