Each week, on Friday, I will look into my (never wrong, just misinformed) crystal ball and give my predictions for that weekend’s games. I will always prognosticate on the Eagles and Cowboys games and then pick two or 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 absolutely fantastic last week, posting a 4-0 record. Is that a horn tooting in the background that I hear? The crystal ball is now 29-22-1 for the season; which is seven games over .500 (.567 to be exact). This week is going to be a challenge with many key match-ups that have playoff implications. Let’s see what’s in store for us this weekend.
Last Week: 4-0
Baltimore @ Dallas: This is a big game for both teams, as they both need to win to keep pace in the wildcard race. The Ravens suffered a heartbreaking loss to the Steelers (some might argue that they got robbed by the officials?). The Cowboys came up huge last week against the G-men. The ‘Boys proved they could play with adversity and came across with a united front. The NFL Network could not ask for a better match-up, as this game should yield the highest ratings this season on the Network. The crystal ball must know something the rest of us don’t, because it’s predicting a blowout! Dallas 34, Baltimore 6.
Philadelphia @ Washington: The Eagles are on a roll. D-Mac says that he’s playing with a chip on his shoulder. I’m not sure how that’s going to help; one would think that a chip on your shoulder could get uncomfortable? The ‘Skins have been a disappointment in the second half of the season. After a 6-2 start, they are now 7-7, and on the brink of elimination. Portis has been struggling with some injuries, but looks to bounce back against the Birds. The Eagles blow a big lead and lose to their division foes in a thriller. Washington 24, Philadelphia 23.
New Orleans @ Detroit: In what could be termed the Pride Bowl; the Saints have been eliminated from playoffs, while Detroit is still searching for their first win of this season. The Saints have a high-powered offense, but their defense has held them back all year. Will Detroit go 0-16…I don’t know? But I can tell you that they will be 0-15 after this contest. New Orleans 27, Detroit 10.
New York Jets @ Seattle: The Seahawks got a big win last week, but that was against the Rams. This week they will play the Favre led Jets, and that, my friends, does not bode well for the ‘Hawks. Brett should be able to pick apart the Seattle secondary, while Thomas Jones runs free all day. The Jets need a victory to keep pace with Miami and New England. It appears that only one of those three will qualify for the tournament. In what could be Favre’s swan song season (it’s been that way for what seems a decade now), he won’t go down easily. New York Jets 34, Seattle 13.
What ever happened to the Buffalo Bills? Didn’t they start the season at 4-0, with talk of a playoff run? They are now 6-8, and looking for a comfortable chair in which to watch the playoffs from! I’ll tell you what happened…it’s called…reality!
With the victory last night, the Colts have earned the 5th seed in the AFC playoffs. Remember earlier this season, when everybody wanted to write off Peyton Manning? Look for the Colts to make some noise in the tournament. I’d hate to be the team that has to play them in the 1st round!
From The Mail Room:
Bobby Joe R., Austin, Texas: I agree that Romo got screwed for the Probowl. He won't mind though when da boyz win the superbowl!
Utopia1dc: Bobby Joe, I think Tony Romo was snubbed because the media plays up how poorly his record has been in December the previous two seasons. While I agree that he hasn’t played his best ball in December, he didn’t lose those games all by himself. The other thing to remember is that Romo isn’t a seasoned veteran either. He has only been a starter for a little over two years now. Let’s wait a few years before we throw him under the bus. As far as winning the Super Bowl, that would be sweet justice for Romo (especially if he’s named MVP), and many of the Cowboys whom have been vilified this season.