Thursday, November 30, 2006

Blogging the NFL Week 13

Game of the Week: Jacksonville Jaguars at Miami Dolphins – This isn’t a homer pick I promise. The Jags and the Dolphins are fighting for survival and the loser of this game is almost guaranteed at spot at home watching the play-offs.

I’ll take the Dolphins to continue their winning streak against the ailing Jaguars.

Game Not Worth Watching: Houston Texans at Oakland Raiders – It doesn’t get much uglier than this! The Texans and the Raiders only have five wins between them. The Raiders are in turmoil and the Texans are working out a banned track star.

Flip a coin and I’ll take the Raiders.

Michael Vick Pays $20,000 to Tell Fans They Are #1
Frustrated and aggravated Michael Vick flipped off a group of fans in Atlanta as he was leaving the field after the Falcons 31-13 loss to the Saints. The gesture cost Vick $20,000 with $10,000 going to charity.

You have to wonder if the Vick experiment is coming to an end in Atlanta. While he was only seven yards shy of his own NFL quarterback record of 173 yards rushing he only completed nine passes for 84 yards.

A New Era Begins in Denver
Jay Cutler will make his first NFL start Sunday night when the Broncos play the Seahawks. I was quick to rip the Dallas Cowboys when they threw Tony Romo into the fire but it turned out to be the right decision at the time for the Cowboys. I don’t get the same impression about the Broncos. Romo has been in the league for four years while Cutler is a rookie. In the midst of a play-off run the Broncos are sacrificing this season for the future.

Vince, Vince, Vince
We saw Vince Young do this in college but he wasn’t supposed to be able to do it in the NFL where they teach defenders to wrap up. Or do they?

Top 10
Here’s how I’m ranking the 10 best teams in the league right now.

1. San Diego Chargers
2. Indianapolis Colts
3. Baltimore Ravens
4. New England Patriots
5. Chicago Bears
6. Dallas Cowboys
7. Kansas City Chiefs
8. New Orleans Saints
9. Denver Broncos
10. Jacksonville Jaguars

A New Guru Amongst Us
I have been unseated as the NFL picks guru by matthie. Congrats but don’t get used to life at the top.

Last Week’s Picks Standings
matthie 12-4
ffnstuff 11-5
rob 11-5
dolphinfan 10-6
Matt Jordan 10-6
onlychiefsfan 9-7
true2osu 9-7

Think you can beat us? Make your week 13 picks here. We have Thursday night football now so don’t forget to make your picks now. Don’t forget the tie breaker.

Week 13 Winners
Baltimore Ravens at Cincinnati Bengals – Ravens
Arizona Cardinals at St. Louis Rams – Rams
Atlanta Falcons at Washington Redskins – Falcons
Detroit Lions at New England Patriots – Patriots
Indianapolis Colts at Tennessee Titans – Colts
Kansas City Chiefs at Cleveland Browns – Chiefs
Minnesota Vikings at Chicago Bears – Bears
NY Jets at Green Bay Packers – Jets
San Diego Chargers at Buffalo Bills – Chargers
San Francisco 49ers at New Orleans Saints – Saints
Jacksonville Jaguars at Miami Dolphins – Dolphins
Houston Texans at Oakland Raiders – Raiders
Dallas Cowboys at NY Giants – Cowboys
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Pittsburgh Steelers – Steelers
Seattle Seahawks at Denver Broncos – Seahawks
Carolina Panthers at Philadelphia Eagles – Panthers
Tie Breaker: 41 total points between the Panther and Eagles
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