Wow…just wow…so damn close. All five games I picked had an average margin of victory of 4.6 points. Pretty much one score across the board (Raiders won by eight but thats a TD and a two-point conversion). So I went 1-4, and yes, I am counting the Cardinals as a victory, but it was quite the week.
I think the theme of the last few weeks has been “underestimation.” I really thought the Colts would show up, because they had their destiny in their hands. However, Black Jack del Rio has the Raiders rolling, and they continued that with a 33-25 win at Home. The Steelers are in the same boat at the moment, also winning at Home. I still don’t mind picking the Ravens, they had been straight up owning the AFC North this season, but suffered their first divisional loss by four points, 31-27.
I tried to stay away from the Rams – 49ers just because it was a mess. Both teams are pretty awful, some could argue worse than the Browns, so I probably should have stayed away. The 49ers continued by downfall by eeking out a 22-21 victory in Los Angeles. I also should have stayed away from the Bucs visiting the Saints. New Orleans has been so inconsistent this season, and I figured the Bucs would win easy. Shouldn’t have ignored their indoor record as much as I did, dropping a Road game 31-24.
I am still in shock over the Cardinals winning in Seattle. I thought for sure it would be close, but the Seahawks were 7-0 at Home, I mean come on! But as I said, the Cardinals still have a good coaching staff and team despite their record. They snuck one out in Seattle and walk away with a 34-31 win, and a moral victory against the already crowned NFC West champs.
THE REST OF THE GAMES
Another team I stayed away from this week was Miami. They too had been a tough one for me to pick, and I had them down as winners, but that backup QB situation has been tripping me out. Once again, misguided on my part. They rolled into Buffalo and escaped with a 34-31 win in OT. Incredible year for the Dolphins.
There were some pretty predictable outcomes though: Patriots over Jets big, 41-3; Texans sneak past Bengals, 12-10; Packers beat Vikings at Home, 38-25; Redskins over Bears, 41-21; Chiefs over Broncos, 33-10; and Falcons over Panthers on the Road, 33-16. However, there were three games that stuck out.
The Eagles, who have been good at Home, but iffy recently, decided to ruin their division rivals day, beating the Giants 24-19. They almost played spoiler last week too. Everyone wants to say they just started well, but I think the future is pretty bright for them. The Browns are winless now more! They shocked the Chargers (ok, only one!) at Home 20-17, to leave my lowly Lions as still the only team to go 0-16.
How bout them Jaguars?! New coach, two wins all year, a surging Tennessee in town, perfect time to play spoiler. They destroyed the Titans, 38-17, in probably what is the biggest surprise this week (Lions-Cowboys MNF pending). I definitely didn’t think this was going to happen, nor did anyone really. The AFC South has been a mess this year, and it keeps going into Week17!
NEXT WEEK AT A GLANCE
Final week of the regular season is upon us. It’s been an odd season, but that fits with the year 2016. Here’s what I am looking at for next week:
- Panthers @ Buccaneers
- Cowboys @ Eagles
- Ravens @ Bengals
- Giants @ Redskins
- Bills @ Jets
- Texans @ Titans
- Saints @ Falcons
Enjoy and go Lions!