Predictions Week 13

November 27, 2008

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Predictions Week 13


           Each week, on Friday, I will look into my (never wrong, just misinformed) crystal ball and give my predictions for that weekend games.  I will always prognosticate on the Eagles and Cowboys games and then pick two more games of interest (to me, that is, not necessarily to you).  Keep in mind, that this is for entertainment purposes only, and that I do not endorse any sort of legal or illegal gambling.  That being said…let’s see what’s in my crystal ball!


           The crystal ball was 2-2 last week, and that’s not acceptable.  The crystal ball is now 19-20-1 for the season, just a tad under .500 (.488 to be exact).  Hopefully this week, it will rebound on the short week.  Today is Thanksgiving Day and both the Cowboys and Eagles square off (separately) in very important conference games.  Each team needs a win if they want to move on into the play-offs.  Let’s take a look at what the crystal ball has to say.


Last Week: 2-2


Overall:  19-20-1


Seattle @ Dallas:  The Cowboys are coming off a big win against the 49ers.  Owens and Romo both had huge days, and the offense seems to be back on track.  Seattle shouldn’t be taken lightly, as they gave Washington all they could handle last week.  Though the ‘Hawks lost, they played well against a formidable Redskins team.  Look for a close game early, as the Cowboys take over late in the contest.  Dallas 31, Seattle 20.


Arizona @ Philadelphia:  Last week, the Eagles were grasping at straws for answers, as Reid pulled D-Mac in the second half.  Kolb couldn’t provide the Eagles with a spark either.  The Ravens defense confused the inexperienced Kolb into many mistakes.  Arizona has a big lead in their division, but don’t look for them to be handing out any sympathy cards to the Birds.  The Cards are hungry, but west coast teams on the road have not fared well against east coast teams this year.  That shouldn’t be a factor though, as this is a late kick-off.  In a squeaker, the Birds prevail.  Philadelphia 24, Arizona 23.


Tennessee @ Detroit:  The Lions are in a world of hurt as they try to get a win.  Could a team in this era of parity actually go 0-16?  Probably not, but today is not their day.  The Titans were stunned by the Jets last week, and they look to avenge their only blemish of the season.  The Lions should just pray that the Titans don’t embarrass them as the entire country watches while downing their turkeys.  Tennessee 27, Detroit 9.


Pittsburgh @ New England:  The Steelers are a force defensively and they will look to shut down Matt Cassel.  The one time clipboard holder is playing well with back-to-back 400-yard games.  The Steelers need a win to keep their 1-game lead in their division and the Pats don’t want to fall any further behind the division leading Jets.  This should be a great game, but the edge must go to the Steelers, as they will bring Cassel back down to Earth.  Pittsburgh 24, New England 20.


Short Shots:


Today is Thanksgiving, so we should all give thanks for what we have, and remember that not everyone is as fortunate as we are.  I want to send a special shout-out to Je’Rod Cherry for his efforts to raise money for the needy by raffling off his Super Bowl ring.  The drawing takes place today.


I wonder what kind of reception D-Mac will receive by the Philly fans as he is introduced at the Linc?  The fans should go easy on him.  It’s Thanksgiving after all…but it’s also Philadelphia!


From The Mail Room:


Pete F., Philadelphia, PA:  If the Eagles lose this week should they play Kevin Kolb to see if he is the quarterback of the future?


Utopia1dc:  Pete, even though I am not an Eagles fan, I think that McNabb should never have been pulled last week.  At-least not in the manner in which it was handled by Reid.  I think Andy is grasping at straws because he knows his job is on the line.  Did he really think that Kolb would provide a spark against the Ravens defense?  If the Eagles lose, their play-off situation becomes very bleak.  At that point it might be a good idea to see what they have in Kolb.  The McNabb era looks to be over after this season.  Reid could be packing his bags as well!


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