The 2010 NFL Picks
Week Fourteen


We’re down to the last four weeks… 64 games. And, basically, nothing changed. Mike and I both turned in an even record. That earned us some breathing room from the dogs… but not enough that a good week or two won’t changes things.

And in the NFL… on the field… for the games…


Matt Cassel had surgery this week.

Brett Favre is complaining about his shoulder, and isn’t sure how it will respond.

And basically we’ve got just as much confusion as ever.

In fact… just check out game number one. It’s Indianapolis against Tennessee. Do you think the Titans can get out of their recent funk? Has Manning finally been presented with a situation his skills alone can’t overcome?

The ultimate point simply being this… sure, the Colts seem like a good choice… but could you really, honestly, say that you see no way the Titans could win this at home?

Welcome to week 14.

Trying to get onto something different for the movie quotes… decided to go with an old favorite… Who Framed Roger Rabbit.

Indianapolis (3) at Tennessee“Cut! Cut, cut, cut, cut, cut!” “What the hell was wrong with that take?” “Nothing with you, Baby Herman. You were great. You were perfect. You were better than perfect! It’s Roger, he keeps blowing his lines! Roger, what is this?” “A tweeting bird.” “‘A tweeting bird.’ Roger, read this script. Look what it says. It says, ‘Rabbit gets clunked. Rabbit sees stars.’ Not birds. Stars!” Despite all the funny stories and questioning about Indianapolis, the reality is simple… fate is still effectively in their own hands. They trail Jacksonville by one game, plus have a head-to-head loss… but with another game against the Jaguars on the schedule they can certainly tie things back up. On top of that… a win over Jacksonville would bring most of the other tie-breakers… division record, conference record… into line so that we’re going down the chart to determine a division winner. Simple enough message… let’s not count Indianapolis out of it just yet. Ok? But that example shows you exactly the problem with this particular game for the Colts. A loss here is a conference and division loss. Not only would they fall two games behind the Jaguars, they would also lose ground in the first of the tie-breaker scenarios. In short… especially with the East and North looking every bit like the homes of the wild card teams… boy, does this game matter for them. I’d really like to give you some sort of reason to pick Tennessee here… something that looks away from the favorite and the severity of their situation. But honestly, the Titans haven’t looked good in a while.
Bob: Indianapolis
Terry: Tennessee
Mike: Indianapolis
Mike Jr: Indianapolis
Molly: Tennessee
Gus: Indianapolis
Sam: Tennessee

Atlanta (7) at Carolina “Nice booby trap.” Simply can’t pick the team that doesn’t score.
Bob: Atlanta
Terry: Carolina
Mike: Atlanta
Mike Jr: Atlanta
Molly: Atlanta
Gus: Atlanta
Sam: Carolina

Tampa Bay (2) at Washington“Yeah. Check the probate. Why, my Uncle Thumper had a problem with his probate, and he had to take these big pills and drink lots of water.” I don’t believe in Washington. I’ve said that before. I question Tampa Bay… and don’t think they’re going to make the playoffs. (Simply no room for error… Atlanta and New Orleans are both likely going from their division, and that means they need to jump past New York or Philly. Doable… but will take some funny bounces.) And yet… I have a funny feeling that when week 15 closes and all the teams have played 14 games, there will still be a scenario for Tampa to make it. That means winning here in week 14 and game 13.
Bob: Tampa Bay
Terry: Tampa Bay
Mike: Tampa Bay
Mike Jr: Washington
Molly: Washington
Gus: Washington
Sam: Washington

New England (3) at Chicago “Dabbling in watercolors, Eddie?” I definitely don’t trust Jay Cutler, and expect the speed of the Patriot defense to start catching more and more teams by surprise now that they seem to be coming together.
Bob: New England
Terry: Chicago
Mike: New England
Mike Jr: New England
Molly: Chicago
Gus: Chicago
Sam: Chicago

St. Louis at New Orleans (9½)“Kinda jumpy, aren’t you, Mr. Valiant? It’s just Dumbo.” “I know who it is.” “I got him on loan from Disney. Him and half the cast of Fantasia. The best part is, they work for peanuts.” I expect the Saints to win… but they could be upset here by a good Rams team that may have a rookie quarterback that understands ball control. Quite a concept. What I don’t expect is a big win.
Bob: St. Louis
Terry: New Orleans
Mike: St. Louis
Mike Jr: St. Louis
Molly: St. Louis
Gus: St. Louis
Sam: New Orleans

Oakland at Jacksonville (4½)“Oh, no. Where’s Roger?” “Roger? He chickened out on me back at the studio.” “No he didn’t. I hit him in the head with a frying pan and put him in the trunk. So he wouldn’t get hurt.” “Makes perfect sense.” The Jaguars can run the ball. It’s about all I believe they can do… but they can run the ball. And that will be more than enough in this game.
Bob: Jacksonville
Terry: Jacksonville
Mike: Oakland
Mike Jr: Jacksonville
Molly: Oakland
Gus: Oakland
Sam: Jacksonville

