What did you think I was going to say? This fascinating bit of TV happened on the CBS pregame last week. I’m sure you’ve already seen and or heard about it, but it felt like a good fit to lead off the picks segment. Great bit of promotion by CBS bringing in Victoria Secret model, Lily Aldrige (die-hard football fan), to talk about the upcoming fashion show and pick some games. I don’t remember who she picked or how those teams fared, but she picked with conviction. Marino was impressed. It’s probably a safe bet to say she wouldn’t have taken the Eagles last night. My lord. Now, I’ve made my task that much more difficult. Must nail 3 of 4 to have a winning week. Tall order, super-model tall, statuesque even.
Quick aside: How much $$ do you think i could bring in by selling my Eagles-Dolphins tickets for next week’s game? I was pumped 10 weeks ago when I pulled the trigger, now not so much. My only hope is that Vick plays so i can see him play in person. On to my picks, I will have to pick with laser like accuracy if I want to stay in the race:
Atlanta (-3) over Houston: When your QB is a 3rd string rookie from North Carolina, not named Ronald Curry, and you pick up Jake Delhomme off the waiver wire, I will lay 3 with a playoff team.
Green Bay (-7.5) over New York Giants: How can you take the G-Men here? They have zero pass rush and can’t cover, especially with thier LBs. Not a great time to have Green Bay coming to town. Memo to Brandon Jacobs: You are supposed to run over 5’8″ 165 lb. DBs when you are 6’4″ 265. Stop running your mouth when you do so…
Tennessee (+2.5) over Buffalo. Tennessee has a real chance here to pick up a game on Houston. I see their offense slowly picking up with Chris Johnson. Buffalo is about to throw in the towel.
Carolina (+3.5) over Tampa Bay. Sh*t show.
Big Dub: 34-23-4
Dallas (-4.5) over Arizona. Is Arizona actually getting respect for beating a terrible Rams team?
Pittsburgh (-6.5) over Cincinnati. They handled them in Cincy after two tough games in a row. They roll them at home after a disappointing showing Monday night.
Atlanta (-3) over Houston. 3-Putt said T.J. was the Texans’ QB. He might as well be.
New York Giants (+7.5) over Green Bay. Someone is going to expose the Packers secondary. New York has the weapons to do it.
- Oakland (+3) over Miami
- Atlanta (-3) over Houston
- Dallas (-4.5) over Arizona
- New England (-20) over Indianapolis
Tennessee (+2.5) over Buffalo. The Bills are a tough team to figure out. Just like every other team in the league. Was that their last gasp against the Jets? It might have been. The Titans have life in the division if they can win some games. The only consistent thing I see in this match-up is Buffalo’s tendency to give up points. The Titans should be able to throw the ball and who knows, maybe Chris Johnson makes it two in a row. Stranger things have happened. Outright city.
St. Louis (+13) over San Francisco. I know the Rams are terrible, and I’ve had especially bad luck with them, but since Patrick Peterson isn’t on the Niners, I feel a little more comfortable making this pick. Cue the Ted Ginn TD return! Anyway, this should be a field goal fest, and if the Rams can knock 2 or 3 through the uprights, then SF will have a tough time covering this number. That’s a big-boy offense spread and the Niners don’t have that kind of firepower.
San Diego (-2.5) over Jacksonville. This is just a public service. I’m going to keep picking the Eagles and Chargers until their coaches get fired. You’re welcome, everyone. Honestly, this comes down to thinking, are the Chargers going to lose out? They could, I guess, but I need that Monday night action. I’m just a lemming looking for a cliff. The good news, I’ve clinched a bye-week in fantasy and don’t need to sweat Vincent Jackson.
Tampa Bay (-3.5) over Carolina. I think we all know how much I hate the Bucs. And, I hate the state of Florida as a professional sports locale. And, I’ve done pretty well picking the Panthers this year, but something about this line doesn’t make much sense to me. Why 3.5? Seems like a sucker play for the Panthers, so I’ll just go the other way. Not much else is working these days. And, the Panthers are very, very bad. Let’s not forget about that. First QB to 4 turnovers loses.
Commissioner’s D.A. Top-10:
- T.J. Ya-Ya-Ya-Ya Not Gonna Work Here Anymore.
- Caleb Hanie
- Jacksonville–It’s time to ask, who’s 3rd string?
- Christian Ponder
- Kansas City (I feel Orton)
- “Action” Dan Orlovsky
- Sam Bradford
- Colt McCoy
- Kevin Kolb–I think he’s back
- Rex Grossman
Ok, that’s another week in the books. No Eagles this weekend. And, if you want to be cute, no Eagles really for the rest of the year. Go buy your Christmas tree! My family always had STRONG opinions about which tree to cut down, except for my Dad who was just trying to figure out how we’d get it in the truck. Anyway, someone would invariably get a little pissed, but Jiminy Cricket would give us a pep talk on the ride back home and everyone got over it, and we’d all have a good laugh about how tilted it was in the damn stand. Memories. Also, D.A. Picks. Send them please. Huge week. We’re gonna end some seasons this week, I think. Shame. See everyone on Monday, unless the Phillies sign Reyes or something.