NFL Picks — Week 12
Last week: 10-5-1 Season: 70-88-4
It took till Week 11, but I finally had a 10-win week. If I’m not
careful, I might even finish above .500 for the season. On to the early
Indianapolis (-9) over DETROIT
And with the Lions’ defeat against the Vikings last week, I retire
my plan to pick the opposite of what I think will happen. Peyton
Manning has to be one of the top 10 QBs of all time — already.
Chicago (+3.5) over DALLAS
The Bears give their fans one last glimmer of hope that they are for
real, simply because the Fighting Parcells are going downhill faster
than a sled in winter.
Tennessee (-1.5) over HOUSTON
The Texans are hitting the wall, and what’s worse, they’re doing it
in a slow, bleeding way, losing the close ones. It is painful to watch,
and count me among the people who are disappointed that it’s happening.
San Diego (+3) over KANSAS CITY
You serious? Surely, Vegas made a mistake and this is the line for a
2002 matchup between these two teams. I mean, this can’t be the line
for a 7-3 team against a 3-7 team, can it?
Apparently, it can be.
MINNESOTA (-5.5) over Jacksonville
Not much to say about this one, so I’ll say this:
Daunte Culpepper has to be royally pissed that he’s having the
season of his life, one of the best seasons a QB has ever had in the
NFL, and no one even notices because Peyton Manning is tearing the
league a new secondary. Don’t you think he is sitting at home, plotting
an “accident” involving Manning and Ray Lewis?
Philadelphia (-7) over NY GIANTS
No one is holding over the hatred for Eli Manning!!! Am I the only
one who remembers that this guy is just a big jackass who basically
blackmailed an entire city in the NFL draft? Is it because Drew Brees
is enjoying success? Is it because he didn’t win the starting job at
first? There has to be a legitimate reason, right?
PITTSBURGH (-11) over Washington
At some point, Ben Roethlisberger WILL lose a game…I just don’t
think it will be in this year’s regular season. Definitely not against
the woeful Redskins.
CINCINNATI (-6) over Cleveland
Hey, it’s Cleveland’s favorite running subplot: Kelly Holcomb! Hasn’t he been the Brown’s backup QB for a decade or something?
CAROLINA (+2.5) over Tampa Bay
Don’t look now, but the Panthers are only two games out of the
playoffs. With a remaining slate that includes only one team (Atlanta)
with a winning record. With a running attack that Nick Goings has
suddenly revitalized (fifth RB is the charm, right?). With a renewed
confidence on the arm of Jake Delhomme. I’m just saying…don’t look
New Orleans (+9.5) over ATLANTA
The Falcons don’t rout teams, which is the only reason I am making this pick.
NEW ENGLAND (-7) over Baltimore
How long before the Patriots become the Yankees and the entire
league hates them? One year? Two years? Let me be prepared for this.
NY JETS (-3) over Arizona
Two ex-playoff contenders tumbling downwards at warp speed. But the Jets are better.
Miami (PK) over SAN FRANCISCO
Only a PK because no line was given me. In a year that has been
filled with horrible games, this just might be the single worst game in
the league to occur in decades. The Niners have been truly abysmal the
last few games, otherwise it would have been a coin-flip pick for me.
Buffalo (+5) over SEATTLE
No one is taking the Bills too seriously yet…I think this
win will do the trick. They are, in all seriousness, playing as well as
anyone in the league right now, except for the three 9-1 teams (NE,
DENVER (-11) over Oakland
I don’t know why the 11 point line but since the Raiders are playing comically bad football, this pick is a layup.
GREEN BAY (-6) over St. Louis
Oh boy!!! It’s Brett Favre’s 200th consecutive start!!! Let’s put it on Monday night!!!!
I’m not saying Favre’s not a good QB…but haven’t the Packers been
on Sunday or Monday night like 6 times this season? Seriously? Not the
Patriots, not the Panthers, not the Eagles….but the Packers? Hey,
NFL, it’s your call. Just as a fan, I thought you would go a different
route on your prime time calls.
To the journaling…
I met Sarah today. It may seem like I am meeting a never-ending
array of new girls, but I am really not. The first thing she said to me
was that I am cute. Memo to all girls…if you want to make my heart
melt and instantly get me to like you then tell me that I’m cute. It
will work every single time. So we talked for a while…she likes
sports, can listen to punk rock, and basically just about everything
else I could want in a girl. I’ll overlook the fact that she’s 2 1/2
years older than me (not that I could never date someone that much
older than me…it’s more that I can’t see why someone 2 1/2 years
older than me would want to date me). And then all of a sudden she says
all this weird stuff like “you should be more generous with your
penis”. Well naturally I get a little short with her, block her, and
She got on later (as someone else) and apologized…it was her
roommate that said the weird stuff. I am so relieved about that. I
thought that, yet again, I had met a girl who seems at first glance to
be great for me only to find out there’s something wrong with her or me
or the circumstances. Luckily, there is not. Which is not to freak her
out if she reads this, but I get those thoughts whenever I meet anyone
I think I might like. I’ll reserve further comment for now, but once
again, those pesky hopes are starting to go up again…again, Sarah, if
you read this, this is really just because I’ve never been on a date,
not because I am fundamentally a lunatic.
Life is great …I’m
talking to more great girls than ever. I really, really look forward to
getting to know some of them, because a few in particular seem really
My thanksgiving thankfuls list…
I’m thankful for Facebook, for serving as another filter through which to meet people.
I’m thankful for every fundamental blessing (house, food, health,
and all those fundamental bits of goodness) that God has blessed me
I’m thankful for how great that (to name a few) Chrissy, Sarah, Samantha, and Jade seem.
I’m thankful that I have great friends who were willing to look past
my hideous first impression to really get to know me, like Mark,
Brooks, Eric, Bobby, Michelle, and Lafree.
I’m thankful for my unbelievable family, my mom, my grandparents, and all of their health.
I’m thankful that despite all the really crappy things that happened
throughout senior year of high school, I was able to persevere and
made it to Ball State.
I’m thankful to have secure summer employment all ready for next summer.
I’m thankful for my mom, who has done everything that she could
possibly do — especially since my parents’ divorce — that she could
to make me and my 4 siblings happy.
And most of all, I am thankful for the bright future that appears to lay ahead of me!
HAPPY THANKSGIVING EVERYBODY!!!!!!!!!!!