Make it or Break it time, or NFL Week 14
Some big games on the schedule as the pretenders will finally be separated. Some playoff births will begin to form this week as teams that win will have a clear drive to the postseason while losers will need some help. In other words, now is when the games get really, really good.
Take the NFC East. Both the Eagles and Giants are 8-4. If the Eagles win Sunday over Dallas, the cowboys will most likely have the motors running and the cars packed for the season finale rematch. An eagle win could mean two. The Giants on the other hand host the Vikings with Brett Dirtyboy Favre. If both the eagles and Giants win Sunday the division could come down to the week 15 rematch between the clubs.
Conversely look at the NFC west where the Rams and Seahawks are tied for the lead at 6-6 and the 49ers are still in it at 4-8. It isn’t every year that a 4-8 team has something to play for. Hey don’t laugh. With the Seahawks this week and the Rams week 16, along with games against the fading chargers and the listless cardinals, the 49ers could realistically do it. The Seahawks have Atlanta, Tampa Bay and the Rams, while the Rams have the Seahawks, Saints and Kansas City. Those 49ers don’t look so bad now, do they (yes, the look bad, but the others look worse).
Every division is still mathematically too close to call. Exactly what Pete Rozell wanted all those years ago. Maybe parity really is fun?
Okay let’s look at some games. Remember any losses incurred by relying on the following information is not the responsibility of me, The Mountain, Entercom Northeast, Entercom Communications, it’s properties or its subsidiaries.
Eagles (-3) over Cowboys. Those pokes have played better since ol’ Wade Phillips was given the heave ho. Jason Garret responded by making the ‘boys put the pads on and hit during practice. The running games is strong and with Wade gone Garret is calling a much different game offensively. The running game protects the Dallas Defense which last year looked like it was on the verge of dominance. The Dallas secondary is porous. Look for a high flying Eagles score.
Rams (+9) Over Saints. The Saints may be the best team to rarely cover in years, going 6-14 ATS over their last 20 when playing NFC teams. The Saints win, just not by a bushel basket of points.
Oakland (+4) over Jacksonville. Honestly I don’t know how either team is doing it. But when the Raiders win these days they win big by jumping out to a big lead and pounding teams. And they said Al Davis was lost in the past. Jacksonville has a history of swooning in December. When the weather cools in NE Florida, so do the Jags. Just win Baby….Raiders.
Steelers (-8.5) over Bengals. Isn’t it time I start writing “Bungles?” The doctor said Rothlisberger’s nose looked like corn flakes. The Bungles better eat their wheaties. All they have to play for is the ratings on TO and OchoCinco’s shows,and giving away free money won’t help those ratings. It takes a lot for Snooky to look good. Can she play Linebacker? Steelers
Packers (-7) over Lions. The Packers cover on the road. The Lions are still the Lions. Go Pack Go
Enjoy the games