Tuesday Morning Self-Esteem Check.

Pop The Corks.

Pop The Corks.

It never felt like the Bucs were going 0-16 this season, but the Jags had a shot.  They had that special look about them, and once they got halfway home the rest should have been downhill.  But, the oddities of professional sports win out. Jake Locker goes down and the Jaguars win despite Chad Henne’s 49 QB rating and about 200 yards of total offense. It was a shame the home faithful couldn’t see the Jags snap out of it, perhaps a sold-out stadium watched the win on the Jumbotron–I don’t know, but either way the 2008 Lions are safe for another year.  Dinner’s on Matt Millen.

With those streaks ending, the most impressive streak of futility in the NFL is probably the Eagles’ 10-game home losing streak.  The 5-5 Eagles are the first team to be at least .500 after 10 games without winning at home.  Another high honor.  So, is Nick Foles going to be the guy who breaks the streak?  A home game against Washington feels like a great opportunity and I know that “Blown Coverage” Nick has won over most of the fan base.  I remain a miserable skeptic.  A true Foles hater from day one.

It brings up the question, how important are the individual players?  What percentage of the rooting interest is based solely on the team and what is based on liking individual players?  I’ve always gravitated toward individual players. Maybe this was a result of growing up in Philadelphia during the drought, but I’m having a hard time warming up to old Polesy.  I’d much rather blindly throw my loyalty to an unproven commodity after the draft next year.  We’ll see how it plays out, and if I can rally behind Foles as he efforts toward 8-8.

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NFL Pick ‘EM Standings:  

  1. Kraft, 31-18-1
  2. Grossy, 29-19-2
  3. Big Dub, 29-20-1
  4. DC, 24-23-3
  5. Nichols, 23-16-1
  6. JCK, 22-27-1

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The “Belgian Waffles” Pick of the Week:  Kraft, Tampa Bay (+2.5) over Miami.

A quick note, that guy’s “life savings” parlay appears to be a hoax, but still a great call by Big Dub to go the other way for an easy 2-0.  Anchored his week, but as we fight for position at the top of the board, I’ve got to acknowledge Kraft’s 4-1 that created some distance between himself and the chase pack.  Kraft is currently picking winners about 30% more often than he did in his debut year and no one else can boast that type of improvement.  This Tampa call was a good one, acknowledging that the Bucs really weren’t bad enough to go 0-16 and the Dolphins were the perfect mark.  Plus, Brad Johnson IN THE HOUSE.

The “Tofurkey Bacon,” Awful Pick of the Week:  DC, (Atlanta +6).

Oh, DC, DC, DC.  Come to the light.  Did they not get the 2013 season up in Vermont yet?  Are you still watching highlights from last year?  The Falcons are terrible.  So, so bad and this was actually the easiest game of the week–if you went the right way.  I imagine the rationale was something like, “Well, at some point between now and the end of time the Falcons will cover again.”  True enough, but it certainly wasn’t this week, and it probably won’t be next week, either.  Everyone please, PLEASE, stop picking the Falcons.

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3-PT D.A. of the Week:  Andrew Luck.

We had two stellar performances in wins by Cam Newton and Chad Henne, something I always like to look for in D.A., but they weren’t quite enough to overcome the sticker shock of 38-8.  That was the Rams against he Colts?  This one’s on you, Dumbo.  Check out the always tight D.A. Standings among other things on the D.A. Page.

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The Definitive, Yet Arbitrary, Top-10:

  1. Kansas City, 9-0.  Andy Reid off a bye against Denver–Game of the Year.
  2. Seattle, 9-1.  Back in the groove after slapping Matty Ice.
  3. Denver, 8-1. Avoided letdown in San Diego.
  4. New Orleans, 7-2.  Hahahah, Dallas.
  5. New England, 7-2.  Bye-Week upward mobility.
  6. Carolina, 6-3.  High-water Mark.
  7. Detroit, 6-3.  Winning close games–odd.
  8. Indianapolis, 6-3.  Just inexcusable.
  9. Cincinnati, 6-4.  Couldn’t bury the Ravens.
  10. Arizona, 5-4.  Imagine them with a QB and/or running game.

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