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Jets-Cardinals pick came to fruition nicely

Posted: December 5, 2012 - 9:03pm

There’s an old saying that goes like this, “there is light even in the darkest moments of life”. I actually don’t know if anyone has ever said that, but in the history of humanity it’s statistically probable that someone has. So I’m going to borrow the phrase for this column. Last week’s picks were a complete disaster. As I sifted through the Pigskin Pick’em rubble in search of a silver lining I stumbled upon something I had yet to accomplish this season. Last week I predicted the exact outcome of a contest all the way down to the game description. If I may, I would like to quote last week’s column.

“This might be the least anticipated, least viewed game in NFL history. Calling this the Toilet Bowl would be an insult to toilets. This is the Dumpster Diving Championship. Both of these teams are so awful offensively they make the Army-Navy teams of the 1920’s look like scoring juggernauts. Jets win 7-6”

If your memory eludes you, the New York Jets defeated the Arizona Cardinal last Sunday by the exact score I predicted in last week’s column. What impresses me the most about my moment of clairvoyance is the score. Let’s face it, if you write enough pick’em columns you’re bound to nail a game sooner or later. Had I predicted a 28-24 final, and the results wound up being just that, I wouldn’t have thought much of it, but the fact that the score ended up an utterly unwatchable 7-6 was pretty astounding. Jets quarterback, Mark Sanchez, threw three interceptions before getting the hook. Cardinals quarterback, Ryan Lindley, completed 32 percent of his passes for a whopping 72 yards. Neither starter threw a single touchdown pass. The Jets third string backup QB Greg McElroy, a former seventh round draft pick, was the only quarterback that participated in this stink fest to lead his team into the end zone. The game truly was an insult to toilets.

Of course, the gruesome 6-10 mark for the week doesn’t allow me to boast too much. The poor showing drops my record for the season to 95-90-6. The best move I made all weekend was siding against my beloved Seattle Seahawks which allowed them to defeat the mighty Chicago Bears in Soldier Field. Had I gone against my own anti-jinx policy, and backed Seattle, they wouldn’t have stood a chance. That’s how powerful my selections have become.

Seattle’s victory over the Bears was one of the better moments of my life, not because the game was all that special in the grand scheme of themes, it was just a regular season win. It was how Seattle won that was so exciting. Those of you that aren’t Seahawks fans may not understand, but Seattle has never had a player as exciting as their rookie quarterback Russell Wilson. This kid is a special football player and promises to make the next decade very enjoyable. I’m currently accepting applications for the final remaining seats on the Seahawks bandwagon for those of you that are interested. I want to personally extend an invitation to Tom Hodel, rooting for the Vikings all these years has probably shortened your life expectancy, if you would like to abandon ship and become a Seahawks fan I’ll make room for you. OK, to the picks!

DENVER BRONCOS @ Oakland Raiders +11

There’s a good chance Oakland gets a backdoor cover at home, but I don’t want to risk the irritation of siding with the Raiders only to see them get crushed by a vastly superior Broncos team. I can just see a meaningless last minute touchdown being the difference in this contest. Broncos win 31-17

St. Louis Rams @
BUFFALO BILLS -3

St. Louis is coming off another overtime thriller against the San Francisco 49ers. The Rams emerged victorious narrowly avoiding another tie with their NFC West rivals. This is an easy game to overlook for St. Louis and Buffalo is famous for circling the wagons at home. Bills win 24-19

DALLAS COWBOYS @ Cincinnati Bengals -3

This is a sneaky good match-up between two teams fighting for a spot in this year’s playoffs. The Bengals have won four straight, but I’m not buying that they’re this good. Dallas is as unpredictable as any team in the NFL, but I have a feeling the Boys’ play well this Sunday. Cowboys win 27-24

Kansas City Chiefs @ CLEVELAND BROWNS -7

It may sound insane to back the Browns when laying a full touchdown no matter whom the opponent is, but that’s what I’m about to do. The Chiefs rode an emotional wave to a surprising victory last Sunday in spite of the incredible hardship facing the organization. A pick’em column is not an appropriate place to discuss the Jovan Belcher murder/suicide, but I want to give my condolences to Chiefs franchise, their fans, and most importantly the families involved in this tragedy. Browns win 20-9

