The 2009 NFL Picks
Week fifteen


The race is on.

Mike turned in a stellar 12-4 mark for week 14, vaulting him into second place… with the top three positions separated by only 2 games and changes in order happening just about every week. At 10-6, Dad remains a constant out in the front. He took it over in week 6, dropped out of it by a game in week 11, and then in week 12 went right back to the top.

While treading water with an 8-8 mark last week… the Dogs are still sitting just out of the top three… all of 7 games out. They could still be a factor in this. In fact…

Molly has the best winning percentage of all. At 55-48-1, she’s hitting on roughly 53% of her picks. Dad… the overall leader… is closer to 52%. If she had any clue this was going on, she’d probably smack Gus for dragging her down.

Terry is running out of time, but could still work her way back into respectable territory with three weeks and 48 selections left to go. Her biggest problem is that since she is around 16-games behind, she needs to make a huge move this week and follow that up next week… you aren’t going to gain 16 in the standings when there are only 16 left to play, so the move has to begin.

Last week was cold and heartless. Denver plays a decent game… they lose the game by 12. (Indy covers.) Patriots play miserably… they win the game by 10. (Carolina is the winner.) Philly defeats New York in a fireworks display that proved the Giants… despite the focus on their defense, and rightly so… are capable of turning in some incredibly ugly efforts from the special teams.

And heck… did you read what I said about Philly and New York last week? Here it is…

There is zero that I can tell you about this game that I would feel good about. We could examine it fifteen different ways, using the most important topics, and the reality is, fifteen other things could easily become more important in influencing this game. It could be the line play. It might be the running games. And perhaps one of the quarterbacks has a career passing effort. I could see an unheralded player getting a late turnover. Or maybe it will be rainy and windy and carry the late, last-second field goal attempt just wide. Look, King Kong could show up at this game and I really don’t think he would create any more of a strange event than what eventually does happen. So, with both teams turning in good and bad efforts in recent weeks, and even though Philly is probably playing better, I’m just going to take the home team here and move on. And is that really what I think? Nope. One, two, three or more wacky things are going to happen in this game to decide it, and there is no way to feel good about that.

Now… did you see the game? Because if they didn’t broadcast the game, just a screen with my text for the audience to read, and then told everyone the final score… well… I pretty much summarized it perfectly.

And that leads us into week 15. Who is going to sit? Who is going to make a run at the record books? Will seeding matter? Three weeks of games left to go. Lots of questions to answer. And we’ll have some more thoughts on the playoffs in these previews.

This week we’ve got all sorts of holiday quotes… it’s National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

Indianapolis (3) at Jacksonville“Dad, this tree won’t fit in our back yard.” “It’s not going in the yard, Russ. It’s going in the living room.” I honestly though that Indy would lose in recent weeks… and I’ve been getting kicked for betting against them. I don’t care if they call a towel boy in to play quarterback this week… I won’t pick against them just because they’re due to lose, the club against them needs the victory, or any other unfounded reason. Let’s look at the Jaguars. At 7-6 things don’t seem impossible for them and the postseason… but honestly, it’s a mirage. Last week they lost to Miami, which will be a very important tie-breaker if Jacksonville even wins enough to make that a consideration. More importantly… the Jaguars have been outscored by 50+ points this season. For their 7 victories they have: Houston (beat them twice), Tennessee (split the two games), St. Louis, Kansas City, New York (Jets) and Buffalo. So while Indianapolis may have been the most difficult opponent on their schedule so far (they lost to the Colts in the season opener), the wins and loses don’t really show us much of anything. They are a very average team with a potentially above-average running back in Maurice Jones-Drew. Since they may sit everyone by halftime, there is no compelling reason to take Indianapolis. And, given their season history, there is no compelling reason to take Jacksonville. So… I defer to the gaming gods. Favorites are 98-108-2 on the year. I’ll take the underdog here… and I suppose I’m setting myself up to get burned again.
Bob: Jacksonville
Terry: Jacksonville
Dad: Indianapolis
Mike: Indianapolis
Molly: Indianapolis

