Lock That Back Door.

Great 4th Quarter (extends two middle fingers).

Great 4th Quarter (extends two middle fingers).

That wasn’t the week I envisioned when I mentioned the troops all rallying above .500.  It wasn’t crippling, but we’re working on a razor thin margin of error for the last three weeks.  One hell of a backdoor cover by the Falcons on Monday night.  I mention this because it was such a prime example and, of course, impacted my picks.  I think if there is a double digit spread and at any point in the game you have double that lead then you should at least get a push out of that.  OR, the NFL should be a little stricter about how these teams play in garbage time.  Let’s remember who the #1 priority is here–the gamblers.  And I’m sure many fantasy semi-finals turned in that 4th quarter as well.

But, this is just a minor hiccup.  Some people have real problems.  I heard someone the other day lamenting the cost of his HOA fees at his investment property in Hilton Head.  Perspective.

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NFL Pick ‘EM Standings:

  1. DC, 31-24
  2. Big Dub, 30-24-1
  3. Grossy, 34-31
  4. Kraft, 34-35-1
  5. Nichols, 31-32-1

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The “Generous Secret Santa” Pick of the Week: Seattle (+1), Various…

Highlighting this popular pick, because I don’t remember an Eagles season quite this one.  They’ve alternately lost to every decent team in the NFC (save Dallas who may not be decent) and looked absolutely unstoppable against lesser opponents.  They’ve done it with two frightfully mediocre QBs.  They’ve done with a playmaking d-line and a horrific secondary.  They could get the #2 seed.  They could miss the playoffs.  NO ONE is prepared for that possibility.  Every Eagles fan assumed the playoffs as a right many weeks ago.  Now they have a Sunday night date with Dallas where everything hangs in the balance.  The city would not handle a loss.  Not this close to Christmas.

The “Prevent Defense” Awful Pick of the Week: Big Dub, New Orleans (-9.5)

The Saints got blown out in this game.  I’m not sure how it happened.  Was wizardry involved? Was that Cam Newton’s last win as a Panther?  That’s something provocative I might say if I was on First Take. Every week there is at least one game, if not more, that makes absolutely no sense.  In that vein, perhaps Big Dub gets a pass, but he doesn’t get a pass for being “worried about the Saints.”  This is the worst division ever assembled.  The Saints couldn’t make the college football playoff.

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3PT D.A. of the Week:  Brian Hoyer

Thank you, Mr. Hoyer for ushering in the Manziel era.  It was a mild week for awful QB play.  Nothing really popped off the box score at me, but this has been a slow burn for Hoyer.  It makes you realize how little it takes for an NFL team to grasp onto a QB.  MAYBE.  Nope, not this guy either.  The Browns were flitting around the edges of playoff contention and clearly have no desire to play Manziel, but Hoyer has now forced their hand.  Any respectable QB would have won that game Sunday.  It was handed to him, he but coaxed a 14/31 for 130 out of it and let Andrew Luck clip him.  Also, Hoyer is RUINING Josh Gordon.

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The Definitive, Yet Arbitrary, Top-10:

  1. Green Bay, 10-3. Amazing 3 Quarters.
  2. New England, 10-3.  Scrappy Road Win.
  3. Denver, 10-3. Where’s Pey-Pey Been?
  4. Seattle, 9-4. Still tough. Awful on offense.
  5. Arizona, 10-3. Surprised Me.
  6. Indianapolis, 9-4.  Just a bit better than…
  7. Detroit, 9-4.  Ew.
  8. Philadelphia, 9-4. Exposed again.
  9. Dallas, 9-4. Let’s not get too excited about beating Chicago.
  10. Baltimore, 8-5.  Hopefully this jinxes them.
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