NFL Week 13: My Picks
Ndamukong Suh is quickly becoming one of my favorite players in the NFL.
Maybe it’s my mentality as a Raiders fan where penalties, punches, kicks and slaps to the face are welcomed. Maybe it’s the fact that the NFL has quickly become soft. Maybe it’s the fact that I like my NFL with some swagger.
I’m not justifying his Stomp the Yard like dance move that took place on Thanksgiving, but I also don’t think he needs to be persecuted to the nth degree.
The NFL tries to hard to be what it isn’t: safe. No matter what the NFL rules are the sport will never be safe for the players involved. The NFL is now constantly changing its rules to cater to it’s new “safe” ideology. The problem? The very same rules that are being changed for players safety is taking away from the integrity of the game.
The reason why the NFL is America’s most popular sport isn’t a secret. Americans are enamored with violence, sex and stars. The NFL has 2/3 of those traits.
We love to see people get beaten up, slammed to the ground and knocked out.
The NFL is the biggest hyprocrisy in sports today. They’re changing the ideals that made the sport what it is today.
This isn’t how I want my NFL. I don’t want to stand up and cheer for a big hit when no more than 10 seconds later I have to deal with a 15 yard penalty.
Dear NFL, stop trying to be what you aren’t.
Signed, your fans.
11-5-0 last week
89-68-5 for the season
Home team in BOLD and CAPS
SEAHAWKS (+3) over Eagles
Seattle is never an easy place to play no matter how bad the team is. I can just see it now: Pete Carroll, with his one size too big hoodie on, three seconds left in the game, down by two, the kick is up….IT’S GOOD. Seattle goes crazy and everyone runs to their nearest Starbucks.
Titans (+3) over BILLS
Eeek. Did you know that Stevie Johnson is from the Bay Area? Born in San Francisco, Johnson is quickly becoming the new Braylon Edwards of the NFL: gifted, troubled and known for his drops. The Bills actually played well last week against the Jets, but they’re division foes and know each other very well. Even though the Bills are at home I like the Titans. Watch out for Nate Washington.
BEARS (-7) over Chiefs
The Chiefs put up a pretty good fight against the Polamalu-less Steelers last week at Arrowhead. A sign of things to come? No. The Bears are extremely tough to beat at home no matter who’s at QB. Hanie starting helps the Chiefs but the Bears defense alone should account for one score. Take the Bears with confidence.
Raiders (+3) over DOLPHINS
Vegas sees this as an even matchup, I don’t. The Dolphins are definitely playing better since their horrific start but the Raiders have the superior defense and QB. Palmer has surpassed my expectations. Of course it helps when Michael Bush is carrying the load in the backfield (I may regret using those words) and shredding defenses each week. The Raiders win this game but it will be close throughout.
STEELERS (-7) over Bengals
I had a perfect week going last week with my picks (Cardinals, Panthers, Broncos). The Steelers were 10½ point favorites, facing a depleted Chiefs team coming off one of the largest blowouts of the season. I thought the Steelers were now on their playoff mode. I thought Big Ben and Co. would throw all day on the Chiefs secondary. I thought the Steelers defense would shutout Tyler Palko.
That game cost me at least $300. Are the Steelers in my betting doghouse a la Baltimore? No. They’re getting there though. Take Big Ben at home this week.
Ravens (-7) over BROWNS
If the Ravens can’t beat the Browns by double digits than they have no business being in the Super Bowl discussion. We’ve all seen Baltimore on the road before though…I’ll give them one more chance.
Jets (-3) over REDSKINS
The Jets were my pre-season pick to represent the AFC in the Super Bowl.
We all make mistakes.
The Jets should win this game on talent alone. Mark Sanchez should find a way to actually complete passes. Darrell Revis should shut down whoever is opposite him.
Saving Private Ryan should’ve won Best Picture too.
TEXANS (+3) over Falcons
The Falcons have shown a willingness to screw with betters this whole season. Because of this I’m choosing the Texans, who if I recall, still have Arian Foster, Andre Johnson and the league’s best defense.
BUCCANEERS (-3) over Panthers
The Panthers actually won a game last week…now it’s time they turn back to losing.
SAINTS (-9) over Lions
This game would be a lot more interesting if Mr. Suh was playing. The Lions haven’t been playing particularly well the last month and the Saints…well…have. The Saints are the best home team in the NFL. The trend of easy victories continues against a reeling Lions team.
Broncos (+1) over VIKINGS
Rams (+14) over 49ERS
The 49ers must be relieved. Going from a short week matchup (on the road no less) against the NFL’s best defense to the Rams is a early Christmas gift. Then again any matchup against the NFC West is an early Christmas gift. Regardless, the 49ers will win this game easy. Frank Gore should tear up the Rams run defense. I expect Brandon Lloyd to have a solid day against his old team but it’s not enough.
Cowboys (-4½) over CARDINALS
If the Cowboys are truly going to earn my respect they have to blow out the Cardinals this week. After a near loss at home on Thanksgiving the Cowboys need to man up. Do they? Yes.
Packers (-7½) over GIANTS
Every time I pick the Packers to cover it seems they don’t (against the Panthers earlier this season, the Bucs). The only concern for the Packers here is Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks. If there’s one glaring weakness on the Packers it’s their pass defense. Cruz has quickly become one of the best big play threats in the league. It will continue this week but the Packers find a way (hopefully) to cover.
PATRIOTS (-21) over Colts
I really wanted to pick the Colts here. Then I realized they’re the Colts.
JAGUARS (+3) over Chargers
With every Monday Night Football game comes another stinker. Seriously…what is ESPN thinking? I can’t remember two MNF games this year that A) Were competitive or B) Were worth my time. The Chargers are a walking carcass and the Jaguars are playing with one guy on offense. The Jaguars defense is actually good but…ugh…I’m already bored of this game.