Week 12 NFL Pick Review – 2006

Even Steven. 8-8. This is how it came about!

Miami Dolphins (-2.5) at Detroit Lions: WIN! “The Lions without Kevin Jones will be a gong show against the recently revitalized Dolphins defense, so don’t even take a chance on the Lions.” What can I say, Thanks Giving has always been a great day for me. Turkey, gravy, potatoes, and a 3-0 record.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Dallas Cowboys (-10.5): WIN! This game basically went as planned. Joey Galloway looked great at times, but his QB is too inexperienced to get him the ball enough. Caddy was decent, but didn’t have enough opportunities with Dallas getting out to a lead, and the Cowboys handled the Bucs with ease, 38-10.

Denver Broncos at Kansas City Chiefs (even): WIN! In what was likely to be Jake Plummer’s last start in a Broncos’ uniform, Denver couldn’t stop Larry Johnson, and couldn’t capitalize against the Chiefs. Personally, Jake didn’t have that bad of a stat line, but he just couldn’t make a play when it needed to be made. Denver lost, and Jake’s season is over.

Arizona Cardinals at Minnesota Vikings (-6): LOSS! But only because the Vikings really, really, suck. They had a big lead on the Cardinals, but then tried bery hard to blow it, only to realize that the Cardinals suck even more than they do, so they won, but only by 4, so I lost!

Carolina Panthers (-4) at Washington Redskins: LOSS! My safest pick went right to the shitter when Carolina decided to suck again. Talk about the toughest team to predict in the NFL. I’ve had it with the Panthers, which pretty much means, bet on them the rest of the year.

Chicago Bears (+3) at New England Patriots: LOSS! Rex Grossman was bad, and Tom Brady was better than his stat line, which was decent anyway. The Patriots won by 4, just enough to make me a loser by a point. Chicago didn’t have an offensive answer, or when they did, they’d just turn the ball over and ruin any chance they got. The game ended with another Rex Grossman interceptions, and chants of Brian Griese rang through the streets of Chicago.

Cincinnati Bengals (-2.5) at Cleveland Browns: WIN! 30-0 Bengals. Cinci’s defense has stepped it up lately, and if they continue on that path, a Steeler like run is in the cards. And I’m not talking this years’ Steelers. “Last week the Browns put up a good fight against the Steelers, but faded in the 4th allowing Pittsburgh to pull out with a lucky win. Well, all that does is crush an already struggling team.” (ME) Did I call this one or what?

Houston Texans (+6) at N.Y. Jets: LOSS! David Carr threw for over 300 yards, but the Jets stopped the Texans’ rushing attack dead in their tracks, ending this game early in the 3rd quarter. A late touchdown gave the Texans 11 points, but this game was a lost cause to me early.

Jacksonville Jaguars (-2.5) at Buffalo Bills: LOSS! The Bills came back late and stunned the Jaguars with a 4th quarter field goal to win the game. JP Losman might be a ball player after all. I was almost sure I would take this game in overtime, with a nice -2.5, the Jaguars would surely hold off the Bills in OT. Well, Rian Lindell made sure OT wasn’t an option, and I got another loss on Sunday.

New Orleans Saints (+3) at Atlanta Falcons: WIN! How about them Saints. I knew it was a good idea to give Brees another chance after him and his Saints broke my heart last week. Mike Vick had another terrible game, though he did rush for 166 yards, he just barely completed better than 35% of his passes. Brees had another brilliant game, as he seems destined to start in the Pro Bowl, and lead the league in passing.

N.Y. Giants (-3) at Tennessee Titans: Loss! With 10 minutes left in the 4th I was thinking how brilliant I was for picking the Giants in a Titanic beat-down. And then there was Vince. Yeah, I love this kid’s game. His confidence, his accuracy, his physicality, these are things Mike Vick has one of, which is why Vince will be one of the best running quarterbacks of all time. Led his team in rushing with 69 yards on 10 carries, and passed for 2 touchdowns on24/35 passing and 2 scores without an interception. Vince single handily stomped the Giants into submission, as he led his squad to 24 straight points an a late game winning field goal to destroy New York. How can you call a game like this?

Philadelphia Eagles at Indianapolis Colts (-8.5): WIN! “I like Brian Westbrook as a fantasy star this weekend, but I still think the Colts will pull out of Week 12 with a double digit win over the Eagles.” (Me) Just like I figured, the Colts handled the Eagles, and Brian Westbrook had one hell of a day, with 170 combined yards and a touchdown. But he was overshadowed by another back, Joseph Addai, who rushed for 171 yards with 37 receiving yards and 4 touchdowns.

Pittsburgh Steelers at Baltimore Ravens (-2.5): WIN! The Ravens just walked all over the Steelers. If Steve can play well in the playoffs, the Ravens have the defense to be a favorite to win the whole thing. I needed a win, and they delivered.

San Francisco 49ers at St. Louis Rams (-5): LOSS! By two whole points. You can tell it’s a good week when you have a winning record and the games you lost, a majority of them, were just barely losses. This one, the 49ers led late, but Marc Bulger finally woke up and drove his Rams down for the winning touchdown. I was expecting St. Louis, and Marc, to figure it out earlier, but unfortunately for me, they didn’t.

Oakland Raiders (+14.5) at San Diego Chargers: WIN! “Everyone has a down week. The Chargers, yes, even the Chargers, after two huge comeback wins, might just be too tired to dominate the lowly Raiders. Bad teams only have a few chances to get up and rowdy for a game, seeing a chance to stop the “All Mighty” Chargers and the leagues’ best player (LT) should get them ready to go. No crazy outcome here, just a closer game than expected.” (Me) What can I say? The one guy who picked this game…. That was me.

Green Bay Packers (+9.5) at Seattle Seahawks: LOSS! Aaa…. A half of a point. It was a tough one for me, especially considering the Packers played exactly how I thought they would, and Matt struggled – just like I thought he would. So I lost by a point, because Brett was trying too hard to get his team back in the end zone. It’s tough to call a game like this one, obviously, but Shaun played a lot better than I imagined, so I’ll take the loss with respect.