NFL 2011 Week 13
A fun time was had by all this week...except the losers in more ways than one:
Packers 27 - Lions 15: Way closer than it should have been. More on that in a sec. As for Ndamukong Suh, lost in all this talk about whether or not he's a dirty player is the simple fact that in this case the transgression happened after the whistle was blown. Hell even his own teammates are starting to think he's becoming a liability.
Dolphins 19 - Cowboys 20: Don't look now, but Dallas is back in the conversation as a playoff team.
49ers 6 - Ravens 16: My take away from this game and the first one above is that there is not a single team in the NFC that can stop Green Bay. San Francisco may be the closest to it, but I can't see their defense stopping the Packers' offense enough times to win. Now, I'm sure teams like Baltimore, Pittsburgh, Houston, or even New England can beat them, but that'll have to wait until the Super Bowl.
Vikings 14 - Falcons 24: I'm trying to think of a take-away from this game that would provide more insight into these teams, but I can't. To quote a famous coach, they are who we thought they were.
Browns 20 - Bengals 23: Again, Andy Dalton and AJ Green are definitely proving that if Cam Newton wins the offensive rookie of the year award, it won't be a unanimous decision. And Cleveland continues to be a factory of sadness.
Buccaneers 17 - Titans 23: Yes, you did indeed see Matt Hasslebeck throw left handed.
Panthers 27 - Colts 19:
"We could be going 0 and 16?"
Cardinals 23 - Rams 20: Hard to believe that this was more entertaining than it had any right to be.
Bills 24 - Jets 28: So to commemorate the anniversary of Plaxico Burress shooting himself in the leg, Stevie Johnson pantomimed shooting himself in the leg as a touchdown celebration...then shot his team in the foot repeatedly. Classy.
Texans 20 - Jaguars 13: At this rate, Owen Daniels better start taking some warm-up throws for Houston. And at this rate...you might have to start calling them the Los Angeles Jaguars.
Bears 20 - Raaaaaaaaaaaiders 25: Who would have thought watching Oakland punt to Chicago would be this exciting? Or that said punter and Oakland's kicker would be the difference makers?
Redskins 23 - Seahawks 17: I was treated to the surprise of seeing the vaunted 12th Man leaving the stadium in Seattle in droves before the game was over. Seems the fans in Washington State have about as much faith in their team as the fans in Washington D.C.
Patriots 38 - Eagles 20: Tell you what, just assign every DB and LB to Welker and Gronkowski. That ought to take 21 points per game off the board.
Tebows 16 - Chargers 13: Yep, not only did Nick Novak piss away a win, he...took a piss, too.
Steelers 13 - Chiefs 9: Kansas City fans are probably wondering what might have been had Kyle Orton been thrown to the wolves so soon, though I get the impression it'd probably be a lot like Carson Palmer's debut as an Oakland Raider.
Giants 24 - Saints 49: Even the Packers are saying to the Saints, "Dude, that's harsh."
Week 13 Pick 'Em: Clearly there was a feast to be had this past week, judging by the rise in occupancy on Perfection Island and the number of time shares being rented on Isthmus del Near-Perfection. Have a look:
My record: 4-1
* = Stealthy, Jay. Least you're semi-honest.
+ = Grats, Kush. The baby, not slipping the last pick in before the lock.
# = Dude, what up? Least Kush had a good reason to be distracted this week. And no, spending your week complaining about Guy Whimperer doesn't count.
And here are the year to date totals:
My record: 42-18
Your guys' record:
Starting to see a little separation at the top of the board from the bottom, but one lucky week and things could get interesting. Here's what we have on tap:
Eagles at Seahawks: An interesting Thursday night match-up featuring Vince Young, perhaps? True, Seattle's a tough place to grind out a win, but if Washington can do it, I suppose Philly might. Even with Young starting in place of Michael Vick, there's always LeSean McCoy if Andy Reid is inclined to, I don't know, give him the ball? Eagles.
Titans at Bills: Used to be that these were the two surprise teams in the AFC, now only one is. Don't ask me where Matt Hasslebeck got his second wind or where Tennessee's defense has come from or where both from Buffalo has gone. Titans.
Bengals at Steelers: It should easily be Pittsburgh, but on the other hand Andy Dalton is no Tyler Paalko. Steelers.
Falcons at Texans: For the moment it looks like TJ Yates is the guy for Houston, but what should really be worrying Atlanta is the Texans' defense. They faced a fairly good one in Minnesota this past week and I think they're going to have problems in Houston. Texans.
For my wild card, I'm taking New England over Indianapolis as I'm sure the majority of you are about to do below.
Enjoy the week, folks.