|Posted by Radatz on November 28, 2017 at 10:10 PM|
One tough week to pick coming up, even for this year. The usual plethora of extraneous reasons (like who's trying) persist, but will they ebb in some teams as crunch time approaches? Then we have injuries, which are piling up. But even in a season without the fangs of the DNC sunk into the sport, it's a tough week due to matchups alone.
[email protected]: Here's one mystery. Both teams are losers with little hope of a wildcard slot. But it's a rivalry. One team looks to have absolutely quit. I wonder. The Skins have tried hard enough for me to give them the nod.
[email protected]: Case has been making opposing QBs disappear, but this week will he finally have too much to bite off? Atlanta needs the game more than Minnesota. Atlanta's at home. But here's the rub: Atlanta's still Atlanta. Neither has shown overt signs of quitting though, and that would tend to make it a pretty even match on paper, so... home team.
[email protected]: Another baffler. The Lions do try hard. The Ravens? Who knows? I'll cop out with 'home team', but the real reason is what happens when I pick the Lions.
[email protected]: Make no mistake, NE wants this game, but they won't force walking wounded to play and they've got a lot of those. Bennett's now an official illusion too. They'll play in a diminished state and it'll probably be closer than anticipated by most. But I'm not taking Buffalo.
[email protected]: Now here's an even match. The Bears were lovable for a while. The Niners never were. Probably not the ideal time for Garoppolo to make his debut, but the opponent makes things easier. I'll still take the home team. It's that impossible. I'm that desperate.
[email protected]: If you think Hundley had a coming-out party (while losing) last week you obviously take Green Bay. The Bucs put up a pretty good fight themselves... and lost. Fitz has played better than Jameis had, and is still mediocre. Brett has been consistently awful and pretty good once. Home team?
[email protected]: This could be the Jags' swan song. Their DNA is screaming for it. Ok, I tried. Home team.
[email protected]: Where did the league come up with this schedule? Miami put up a fight last week. Denver revived Seimian. I think. Does it matter? Does either team care at this point? Home team. I guess.
[email protected]: I can't believe I'm doing this. Yep. Jets.
[email protected]: How did Tennessee win last week? Oh yeah, they played the Colts. And came from behind. Meanwhile the Texans barely lost to Baltimore despite Savage's 2 picks. The picks hurt, but he got no favors from his receivers, his OL, or ESPN which pounded its Watson-savior theme over his head. Fact is, he's not that bad or that good. Fact is, media shills are going to look stupid again when Watson comes back and does a Dak. Fact is, O'Brien's not a very good head coach. Fact is, Tennessee will outmediocre Houston at home.
[email protected]: Finally a ray of light. Is this a trap game or what? Remember that the team getting 'trapped' is 5-6. Has all the earmarks of this weekend's shocker. But it won't have the scoreboard marks.
[email protected]: Yipes, an actual big game in what once projected as a bottom feeder frenzy. The Panther D can push you around, but let's face it, without an obvious TD being stolen by the officials last week they would've lost to the Jets. I'm guessing home team.
[email protected]: Some more relief. The Rams should win this game in the first 30 minutes.
[email protected]: The Raiders looked like they actually tried a little last week, but they're maybe the league's worst 'inmates' case. The Giants meanwhile reverted to 'basket' case in the second half. Following Oakland is a fool's errand. The Giants can win this just by showing up. Will they? It's the only question. EDIT: Geno's the 2nd question now. Will the Giants suddenly play better for him? That'll be the 3rd question and would lead to a lot of unsavory followup questions, none of which of course would be asked.
[email protected]: O ho. The feature match. Are the Eagles really that good? Are the Seahawks done or are they about to start their year-end run? Home field is huge. But I think the Eagles are just too hot.
[email protected]: Our third thank-you of the week. The Steelers have cracks, but the Bengals won't find them.
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