3-2 last week was okay. I guess it’s better than a losing week, but not by much. The season is getting interesting as we head down the home stretch, but after my Raiders lost last week it made me not pay attention to the happenings going on in the NFL during the week. I’ll call it a mini-depression that only comes when your team’s hopes are dashed. I guess there’s a little hope, but not much, so for now I’m hoping they can sweep their divisional games for the first time in decades.
Don’t have much to say as a prelude to my picks but look at that overall record. I’m smiling from ear to ear considering where I stood in the early part of the season. The best part about my picks these past few weeks is they’ve actually won me some coin. Being that we just finished our “Naughty” or “Nice” list, and Christmas is around the corner I think it’s only right I ask Santa for one thing. No 2011 NFL lock out. And no 2011-2012 NBA lock out. O.K. sorry Santa, that’s two things. I got greedy.
Week 14 (By 3-1-1, Chap 3-2) Overall (By 35-30-5, Chap 36-40-3)
Houston @ Tennessee (-1.5)
By picks Houston (+1.5). This might be fool’s gold being that Matt Schaub hasn’t exactly been the model of consistency this season, but take away that horrible decision to pass it to the wrong team in extra innings, and Schaub played a spectacular game against the Ravens last Monday, which is why I’ll take Houston this week. Both teams aren’t going anywhere this season, but the Texans have to do enough for us to believe that next year is “their” year. And so a good showing on the road versus a division rival should suffice. For the Titans, my advice to them would be tank the season and hit rock bottom. That way a mediocre 2011 (if there is a season) would be enough to satisfy the Tennessee fans. I think they’ll take my advice.
Arizona (-2.5) @ Carolina
Chappy picks Carolina (+2.5). This might be one of the crappiest match ups in recent memory. I haven’t really watched either of these teams much this year, because they haven’t been worthy of three hours of attention. Carolina has been running the ball a little better with Stewart finding some holes, and Steve Smith being back might help the offense a little more. That being said they still suck. The Cardinals are in last place in the NFC Worst, but for some inexplicable reason are still in the playoff hunt. This is the first time all year I’ve picked Carolina, so I had to take them at least once, right!?! Arizona is going across the country to play a morning game, and with bad teams that’s a big deal.
By picks Carolina +2.5. Like Chappy said, this possibly is the worse NFL match up all season. Scratch that, dare I say, all time? It’s hard to believe the Arizona Cardinals were one or two plays from hoisting the Lombardy Trophy two years ago. A lot of things have factored into their down fall since then, but the main reason is obvious. Cutting Matt Leinhart. What were the Cards thinking!? All jokes aside, all this Cardinals losing has strengthen Kurt Warner’s case towards Canton. I don’t know of one thing the Cards do well besides lose, and so despite the Panthers sucking major balls too, I’ve got to go with Carolina at home here. I guess Jonathan Stewart’s been running well lately. There. That’s a better reason to go with the Panthers.
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