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Some tough games to pick are on the slate for this weekend. They should be some damn good ones though.

ravens@titans

These two teams played in week 5 and the Titans won 13-10 on a late TD drive. The Ravens are considerably better now. Back in week 5 they had just lost in Pittsburgh, went to  Tennessee and lost and went on to lose in week 6 in Indy–giving them a 3 game losing streak against some tough teams.

The Titans biggest pro has to be that they are rested while Baltimore had to play their physical style of game play just last weekend. The Ravens best asset is still their defense even if not fully rested.

The Ravens cause for concern has to be the rookie QB going against a good Titans defense. On the other hand the Titans have not been playing meaningful games the last several weeks. That can sometimes hurt a team.

The Pick: Ravens

cardinals@panthers

Most people are not giving the Cardinals a snow balls chance in Phoenix to win this game. I’ll tell you right now I’m not picking them straight up but I wouldn’t bury them just yet.

They could be getting as many as 10 points by kick off. The Cardinals already kept it close in Carolina earlier this year and now they have to be playing with even more confidence.

That being said, there is not much to say. The Panthers are the better team.

The Pick: Panthers

eagles@giants

I give the Eagles the best change at getting the road win this weekend. They already beat the Giants in New York in week 14.

It’s hard because you never know which Eagles team is going to show up or should I say which McNabb. At the same time the Giants have struggled for several weeks now.

One key is is Brandon Jacobs is truly healthy. In the Giants loss to the Eagles he was held to 52 yards.

The Pick: Eagles

sd1@steelers

The big question; is Roethlisberger healthy? I do not think that it is going to matter THAT much. The Steelers passing game is not what is going to win the game for them. Compared to last week, I don’t think that the Chargers running attack is going to be as affective against the Steelers.

If this ends up being an ugly, low scoring game again then you have to think that the Steelers and their defense have the upper hand.

The Pick: Steelers

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atl@ ari

Atlanta 24, Arizona 30 but was it really ever that close?

I have always liked Arizona. Maybe it is out of pity or the fact that I am a fan of the Pittsburgh Panthers (Fitz) and Florida State Seminoles (Boldin).

However, I cannot stand this Arizona team. The first problem is Kurt Warner, not a very likable guy. Secondly, it is tough for me to cheer for a team that played so poorly the last 6 weeks of the regular season and had the division handed to them (see San Diego Chargers).

Regardless, they are moving on. How great is it to have that #1 seed in the NFC now? Giants f’d that one up pretty badly.

Also, how the heck did the Cardinal’s know the Falcons snap count ALL game and Atlanta just decided not to change anything they were doing. There was some giveaway that Arizona had on lock.

ind @ sd

The second half was disturbingly ugly in this one. How ugly? The Charger’s punter was awarded the horse trailer player of the game or whatever NBC calls it now.

bal @ mia

No surprise here or so I thought. I watched the end of NFL Sunday Countdown, the ESPN pregame show, and half the analyst’s picked Miami. I was shocked.

This team is going to be hard to beat. Pennington and the ‘Phins had the fewest turnovers in any regular season this year; an amazing accomplishment. Still, the Ravens made them look pedestrian in their ball security.

phi @ min

Philly 26, Minnesota 14 and if not for Adrian Peterson’s 40 yeard TD run in the 2nd it would not have even been that close. A cause for concern could be the amount of field goals that Philly had to settle for but than again the Viking defense is formidable. Aker’s would have put up a 17 point fantasy day (a 50 yarder, 2 40’s, 1 30 and an extra point)–so they have that going for them.

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These Wild Card Weekend match-ups are nothing short of great and all of the road teams are actually favored.

atl @ ari

Atlanta has a good passing game as well as a very good running game. On the other hand, Arizona has only a productive passing attack. At the same time, Arizona (6-2) has been good at home while Atlanta (4-4) has struggled on the road.

It comes down to Michael Turner and the Falcons running game; if they can run the ball than they can control the clock and keep the ball out of Warner’s hands.

Both of these defenses are pretty bad. The key point is that Atlanta tends to give up fewer points even though they allow more yards.

Pick: Atlanta

ind @ sd

These are two extraordinarily hot teams. The Chargers have won 4 straight while the Colts are on a 9-0 run.

Initially I was all over the Colts in this one (really against anyone). Now that I have had a week to think about it, it is way harder than I first thought.

Still I think this one will go down differently than last years playoff showdown. All the Chargers “match-up” well against the Colts talk should be used by Tony Dungy to further motivate his team this week.

Pick: Indy

bal @ mia

Yes, the Ravens handed it to the ‘Phins back in Week 7. What people are forgetting it that this is a much different Miami team now. That being said; I’m taking Baltimore. Chad Penning is Chad Pennington. The Ravens defense is the Ravens defense. On this wildcatcard weekend Pennington will fall back off the wagon.

Pick: Baltimore

phi @ min

I like to think that this is an easy call; Philly. However, it might not be. I believe that the Eagles defense will handle the Vikings offense (especially passing wise).  However, a key is the Eagles willingness and ability to run the football. Minnesota is the best team in the league against the rush. The Eagles tend to get into trouble when they shy away from the rush.

I cannot have faith in Tavaris Jackson however. And I think that is the biggest key.

This is what Michael Silver had to say about this game:

Expect Gus Frerotte to go in for a struggling Tarvaris Jackson. Philly looked great vs. the Cowboys, but the Eagles are one of the league’s most inconsistent teams. Jared Allen validates the Vikes’ trade for him by hounding Donovan McNabb all day.

