Tuesday Morning Self-Esteem Check (Speed Round Edition)

No Jinx.

No Jinx.

I’ve got to get moving here, because I don’t have much time, but I also am in a bit of pain about a .3 point fantasy semi-final loss last night.  I know no one cares–but it still hurts!  Anyway, I’m just going to say, I don’t believe in the SI cover jinx.  Jordan seemed to do fine after his 50 covers.  If you want to think your team, or player got jinxed?  Go ahead, it probably just means they aren’t that good–or that anything can happen in the NFL, including bumbling into the Metrodome and getting knocked around by Matt Asiata.

NFL Pick ‘EM Standings:  

  1. Kraft, 43-30-2
  2. Big Dub, 39-29-3
  3. Grossy, 40-31-4
  4. DC, 38-33-4
  5. Nichols, 36-37-2
  6. JCK, 32-37-1

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The “Christmas Cookie Platter,” Pick of the Week:  Big Dub, St. Louis (+6)

The Rams have haunted me all year to the point that I finally came around and picked them a few times.  If I had been feeling really frisky, perhaps I might have gotten this game, but I was awash in a sea of lesser dogs.  It was a nice pick for Big Dub, to get a winning week and to stay in the hunt.  Kraft is in good shape with 10 picks to go, but still some challengers lingering.  It’s amazing how some teams play so differently home and away.  The Saints are an extreme example.  They go to ANOTHER DOME, but still look like they’ve never even practiced together and get hammered.  Beware the Saints on the road, it’s coming in the playoffs.

The “Creepy Mall Santa,” Awful Pick of the Week:  Multiple, Jacksonville (+2)

As Kraft said, how exactly did the Jags become the darlings of the handicappers here?  Is this still earth?  How did we all get so carried away?  The Jags were hot* and the Bills are terrible in their own right, but there is always an inherent amount of stupidity in picking Jacksonville, because they are Jacksonville.  Nothing could surprise you with the Jags.  If next Sunday they forfeited because only 20 players showed up for the game, I wouldn’t be THAT surprised.  Oh, those dysfunctional Jags.  Picking the Jags is like skulling a wedge into the green.  It is always embarrassing, just some of the time, you line it into the false front and it pops up and lands softly.  That didn’t happen this week.

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D.A. of the Week:  ELI MANNING!!!!!

Great Job Eli.  Go read about Eli’s sexy five picks and the huge impact it had on the D.A. Semi-Finals.  Decemeber is when D.A. legends are born.

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The Definitive, Yet Arbitrary, Top-10:

  1. Seattle, 12-2.  Fairly convincing win.
  2. Denver, 11-3.  We’ll call it a short-rest hiccup.
  3. San Francisco, 10-4. High water mark.
  4. Kansas City, 11-3.  Jamaaaaal Charles, One a for every TD.
  5. Carolina, 10-4. Because they aren’t as bad on the road as…
  6. New Orleans, 10-4.  Ugly, ugly game. Speaking of which…
  7. New England, 10-4.  Could be in trouble without Gronk.
  8. Indianapolis, 9-5.  Not a good team, but…
  9. Cincinnati, 9-5. Neither are the Bengals.
  10. Miami, 8-6.  Or the Dolphins.
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Tuesday Morning Self-Esteem Check.

Poor Megatron.

Poor Megatron.

This is what could happen at the Super Bowl, people.  It could snow and you’d end up with a wildly memorable game that all the fans who were there can’t stop talking about.  What a disaster.  The snow games this Sunday produced some sloppy football at times, but most of them also ended in crazy, back and forth fashion.  As far as bad things that can happen at a Super Bowl, snow is way down on the list.  

NFL Pick ‘Em Standings:  

  1. Kraft, 40-28-2
  2. Grossy, 38-28-4
  3. Big Dub, 36-29-3
  4. DC, 34-32-4
  5. Nichols, 34-34-2
  6. JCK, 32-37-1

The “Two-Hour Delay,” Pick of the Week:  Collective, Kansas City (-2.5)

I just wanted to focus on the Redskins for a moment.  What a terrific disaster.  Things looked so promising for those few weeks at the end of last season, but then RG3 got hurt again, the team went spiraling into the toilet and that’s when the fingers start to get pointed and stories start getting leaked.  If your franchise, or locker room is leaking stories–your season is over.  They’ve either given up on a coach, a QB, a combination of things, but you certainly aren’t getting any effort.  It’s every man for himself.  Players will try to save their own hide, Shanannahan is setting himself up to try to get another coaching job, and I’m sure Dan Snyder is planning his next crazy move.  The Redskins are pleased to introduce Lee Corso as the new head coach!  Anyway, no such thing as a trap line against Washington. They’re done.  

