Well, well, well. It’s the final week of the regular season, and I still trail my wife by 3 games in our picks. I plan on picking through the playoffs, but it’s up to her if she wants to continue the competition into the playoffs, not that we’re competing or anything.
This is a hard week to pick since many teams won’t be fielding a full team. Teams like Dallas, Green Bay, Indy and others will be resting starters since their playoff positions are locked. Other teams will be fighting for the playoffs, while still some will be playing for pride (which, last I checked, doesn’t come with a trophy).
From Jennifer: Sniff, sniff. That’s me crying because it’s the last week of regular football.
Last week’s rundown:
Jennifer 11-5 (153-87 overall)
Billy 11-5 (150-90 overall)
Against the line:
Billy 7-9 (116-116-8 overall)
Line: Patriots by 13.5
My pick: You don’t mess with a team that’s going for perfection. Then again, I seem to recall a late-season game in the Meadowlands where the Giants knocked off an undefeated Broncos team.
Patriots 34, Giants 28
Jennifer: Holy Gamole! Thank goodness the greedy NFL was convinced that this game was greater than their need for more profit. (Although, I’m sure they worked out a sweet deal with NBC and CBS. I just hope that they don’t follow CBS’ commercial break pattern. I’d like to watch the game in 3 hours instead of 10.) I am so psyched about this game. I just love watching great things happen and I really hope the Pats pull off their perfect season. So much is made of the perfect-season Dolphins and I feel left out because it happened before my time. I want to be able to remember watching the Pats go 16-0 in years to come! So, who will win? I honestly think there is more pressure on the Giants this week, and we all know how well they perform under pressure. And I just can’t imagine that Tom Brady would let this be the game they lose. PATRIOTS. (And show more Tom Brady interviews, ESPN. I’ll watch all day!)
Line: Cardinals by 6
My pick: It’s not every year the Cardinals have a chance to finish .500. That’s so sad.
Cardinals 31, Rams 30
Jennifer: Who cares? Seriously? RAMS.
Line: Falcons by 1
My pick: In another bizarro week pick, the Falcons, who are playing with a chip on their shoulder, will knock off the resting Seahawks.
Falcons 24, Seahawks 10
Jennifer: Easy cheesy. SEAHAWKS.
Line: Panthers by 3
My pick: What’s so incredibly sad is I don’t think Carolina can beat Tampa’s back-ups.
Bucs 17, Panthers 13
Jennifer: Bor-ing. BUCS.
Line: Bengals by 3
My pick: Miami’s got their one win, and Cincinnati won’t let their miserable season end with a loss to a one-win team.
Bengals 34, Dolphins 17
Jennifer: You know what? I’m going to say the Dolphins take it to 2 and 14 this week. DOLPHINS.
Line: Browns by 10
My pick: It’s an odd scenario, but no matter what Cleveland does Sunday, their playoff future will be determined by whether Tennessee wins or loses Sunday night. Still, I think Cleveland treats it as a playoff tune-up, though San Fran’s getting better.
Browns 31, 49ers 20
Jennifer: I cannot believe the Browns lost to the Bengals. How crappy is that? BROWNS.
Line: Packers by 4
My pick: Numerically, the Packers have nothing to play for. Realistically, they’ll want to rebound from last week’s embarrassment before the playoffs begin.
Packers 34, Lions 27
Jennifer: Go Pack! Go Pack! Go Pack! PACKERS.
Line: Texans by 6.5
My pick: Jacksonville has nothing to play for, whereas Houston’s at home and playing for their first-ever non-losing season.
Texans 24, Jags 20
Line: Vikings by 3
My pick: Minnesota’s still playing for a playoff spot, and they’ll be scoreboard watching the Dallas-Washington game. But I’m picking the Vikings for another reason — Denver’s rush defense is awful, and Adrian Peterson and Chester Taylor should have a field day.
Vikings 27, Broncos 14
Jennifer: Hmmm…Both teams coming off losses. My gut says VIKINGS.
Line: Saints by 2
My pick: Seriously, who would have thought this game would mean nothing?
Bears 25, Saints 21
Jennifer: Stupid Bears are ruining my Packers season!!! And, I can’t believe the Saints lost last week. This should be a good game considering what happened between these two teams last year. Will the Saints have their revenge? Yes! SAINTS.
Line: Jets by 6.5
My pick: It’s the who-gives-a-damn game of the week. I’m honestly flipping a coin on this one … a coin that also predicts scores.
Chiefs 17, Jets 16
Jennifer: What purpose does this game serve, other than deciding rank in next year’s draft? JETS
Line: Eagles by 7.5
My pick: Poor Eagles fans. Donovan’s playing great these last few weeks, making some reconsider whether they should boo him out of Philly this year. My advice is this — he’ll be an injury risk for the rest of his career. Start booing now.
Eagles 23, Bills 20
Line: Steelers by 3.5
My pick: Who’s had a more brutal second half of the season than the Ravens? Three of your final four home games are against New England, Indy and Pittsburgh, and then you lose on the road to the freaking Dolphins.
Steelers 32, Ravens 14
Jennifer: I’m going with the STEELERS this week.
Line: Chargers by 8.5
My pick: San Diego may rest starters in the second half, but they’ll do more than enough in the first half to win this one. I will be interested in seeing Jamarcus Russell’s first start.
Chargers 27, Raiders 14
Jennifer: Should be in the bag for the CHARGERS. Should be.
Line: Titans by 6
My pick: Honestly, I don’t think Tennessee can do it. I know Indy’s resting its starters, and I know Tennessee needs the win to go the playoffs, but I just don’t see them winning. Enjoy the playoffs, Browns.
Colts 24, Titans 20
Line: Redskins by 9
My pick: I see the odds makers are leaning heavily toward Washington, but I say Dallas can win if three things happen — 1) Todd Collins realizes he’s Todd Collins, 2) Romo sticks around longer than just a half to work out the kinks with Terry Glenn and 3) They don’t fall behind early and just pull all of the starters.
Hmm, I may be wrong, but Cowboys 20, Redskins 17
Jennifer: The Skins just about had the Boys number earlier this season. It’s the last week, I feel like taking a chance here. I hope I’m not sorry. REDSKINS. Oooh.