NFL WEEK 14
No I didn’t get the Thursday Night Game – Houston did not beat Jacksonville – Houston didn’t do much of anything at all. They did fire Coach Kubiak though. No doubt only the first of several coaches that will be walking the unemployment line instead of the sideline by season’s end.
Win Loss record going in this week is 110 – 82 and I’m not saying I really will do this, but if I can’t pull it out this week I might as well watch Oprah’s Master Class on Sunday Night instead of the Atlanta / Green Bay game.
Let us begin:
Kansas over Washington
(Chiefs and Redskins – both of these teams need to do something about that) RG111 has been having a hard time keeping it real this season but to his credit he’s still trying out there, even though at times it seems cautious. Both on the low scoring side but Kansas does have a better D … AKA in this case as actually having a D.
Baltimore Ravens over Minnesota Vikings
Baltimore is good at home and Minnesota has only won at home (or in London, England). Adrian Peterson is giving it everything he’s got but he can’t win on his own.
New England over Cleveland
New England can take this but if it’s by the large point spread suggested by odds makers remains to be seen.
Oakland Raiders over The New York Jets
Oakland can pull it out of their *ss crack when they have to. The Jets will need more than a home field advantage to pull this out of their *ss crack.
Cincinnati over Indy
Indy has beat formidable opponents but more often than not they do that at home. Cinci on the other hand hasn’t lost at home.
New Orleans over Carolina
No, I’m not riding the Newton train on this one. I expect that New Orleans has recovered and regrouped from that routing they experienced in Seattle last week. These two are effectively tied for the AFC South and it’s not whether Carolina can win but whether New Orleans is willing to give that win up. I suspect not.
Detroit over Philly
Detroit has lost to teams better than Philly has beat. Does that make sense to you? It makes sense to me and speaks to a level of play. Detroit can beat a good team and Philly can beat crap teams. Now does it make sense? We’ll see. If Stafford and Johnson can get their groove on down the field then Detroit can beat Philly too.
Pittsburgh Steelers over Miami Dolphins
Another spread on this game that suggests it’s anyone’s game to win and the only expected edge Pittsburgh has is home field advantage. I’ll take that.
Tampa Bay over Buffalo
Against my own advice to myself I took Buffalo to win last week – and they did not. As above, home field is the only advantage that Tampa Bay has. And as above, I’ll take that too.
Denver Broncos over Tennessee Titans
Why are we talking about this?
Arizona Cardinals over St. Louis
Arizona is just plain old playing better. Nuff said.
San Diego over the New York Giants
Yes Eli and the big boys have improved of late but does beating Washington and Green Bay reflect their ability to knock it out on the field against a stronger (than GB & Wash) team. You certainly couldn’t say that the Chargers are consistent with anything and they have been all over the place. This week, seeing as how they’re in their own place, I’ll take them over the Giants.
Seattle Seahawks over San Francisco
Seattle has clinched a play off spot. If Monday’s shellacking of the Saints is any indication then this team doesn’t have an “off” switch to ease off on playing hard to minimize injury or the chance of injury to their most important players. This is also a battle of the new generation of QBs and too think that Kaepernick might not be bothered at all by Wilson’s recent elevation to QB Demi-God would be unwise. Yes, San Fran is good at home but Seattle appears to be just plain old good everywhere they go and neither of these QBs or Teams wants to give an inch. Going with Seattle.
Green Bay over Atlanta
Rodgers is still out but willing to take a chance on them at home. Atlanta has only won at home … but this week they’re not.
Chicago over Dallas
Taking Chicago at home – if they come out hard and keep it up they can take Dallas. I say keep it up because Dallas tends to come on strong later in the game. I know this because I often think I’ve got them in the bag as losing … and then they freaking win. Chicago has my vote here and I hope there’s a stiff wind off the lake it’s cold enough to freeze the nuts off a squirrel. I think that would help Da Bears just enough to get it done.