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Much will be decided this week in the AFC, when the Houston Texans square off against our "Boys in Blue". At stake will likely be a play-off bye, and bragging rights within the conference. But, before I delve deeper into this weeks' games, let me take this opportunity to wish all my posting buds a Merry Christmas, and a joyous holiday season. To my friends at the Ostrich Society, I'll send along a shovel, which I hope they'll some day use to dig their heads from the sand, and look at the Patriots in a more objective light. To my gold mine pal, Mighty, I'll send along a troll doll. What better gift for a guy who has such a fixation on trolls!! Onward to the Game of the Week...which is so obvious a choice this week that even our Ostrich Society friends can pick it out:
1.) (11-1) Houston Texans (+3.5) @ (9-3) New England Patriots: Every year, there seems to be one match-up, one game, that stands out above all the rest. This is that game. The Texans are the most balanced team in the NFL. They sport the NFL Defensive Player of the Year, in DE J.J. Watt. Watt is a young Richard Seymour, only more motivated, and more athletic. He is the most disruptive defensive player since Reggie White. RB Arien Foster is the best RB in the AFC, and runs behind a stout OL, led by star LT, Duane Brown. Andre Johnson is one of the best WRs in the league. QB Matt Schaub and TE Owen Daniels are vastly underrated performers. This is not the best time for the injury riddled Patriots to be facing such a team. Rob Gronkowski, Logan Mankins, Julian Edelman, and Chandler Jones are out...while RT Sebastien Vollmer and RG Dan Connelly are questionable, at best. PK Stephen Gostkowski has made every FG attempt an adventure. Another shank or two in this game could prove fatal. But, the oddsmakers have installed the Pats 3.5 point favorites. Folks, the Texans are 11-1 for a reason. They're a very good team. Yet, they need this game to establish their legitimacy as SB contenders. When asked on a Houston sports-talk show about whether the Texans' seeming inability to get respect from the national media bothers him, DC Wade Phillips said, "They'll learn about us, soon enough".: PICK: Texans;
2.) (9-3) Denver Broncos @ (3-9) Oakland Raiders (+10): Tonights' game will lead to more nauseating chatter about how Peyton Manning is the greatest QB that ever lived...how smart he is...what a wonderful comeback he's made, defying the odds...that he's the league MVP. If that sort of talk causes you to upchuck your dinner, then this game should not to be watched by you: PICK: Broncos;
3.) (9-3) Baltimore Ravens (+2.5) @ (6-6) Washington Redskins: Yeah...RG III is the best thing since sliced bread. But, the Ravens are, or at least should be, furious at themselves for not keeping their foothold on a playoff bye, due to losing to the Charlie Batch led Steelers, at home: PICK: Ravens;
4.) (2-10) Kansas City Chiefs (+6.5) @ (4-8) Cleveland Browns: The Chiefs rallied around coach Romeo Crennel last week, in beating Carolina. They'll do the same this week, and beat the Browns. When is the last time anyone can remember the Browns being favored by 6.5 pts? PICK: Chiefs;
5.) (4-8) San Diego Chargers (+6.5) @ (7-5) Pittsburgh Steelers: The Chargers are a mess. But, they may catch the Ben-less Steelers in a let down, after the huge win in Baltimore. PICK: Chargers;
6.) (4-8) Tennessee Titans (+5.5) @ (8-4) Indianapolis Colts: Indy has been playing on emotion, over the past few weeks. The question this week is, will they score enough to cover?: PICK: Colts;
7.) (5-7) NY Jets @ (2-10) Jacksonville Jaguars (+2.5): The Jets play better on the road, away from their adoring fans. I can't wait to read the headlines in the NY papers, Monday morn!: PICK: Jets;
8.) (8-4) Chicago Bears @ (6-6) Minnesota Vikings (+3): What's happened to da' Bears? Suddenly, their defense isn't so formidable, and their weak OL is getting exposed, yet again. The Vikings are without WR Percy Harvin, and QB Christian Ponder does not appear to be the answer: PICK: Bears;
9.) (11-1) Atlanta Falcons @ (3-9) Carolina Panthers (+3.5): Geez, the powerful 11-1 Falcons are favored only by 3.5, against a 3-9 team? Talk about lack of respect from the media: PICK: Falcons;
10.) (3-9) Philadelphia Eagles (+7.5) @ (6-6) Tampa Bay Buccaneers: The Eagles have been mailing it in, of late. Still, this spread seems a bit high for a team that doesn't score much: PICK: Eagles;
11.) (5-6-1) St. Louis Rams (+3) @ (5-7) Buffalo Bills: Can you imagine being captures by foreign agents, who wish to extract valuable information from you. They strap you in a chair, tappe your eyes open, and force you to watch this game! What a horrific method of torture!: PICK: Rams;
12.) (6-6) Dallas Cowboys (+3) @ (7-5) Cincinnati Bengals: A huge game for both teams. But, if history repeats itself, the 'Boys will shoot themselves in the foot, and find a way to lose: PICK: Bengals;
13.) (5-7) Miami Dolphins (+10) @ (8-3-1) S.F. 49ers: Colin Kaepernick is athletic, and makes some nice plays. But, Alex Smith seemed to always find ways to win, and played mistake free ball. Did Jim Harbaugh make a mistake in switching horses in mid-stream? Time will tell: PICK: Dolphins;
14.) (5-7) New Orleans Saints (+5.5) @ (7-5) NY Giants: The Giants threw away a chance to wrap up the NFC East last week. But, don't the Giants always like doing things the hard way?: PICK: Giants;
15.) (4-8) Arizona Cardinals (+10.5) @ (7-5) Seattle Seahawks: Who has a worse QB situation than the Cards? Pitty Larry Fitzgerald. Can you imagine the things that he and Tom Brady could accomplish, if they played together? Seattle will win, but by 11 or more points?: PICK: Cardinals;
16.) (4-8) Detroit Lions (+7) @ (8-4) Green Bay Packers: Changes need to be made in Detroit, again! There's no excuse for having so many high draft choices, and so much talent on paper...yet not getting it done on the field. Jim Schwartz will join Andy Reid, Norv Turner, and several others at the unemployment office, real soon. Are Packers the NFC's version of the Pats?: PICK: Packers;
BEST BETS: Denver, Jets, Chiefs, Ravens.
Wow you such and Pats fan. Have you EVER picked them to win a Game. Troll Much?
I call 'em as I see 'em. Beating teams like the Jets and Miami while at 75% is one thing. But, beating a well balanced 11-1 team by more than a FG seems like a very tall order. Hope I'm dead, dead wrong. I don't trust Gostkowski in the clutch. If the spread was less than 3 points, I'd go with New England.
It's OK we all now you are a Jest fan, enjoy the ride in the Clown Car the rest of the way!