Sorry, no time for thoughts this week. It was, uhmm... Hurricane Sandy's fault. It totally hit bad right here... in Texas...
Panthers at Redskins: Cam Newton's attitude has been quite the topic of conversation lately. DeAngelo Williams and Steve Smith have both been subject of trade deadline rumors. The GM is long gone. And yet, they put up a fight last week against the Bears. Now they host a Redskins team that couldn't get going against the Steelers last week. It was a low point for one of the most prolific scoring offenses in the league. Their only problem is that their defense is even more prolific at giving up points - only the Titans are worse. Honestly, it's fun to watch RG3 try and outrun the points his defense gives up. Redskins
Bears at Titans: When a team gives up 257 points in 8 games, that goes beyond being a bad defense. That's just embarrassing. That is where the Titans find themselves, though their average was actually improved by yielding only 19 points last week to the Colts. I really picked this game just so I could say something about the Titans defense sucking. Bears.
Buccaneers at Raiders: Two teams whose QBs have come alive a bit these past few weeks. Josh Freeman in particular has found a spark, riding 3 straight games of 3 passing TDs. Tampa's defense, Drew Brees aside, has been fairly stingy with the points allowed. There's a distinct possibility that they're a better team than they've consistently showed. Oakland, meanwhile, is still in the AFC West hunt. While Carson Palmer isn't great, he's got more gas left than I expected. The real puzzle is Darren McFadden, who has looked hapless at times, and has ground out some yards on sheer volume of carries. Oakland's the narrow favorite at home, but I'm picking the Buccaneers.
Steelers at Giants: Few teams are playing as well as the Giants right now. Pittsburgh hopes to slow them down with a defense that has still remained formidable with Troy Polamalu on the sidelines. Pittsburgh has struggled on the road this year, though. It's hard to pick against the Giants here, but the Pittsburgh defense is always a threat to change a game.
And the bonus game:
Lions at Jaguars: The league's worst offense showed some life last week, as Blaine Gabbert had a solid game, connecting primarily with Cecil Shorts. Shorts has been rewarded by being named the team's starting "X" receiver, a spot he was previously holding temporarily while Laurent Robinson was out. While the Jag passing game is just barely starting to flicker some life, the Lions passing game is trying to rediscover their flamethrower. The team traded for Jacksonville's Mike Thomas this week, to help fill in for the injured Nate Burleson. Imma have to homer this pick, just hoping that this isn't the week Megatron comes back online. Jaguars
Last week's results:
Certis: 3-2 (Mr. Consistency)
Jolly Bill: 0-5
Jolly Bill: 19-19