I don’t know what’s going on with my NFL picks. They’re awful. That’s OK though, because I’ve given up and everyone else is going strong right down to the wire. What really amazes me is that the two teams I picked to go to the Super Bowl are 22-2. And, my hometown team is 2-9-1 against the spread. You would think I could exploit those numbers to my benefit in some way. But no. I can’t be pinned down by statistics. Not this season. An examination of smarter people…
NFL Pick ‘Em Standings:
- DC, 38-26-1
- JCK, 37-27-1
- Nichols, 36-29
- Kraft, 35-29-1
- Bug Dub, 34-29-2
- Grossy, 29-33-3
The “Cut Your Own Christmas Tree,” Pick of the Week: DC (NFC North Combo Pick)
Quite a rally for DC who was patrolling around .500 for much of the year if my memory serves me. A 5-0 week was capped by successfully picking the tie atop the NFC North. I could say something bitter right now like, does any team have more ugly covers this year than Green Bay? But, I’m better than that. We had a Seattle outright pick in a close game (they won in OT) and Green Bay winning thanks to Minnesota’s terrible passing offense–Christian Ponder 28 D.A. Points. Feels like a couple of pretty good calls. Other people had these games, so feel the appropriate amount of glow, but you know I’m a sucker for combo meals.
The “Punch Out Bogey,” Awful Pick of the Week: Grossy (Tennessee +6)
I played golf today. Might be the last round of the year. Who knows? I was constantly in the trees. I’m not sure what is worse, having to punch out or knowing with 100% certainty that I have no chance of getting up and down for par. I still have four shots to hit and I know I’m going to make bogey. So frustrating. Also frustrating? Picking the Titans. I could repeat my argument about the line, about the division game, but there’s no reason to pick Tennessee. There were 16 games. We have to pick five of them, and I come up with Tennessee? I don’t even know how that’s possible. That’s when you know you’re going bad.
The Definitive, Yet Arbitrary Top-10:
1. Atlanta, 11-1. The pressure on Matt Ryan and Atlanta after that playoff bye week is going to be enormous.
2. Houston, 11-1. Nice to see Houston smack around Tennessee and get back in a groove. Tons of anti-NE and anti-Peyton people counting on Houston in the AFC.
3. Denver, 9-3. Believe me, I don’t like it, but they’ve won seven in a row. Tough to ignore.
4. New England, 9-3. Ugly win over the Dolphins in Miami. AKA, every Pats/Dolphins game in Miami ever.
5. New York Giants, 7-5. Not consistent enough, but they blew out the next two teams on the list.
6. San Francisco, 8-3-1. Kaepernick looks better in his uniform. That’s Harbaugh’s rationale. Pretty sure Alex Smith out-uglies the Rams.
7. Green Bay, 8-4. Should now go on and win the division.
8. Baltimore, 9-3. What have I been telling you? They lost to Charlie Batch.
9. Indianapolis, 8-4. Andrew Luck still fails the face test, and has an upper chest beard, but he’s turned around the dreadful Colts.
10. Seattle, 7-5. They won a road game.
3-PT D.A. of the Week: Mark Sanchez
Check out the D.A. Link at the top of the page to read about the epic Sanchez vs. Lindley showdown. Also check D.A. Standings and playoff scenarios as we get ready for the final week of the regular season.