Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sport
Last week, I gave you four potential choices for your survivor pool. Once again, I hope you listened, and I nailed each and every one of them.
This week is the toughest one yet. If you haven't used Seattle yet, it's obviously the pick, as it'll beat Tampa Bay by somewhere in the range of three thousand points.
But if, like me, you have used Seattle, you'll have to look elsewhere.
I don't like taking road teams until it's absolutely necessary, so that eliminates New Orleans (at the Jets) and Kansas City (at Buffalo) off the list.
This leaves us with two primary choices: the Cowboys (over Minnesota) and the Panthers (over Atlanta).
As detailed earlier, Carolina is a team that is suffering from an identity crisis. It looks great now, but would it shock anyone if it laid a Tar Heel-sized egg on Sunday? No. And what the heck is a Tar Heel, anyway?
That leaves the Cowboys as the pick.
I know that it's not an ideal selection, but the good news is that Christian Ponder looks to be the Vikings starter for the weekend, and at this point, I'm not sure if Ponder could beat Baylor, much less the Dallas Cowboys.
Take the Cowboys with a modicum of confidence. They aren't a lock, but they're the best option this week.
Now, onto actual gambling.
I absolutely love the Seahawks this weekend. Somehow, they're only 15.5 point favorites against 0-7 Tampa Bay.
Look at the Bucs. They're winless. They clearly aren't responding to their authoritarian, out-of-touch coach, Greg Schiano, who has handled his tenure in Tampa Bay with all the grace and aplomb of the dudes that ran Enron. They have a ridiculously long, cross-country flight, all so they can get their tails handed to them by the Seahawks.
You think they're going to walk into CenturyLink Field, in front of Seattle's 12th Man, and put up a good showing?
Don't be scared of the number. Take the Seahawks with confidence.
You'll thank me when Richard Sherman is returning an interception for a touchdown to go up 21-3 in the second quarter.