Ahhhh, December football….the big games are bigger….and the anti-football games are even more anti’er!!
Three Division winners crowned and a 4th playoff spot is locked up already (geesh, shows you the amount of bad teams
we got in the league), I don’t have a lot of time today (this is busy season in the world of self-employed IT also)…so let’s
get moving…..Though only THREE 4pm games?? Stupid NFL, learn how to make a damn schedule….really…..you didn’t
miss much in the Denver squash last night….so be glad I took my time with this!
Sunday Dec. 9:
Phily at Tampa Bay:
You know Tampa Bay hasn’t beaten ANYONE in their six wins (Carolina, KC, Minn, SD, Oak, Carolina….ok winning in Minnesota was almost impressive, but still that’s alotta AIDS they beat up on there)….and yes you can say and be fooled by all the points the Eagles put up last week…you can even have a good ol’ JR moment and yell “BRYCE BROWN!! BRYCE BROWN….BUH GAWD BRYCE BROWN!!!!”….but I ain’t fooled, the Dallas defense is an injured mess and the Eagles took advantage (though I’d not be upset to see another 200 yard game outta Brown mind you…)…. Tampa’s MO is to beat up on the lesser teams….hell it’s what Schiano’s “legacy” is built on…so here ya go again….
Game Quality: DUD
Dallas at Cincinnati:
This one MATTERS….well least in theory…the Cowboys are still mathematically in the playoff hunt…and the Bengals are nipping at the Steelers heels too (and throwing darts at a big pic of Joe Flacco after THAT stinker last week)…the Bengals D got hot against the Giants and has kept rolling, only allowing 11 points a game in the last 4, and Green-Ellis is on a 3-game 100 yard+ rushing streak…capable defense….competent offense with balance, yeah the Cowboys got neither of that…sh!t, Marvin Lewis might even be a better coach then Garrett (that’s sad)…so while this seems like a big game… CM Punk is not impressed….I won’t be either….
Game Quality: ** ¾ (one of the more relevant 1pm games)
St. Louis at Buffalo:
Now while this game has zero meaning (except for the upgrade in draft position for the loser) but damn it’s intriguing…mostly because you have NO IDEA what you will get from either damned team here….the Bills are as erratic as anyone, but they’re running the ball and getting some defense from that billion dollar front four of theirs….while the Rams have twice played the 49ers, beat the RG 3-skins to the max…but still lost to the Jets and Dolphins….well the Rams are 0-3 vs the AFC East….hell maybe it’s a trend? I’ll buy that as a good reason as any right?? Should be an interesting one at least!
Game Quality: ** ¾
Atlanta at Carolina:
Atlanta keeps rolling….they stumble a lot when they roll….but they still end up rolling in the end….Carolina….geesh I don’t know what to think of last week’s game….how could you, that game was all emotion and mixed feelings and all that weird stuff (I’ll save the Belcher jokes for facebook, when you do what he did you lose all rights and means to defend yourself in my eyes, so I instantly turn to cheap-shots, wise-cracks…and well being myself)….but anyway….Carolina has been playing better, but they still find ways to lose these kinda games, while the Falcons are making a living off winning them….that makes this pretty simple….if not a lil awkward….so moving on…..
Game Quality: ** ¾ (Atlanta doesn’t put teams away…it adds drama)
Chicago at Minnesota:
Jared Allen averages two sacks a game at home vs the Bears….does this shock you with that crappy o-line of theirs? The Vikings still have mister Peterson (and if you don’t think he’s the comeback player of the year I will spear you with an old hockey stick!), but not much else….Percy Harvin is done for the year and Christian Ponder’s been suffering since….this might be an ugly mess of a football game, and losing it does end the Viking season…but the Bears should find a way in this one…..they got too much to play for as well….I miss the pouty whiney Jay Cutler though……
Game Quality: *** (GO GO AP!!!)
Chiefs at Cleveland:
Well the Chiefs go on the road this week….a good thing, this team gets a chance to deal with all that “non-football stuff”….and the Browns get to feast on another crappy AFC West team this week, sadly at 4-8 all this does is give the Browns hope for next year, but Richardson, Weedon, the receivers…this might be a team on the up for next season…a good December run helps with that, shame they have a BRUTAL December schedule….
Game Quality: * (too awkward to call Chiefs anti-football)
Ravens at Redskins:
This is a fascinating game….RG3 is everything Joe Flacco wishes he was… dynamic ….accurate…carrying his team on his back…shows up big in important and RIVALRY GAMES (yes I mean last week asshat!)….and he shows up on the road too…wow it’s “kick on Joe Flacco Friday”…I like it! Ravens are all beat up on defense, Suggs is hurt again…I just gotta stick with the hot hand here….the Purple Haze got washed away in the late November Rain here…..this should be a fun watch!