Dallas at New Orleans (7) “Hey Griswold. Where do you think you’re gonna put a tree that big?” “Bend over and I’ll show you.” “You’ve got a lot of nerve talking to me like that Griswold.” “I wasn’t talking to you.” (And we have our first bonus quote…) “I give you the Griswold family Christmas tree… Lotta sap in here! Looks great! Little full. Lotta sap.” Picking the Saints is really easy here… and I will. But it’s very dangerous and foolish to do it just because they’re explosive and Dallas sucks in December. Consider: the Cowboys have lost 5 games this year… and every one of those teams may make the playoffs. (San Diego, New York (Giants) (twice), Green Bay and Denver) Consider: the Cowboys defeated Philly on the road in a huge game, controlled Atlanta in a game played when the Falcons still looked every bit like a playoff-bound club, and, even though some have been tougher than they should have been, Dallas has won every game they should have won. New Orleans has been favored all year, and has gone 9-5 against the spread. I’m going to pick the Saints for a few reasons, and here are two of the bigger ones: (1) I like they way they controlled New England, so I don’t expect the Cowboys to significantly establish a passing game. (2) Dallas got banged up last week.
Bob: New Orleans
Terry: Dallas
Dad: New Orleans
Mike: New Orleans
Gus: Dallas

Green Bay at Pittsburgh (2)“Do you sleep with your brother? Do you know how sick and twisted that is?” “Well, I’m sleeping with your father. Don’t be so dramatic.” Wow, should this be a tough one. Normally I would tell you that the Steelers are due for a statement game. The problem is… it isn’t tough at all. Green Bay is playing great… and Pittsburgh isn’t. They showed no effort against Cleveland last week… didn’t respond to their coach talking about them unleashing a world of hurt in December… and have basically stumbled around like a quarterback with a concussion. (And I make that last statement with incredibly intended thoughts on how this team seems to have lost it, and behind the scenes when you consider Roethlisberger’s concussion and the events in the locker room, it may be a divided group that is incapable of winning.) Green Bay got stunned by the Bucs… and that was obviously a huge wake-up call for them. The other three losses came to Minnesota (twice) and Cincinnati… two clubs that will win their divisions.
Bob: Green Bay
Terry: Green Bay
Dad: Green Bay
Mike: Pittsburgh
Molly: Pittsburgh

Miami at Tennessee (4)“Oh, I was just smelling… smiling. I was just blouse – browsing. I… uh… heh heh. Well, I guess it just wouldn’t… oh hee hee… it wouldn’t be the Christmas shopping season if the stores were any less hooter than they – hotter than they are. Whew, it’s warm in here.” “Well you have your coat on.” “Ah yes I do. Why is that?” “Because it’s cold out.” “Yes it is. It’s a bit nipply out. I mean nippy out. What did I say, nipple? Huh. There is a nip in the air.” I don’t know what to tell you here except that I think the Dolphins are going to the playoffs and the Titans are not. Remember the roll the Titans went on… and everyone started talking about them again? Would you believe all 7 of their losses came in the conference, and only 1 of their victories came against an AFC club outside of their conference? It’s true. They defeated the Rams, Cardinals and 49ers to set-up a potential sweep of the NFC West (they close the year against the Seahawks). They defeated Jacksonville and Houston for the AFC South wins. And the only AFC game they’ve won other than against AFC South teams was over Buffalo. They lost to Pittsburgh, New York, and New England, and 4 other times in the division. Yeah… yeah… I know… almost all of those games were early. Fine. But last week you had a St. Louis team that has no offense. Literally. Stephen Jackson may not practice for the rest of the year… and they only score 10 a game to begin with. You really want me to take the pounding Tennessee gave them last week seriously? Because I can’t.
Bob: Miami
Terry: Tennessee
Dad: Miami
Mike: Miami
Gus: Tennessee

