Well I'm all fired up this week....the family is going to Queens with my sister's in-laws on Saturday.....I just watched ANOTHER Rex Ryan speech of inspiration (and don't doubt me buying ALL-IN on this crap this week)....the bar's gonna be open till at least 6 on Saturday....playoffs on the line.....Nachos and FRAKING SNACKS are ordered....let's do this people!!!!!
Thursday Dec 22.:
Houston at Indy:
Well this is a pile of dog sh!t! Yeah the Texans lost last week....but I almost can't blame them....they clinched the divsion (even by default as it was)....Wade Phillips was home (I forget why and I'm not looking it us for this pile), no Andre Johnson, and all the others who were out, and Carolina was due to have a good effort, and the Colts blew their load winning LAST week (I wonder if the 0 fer Lions had champagne too last week....I bet Dan 0-fer-lowsky did.....now I gotta call him ONE-fer-lousy)....anyway, the Colts dare not win two in a row (imagine if they did and the Vikings were the top pick...oh boy....)....Houston gets it going this week again....
Game Quality: DUD
Saturday Dec 24:
Arizona at Cincinnati:
You look at this game and think...YAY...anti-football!!! But it's not! This game is a playoff game for both of these teams now, amazingly enough ..... and it's funny lost in all the Tebow madness....John Skelton is 5-1 as a starter this year (and the only loss was a 5 INT effort when I was desperate and spot-started him ....FAIL)....the Bengals did win the human bye week known as the Rams (speaking of another team that can pass the Colts in futility...), I'm really tempted to take Arizona in this one....better check the weather first....44 and Sunny....wow...yeah I'm sticking with Arizona (and AJ Green being banged up makes me doubt this Bengal offense).....
Game Quality: ***
Giants at Jets:
The game of the new milenium....one shall stand....one shall fall....the one game that can affect 2/3rd of the playoff picture in one fell swoop....and get the Cowboys 50% of the way to clinching the NFC East....and like the old expression goes...."the enemy of my enemy is my friend"....even when that enemy of my enemy IS an enemy.... (head spinning yet?? HOW THE HELL DO YOU THINK I FEEL GRABBING A PLATE OF NACHOS AND SPILLING BACON GREASE ON IT EPIC MEAL TIME STYLE TO HAVE A FATTY SNACK TO FIT IN??? God how do I sleep at night this week....)...life has a sense of humor....and the NFC East being as it is.....the Jets will win and Dallas will get smacked by the Eagles....I could break this down by the numbers, but neither team can run, neither team plays good defense, there is ZERO home-field edge here, Eli is better then Nacho tossing the ball, but the Jet secondary is better then the Giant one....so yeah if I'm selling my soul to root for 'em....and the end of the world is still 364 days away...... *sigh*
Winner: J-E-T-S baby!!!!!!!!!!
Game Quality: **** (make no doubt this is a psuedo-playoff game!)
Jacksonville at Tennessee:
So we start strong at 1....and now we drop into the toilet.....the Titans KILLED themself, and I mean Owen Hart falling on top of the Benoit family kinda DEAD here, with an UNTHINKABLE loss against the Colts (and really, it's time to sit Matt Hasselbeck down and let Jake Locker have the keys to the car and see what you got)....the Jaguars are stinky and got pummeled in two of their last three games...and I don't see a beatdown here, but I don't see the Jags having a chance barring one of those 5 TD games outta MJ-D (it is championship week though), and the fight for the right for 8-8 goes on in Tennessee (which would be an accomplishment considering last off-season too....)
Game Quality: * 3/4
Chiefs at Raiders:
Another team lives to fight next week and one team drops from the rafters onto the "out of the playoffs" turnbuckle of DOOM...the Chiefs came off the game of the year, with a bad team and Kyle Orton who simply owns the Packers ...weird...no wonder the Bears wanted him....and the Raiders who also did the Gallager-style watamelon drop since I called them "the best team in the AFC"...oops, hell a Raider fan deleted me on Facebook for that even....so petty....I can't see the Chiefs being good enough to play two games like THAT in a row, and the Raiders are still better...wish Darren McFadden would come back from the dead though....(would also be nice if the damn Raiders could put a healthy WR or two out there also)....this game's gonna be ugly, low scoring and comical to watch....but I want as much CHAOS as possible for week 17....so let's do this!!!!
