Last Week: 10-6
Season Record: 134-74
No, really, Week 15? Why does the NFL offseason feel like an eternity, and the regular season like a weekend? Oh well, it IS exciting watching the playoff picture unfold and then of course the actual playoffs, and hopefully the Giants will be participants this time around. Actual story--I was texting a client from Texas Sunday night before the game. He started talking trash, and I said "just watch, final score Giants 37, Cowboys 34," thinking that was the score I had picked here on my crystal ball. Actual pick was 34-31, but still. Is that not sort of freaky? My client, tail between his legs, said that he hoped I bet on the game. I didn't, so I'm still doing this column from my house in frigid Wisconsin instead of from a beach in the Caribbean. With that.....
Jacksonville at Atlanta--I wouldn't expect any help here, not with the Falcons at home and the Jags 1-5 on the road. Falcons 30, Jags 13
Dallas at Tampa Bay--Hey, if Brandon Jacobs can hurdle a Dallas defender, LeGarrette Blount should be able to hurdle 11 guys at once. Anyway, this is the game we really need help on, but I'm not expecting that either. Cowboys 27, Bucs 17
Washington at NY Giants--Rex Grossman, meet JPP. I'm also feeling two salsa dances from Victor Cruz. Giants 31, Redskins 27 (because they can't not make us sweat).
Detroit at Oakland--I'm not expecting help here, either, but these two teams are pretty hard to figure out. Lions 31, Raiders 28
NY Jets at Philadelphia--Look, I don't like to make fun at the expense of other people, but is anyone else curious what would happen if you put Rex Ryan and Andy Reid on the scale together? Eagles 23, Jets 16
Pittsburgh at San Francisco--If you like defense, you will like this one between the only two teams that have given up less than 200 points this season. Niners 13, Steelers 10