USC 20 Arizona University 3
My high school team lost Friday 20-10. Shouldn't have happened. I've never seen an O-Line dominate the line of scrimmage the way we did and not control the game. We did in every way except the score.
My puppy was very disappointed in me.
My picks this week are in bold. So far I'm 27-5 for the season, which only makes a difference if I was parlaying with a bookie. I finished in first place last week but lost the tie breaker (total points scored Monday Night!)
Carolina at Tampa Bay - These are probably the two most disappointing teams so far this season. This is a contender for the cruddy game of the week. I'm taking the Panthers only because they look a bit less cruddy. They'll miss Julius Peppers a lot but the Buc's have no one to miss!
Chicago at Minnesota - I don't think the the Bear's Grossman is for real. I also think the Vikings could win but the Vikings really haven't done anything except win. Both their wins took a lot of help from their opponents ineptness. I don't think the Bears will make those kind of mistakes.
Cincinnati at Pittsburgh - I wouldn't be too surprised if the Steelers didn't make it to the playoffs. Ego and believing they deserve to win are washing over the reality and their talent. The defense is good and the offense unpredictable. Parker is NOT a great back. The Bengals are real and when Chad Johnson says he has a new end zone dance just for the Steelers I believe him. He's too classy a player to unveil it unless its a game decider!
Green Bay at Detroit - The Lions main accomplishment this season has been to show Seattle ain't what they used to be. Green Bay is playing for pride and with Favre that's a lot of pride. Favre keeps this from being the cruddy game of the week.
Jacksonville at Indianapolis - The Colts know how to win regular season games better than any team in recent history. Jack Del Rio (A former USC Trojan catcher - I had to say it) has taught the Jaguars what winning is really about. This is the game of the week (until Monday) and will provide too much entertainment. Look for the Jag's to disrupt Manning in a big way. Without Edgrin James the Colts lack the ground game to protect him. The Jag's might have enough to do this.
New York Jets at Buffalo - The Bills are looking better than their talent says they should. I like that. The Jets don't have the defense to stay in the game but this should still be highly entertaining.
Tennessee at Miami - Duante Culpepper has been the most disappointing player in the league. He can get well this week as the Titan's only threat is to drive the team bus into the stadium and run over their opponents. The only mystery for the Titans is when will they push Vince Young into the game.
Washington at Houston - Too cruddy badly coached teams. This is the cruddy game of the week and because the Texans don't play Miami or the Lions could be the cruddy game of the year. I pick the Texans because more of their guys stand to lose their jobs if they lose this weekend.
Baltimore at Cleveland - The Browns dirty play won't impress the Ravens, they'll welcome it and eat it up. The Ravens haven't allowed a TD this season and McNair is getting more comfortable. The Browns come out still winless.
NY Giants at Seattle - This is a must win for the Giants to stay amongst the elite. The spread confounds me. The Seahawks are favorites but I can't figure out why. People's memories and Deon Branch? It should be as exciting a game as there can be this week.
Philadelphia at San Francisco - The Eagles are getting ridden hard. The 49er's are not that much improved to handle a talented former elite team.
St Louis at Arizona - The Rams will keep this close only because Denny Green is and shows his intention to remain the worst coach in the league.
Denver at New England - The Bronco's Jake Plummer has started to play like last season was an aberration. They have stunk the joint out! The Patriots and Tom Brady are going to be seriously revenge minded after losing the first play off game in years. Even beaten up the Pats will come out on top.
Atlanta at New Orleans - The game of the year for reasons that have nothing to do with football. After being screwed by the NFL and the United States Government the Saints have played angry football. The Falcons look real and, on a normal day, would hand the Saints their heads. But this isn't normal. If God has any interest in sports or the people of the city of New Orleans the Saints should get an unlikely win. (And I almost managed to not mention the Saints have Reggie Bush!)