I’d like to wish a Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!
This is my favorite holiday – lots of food, family, and for the last few years, THREE pro football games. It’s a nice tradition. As Thanksgiving continues to get pushed to the side more and more every year by more brazen demands from advertisers to start Christmas shopping earlier and earlier, Thanksgiving should be more treasured.
On the football side of things, my hometown Panthers are no longer any good, and the hated Saints appear destined to finish 15-1 after getting torched on opening day. Both the LA teams are quite good. Kansas City and Pittsburgh are scoring touchdowns like regular people drink water. This week has some very intriguing matchups.
Chicago at Detroit – Sorry Lions, last week was just a fraudulent team showing up. There is nothing fraudulent about this week’s opponent. The stud rookie RB for Detroit is injured, and since there are only 1 or 2 true receivers here, they will be easy covers. Bears 27, lion cubs 13
Washington at Dallas – The home team is better than they were in the first matchup. Also, they know they absolutely should have won, and would have if they had a coach with any courage. A little revenge platter for Turkey Day. Cowgirls 30, Dead-skins 21
Atlanta at New Orleans – The league has 3 true scoring monsters – the Rams, KC and New Orleans. Atlanta is fighting through 1,000 defensive injuries to keep their head above water. That’s not a good combination. This one might get extremely ugly. Aints 55, Falcons 21
Cleveland at Cincinnati – The Browns are improving and got rid of their awful coach. Cincy is cratering thanks to some terrible defensive play. Being at home provides a chance to stop the bleeding, if only for a moment. Will the Condi Rice rumors crank back up? Bangles 23, Brownie Troop 20
Jacksonville at Buffalo – Like the above game, there is a chance for a cratering team to at least temporarily right the ship. The home team is lost without its young QB, despite Barkley having a nice game last time out. Like Nick Mullens with the 49ers, having a fresh game tape gives the opponent a blueprint to slow him down. Jags 20, Buffalo, NC 17
Miami at Indianapolis – Miami keeps going forward then backward. Indy started 1-5 and has won 4 in a row. Captain Andrew Luck should have lots of Twitter fun with this one. Colts 24, Fish 20
New England at NY Jets – So glad this one isn’t on national TV, like every other Patriots game of all time is. It’s gonna be boring. Patriots 34, J-E-T-S jets jets jets jets jets jets jets jets jets jets 10
NY Giants at Philadelphia – Is it possible that the Super Bowl champions, on a terrible streak, could get passed by the lowly G-men, who are playing better of late? Well… No. Eagles 27, Little People 20
Oakland at Baltimore – The Who Cares Game of the Week. Ravens 30, Fakers 20
San Francisco at Tampa Bay – Would be the WCGotW if it weren’t for the maddening pattern of Tampa falling behind big, rallying, and blowing it at the end. Who am I to call for the end of such a fascinating trend? SF gets a 27-3 lead, TB rallies to 27-24, and… 49ers 34, Yuck-aneers 27
Arizona at LA Chargers – Eric Washington is the leading candidate to get canned after only 1 season. Anthony Lynn is a Coach of the Year candidate, as his team is 7-3 despite having no fans and playing in a soccer stadium. No surprise here. Clippers 33, Cards 17
Pittsburgh at Denver – After pulling off a stunning upset last week, Denver comes crashing back down under the weight of a great offense on the other sideline. Steelers 30, Donkeys 13
Green Bay at Minnesota – These two tied in week 2. They’re really the same team – very inconsistent, not getting great production out of the running backs, some lapses on defense but stellar QB play. I’m giving a slight edge to the obnoxious horn. SKOAL! Vikings 26, Packers 23
Tennessee at Houston – Twanger Music City was rolling until last week, when they got rolled by the red-hot Indy squad. I’m not sure they have enough offense against this improving defense. Low-scoring, but not necessarily boring. Texans 20, Titans 17
Seattle at Carolina – After the last 2 games, we now know the Panthers are a fraud. Seattle comes in improving, having won 2 recent games and losing 2 to the LA teams but they easily could have won both of them. The running game is cooking, and the Panthers have no run defense. This will be over very early. Seahawks 30, panthers 10
Last week’s record: 7-6
Bye: Kansas City, LA Rams