Winner: Raiders (though KC winning makes the AFC West just as much a mess)
Game Quality: ***
Redskins at Vikings:
It's funny, the Vikings won as many games all year as the Redskins did against the Giants (yes folks, that's a cheapshot!)....funny 4 of the 5 wins the Redskins got were against teams fighting for their playoff lives and they'll be going DAMN, how did we lost to THEM....especially if you lost TWICE to them.....the Vikings? Losers of six in a row....and getting worse each week....but Adrian Peterson is back, and the Redskins winning two in a row?? Really? ... REALLY?? I just can't do it....one of those laws of the land....never pick a bad team to win two in a row in the NFL.....and let's be honest, you're NOT watching this at 1pm Saturday.....
Game Quality: **
Miami at New England:
And just when you're stuck in the mud of some AWFUL games....here's a hidden GEM...the Pats are looking to sew up home-field and avoiding their now-annual first round playoff DIVE....but I'm still not all warm and fuzzy on this team...yeah they out-scored the Holy Tebow...yay, but is this another case of New England beating up on a more flawed team then their own? Matt Moore has been good for Miami (damming comment on Chad Henne and his NFL Future), Reggie Bush is talking comeback of the year with his effort....the Miami defense is solid, new coach in town....and can the Pats stop Marshall and Bush? Probably not...yeah I'm pulling a Laflamme and going BOLD PREDICTION....but I like what Miami's got here.....
Game Quality: ** 3/4
Browns at Ravens:
We've talked alot about the Ravens laying eggs after big wins....now does this go the other way this week? The Ravens are 3-0 after losses....and it's funny, I kept saying how Colt McCoy is good and the Browns just suck around him, but then Seneca Wallace comes out... 18 for 31, 226 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT and losing a fumble....kinda McCoy-like numbers....that's a bit damming....and regardless of who's throwing the ball for the Browns, the Ravens are gonna bounce back and roll them, making for a VERY Manta-Christmas....fill up the purple stockings this week!
Game Quality: DUD
Tampa at Carolina:
Dare I call this an anti-football gem?? The problem is Tampa's been SO AWFUL I don't think they can beat anyone....Carolina's won 3 of 4....Tampa's won 4 ALL year...oi, lots eight in a row...and most of them in "not close" manner... sCam will make his late push for the Rookie of the Year thing here and Tampa just needs to go away, get some veteran talent in there and try it again next year.....
Game Quality: * 1/2
Denver at Buffalo:
Wow.....Tim Tebow LOST A GAME last week....and we're still going batsh!t about him....it must be a sign of the world ending next year and since we all can't make our piece with the almighty, I guess we'll just kiss the ass of his little delegate/ambassador from above sent here to make anti-football look COOL....and my personal love of the Bills aside...this is gonna be a damn fun game....those wacky Bills which have showed signs of offensive LIFE in the last few weeks...and that Duck Throwing, Ball Tucking....TD scoring....God Lovin Sonna Gun (hrm, sounds like a catch-phrase eh?)...Buffalo's still too beat up on both sides, and if God was on the Bills side, that Scott Norwood kick goes a LITTLE BIT to the left....or Brett Hull....ah well you know the Buffalo sports drill right??
Winner: Denver (on your knees and PRAY!)
Game Quality: ***
Rams at Steelers:
Is Ben playing or isn't he?? There's NO reason to put him out there for this one....but they will....BAD idea, let the guy rest, let Charlie Spank Out a Batch, run the ball, get some turnovers and beat up those awful Rams, no other reason to talk about this one.....UPDATE....as I was typing this, Ben is NOT expected to play Saturday...GOOD, take an ugly game now and be READY for the playoffs.....
Winner: Steelers (the NFL Gods gave you a SERIOUS gift)
Game Quality: DUD
San Diego at Detroit:
Another game with HUGE implications on the line (as do all the 4pm games)....the Chargers look ON FIRE now...must be the December push.... Winning 3 in a row, 38, 37 and 34 points in the last 3 games.... The Lions have a nice little two game winning streak (given it's an awful Viking team....and a mess of a Raider team)....but the Lions are getting healthy....Kevin Smith is running the ball and the Lions FINALLY have some balance....it still seems to me the Lions are too limited on offense, the Chargers got EVERYONE healthy...home field is nice, but put the Chargers in the Dome and that favors their WRs and depth there....plus I'm kinda rooting for Seattle to get the 6-seed in the NFC, so I need Detroit to lose, which won't be a shock here.....