The “Wintery Mix,” Awful Pick of the Week:  Kraft, Dallas (+1)

The Bears did not punt last night.  Zero punts.  That’s the second time that has happened this year against Dallas.  It’s the most amazing stat I’ve heard all year.  Maybe this was a hedge by Kraft in honor of the Eagles, but other than that, not much to like about this pick.  You could probably drum up some support for “never lay points with a McCown,” but the Bears’ WRs are so filthy that it doesn’t appear to matter who is throwing them the ball.  Best WR tandem in the league.  In Chicago.  Unreal.  

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3PT D.A. of the Week:  EJ Manuel.  

Oh, EJ.  This was a master class.  Kellen Clemens threw a pick-6, took a safety, lost, got sacked all day and he wasn’t even really considered.  This was one of the better D.A. games of the year and it came in crunch time.  You won’t believe what happened in the playoff race.  Go ahead and check it out.  

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The Definitive, Yet Arbitrary, Top-10:

  1. Seattle, 11-2.  Have trouble in SF, but won’t return there this season.
  2. Denver, 11-2. Looks like Peyton’s OK in the cold.
  3. New Orleans, 10-3.  Nice bounce back for the Saints.
  4. New England, 10-3.  No Gronk.  High-Water mark?
  5. Kansas City, 10-3.  Beating the Redskins is like tie.
  6. San Francisco, 9-4.  Finally a decent win.
  7. Carolina, 9-4.  Not Ready for the Big Time.
  8. Cincinnati, 9-4. Your AFC Divisional Round loser.
  9. Philadelphia, 8-5.  Eagles have snapped off 5 in a row.
  10. Arizona, 8-5.  Life on the fringe.  

Tuesday Morning Self-Esteem Check.

The Poster On Matt & Chris Simms' Wall.

The Poster On Matt & Chris Simms’ Wall.

I am a miserable person at times.  My relationship with Nick Foles front and center.  I figure I have a pass with Eagles fans, because as I continue to pick against Foles and the Eagles they are hitting a stride we haven’t seen in years. This is as high as I’ve seen the city since the ’11 Phillies.  And, I must say that if it all leads to a final matchup with Dallas for the division that will be a hell of a spectacle.  Of course, I won’t like Nicky F’s chances.  Sometimes you can’t get over the first impression.  I hated Foles from the jump and I have to stick to my guns.  In honor of Foles, my five least favorite Eagles of All-Time.  

5.  Izel Jenkins.

Poor Izel.  I’ve softened a bit on “Toast” over the years.  It probably wasn’t his fault.  Jenkins was the sometimes nickel or dime back on an otherwise loaded defense for his time in Philly.  At this time, especially when you are just a kid, you expected every single player on the Eagles defense to be a total stud.  When you are comparing Jenkins to Eric Allen…things get a bit tough for Izel.  There is something inherently stressful about a deep ball.  The ball is in the air, you can’t see the receiver on TV, anything can happen.  I just remember those times when the camera caught up to a wide-open receiver, and going “was that Jenkins again?”  It usually was, so frustrating.  

4. Brandon Graham. 

This is dislike mostly by association.  Compared to other 1st round D-Line selections, Graham has actually started to play decent football.  But, this was just the culmination of years of bad drafting for me.  From Mamula, to McDougal, to the guy who was mostly blind in one eye (Jon Harris?)–there were so many mid-1st round selections and not a single starter.  Graham was the last straw.  I’m not sure I’ve ever wanted the Eagles to take a player more than I wanted them to take Earl Thomas.  I’m almost never right about these things, but Thomas turning into a Pro-Bowler, while Graham barely saw the field for a couple of years–too much to bear. 

3. Detmer Brothers.

Eagles fans have put their faith in a lot of mediocre quarterbacks.  Why we had to be exposed to this duo, I’m not sure. I would think that once you got a look at Ty, you’d be through with the Detmer bloodline.  I was always offended by Ty’s inflated stats and Heisman, not to mention his terrible arm.  Koy was just a mutt that somehow captured the fans for a few weeks.  Bobby Hoying with a neckbeard.  