Game Quality: ****
San Diego at Pittsburgh:
Christmas comes early in San Diego….looks like FINALLY Norv and the Lord of NO RINGS (AJ Smith) are FINALLY on their way out ….you guys can ‘steal’ Jason Garrett from Dallas ….please? The Steelers are getting healthier and what team better to put Ben out there and let him practice and not worry about actually getting hit while getting back into things? Oh wait…Dallas is NEXT week, either way this is a tune-up game for the Steelers and another reason to clean the house in San Diego….
Game Quality: DUD (just go away Norv and AJ!)
Colts at Tennessee:
The Colts are on all cylinders now….the coach is out of chemo…everything’s going their way….the Titans have lost 4 of 5 and it gets uglier from there….the o-line is bad, hell the whole team is bad….I really got nothing witty to add here and I just wanna be done with this….so I’m moving along here…..
Game Quality: DUD
NY Jets at Jacksonville:
So let’s see….no M J-D, no Cecil Shorts, no Jennings, no the other running back the Jags lost, did you know the Jets and Cards COMBINED for 170 passing yards? A Drew Brees quarter pretty much…the Jets were not impressed by THE GREATEST 29 YARDS PASSING AND TOUCHDOWN EVVEEERRR….and it’s back to Sanchez….. 32 sacks combined by both of these teams….oh my God, this is anti-football HEAVEN indeed!! This is more a gift from the NFL then the sh!tpile Cin-Phi game on birthday actual on Thursday…add in the Teebow drama and Rex being smart enough to NOT play him (face it world, Teebow sucks) ummm..oh wait…someone has to win and it’s NOT ME?? Alrighty….
Game Quality: This is an orgasm of anti-football!!!
Miami at 49ers:
An angry 49er team hosting an AFC team kinda stumbling and not looking too good at this point (it’s not the QB in Miami, the team around him doesn’t make plays or break games for them and it costs them)….the Niners only have a game and ½ lead on Seattle and a head to head game with them coming….this is no time for the Niners to mess around….sadly they still are with the QB situation, but it doesn’t matter who the QB is (until the playoffs hit), San Fran is deeper, stronger and flat out BETTER then the Dolphins are…this won’t be pretty…..
Game Quality: * ½
Arizona at Seattle:
We go from massive epic win games at one, to three average games at 4!?!?!? What the hell?!??! I really want to choke out the idiot that makes this schedule….Arizona is only 2 losses away from my magic number 10 and damn I am fired up about that! Lindsay Lohan is still the drunken mess at QB…and we all know Seattle is the juggernaut at home (want to talk about a team with some impressive wins? GB, Chicago, New England, even Dallas too)….and they owe Seattle something for Week One….so yeah, kick/wham/STUNNER time!!
Game Quality: DUD
Saints at NY Giants:
Drew Brees is 4-0 with 11 TDs and no picks against the Giants….that’s one of those stats that scares the crap out of you in this match-up…but the Saints are still crap on defense, the Giants are getting healthier and it’s VERY dangerous to pick against the Giants when there’s a trend…plus that gaping hole called the Saints defense is way way way too much for me to ignore…..
Game Quality: ***
Lions at Green Bay:
The Lions do find never, more amazing and quite honestly sports entertaining ways to lose football games….though as long as Calvin is chasing Jerry Rice for the receiving yards record the Lions will matter….even just a little…the Packers are getting healthier (though weird this team is at its best when they’re all beat-up)…adding Ryan Grant to give them a sniff of a running game….winning 6 of their last 7….yeah…and it’s the Lions….this is an obvious one….
Game Quality: DUD
Monday Dec. 10:
Houston at New England:
How did Monday Night start getting the good games again and Sunday Night get the stinkers? Feels a lil Old School don’t it?? The big, bad Patriots and the physical up and coming Texans…with their defense and the running game….damn this is a fascinating match-up! The Texan strength does flow into what New England likes to do on D…and the Pats are expert in spreading them out and picking you apart….I should be all over the Pats here, but I have a feeling in my gut (smaller as it may be)….and I can’t shake it…it just feels like it’s Houston’s time and this is their moment to shine here…..
Game Quality: ****
NFL Power Rankings Week 13:
- Houston…the Colts are a dot in the rear view mirror….
- New England….gotta earn it this week
- Denver….much love for out-punking team Schiano
- Baltimore….worst first place team in the NFL now….
- Indianapolis….beating the teams they should…a good formula
- Atlanta…can you be erratic, inconsistent and end up 15-1!?!?
- Washington….co-hottest team in the NFC, do you spell RG3… M-V-P?
- Green Bay…WE LOVE THE NFC NORTH!!!!
- NY Giants….they’re just trying to make you write them off, I ain’t buying!
- Seattle…adding impressive ROAD wins to the resume…