4-2 last week has the .500 benchmark more reachable since week 3. Makes me feel all warm and fuzzy finally having back to back winning weeks. Between Christmas shopping, traveling, and all the other holiday stuff I don’t really have a lot of time to think about and/or look at what is going on with a lot of these games with injuries and kind of stuff, so hopefully I’ve gained enough knowledge over the season to get me through this week without reading any previews, and go on an actual win streak.
3-2 last week, once again above the .500 mark which has been the norm for me as of late. Like Chappy said, the holiday’s have gotten the best of me time wise, and aside from some news tickers I’ve read, I don’t know what’s going on in football as of late. Going with the gut instincts again this week. Happy holidays everyone from the Doin Work crew!
Week 15 (By 3-2, Chap 4-2) Overall (By 38-32-5, Chap 40-42-3)
Minnesota @ Philadelphia (-14.5)
Chappy picks Philadelphia (-14.5). Let’s see. Explosive offense meets a team that just got blown out by the Bears. This game might be a little watchable if Favre was in there. Actually these past few weeks when I’ve seen Favre on the field it was almost painful to watch. I have no idea why Favre is even still trying to play out the season when it looks like it hurts when someone touches him. I guess he’s a football addict. Anyways, this should be a lock for a 28 point win for the Eagles. They do everything better than the Vikes, and if AP is out still, there’s zero chance of them staying close.
Washington @ Jacksonville (-7)
Chappy picks Jacksonville (-7). Regardless of who the Redskins start in this game at QB, one thing has become clear to me. The Redskins are divided. This never bodes well for any team when half of them don’t want to do anything for the coach, and can you really blame them? I’d quit too, which makes me want to take the Jags who still have a chance to make the playoffs if the Colts slip up.
By picks Jacksonville (-7). This was not the season I envisioned for the Redskins after they acquired Donovan McNabb and Mike Shanahan this off-season. I figured they’d be right in the mix for NFC East supremacy, or at least in the Wild Card hunt. Instead, with the benching of McNabb and the “Fat” Albert Haynesworth saga, the Redskins have become the ugly siblings of the division. They’re a train wreck to look at. The Jags will most likely be without their “Pocket Hercules” this week, but I still they take care of the ‘Skins rather easily. Bare in mind the Jags are still very much in contention for their division crown.
San Francisco @ St. Louis (-2.5)
By picks San Francisco (+2.5). It’s been a rare occasion this season, when the 49ers were not favorites. This could be one game in which I wouldn’t be surprised if they were. The NFC West is so god awful that if you had to place them in a college conference, they’d be in the WAC. Because that’s what they are, wack. With that said, the 49ers still have a chance to make the playoffs with a 7-9 record, and at this point, I think it would be funny if they did. Troy Smith, the better Smith is back at the helm for S.F., which means we have a puncher’s chance.
Seattle @ Tampa Bay (-6)
Chappy picks Tampa Bay -6. Not sure why, but the Seahawks are still in the hunt for the NFC Worst. They probably wont even lose any ground with a bad game this weekend. I’m still not completely sold on Tampa, but they are about 50 times better than Seattle is. I think Pete should look into getting Baloo from Tailspin to check out this seahawk, because it been going downhill.
N.Y. Jets @ Chicago (-1)
By picks the N.Y. Jets (+1). What better way to show your support for your coach’s foot fetish, than to give the Bears a good ass kicking? And to kick that ass, you need a foot. All joking aside, this game has bore fest written all over it, unless you’re a fan of low scoring, unimaginative offenses. The Bears do try to open things up on occasion, but they won’t have success this week. Not against that stingy Jets’ D. As far as the Jets offense, Mark Sanchez couldn’t consistently hit an open receiver if they were in a sparring match. Yet, the Jets find a way to win close ones. If the spread is -1 for Chicago, the Jets should win by 2.
Chappy picks Oakland +3. The Raiders show up more when they are the underdog with less to play for. They can’t seem to play big when it counts. Call this one the shocker of the weekend as Jacksonville gets closer to representing the AFC South. Plus I’m a homer, and when in doubt go with your team when they are getting points at home!
By picks Indianapolis (-3). Sorry Chappy, Matt, and all Raider Nation faithful out there, but I don’t care if this game is being played in Oak Town, the Colts finally find themselves in the driver’s seat in the race for tops of the their division, and I expect them to put the pedal to the metal. For what it’s worth, I believe the Raiders will put up at least 24 points against the Colts, and Darren McFadden will continue to beast it up. But Manning and company will drop no less than 35 points against the silver and black. Sorry buddies 😦
San Diego @ Cincinnati (+7.5)
Chappy picks San Diego -7.5. Easiest pick of the day. The Chargers rule December, and VJ looks like he has his swagger back. Who needs Gates right now the way this offense is moving the ball. Cincy is about as bad as it gets. The team By and I dubbed the most woeful in the league (Carolina) looks better than this bunch right now. TO is out for the year, so I see the whole team mailing it in!
Chappy picks Atlanta (-2.5). No reason to think Atlanta can be slowed down now with home field on the line. The Saints have had as good a season as you can have coming off a Super Bowl win, but since they couldn’t beat the dirty birds in their own house I don’t see them doing it in Atlanta. I’m hoping for some offensive explosions from both these teams that seem to put up big numbers week in and week out. Is it weird that no body mentions Matt Ryan in the discussion for MVP? Sure his numbers aren’t eye popping, but he’s leading a 12-2 team!
By picks New Orleans (+2.5). I can’t believe I’m going against Matty Ice, but the Saints win this week. Trust me, it won’t be anything Matty Ice does wrong, he’ll be the smooth, silky assassin he’s been all season. I just think Drew Brees will be playing like a man possessed this week. Division title hopes are still on the line, coming off a tough loss in Baltimore, Drew Brees has a lot at stake, and we’ve seen how he plays when a lot’s at stake. This match will be the opposite of the N.Y. Jets/Chicago game, a high scoring slug fest. Saints squeak by.