2.  Nick Foles.  

Sorry.  He’s too tall.  Too skinny.  His arm isn’t THAT good.  He runs like a goof.  He fails the face test.  He’s been a bit too lucky for my taste–sorry, true.  He’s got donut hole personality.  A franchise QB is a commitment.  I’m not ready to dive into this pool.  

1. Sav Rocca.

That Rocca still punts in the league is amazing to me.  I’m pretty sure Sav’s signature punt was a 37 yard dying quail that was so bad it couldn’t even be returned, because it was partially shanked out-of-bounds.  Hey, not a bad net average, Sav!  The first Eagle punter I remember was John Teltschik, who punted with his damn bare foot!  That was pretty badass, but Teltschik may have been terrible–who can remember.  Since then, it’s been uninspiring lumps. Feagles, the ancient Landeta, but the worst was Sav.  What kind of name is that anyway?  I make it a point not to even know the Eagles punter anymore.  Save the aggravation.  

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NFL Pick ‘EM Standings:

  1. Kraft, 37-26-2
  2. Big Dub*, 34-26-3
  3. Grossy, 34-27-4
  4. DC, 31-30-4
  5. Nichols, 31-32-2
  6. JCK, 29-34-1

*possibly retired

The “Wal-Mart Fights,” Pick of the Week:  DC, San Francisco (-8)

We didn’t get a lot of explanations this week, except from me, and we know how that went, so I decided to pick one of DC’s games on the week he climbed back over .500–although he’s been leading the league in pushes for some time.  It was a good overall week, won an OT thriller with Minnesota, had the Dolphins easily over the Jets, but I chose this game, because the Niners and Rams have both been hard to figure out this year.  The Niners possibly playing down to some teams?  The Rams hanging tough?  Week to week almost impossible to predict.  In the spirit of Thanksgiving, we’ll assume this wasn’t blind luck and DC had an insight that he just chose not to share with everyone.

The “Busted Tree Stand.” Awful Pick of the Week:  Grossy (New Orleans +whatever)

I believe I had the Saints outright.  That Fumble-6 really turned the tide, did it not?  I guess the Seahawks aren’t going to lose at home, which means they are going to the ‘Bowl and the NFL should probably never allow Seattle to host that game.  Wouldn’t be fair.  I don’t know what to make of my terrible picks this week, of which this was easily the most atrocious.  Two OT losses, a push, and I move myself almost out of contention.  I’ll have to blame life.  Lot of holiday festiveness, had to cut down the Christmas tree, obviously by Sunday AM my mind wasn’t properly in tune with these games.  It showed.  God awful effort.  

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3PT D.A. of the Week:  Matt Flynn.

Check out the D.A. Page.  The race for the playoffs couldn’t be any closer.  It’s volatile–like a NASCAR restart.  No clue if that’s a proper analogy.  Anyway, Flynn edged out Geno Smith who filed an official protest with the league office when he found out he didn’t go back-t0-back.  

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The Definitive, Yet Arbitrary, Top-10:

  1. Seattle, 11-1. By a mile.
  2. New England, 9-3.  Not their best effort in a letdown week.
  3. Denver, 10-2. Owns KC’s secondary.
  4. Carolina, 9-3.  They’ve won EIGHT in a row.
  5. Kansas City, 9-3.  Owned by the Broncos.
  6. New Orleans, 9-3.  Last night….wasn’t good.
  7. San Francisco, 8-4.  Looking dangerous again.
  8. Cincinnati, 8-4.  Sloppily got by San Diego.
  9. Philadelphia, 7-5.  NFC slightly less embarrassing.
  10. Dallas, 7-5.  But still embarrassing. 

Tuesday Morning Self-Esteem Check.

How Cumbersome is The Head Sock?

How Cumbersome is The Head Sock?

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.

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NFL Pick ‘EM Standings:  

  1. Kraft, 35-23-2
  2. Grossy, 34-23-3
  3. Big Dub, 32-25-3
  4. Nichols, 28-30-2
  5. DC, 27-29-4
  6. JCK, 26-33-1

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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.