New England (7) at Buffalo “You surprised to see us, Clark?” “Oh, Eddie… If I woke up tomorrow with my head sewn to the carpet, I wouldn’t be more surprised than I am now.” (Bonus Eddie quote…) “So, when did you get the tenement on wheels?” “Oh, that uh, that there’s an RV. Yeah, yeah, I borrowed it off a buddy of mine. He took my house, I took the RV. It’s a good looking vehicle, ain’t it?” “Yeah, it looks so nice parked in the driveway.” “Yeah, it sure does. But, don’t you go falling in love with it now, because, we’re taking it with us when we leave here next month.” There’s a part of me that thinks maybe I’m being too optimistic in thinking this will be a snap for New England. Is it really as simple as saying Buffalo is averaging about 16 a contest and even when struggling, New England puts up 20 in the first half? Yes… to a degree… it is. In the past five weeks, Buffalo has scored 17, 15, 31, 13 and 16. That’s 18 a game. I sense an improvement in the club in recent weeks… I sure don’t see it though. But get this one… on the road New England is 1-5. The victory was in London against Tampa Bay. They are barely scoring 22-points per game total on the road. They’ve lost their last 3 road games, all in horrible fashion… by getting outplayed late (Indy and Miami) or just getting outplayed (New Orleans). The Bills killed Miami… and got killed by Miami. Their other two divisional losses were by 6 and by 1. I sense you starting to see that I don’t trust New England to win by 7. Is there hope? Sure… last week they looked awful and won by 10 points over Carolina, a club that I think can be viewed as somewhat Buffalo’s equal. Ahh… but here’s one more interesting thing… the city of Buffalo itself. Take away the Cleveland game (the 6-3 score and the worst NFL game of the year), and no game in Buffalo has been close this season. 33-20 over Tampa, 27-7 loss to New Orleans, 31-10 loss to Houston, 31-14 win over Miami. Every one 13-points or more. (Anyone think it will be New England getting blown out this week? Ok… so they have that going for them.) History? New England won 13-0 last year… 56-10 in 2007… 28-6 in 2006 (when they lost by 2 to New England to open the year)… 35-7 in 2005… and you get the point. The Patriots win big against the Bills in Buffalo. The Patriots need to straighten out some problems… or they will end their playoff run fast. I don’t believe their problems will hurt them this week.
Bob: New England
Terry: Buffalo
Dad: New England
Mike: Buffalo
Molly: Buffalo

Arizona (11½) at Detroit“Every time Catherine revved up the microwave, I’d piss my pants and forget who I was for about half an hour or so.” (Is there a better Randy Quaid quote than that one when you consider his recent headlines? Probably not. Because as he avoids court appearances, and stories and rumors spread, it sure seems like Catherine revved up the microwave. Since Eddie deserves another quote… a bonus bonus quote about Eddie…) “What are you looking at?” “Oh, the silent majesty of a winter’s morn. The clean, cool chill of the holiday air. An as***le in his bathrobe, emptying a chemical toilet into my sewer.” The Lions are being outscored roughly 2 to 1 on the year… 406 points against, 209 points for. And now arriving to face that team… a ticked off Arizona club that wanted to wrap up their division last week, and instead watched an outside shot to earn a bye week go buh-bye. It would be tempting to take Detroit and the points, but… well… (1) Remove the Cleveland game. That great, exciting Cleveland game. And since November 1st the Lions have played 6 other games, with the closest being a 17-10 loss to the Rams. Playoff-bound teams (New Orleans, Minnesota (twice), Green Bay (twice), Cincinnati and Baltimore) have all won by at least 2 scores. (In fact, only Cincy won by less than 14-points, when they won by 10. And Cincy is a low-scoring, win the close games club.) I will repeat this next one, so don’t worry. Arizona is 5-2 on the road. Again… as promised… the 2009 Arizona Cardinals are 5-2 on the road, and 3-3 at home. (To be fair, they have lost their last 2 road games.) I expect something between 27 and 34 from Arizona this week… and can’t see any way the Lions score more than 14 to 16.
Bob: Arizona
Terry: Detroit
Dad: Arizona
Mike: Detroit
Gus: Detroit

San Francisco at Philadelphia (9)“She falls down a well, her eyes go cross. She gets kicked by a mule. They go back. I don’t know.” Quick… don’t look it up… San Francisco’s road record and Philly’s home record… do you know them? Here’s why I ask… the Eagles have home losses against Dallas and New Orleans, and a close victory over Washington. Just from memory, two losses and a squeaker. So Philly might just have some question marks there. Right? And San Francisco played that close contest against Minnesota where they lost on a late prayer, and they played Indy incredibly well in another tough loss. So Frisco might just have some hope when they travel. Right? Umm… nope… and nope. Philly is 5-2 at home. The Saints and Cowboys are the only bad marks. In fact, take out that close Washington game and the 4 victories are each by about 20-plus. And the 49ers are 1-5 on the road, having only defeated Arizona to open the season. Now… there is something to be said here for San Francisco’s playoff hopes. If they can win their last 3 games and Arizona loses 2, they would be tied with the Cardinals and Frisco won both head-to-head games. Their final two involve Detroit and St. Louis. So yeah… this may be the only obstacle for them running the table. Philly doesn’t play amazingly well against good teams. New York’s defense has been positively brutal this year, so both of those divisional games are hard to read. Their other 7 victories? Washington twice (by 10 and 3), Carolina (yawn), Kansas City (yawn), Tampa (yawn), Chicago (seeing a trend?), Atlanta… I’m not seeing the big victory. Yes… over the Giants… twice… huge. But I think the 49ers can pull an upset here… or at least force Philly to work for it. The Eagles do not blow out teams with solid to above average defenses.
Bob: San Francisco
Terry: San Francisco
Dad: San Francisco
Mike: San Francisco
Molly: Philadelphia

