NFL 2011 Week 14
If I had a nickel for every time I heard "Christian Ponder versus the Christian ponderer..." *grumble*:
Eagles 14 - Spoilhawks 31: I guess we can stop talking about Philly, right?
Titans 23 - Bills 17: And the same goes for Buffalo. Shame, really; they actually were a pretty fun little team to watch.
Chiefs 10 - Bears 3: Chicago's jumping on the "Imploding Team" bandwagon while Kansas City was probably sitting on the sidelines watching Matt Forte leave the game saying to themselves, "See, now you know how we feel."
Raiders 14 - Dolphins 34: Miami's obviously a lot better than their record states, having won four out of their last five.
Tebows 35 - Vikings 32: Certain individuals may gag when they read the following stat, but Tim Tebow's quarterback numbers as a starter this year for Denver are now either on par or better than Kyle Orton's, such as his ten to his predecessor's eight. Yes, it's official: Tim Tebow is an NFL quarterback. And the Broncos are on the verge of becoming a playoff team.
Colts 24 - Patriots 31 : PLAYOFFS?! Yes, hard to believe that it was ten years ago when Jim Mora popped off at that press conference. He must have a good sense of humor about it, seeing how he's done those commercials and he sat down with ESPN to talk about it.
Bengals 7 - Steelers 35: Okay, so I was wrong about Cincy giving Pittsburgh a tougher challenge. Moving on.
Panthers 38 - Buccaneers 19: Okay, maybe Cam Newton's taken the top spot in the offensive rookie of the year talk.
Jets 34 - Redskins 19: Perhaps instead of pig snouts Washington fans should take to wearing shopping bags?
Falcons 10 - Texans 17: Houston's going to the playoffs most definitely, but will the team that gets there look anything like the one that started the season?
Ravens 24 - Browns 10: People keep showing up at the factory of sadness, it seems.
Packers 38 - Giants 35: Hmmmm, I've noticed lately that few if anybody pick the Packers as their wild card. Afraid that if you pick them, it'll put the jinx on them.
Cowboys 13 - Cardinals 19: I want the footage of Angry Jerry Jones on YouTube, stat! I want to be able to watch it whenever I feel down during the off season.
Rams 0 - 49ers 26: Speaking of fun clips:
And, after intentionally keeping my mouth shut for weeks, I can officially call the Niners a playoff team.
Lions 17 - Saints 31: It's fairly obvious now that Detroit has a major problem when it comes to discipline and self-control. Titus Young and Brandon Pettigrew on Sunday night, Ndamukong Suh on Thanksgiving; a team's poise comes from the top and Jim Schwartz has lost his team. Wait, this is the same Jim Schwartz that flipped out over Handshakegate. Something's gotta change or else this team's immaturity is going to kill them game after game. /pauses for *Legion* to mention that Schwartz worked for Jeff Fischer in Tennessee.
Chargers 38 - Jaguars 14: Watching actual pot-roast cook in the oven might have been more entertaining than this game.
Week 14 Pick 'Em: Well, looks like some of y'all got done in by the Eagles and the Falcons and if not for the always dependable Colts as a fall-back for the wild card, some of you would have only eked out a single win. Now, before we continue, yes boogle did switch his pick at the last second from Philly to Seattle and since I didn't lay down any ground rules about changing one's mind before hand I won't ding him for it this time around. However, from now on, once you make your pick, you're stuck with it. Onto the results:
My record: 4-1
Looks like this is turning into a four horse race, but if the guys at the top post a sub .500 showing it could let some of those further back get back into the hunt:
My record: 46-19
Your guys' record:
Don't know why I still have *Legion* on the board. Pity? Anyway, here are the picks for this week:
Buccaneers at Jaguars: Quite possibly one of the bigger toss-ups I've ever devised. Both teams are strug-a-ling and have nothing left to play for but pride. Both have shaky quarterbacks but good running backs, though I'd put Maurice Jones-Drew ahead of LaGarrette Blount everywhere except within the octagon.
Bears at Broncos: Is this the game where Tim Tebow comes down to Earth (again)? Probably not. Tebows.
Bills at Chargers: I thought this might be closer until the Monday night game. I doubt Buffalo will travel well. San Di-ego Super Chargers.
Giants at Cowboys: I hereby dub this game the Face Palm Bowl, for that's what fans of both teams are probably doing a lot of this season. However, Dallas, while inconsistent, has consistently gotten a victory the week following a loss where they were under the national media's microscope. (How about) 'Dem Cowboys.
For my wild card, I'm going with New England over Washington.
Enjoy the week, folks.