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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:

  1. Seattle, 10-1.  Looking Great on the Bye-Week.
  2. New Orleans, 9-2.  NFC Bias.
  3. New England, 8-3.  Less Fumbles Please.
  4. Denver, 9-2.  Showed some flaws in New England.
  5. Kansas City, 9-2.  Pass Rush Down.  Not good.
  6. Carolina, 8-3.  By Default. Not this good.
  7. Arizona, 7-4. Might Kill the Eagles.
  8. San Francisco, 7-4. Needs to Beat a Good Team.
  9. Dallas, 6-5.  We Left Actual Good Teams Long Ago.
  10. Philadelphia, 6-5.  High Water Mark?

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.

Tuesday Morning Self-Esteem Check.

Down Has Become Up.

Down Has Become Up.

I just don’t know.  The NFL has become a spin of the roulette wheel.  You can put as much stock as you want into those seven black spins in a row, but the next one is still a coin-flip.  It doesn’t even phase me much any more, but certain things still make you shake your head.  A quick sampling, from a strange, strange week…

5. Geno Smith throws for 115 yards and the Jets beat the Saints?  Chris Ivory, against his old team turns into (can’t think of a good Jets running back) and the Saints have no answer.  And Nick Folk?  Fantasy gold.

4. Could some of these wins be any uglier?  Dallas, Tennessee, Indy and of course, Seattle.  Seattle’s last two wins should count as ties.  

3. Speaking of which, how does Mike Glennon lead three first half TD drives against Seattle in Seattle?  21-0?  And they ran a RB jump pass of some sort?  Schiano really is a master.  Of course, the Seahawks had never come back from 21 points down to win in the entire history of the franchise…until Sunday.  

2.  The Falcons are a dead stick.  Goodnight Bad Moon Rison.  See you guys next year.  Stop betting on that Falcons bounce back game–it’s not coming.  

1.  Nick Foles should have the all-time record for TD passes in a game.  It was right there for him.  He had about 20 minutes to get it done.  I’m not sure why Chip Kelly didn’t go for 70 points and allow Foles to ride into the sunset, an odd bit of restraint from him.  But, the bigger question is how did Foles get to 7 Tds?  I can explain them all away quickly and still believe old Polesy should be traded this afternoon, if not sooner.  

Let’s get to the Business…

NFL Pick ‘Em Standings:  

  1. Kraft, 27-17-1
  2. Grossy, 27-17-1
  3. Big Dub, 26-18-1
  4. DC, 22-21-2
  5. Nichols, 22-23
  6. JCK, 21-23-1

The “Ate All My Kid’s Halloween Candy” Pick of the Week:  Big Dub (Cleveland +2.5 over Baltimore)

As always, I was tempted to pick myself for the Eagles game, but on the week I edged back into a 1st place tie that seemed a bit like a vanity project.  I do, when possible, like to find unique picks with actual insight.  The Bills really would have been the pick of the week if they pulled that cover out, and they probably should have, so I’ll go with this other “upset” call.  As Big Dub rightly points out here, though, not much of an upset.  The Ravens are a festering pool of bacteria and they have no right to give points to anyone on the road and that includes Jason Campbell.  Maybe the Ravens should play the Falcons every week and they could not film it?  Sounds promising.  

The “Christmas Decorations are Up Already,” Awful Pick of the Week:  Kraft and Big Dub (Atlanta +7.5)

This one wasn’t close.  Panthers by 24.  And Cam Newton made it a bit closer than it should have been with some turnovers.  The Falcons could do nothing with the ball, and that’s the point.  These two guys have been at the top of the standings all year.  They should recognize this.  This scenario basically played out last week.  Tempting spot to take some points with the Falcons and they get blown out in Arizona.  This week the blowout happens in Carolina.  No real difference.  And, at more than a TD this was a Panthers line.  That’s called condescending hindsight.

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3-PT D.A. of the Week:  Matt Ryan.  

Ryan is contributing to one of the more disappointing NFL seasons in recent memory.  To read about his demise and to remember a great D.A. week from 2012, check out the tab at the top of the page.  