Atlanta at New York (Jets) (6)“Merry Christmas. Merry Christmas. Merry Christmas. Merry Christmas. Kiss my ass. Kiss his ass. Kiss your ass. Happy Hanukkah.” Here’s the funny thing about the Jets you may not have noticed… but I sure have been… they kick alot of field goals. I know… who notices these things? Well… I do. See, in the fantasy league, I happened to notice that Jay Feely was almost routinely putting up 10+ per contest. And to do that either the club is scoring alot of touchdowns… or… the kicker is getting 2 or 3 field goals per game and a few from long range, where fantasy scores give an extra point or two. So… let’s look it up… and sure enough, Feely is seventh in scoring with 101 points… but he’s not in the top ten for extra points or extra point attempts. He is tied for third with 25 field goals. And every other kicker in the top 5 in field goals plays for a club that has about 70-points more scored than the Jets on the season. They score a ton off of field goals. And you can see where that matters… because for a team with such a good defense, 4 of their 7 victories are by 8 or less. The 3 that aren’t… Houston in the season-opener, Oakland and Tampa. They’ve also lost 4 games by 5 or less. Leaving points off the scoreboard… not getting into the end zone… is probably the reason this club won’t make the playoffs. Now the Falcons come into this game pretty much dead even on points scored versus points given up. But the Jets have shut people down. Their defense has been solid all year. In fact, they give up the least points in the NFL per game. Here’s the final piece in this… the Jets haven’t beaten anyone at home by more than 8-points, and they are 3-3 at home. I just don’t think they’ll score enough to run away from Atlanta.
Bob: Atlanta
Terry: New York
Dad: New York
Mike: New York
Gus: Atlanta

Chicago at Baltimore (10)“Can I refill your eggnog for you? Get you something to eat? Drive you out to the middle of nowhere and leave you for dead?” “Naw, I’m doing just fine, Clark.” Cutler… on the road… enough said. (You want more? Chicago is out of the postseason hunt. The Bears are 1-5 on the road, defeating only Seattle. The Bears average 13-points per game on the road while giving up 18 turnovers and 23 sacks in each contest. (Those last 2 numbers might be rough estimates, but the scoring isn’t. That’s accurate.))
Bob: Baltimore
Terry: Chicago
Dad: Baltimore
Mike: Chicago
Molly: Baltimore

Cleveland at Kansas City (2) “I hope he falls and breaks his neck.” “Oh, I’m sure he’ll fall. But I don’t think we’re lucky enough for him to break his neck.” (And here’s a next-door-neighbor bonus quote…) “Obviously something had to break the window, something had to break the stereo.” “And why is the carpet all wet Todd?” “I don’t know Margo!” You’re going to laugh at me… but I sort of like the way the Browns have played the past four or five weeks. I know… crazy talk. But in the last 5 games Cleveland has played Baltimore, Detroit, Cincinnati, San Diego and Pittsburgh, and they have been outscored in those games by a total of 24-points. That’s less than 5 per contest. Only the 16-0 loss to Baltimore… when the Ravens scored a defensive touchdown and put all their points on the board in the third quarter… was by more the 7-points. The record confirms this Cleveland team is bad. The stats say they can’t score. But I’ll be darned if there aren’t a few moments when they look like they’re trying. Kansas City has some good moments as well… like Cleveland, not many… and like Cleveland, a victory over Pittsburgh. But in just their past 2 games they’ve been outscored by 37 points, and if we stretch it to the last 5 games they have been outscored by 57. One of their biggest losses was against Denver, and frankly, the Jets club that kicks all those field goals is outscoring the Broncos for the season. The only home victory for the Chiefs came over Pittsburgh. (These two clubs are amazingly similar… Cleveland’s only win at home was over Pittsburgh.) I’m going to take the Browns here… living by that take the underdog when all else fails rule we seem to be using this week, and combining it with some spark that seems to be there as well.
Bob: Cleveland
Terry: Kansas City
Dad: Kansas City
Mike: Cleveland
Gus: Cleveland