And he did pick the Vikings although it barely reads as that being the case. I just can’t pick a team that has nothing to offer at quarterback.

Pick: Philly

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Three week seventeen games will be moved from 1:00 p.m. EST to 4:15 p.m. EST.

On CBS, the Dolphins @ Jets game will now have a late-afternoon kickoff. while Jacksonville @ Baltimore has also has been moved to a 4:15 p.m. EST start. On FOX, the Dallas @ Philadelphia game has been moved to 4:15 p.m. EST as well. The Broncos @ Chargers game will be the Sunday night game on NBC.

AFC East

The Dolphins control their own destiny. They win and they take the division, just one year after going 1-15. The Patriots need to win and either the Dolphins or Ravens lose. The Jets need a victory coupled with a Patriots and or Ravens loss.

The Patriots could potentially be the first team since the new playoff format in 1990 to have 11 wins and not make the playoffs.

AFC West

The resurgent Chargers earned the right to play for the division title yesterday with help from the faltering Broncos. That’s right, 15 weeks after the Chargers were screwed out of a win against Denver, those same Broncos will travel to San Diego in a re-match for the whole sha-bang.

natrone-means

I don’t think I’ve routed for the Chargers since Natrone Means suited up in the mid-9o’s.

NFC East

The Cowboys can clinch a playoff birth with a win while the Eagles clinch the wild card with a win against Dallas and losses by Tampa Bay and Chicago.


First, of all this is going to be a heck of a week of games; so much on the line. However, as a Patriots fan, it is awful not controlling your own destiny. The thought of having 11 wins and not making the playoffs is a very difficult one to deal with. A sentiment that Matt Cassel reiterated this morning on the radio.

The AFC West  should forfeit their playoff spot to the AFC East. Even the lowly Bills who are 0-5 in the division are 4-0 against the AFC West.

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Chargers Steelers FootballThe Chargers were getting 5 points on the road in Pittsburgh.

Steelers. At home. Against a mediocre San Diego club. After losing at home in a tough game against Indy. As evidence by out picks (all three of us picked the Steelers giving 3.5); this was a relatively bet friendly spread.

I watched the game live. Big Ben and the Steelers struggled and did not score an offensive touchdown all game. In the game’s closing minutes, Jeff Reed kicked the go ahead field goal and the Steelers were up 11-10 with seconds to go.

The Chargers received the ensuing kick off and Cromartie lateraled the ball once. The Charger’s still had time for one play after being tackled. Rivers threw a short slant to Tomlinson who then lateraled across the field. While the ball was still in the air who else but Troy Polamalu comes flying in to tip the ball, pick it up and run into the endzone.

It appeared the Steelers had just covered. My initial thought was those people who, for whatever reason, had money on the Chargers just got shafted.

Mass confusion erupted on the field while the fans celebrated in the stands. The officials gathered together and head official Scott Green made a ruling, while stumbling over his words, that it was a touchdown and they would kick the extra point. The officials reconvened to later decided that there was some illegal pass and that the game was over. The announcers, Phil Simms and Jim Nance, also had little idea of what was going on. They took this as they just were not going to kick the extra point and that the final was 17-10. Again, not the case. They are then told that the touchdown was being taken off the board completely and the final was 11-10 Pittsburgh.

So in a matter of minutes fans with money on this line went from either winning to losing or losing to winning. In any case, it was a tough one for many I am sure. The crew has since admitted that it should have been a touchdown.

In the end it is the people who had a wager on the Steelers who get the shaft as they did not cover the 3.5 – 5 point spread.

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Just in case there was any confusion; Herm Edwards plays to win the game. After the game Herm said, “When you’re 1-7, it isn’t even a question of what you do. These guys deserve to win football games” in response to why he went for 2 points when he could have kicked a game tieing extra point.

I was not surprised with Edwards decision, in fact I would have been surprised if he did not go for two. I want to add that it was a pleasure to hear Gus Johnson call the last Kansas City drive or the game. You would have thought that the Chiefs and Chargers were battling for first place in the AFC West.

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Ed Hochuli has been a fine official for quite some time in the NFL. It did not show in the last minute of the Chargers/Broncos game yesterday. Cutler fumbled the ball and the Chargers recovered but Hochuli prematurely blew his whistle calling the fumble an incomplete pass. This, of course, is not a reviewable play. Thus the call stands as is and the Broncos retained possession. Cutler took advantage as the Broncos scored then went for a game winning two point conversion.

When Shanahan went for the two points as opposed to kicking the game tieing PAT it said three things to me:

1. Shanahan doesn’t trust his defense to stop this team if the Chargers win the coin flip…
2. Shanahan is a ballsy motha…
3. Shanahan thought, let’s get the F out of here before someone relizes we just stole from the Chargers…

Shanahan is clearly a man who believes in KARMA. If this game had gone to OT the football gods could not have allowed this injustice to be carried out. So Shannahan stuck in that two point conversion while the football gods were reviewing the Cutler fumble on replay.

I am hard pressed to feel bad for the Chargers. If there were such a thing as a Chargers fan, man would they be heated. I am a bit surprised that the story in on the front page of the Union-Tribune.

It’s just awful that this had to happen to such a classy team. Not.

And is this a joke? What was the most crucial aspect of the Broncos’ win against the Chargers? Here are the results so far. The Rocky Mountain news is a joke, their headline reads “The Broncos took control of the AFC West with a wide-open offensive bullying of the San Diego Chargers.” Yeah, that’s the headline. Something like 39-7, 39-13 those are offensive bullyings but 39-38… not so much.

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