I think a little too much is being made of the Peyton Manning cold weather issue. The guy looked fine on the TD drive in the 4th quarter. If anything, the cold just makes Peyton look like more of a goof. Lumbering around even more, the full head turtleneck, it’s all a bit ridiculous. I’m sure he doesn’t love sub-zero wind chills, but I don’t think that was the game. The game was the avalanche of fumbles that went one way and then the other. They very nearly tied, were headed toward a tie, until that final “muff.” It was a hell of a game though–assuming you were watching indoors.
The only other thing I have to say this week is that I have probably neglected trashing the AFC this year as my scorn has mostly been focused on the NFC East. Right now, a 5-6 team makes the AFC playoffs. The Browns, Bills, and Raiders are all 4-7 and could argue that they are in the playoff hunt. Also, the Texans have lost 9 in a row. How were they ever 2-0? And, they might be the worst team in the entire league. So, hooray AFC.
NFL Pick ‘EM Standings:
- Kraft, 35-23-2
- Grossy, 34-23-3
- Big Dub, 32-25-3
- Nichols, 28-30-2
- DC, 27-29-4
- JCK, 26-33-1
The “Two Days ‘Til Mashed Potatoes” Pick of the Week: Kraft (Jacksonville +10)
I made up some ground on Kraft this week, but might have passed him entirely without this gem. It really was an incredible line. The Texans had lost 8 games in a row. They were playing a QB with no career wins. The only thing they had going for them was they were at home. 2013 Home Record: 1-5. And somehow the Jags were still getting 10 points. It really is remarkable. More remarkable than that massive line earlier this year in Seattle, I think. Anyway, if one person is going to have their finger on the pulse of the Jags and really the entire AFC South–It’s Kraft. He loves that slop.
The “Green Bean Cassa-vomit” Awful Pick of the Week: Various (Colts +2.5)
This was a big, old Cardinals line. And, look at those Cardinals–sitting pretty at 7-4. Do not underestimate the NFC West. On one hand you could say, what is wrong with the Colts? But, it’s pretty obvious isn’t it? They have the worst running game in the league. “Touch Yourself” Hilton does not have the Reggie Wayne security blanket and that means they are going to struggle to score points, especially against a defense as good as Arizona’s. Their own defense on the other hand is quite poor. After flip-flopping several times, it’s most certainly NOT Indy’s year. And, what’s wrong with the Colts? They were underdogs against Arizona. That’s all you need to know.
3-PT D.A. of the Week: Kase Ceenum!
Check out the D.A. page. Updated standings, with point totals. It’s closer than a fat man’s belt to the steering wheel. And a really nice effort by Kase Ceenum. It’s about time. Also, what’s going on with that Are Gee Three?
The Definitive, Yet Arbitrary, Top-10:
- Seattle, 10-1. Looking Great on the Bye-Week.
- New Orleans, 9-2. NFC Bias.
- New England, 8-3. Less Fumbles Please.
- Denver, 9-2. Showed some flaws in New England.
- Kansas City, 9-2. Pass Rush Down. Not good.
- Carolina, 8-3. By Default. Not this good.
- Arizona, 7-4. Might Kill the Eagles.
- San Francisco, 7-4. Needs to Beat a Good Team.
- Dallas, 6-5. We Left Actual Good Teams Long Ago.
- Philadelphia, 6-5. High Water Mark?