As the leaves change, the winds bring a little nip in the air and its once more time to give thanks to what has been given.
Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on the blessings whatever deity(s) you pray to has provided (or what evolution and survival of the fittest has provided for you atheists).
Its also time to take stock in which teams may be for real in playing for the Super Bowl and which are looking toward next season.
Well, its hard to say any of them can claim they're competing for a playoff spot. None of the state's teams have a winning record. Of the three, Tampa Bay might have the best chance, despite their 4-6 record. A favorable schedule at least presents opportunity.
Realistically, though, all three of Florida's teams may be looking more toward the 2012 off-season than the 2011 post-season
But hey, we're not here to talk turkey about playoff spots. We're here to pick week 12's schedule.
I'm thankful for last week's 12-2 record, which ended a string of really crappy weeks for yours truly.
Let's see if we can keep on track with this week's picks....with a thanksgiving flair.
Last Week: 12-2 85%, Season: 104-56 65%, Upset Specials: 8-9 47%, Bucs Picks: 7-3 70%
Upset Special: Detroit 30, Green Bay 28 - The Lions are thankful to be in playoff contention for the first time since the 90's, while the Packers are certainly thankful for starting the season with 10 wins. This seems like a logical loss for the Super Bowl champs. Plus, as a Bucs fan, I'm hoping my Upset Special whammy nails the Lions and they lose, getting Tampa Bay a little closer in the wild card race.
Upset Special #2: Miami 27, Dallas 20 - The Dolphins are thankful they've finally found their groove, while the Cowboys are thankful whenever Tony Romo isn't in a position to lose a game for them...unfortunately, this week it ain't happening.
Baltimore 26, San Francisco 23 - Baltimore's thankful that this game's at home. The Niners are thankful that they have a gigantic lead in the NFC West.
Carolina 30, Indianapolis 23 - The Panthers are thankful for Cam. Indianapolis is thankful they'll have a future beyond Peyton named Luck.
Tampa Bay 23, Tennessee 17 - The Bucs are thankful for the Titans giving up on LeGarette Blount. The Titans are thankful that Houston's loss of Matt Schaub keeps their playoff hopes alive.
Seattle 23, Washington 13 - The Seahags are thankful for their homefield advantage. The Redskins are thankful that there's plenty of good young QBs coming out next year.
Denver 23, San Diego 17 - The Broncos (at least their fans) are thankful for Timmy, the Chargers are thankful for Mike Tolbert and the fact that Phillip Rivers won't have this type of season every year.