Tennessee Titans @
INDIANAPOLIS COLTS -6

The Indianapolis Colts were the worst team in football last season. This year, led by star rookie quarterback Andrew Luck, the Colts are 8-4 and nearly a lock to make the playoffs in the AFC, an incredible turnaround for one of the best franchises in football. This week the Colts face a struggling Titans team looking to gain some positive momentum in the final weeks of the season. The Colts have played a number of close games of late, a trend I expect to continue. Colts win 30-27

Chicago Bears @
MINNESOTA VIKINGS +3

Viking quarterback Christian Ponder is awful but the Bears defense was decimated last weekend against Seattle. Chicago will be without future Hall of Fame linebacker Brian Urlacher, and star cornerback Tim Jennings is questionable. I expect Adrian Peterson to have a huge performance. Vikings win 21-17

SAN DIEGO CHARGERS @ Pittsburgh Steelers -7

I’m siding with San Diego on the belief that Ben Roethlisberger won’t be playing for the Steelers. If Big Ben suits up I would lean towards backing Pittsburgh, but waiting is a luxury the pick’em column isn’t afforded. Chargers win 17-14

Philadelphia Eagles @
TAMPA BAY BUCS -9

Tampa Bay will get their playoff aspirations back on track this week against an utterly hopeless Philadelphia Eagles team. The Eagles are already playing for next season. You can’t trust the Eagles to play hard for four quarters on the road. Buccaneers win 28-17

BALTIMORE RAVENS @ Washington Redskins -3

This game is a toss-up. My heart tells me to side with the Skins’ at home with RG3 leading the way, but good teams like Baltimore rarely lose two games in a row. The Ravens are coming off a loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers and I expect them to rebound with an excellent performance this Sunday. Ravens win 24-21

ATLANTA FALCONS @ Carolina Panthers +4

If there was ever a “red flag” spread this would be it. How are the 11-1 Atlanta Falcons only a four point favorite against the 3-9 Carolina Panthers? That doesn’t make any sense at all, which is obviously very concerning. Still, I don’t see any way I can side with the Panthers in this spot. Falcons win 34-21

New York Jets @
JACKSONVILLE JAGS +3

Admittedly, the Jacksonville Jaguars are terrible at American Football, but they’ve been much better with Chad Henne at quarterback in recent weeks. The Jets are an absolute train wreck. This is one of the most dysfunctional organizations in all of sports. Jaguars win 17-13

Miami Dolphins @ SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS -10

I’m not siding with the 49ers in this spot because I have a lot of faith in their offense. I just don’t see how Miami is going to score points against this defense on the road. San Francisco is coming off its first loss since replacing Alex Smith with Colin Kaepernick at quarterback. Expect a much sharper effort this week. 49ers win 27-10

New Orleans Saints @
NEW YORK GIANTS -5

Losers of two consecutive games, it appears the Saints march back into playoff contention has run out of steam. After the Monday night loss to the Washington Redskins the Giants now find themselves in a tight divisional race. It’s hard to imagine the defending Super Bowl champs crumbling down the stretch. Giants win 31-24

ARIZONA CARDINALS @ Seattle Seahawks -10

It’s been a few years since the Seattle Seahawks were a double digit favorite. I don’t know if that should make me happy or nervous? Anti-jinx policy requires I side with the Cardinals despite the fact that they may have the worst starting quarterback in football. Cardinals win 21-14

Detroit Lions @
GREEN BAY PACKERS -7

Whatever fight Detroit had left in its system is surely gone after last week’s deflating collapse at home against the Indianapolis Colts. Thanks to the Bears loss Green Bay now finds itself at the top the NFC North. A place they’re likely to stay for the rest of the year. Packers win 31-23

Houston Texans @ NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS -4

Monday Night holds up its end of the bargain this week with a fantastic match-up featuring the 11-1 Houston Texans against the 9-3 New England Patriots. The winner of this game will have a great opportunity to claim home field advantage throughout the postseason. Patriots win 30-24

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