It's Christmas time and let's just say the NFL gave yours truly a lump of coal last week. Upsets galore dotted the NFL landscape leaving me with a putrid 7-9 record for the week.
It's definitely one of those weeks that let's me know I'm closer to Sargent Schultz than Colonel Hogan when it comes to picking games. I know nothing....NOTHING.
With all that said, let's give out some gifts to our NFL teams...and hopefully my picks can grow two sizes....
Last Week: 7-9 Overall: 145-79 65% Upset Specials: 9-15 37% Bucs Picks: 9-5 64%
Houston 23, Indianapolis 20 - Okay, I admit it, I didn't pick the Colts. Merry Christmas Indy. Houston - my gift to you is a miracle drug to get your guys healthy before the playoffs.
Tennessee 23, Jacksonville 10 - My gift for the Flaming Thumbtacks is a win that keeps their fleeting playoff hopes alive. For the Jags, KHAAAAAAAAN!
New England 30, Miami 20 - The Patriots get a big division win to move a step closer to home field advantage. Miami gets a higher draft pick for that new coach.
Denver 17, Buffalo 13 - The Lord took a week off from the Tebows last week, my gift to them this week....more divine intervention. For Bills Fans - the end of another disappointing year.
Washington 13, Minnesota 10 - For the Skins, a rare win. For the Vikings, a better shot at Andrew Luck.
Carolina 30, Tampa Bay 10 - For the Panthers a third place finish. For the Bucs, a new voice.
Baltimore 23, Cleveland 13 - Probably the hardest team to predict in the NFL are the Ravens. One week they can destroy Pittsburgh, the next lose to a team like Cleveland. For Ravens fans, I'm giving them a team playing up to their potential. For Browns fans, the return of 2010's version of Peyton Hillis.
Detroit 23, San Diego 13 - For Lions fans, a playoff berth. For Charger fans, Ch-ch-changes.
Dallas 30, Philadelphia 10 - For the Cowboys, control of the NFC East, for Philadelphia - Andy Reid's head (freeing him up to come to Tampa...oh Christmas star...please make this happen).
Upset Special: Seattle 23, San Francisco 20 - For Seahag fans, a win over the division champs. For the Niners, the ability to recover from the Monday Night hangover.
New Orleans 30, Atlanta 20 - For New Orleans, a division title. For Atlanta, a consolation wild card.
I wish you and yours the happiest of holidays!