Don’t Bet the House on Anything This Year

Upon further review – can I change about 8 of my picks from Sunday? What a week for upsets around the National Football League. I don’t think that many people can be waking up Monday morning pleased with their picks from Sunday’s games, and when you look at it, a lot of games took some wild twists and turns before it was all said and done.

Consider the following:

The Redskins win after Cowboys kicker Mike Vanderjagt gets a kick blocked with :06 left, then upon Sean Taylor picking it up, he gets his face mask pulled. Hence a 15-yard penalty with no time on the clock. A game cannot end on a penalty, so the Redskins get a shot at a 47-yard field goal. Kick is good – Cowboys lose 22-19.

Miami, a team that some weeks has barley showed up, suddenly becomes a team that cares, and in the process, hands the Bears a whuppin – 31-13 in Chicago. Ronnie Brown runs for 157 yards, and the Bears offense, which was oh so good the first 6-7 games, gives the ball up six times on turnovers. Bears fans now must again be concerned about the play of QB Rex Grossman, who threw three picks Sunday.

The Lions, who were allowing a ton of points and yards each week, decide to play defense Sunday vs the Falcons at home, and walk away with a 30-14 win. They hold the Falcons run game, which is tops in the league, to 165 yards and Jon Kitna throws for 321 yards and a touchdown. Kevin Jones runs for over 100 yards, and the Lions have now won two of three and can make it 3 of 4 next week vs the 49’ers at home.

So to say I didn’t have a good week on the picks is an understatement. 4 and 9 heading into the Monday nighter with the Seahawks hosting the Raiders. To say that I need the Hawks is a no-brainer, but what scares me is that I am counting on Seneca Wallace and Maurice Morris vs a Raiders defense that has not played all that bad this season. Ugh. If week nine showed us anything, it’s that there are no for sures this year in this league.


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