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The Definitive, Yet Arbitrary, Top-10:

  1. Kansas City, 9-0.  Bye-Week then Denver.  Buckle Up.
  2. Denver, 7-1.  Nobody impressed on Denver’s Week Off.
  3. Seattle, 8-1.  Not Clicking, but winning.
  4. San Francisco, 6-2.  Five straight wins and Seattle looking vulnerable.
  5. Indianapolis, 6-2.  Nice comeback win, avoiding a trap.
  6. New England, 7-2.  Brady’s Healed, but the Steelers do suck.
  7. New Orleans, 6-2.  For now, we’ll call it a hiccup.
  8. Cincinnati, 6-3.  Red Rifle needs to lock it down.
  9. Carolina, 5-3.  Hottest team in NFC?
  10. Detroit, 5-3.  Rodgers down, Lions up? 

 

Tuesday Evening Self-Esteem Check.

Low to Quite Low Self-Esteem.

Low to Quite Low Self-Esteem.

Poor Philly.  On the ride home tonight the radio host was reminding everyone that it is the 5-year anniversary of the Phillies winning the World Series.  He started playing audio highlights from the playoff run that year, things got a bit woe is me, and I had to turn the station.  When it comes to Philly sports, the fans take things pretty hard and I don’t remember morale in the city ever being so low.  The professional sports teams in the city are not only mediocre at best, but the players are largely difficult to like and so are the front office personnel.  I’m not even sure which franchise you would say is in the best shape, but the fact that it actually might the Sixers (a team that is built to go 12-70) tells you all you need to know.  From the old Phillies, to the QB-less Eagles, to the hackneyed Flyers there hasn’t been anything to get excited about in the city for years. After spending a weekend in Boston watching World Series games, you remember how much you miss the big game atmosphere.  I don’t know when the next one in Philly will be.  A fact that I’m sure has every person in the world not located in Philly grinning ear-to-ear.  The only way they’d be happier is if they’ve been betting our football picks…

NFL Pick ‘Em Standings:

  1. Big Dub, 25-14-1
  2. Kraft, 25-14-1
  3. Grossy, 23-16-1
  4. JCK, 19-20-1
  5. Nichols, 19-21
  6. DC, 18-20-2

The “Pulled Pork” Pick of the Week:  Big Dub, Arizona (-2.5)

This was a trap game, a sucker bet if there ever was one.  OH ATLANTA!  Matt Ryan and stuff.  What you fail to realize is that Atlanta is really, really bad this year–a bit like a southern version of the Steelers.  I had all of this in my mind, but I still took Atlanta because I have an issue with the Cardinals.  An allergy.  It was very dumb.  It should have at least made me stay away from the game–but, no.  Big Dub was the only guy using his head here and it helped him surge to a 4-1 week and things are once again tied at the top.  Twenty five wins out of 40 (with a push) is impressive.  Period.  The fact that you could be making good money by betting the picks of someone at this site is really hard for me to fathom, but it’s true.

The “Matt Barkley” Awful Pick of the Week:  The Collective (sans JCK), Seattle (-11)

I really don’t think this was a bad pick, I just want to talk some more about this game.  What is going on with Seattle?  Does St. Louis have a pretty good defense?  Because, I don’t think they do.  How did the Rams not win the game outright?  After all that, they could have at least pulled off the upset.  Was this a trap line?  Should it have been 16.5?  I don’t know how many points we need to see Seattle laying on the road before we get comfortable.  The Niners, in a mildly similar spot, absolutely barn-doored the Jags.  I think if they play this game over 50 times, the Seahawks cover 40 of them.

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3-PT D.A. of the Week: Geno “Pick” Smith.  

Geno threw 2 pick6s, which at one time was like retiring with 500 home runs–automatic.  Things are a bit different now, but there wasn’t an eye-popping performance to steal the show.  You can read about Smith, and the total logjam of a playoff race on the D.A. page.

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The Definitive, Yet Arbitrary Top-10:

  1. Kansas City, 8-0.  I’m starting to think they’ll win a playoff game.
  2. Denver, 7-1.  Pulled away from Washington–with ease.
  3. New Orleans, 7-1.  Jimmy Graham is OK.
  4. Seattle, 7-1.  Overlook the junky win.
  5. Cincinnati, 6-2.  Hilarious win over the Jets.
  6. Indianapols, 5-2.  Bye-Week Slippage.
  7. San Francisco, 6-2.  When do they play Seattle again?
  8. New England, 6-2.  Tom Brady’s hurt.  It’s the hand.
  9. Green Bay, 5-2.  Needs a quality win; receivers.
  10. Detroit, 5-3.  All Hail Megatron.