Seattle at San Francisco (4½) “Anybody know you’re here?” “Nobody. Not a soul, except, uh...” “Who?” “Well, you see, I didn’t know where your office was. So I asked the newsboy. He didn’t know. So I asked the fireman… the green grocer… the butcher… the baker… they didn’t know! But the liquor store guy... he knew.” It’s probably fair to make the 49ers the favorite in this game… but I like the Seahawks. Not tremendously… but enough to take them here. I just think the missing Frank Gore is going to catch up to San Francisco.
Bob: Seattle
Terry: San Francisco
Mike: San Francisco
Mike Jr: Seattle
Molly: Seattle
Gus: San Francisco
Sam: San Francisco

Cleveland at Buffalo (1½)“Boy, did you see that? Nobody takes a wallop like Goofy. What timing! What finesse! What a genius!” Not a yawn of a game, but pretty darn close. Should be better than other recent battles between these two clubs.
Bob: Cleveland
Terry: Buffalo
Mike: Buffalo
Mike Jr: Buffalo
Molly: Buffalo
Gus: Buffalo
Sam: Buffalo

Miami at New York (Jets) (5½)“You mean you could’ve taken your hand out of that cuff at any time?” “No, not at any time, only when it was funny.” Let’s see… Miami on the road (a big winner this year) against a Jets team that got punched in the nose last week and is still dazed. To me there is no thought involved.
Bob: Miami
Terry: Miami
Mike: New York
Mike Jr: New York
Molly: Miami
Gus: Miami
Sam: Miami

New York (Giants) (2) at Minnesota“A few weeks ago I had the good providence to stumble upon a plan of the city council. A construction plan of epic proportions. We’re calling it a freeway.” “Freeway? What the hell’s a freeway?” “Eight lanes of shimmering cement running from here to Pasadena. Smooth, safe, fast. Traffic jams will be a thing of the past.” Love the Giants in this game. Love them.
Bob: New York
Terry: Minnesota
Mike: New York
Mike Jr: Minnesota
Molly: New York
Gus: New York
Sam: Minnesota

Denver (3) at Arizona“Whatta you know, you dumb broad? You got the IQ of a rattle.” This game could be the yawner. And the Cardinals just stink.
Bob: Denver
Terry: Arizona
Mike: Denver
Mike Jr: Denver
Molly: Denver
Gus: Denver
Sam: Denver

Kansas City at San Diego (7)“Got the password?” “Walt sent me.” Cassel is likely out… which ticks me off. But I’m still going to go with my original pick.
Bob: Kansas City
Terry: Kansas City
Mike: San Diego
Mike Jr: San Diego
Molly: Kansas City
Gus: Kansas City
Sam: San Diego

Green Bay (6½) at Detroit“No! Not my Jessica! Not pattycake! It can’t be! It just can’t be! Jessica’s my wife! It’s absolutely impossible! Jessica’s the love of my life. The apple of my eye. The cream in my coffee.” The Packers have a chance here with the Patriots facing the Bears… unfortunately the Packers are next in line to visit New England. Good this week. Bad next week.
Bob: Green Bay
Terry: Detroit
Mike: Green Bay
Mike Jr: Green Bay
Molly: Green Bay
Gus: Green Bay
Sam: Detroit

Cincinnati at Pittsburgh (9)“Oh, Roger. You were magnificent.” “Was I really?” “Better than Goofy.” As much as I dislike the Bengals, I haven’t seen dominance from the Steelers this year and Cincy did score last week. I think they could keep this divisional game close, and maybe even steal it.
Bob: Cincinnati
Terry: Cincinnati
Mike: Cincinnati
Mike Jr: Pittsburgh
Molly: Cincinnati
Gus: Pittsburgh
Sam: Pittsburgh

Philadelphia (3) at Dallas“A ladies’ man, eh?” “The problem is I got a fifty-year old lust and a three year old dinky. Look, Valiant, the rabbit didn’t kill Acme. He’s not a murderer. I should know, he’s a dear friend of mine. I tell ya Valiant, the whole thing stinks like yesterday’s diapers. Look at this. The papers said Acme left no will. That’s a load of succotash. Any toon knows Acme had a will. He promised to leave Toontown to us toons. That will is the real reason he got bumped off.” Philly is overrated. You heard it here.
Bob: Dallas
Terry: Dallas
Mike: Dallas
Mike Jr: Philadelphia
Molly: Philadelphia
Gus: Dallas
Sam: Dallas

Baltimore (3) at Houston“You don’t know how hard it is being a woman looking the way I do.” “You don’t know how hard it is being a man looking at a woman looking the way you do.” “I’m not bad. I’m just drawn that way.” The Texans are just brutal. They could screw up a picture of Jessica Rabbit.
Bob: Baltimore
Terry: Baltimore
Mike: Baltimore
Mike Jr: Baltimore
Molly: Baltimore
Gus: Baltimore
Sam: Baltimore

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Mike: Last week 8-8, currently 98-84-9
Bob: Last week 8-8, currently 95-88-9
Gus: Last week 6-10, currently 89-94-9
Molly: Last week 6-10, currently 88-95-9
Terry: Last week 8-8, currently 86-97-9
Mike Jr: Last week 9-7, currently 81-88-9
Sam: Last week 9-7, currently 73-110-9

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