It was Thanksgiving, 1989. The Eagles were in Dallas, and I think it was the day I became aware that I hated the Cowboys. I remember watching the game with my father and my uncles, and being slowly filled on what was happening. Everything culminated when Luis Zendejas got absolutely pummeled by Jessie Small. I’d say I had begun to pay attention to the Eagles at this point, but I hadn’t yet cultivated the hatred of the opposition that is key for all Philadelphia sports fans. When I saw Zendejas take that shot, I have to admit, it was one of the greatest things I’ve ever seen. It was such a tangible display of distaste that I couldn’t help but be infected. And, since that point, the Cowboys have been in the holy circle of hated teams for me (Cowboys, Devils, Mets, Yankees and Lakers). No matter if they’re good or bad, I want them to go down, you can always be worse…
After the Bounty Bowl, which the Eagles won 27-0 (to drop the Cowboys to 1-10…hahaha), the rivalry intensified into Bounty Bowl II, and there was the 11 sack game, which was probably the pinnacle of the Eagles dominance. After that the tide turned, and it was all Cowboys and Emmitt Smith rushing for 1.6 million yards with a broken whatever…and back and forth they go. The thing is, the teams haven’t often played a game of Sunday’s magnitude. Last year’s game was huge, but it’s dwarfed by this edition. Of course, it’s always a big game, but there have been long periods of dominance in this series. Both teams being up is a cause for great celebration. This Sunday has become the game of the year for Eagles fans, and nothing is better than cruising into Dallas with everything on the line.
Everything is on the line for me as well in NFL PICK ‘EM. I’ve long since secured the win, but it’s important to me that I keep myself at the 60% mark. It’s the dividing line between some run of the mill season, and one where you actually would have made a decent bit of cash. Without further ado…let’s move on. In honor of the Bounty Bowl, and the old-school Dallas rivalry, I watched this video before making my picks. Oh, Randall….you crafty son of a gun.
GROSSY 45-30-5 (Last Week, 2-2-1)
Eagles (+3) @ Dallas. Is there any other way to go this week? Don’t talk to me about hexolas, and jinxes. This is just a football game. The Eagles against the stinking Cowboys. What’s going to happen? Tony Romo’s going to step up? Come on. Dallas isn’t getting a sweep. The Eagles already played their bad game against Dallas this year. Sunday is sweet revenge. Eagles 31-20.
Pittsburgh (-3) @ Miami. This is partially so I can get my Steelers get bundled in the first round scenario, but also because I finally think Miami is out of gas, and the Steelers should be able to rally the troops for one more ugly win. Steelers 23-13.
San Francisco (-7) @ St. Louis. Almost an impossible week to pick games because of the back-ups and mail it in factor, so I’m trying to look for teams that will perhaps still be playing. The Niners, as much as I’ve dogged them this year, aren’t going to give up on the season. They’ll want this last win, and St. Louis will be more than happy to oblige. Niners 28-17.
Tennessee (-4.5) @ Seattle. Seattle is a dog team. Tennessee has come up short, but they still want to make that push for the animal Chris Johnson to get to 2,000 yards. I think they run it up until the #1 pick in 2010 fantasy drafts hits his mark, and then cruise to a victory over a Seattle team that likely will have lost interest right after the coin toss. Titans 28-9.
Kansas City (+13) @ Denver. A choke on a deazy Denver pick. Let’s put it this way, I don’t trust them to cover big spreads. This team is about as explosive as I am in a 100 meter dash. (That’s not explosive). Denver skanks and shanks their way to an ugly 19-13 win.
Big Dub H 33-40-2 (Last Week, 3-1-1)
No theories, no reading lines. I’m using logic. Oh. Boy.
Jacksonville +1 @ Cleveland
The Browns are a favorite against a playoff contender? Really? Unless Josh Cribbs returns three kicks for touchdowns and Jerome Harrison flirts with 300 yards of rushing there is no way this team can overcome Derek Anderson. None. Jaguars 20 – Cleveland 10
Minnesota -9 vs. New York Giants
The Vikings look like they got things figured out a little bit in the second half of their loss to the Bears while the only thing the Giants realized is that Eli Manning is a fraud. The Vikings return to the dome and bend over Eli like…well you get the picture. Vikings 47 – Giants 15 (they go for two late in the game to try and rally the troops)
Atlanta -3 @ Tampa Bay
With a win the Falcons will complete their first back-to-back winning seasons in franchise history. This is actually motivation for a team that was hurt by injuries and underachieved a little bit this season. The Bucs won their Super Bowl last week and now get to roll over like the dogs they are. Falcons 30 – Bucs 20
Tennessee -4.5 @ Seattle
A little Chris Johnson here and little bit there and…BANG! 2,000 yards. Seattle should have shipped the Seahawks out of town and not the Sonics. Chris Johnson 24 (4 TDs) – Seattle 13
Dallas -3 vs. Philadelphia
I reverse jinxed the Eagles on the road against the Giants, so why not here? Dallas has an offense that can keep up with the Eagles and a defense that can actually get off the field from time to time. Jason Witten could have about 20 catches in this game and I would not be surprised if Trotter retires after this game due to the embarrassing display he’s aboout to put on. Don the magic Juan will try to keep pace, but in the end the Eagles defense lets him down. Cowboys 63 – Eagles 56
KRAFT 24-55-1 (Last Week, 0-5)
I’m not sure if the math is possible, but i may be able to dip below 30% with another yeoman’s 0-5? That is enough to play for. Being an Eagles fan, I will not dare to pick that game, because we all know what that would do…
Pittsburgh -3 over Miami- Miami just isn’t good. They play hard..etc., but they just aren’t very good. I’ll take the Steelers who still have something to play for, albeit a slim chance, but they are clearly the better team.
ATL -2.5 over TB- Sayonara Raheem Morris. You did however become the most annoying coach to watch during an NFL game, with your constant chest bumps to players (Ps. you are a 3 win team), and you did lead the league in most coordinators fired. What do you say, can you fire the special teams coach before Sunday’s game, just for grins?
Oakland +10.5 over Baltimore- i doubt that things will evolve the easy way this weekend, with both the Jets & Ravens winning. Oakland is a black hole. Good teams have been sucked into the bizarro world of crappy Football when they have gone out there this year, and I think Baltimore falls into that trap this week.
Chicago -3 over Detroit- THe Bears showed signs of life last week, Detroit is busy scouting which new WR prospect they want to draft in the top 5.
Ny Giants +9 over Minnesota- I know Minnesota has something to play for, and I know the Giants Pass D is abysmal. I don’t think Favre plays the whole game, because they may not get the bye, and I think the Giants have to show something after last week’s shellacking. They can’t end the year with 2 complete stinkers. Where has the Minnesota running game gone?