Houston (12½) at St. Louis“You set standards that no family activity can live up to.” “When have I ever done that?” “Parties, weddings, anniversaries, funerals, holidays, vacations, graduations…” St. Louis has no quarterback, and their awesome running back should take the rest of the year off to rest and recover. They are barely scoring more than 10-points per contest, haven’t won at home this year, and the AFC South is looking for a sweep over them for the season. Not good. Last week Houston took care of Seattle and looked much more like the team that people were considering for the postseason than they have in several weeks. Now the playoff dreams are gone… but the strong finish and an even or winning record might not be. You have to take the Texans to win… and I think you have to take them to win big.
Bob: Houston
Terry: St. Louis
Dad: Houston
Mike: Houston
Molly: St. Louis

Cincinnati at San Diego (6½)“I don’t know what to say, except it’s Christmas and we’re all in misery.” Normally I’d try to make some argument for Cincy here… they score 20 per game… San Diego gives up 20 per game… and Cincy’s defense has played exceptionally well all year. Something like that, which would tell you how close this game might be. And to be honest, you probably could make a compelling argument by going down that route. Because if you split the difference between San Diego’s offense and Cincy’s defense, they’d be sitting in the 22 to 23-point range and watching a field goal decide this contest. Two of the San Diego losses have been when they were at home… against AFC playoff-type teams (Baltimore and Denver). Heck… only against Kansas City, 43-14, has San Diego won at home by more than 10-points. So I’ll grant you that maybe last week’s Dallas game wasn’t nearly as close as the 3-point margin of victory, but frankly this Chargers team has been dominating on the road, not at home. This game could easily decide the second seed in the AFC. Right now it belongs to San Diego, but if Cincy wins they even up the records and earn the head-to-head tie-breaker. Does the second seed matter? Yeah… it does. Not just because of the week off though. It’s very possible that the fourth, fifth and sixth seeds in the AFC will look like this… New England, Denver, Baltimore/Miami. That’s a crappy opening game for either of these teams when you look at the wild cards. And you’d still have three other solid teams playing if you got past it. The Bengals are bringing to this contest one of the best defenses that San Diego will face all year. Worth noting.
Bob: Cincinnati
Terry: Cincinnati
Dad: Cincinnati
Mike: San Diego
Gus: Cincinnati

Oakland at Denver (13)“Where do you think you’re going? Nobody’s leaving. Nobody’s walking out on this fun, old-fashioned family Christmas. No. No. We’re all in this together. This is a full-blown, four-alarm holiday emergency here. We’re gonna press on, and we’re gonna have the hap, hap, happiest Christmas since Bing Crosby tap-danced with Danny f**king Kaye. And when Santa squeezes his fat white ass down that chimney tonight, he’s gonna find the jolliest bunch of as***les this side of the nuthouse.” Denver lost last week to Indy, and that’s just not good. They’ve also been shaky at home recently, even when you look at their big holiday victory over the Giants. That said, Oakland has looked dreadful on the road. They beat Pittsburgh… but this year, come on, everyone seems to be beating Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh. They got killed at Dallas, and they are coming off of a brutal loss to Washington. They barely score more than St. Louis… and 47 over the past 3 weeks is hardly a sign of improvement. Given Denver’s record for the year and since Thanksgiving, and Oakland’s history overall, the Raiders are likely to score no more than 13 to 16 points. Denver is unlikely to turn the ball over more than once… if that. The Broncos bring a balanced attack with solid running and efficient passing, which is likely to mean 24 to 27 points. (Yeah… when it comes to the spread… this is going to be close.) I think you have to take Denver to win… no doubt about that. But they have scored more than 27-points in a game exactly twice this year. And it’s simply impossible to take a club… even one routinely cracking 20 week after week while giving up 15 or less… to win by a couple of touchdowns.
Bob: Oakland
Terry: Oakland
Dad: Denver
Mike: Oakland
Molly: Denver

Tampa Bay at Seattle (7)“It’s a membership to the Jelly of the Month Club.” “Clark, that’s the gift that keeps on giving throughout the entire year.” (Bonus quote…) “If this isn’t the biggest bag-over-the-head, punch-in-the-face I ever got… God damn it!” Does anyone care? At all? I’ve got nothing here. Tampa beat Green Bay, and fought with Miami and Atlanta, but got decked by New Orleans, Carolina and New York (Jets). Seattle sucks on the road… but this is at home. Sure… they’ve lost at home (Chicago, Arizona)... but they’ve killed some teams at home as well (St. Louis 28-0, Jacksonville 41-0, Detroit 32-20). They’re 4-2 at home for the year, and they’ve taken care of the teams they are better than by comfortable margins. If the Bucs make a game of this, it will be for all sorts of things that I can’t possibly find reasons to predict right now.
Bob: Seattle
Terry: Tampa Bay
Dad: Seattle
Mike: Seattle
Gus: Tampa Bay