Winner: San Diego
Game Quality: *** 1/2
Phily at Dallas:
Another huge game....if the Eagles lose they're OUT....the Cowboys December issues are raring their ugly head here....and now Felix Jones is hurt too...and the Eagles are healthy and pardoning any cheesy Dream Puns...but theirs is still alive....since my gut seems to be the reverse-jinx indicator of how the Cowboys do....I fully expect a meltdown and a total embarrassment and EPIC FAIL after the Jets win and the Cowboys to take this Christmas Gift in Green and TOTALLY BLOW IT and give it back to the Eagles and make next week not only a total mess but a playoff game......so with that in mind......
Winner: Dallas (reverse-jinx, FTW!!)
Game Quality: ** 3/4
49ers at Seattle:
Another game with a LOT on the line, and it's pretty simple for Seattle....Detroit has to lose both games (Seattle lost to Atlanta this year so they can not win out on the tie breaker...unless some three team cluster happens), and Seattle gotta win both....with SD and Green Bay on the Lions schedule this is possible....the Seahawks are VERY good at home....wait...they're 4-3 at home (losses to Atl, Cinci and WASHINGTON?? Wow)...well dammit they're SUPPOSED to be better at home....short week with the 49ers in their building....though, the Niners HAVE to have this game to win out to get the bye week (and more important that 2nd round game in THEIR building....despite my take that the bye is more a minus then a plus with "hot team" and "momentum" being the key to getting to the Super Bowl, the Niners would be road kill in New Orleans....crap I gotta change this pick....all the reasons I wanted to take Seattle are now in the toilet.....
Game Quality: ***
Sunday Dec 25:
Bears at Packers:
BIG game...the Bears desperate to stay in the playoffs no matter how much they DON'T deserve it....Calieb Hanie is now on the bench (unfair to him, look at the lack of WR talent on this team, and the loss of Greg Olson to Carolina KILLED Hanie in the passing game)....and a beat up but certainly ANGRY Packer team that needs to win one of the next two to lock up home field, the bye and the next middle finger to Favre's face (God I love those), I am a bit worried about the Packer passing game with no Greg Jennings...but the running game, and turnover happy defense is enough to beat up on the Bears, no matter what stiff they roll out as QB.....
Game Quality: **
Monday Dec 26:
Atlanta at New Orleans:
A true MAIN EVENT Monday Night game (now if only the Thursday Night games were tolerable eh), the Falcons are playing damn good football...least on offense...that's all the league wants right?? Atlanta is still spotty on D, and the Saints are 6-0 at home....that's a pretty good thing to be when you're trying for home field (well aside of the NFL Title game)....the Saints keep rolling here, but it won't be easy and a helluva lot of offense....hey did you know that Drew Brees is (again) pushing for Dan Marino's passing record? Two home games and "only" 550-some yards passing?? I'd bet on that....and keep an eye on this as he was one more deep ball away from owning the record already....something else to keep an eye on as teams clinch and playoff spots get all locked up....
Game Quality: ****
NFL Power Rankings, Week 15:
1. New England....still flawed in so many aspects of the game, was nice to see Satan kick Jesus' ass for once!
2. Houston....yeah they lost, but I think that was a "free game" for them, and they get some people back now
3. Denver....what better time for Tebow Time then on the Eve of Jesus-Day?
4. Baltimore....San Diego thanks the Flacco Family for the gifts.....
5. Pittsburgh....Maybe Big Ben needs a trip to Cabo.....
1. Green Bay....once is a slip-up.....
2. Saints....coming and coming HARD...needs the #2 seed BADLY.....
3. 49ers....the less injured Titan last week and it showed....also needs home-field for the playoffs....
4. Atlanta....gonna be a dangerous playoff opponent....
5. Dallas....if they ever get their sh!t together...oh BOY.....