Minnesota (7) at Carolina“Hey! If any of you are looking for any last-minute gift ideas for me, I have one. I’d like Frank Shirley, my boss, right here tonight. I want him brought from his happy holiday slumber over there on Melody Lane with all the other rich people and I want him brought right here, with a big ribbon on his head, and I want to look him straight in the eye and I want to tell him what a cheap, lying, no-good, rotten, four-flushing, low-life, snake-licking, dirt-eating, inbred, overstuffed, ignorant, blood-sucking, dog-kissing, brainless, dickless, hopeless, heartless, fat-ass, bug-eyed, stiff-legged, spotty-lipped, worm-headed sack of monkey sh*t he is! Hallelujah! Holy sh*t! Where’s the Tylenol?” Even if Minnesota is playing starters for just half the game… to keep them active and sharp, but try to avoid injury… this spread is still too close. And for that, I give you last week’s Carolina versus New England game. Randy Moss could have stayed in his car and it would have contributed more to the New England cause. (And since he wouldn’t have fumbled the ball in his car, that’s true.) After the game, the Panthers were quoted all over the place about how they knew they could play mind games with Randy and beat him down. They were puffing their chests and giving big quotes and all sorts of stuff. And… they lost. They lost big. Moss did nothing… the Pats looked closer to hideous than they did to bad… and the Panthers lost by 10. What the heck would have happened if New England was playing good football? Well… we can check the history out. Carolina lost to Buffalo at home, 20-9, in a game where they dominated the offensive production categories. Against teams we expect in the playoffs (or at least in the hunt until the end)… Philly, Dallas, Arizona, New Orleans, Miami, New England… they are 1-5 and all of the losses were by 7 or more, and usually alot more.
Bob: Minnesota
Terry: Carolina
Dad: Minnesota
Mike: Minnesota
Molly: Carolina

New York (Giants) (3) at Washington“Our holidays were always such a mess.” “Oh, yeah.” “How’d you get through it?” “I had a lot of help from Jack Daniels.” I am convinced that the only reason the Giants lost to the Eagles last week was special teams play. I’m not saying they looked good. They didn’t. Heck… if their defense came out of the locker room to play a series or two, New York could have won even with the special teams mistakes. But my point is, the offense is putting points on the board, and I think they will score 28 to 34 here. The problem is… well, sit down. Do you know how many teams have given up more points than the Giants? Take a wild guess? 20? 15? I mean… the Giants are routinely known for tough defenses. That’s how they beat the Patriots for the title just two years ago. So middle-of-the-pack in a down year? Maybe 10 clubs doing worse? How about a guess of 10 teams giving up more points? (I told you to sit down.) Try 4. The New York Giants have given up 330 points during the 2009 season. The clubs that have given up more are: Detroit (406), Tampa Bay (356), St. Louis (361), and Kansas City (342). Look at that again… the only teams giving up more points than the Giants have won a combined total of 7 games for the year. It also just so happens that this is the last divisional game of the year for New York. Washington has looked amazing recently. A victory over Denver, a 1-point loss to Dallas, 3-point losses to Philly and New Orleans, and they demolished Oakland. This has all the makings of a classic NFC East battle. But I’m going to buck the trends here. I’m taking the favorites. You have to go back to 2007 to find a Washington victory over New York… and 2005 before that. (Uh-oh… odd years… maybe I should stop and expect the split.) More importantly though, Tom Coughlin seems to get his teams to give him what he needs to make the playoffs. And the Giants can’t afford a loss here if they want to make the postseason. 9-7 might get them in… but 10-6 almost definitely will get them in.
Bob: New York
Terry: New York
Dad: New York
Mike: Washington
Gus: Washington

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Dad – Last week 10-6, season 109-97-2
Mike – Last week 12-4, season 108-98-2
Bob – Last week 10-6, season 107-99-2
The Dogs – Last week 8-8, season 100-106-2
Terry – Last week 9-7, season 91-115-2

Molly: Last week 5-3, season 55-48-1
Gus: Last week 2-6, season 45-58-1

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