Week 13 of the NFL season is upon us. I'm second in my office football pool, but I gained a lot of ground with last week's picks.
Picks Record Through Week 12
Straight Up: 118-57
Against the Spread: 100-75
Thursday Night Football—Philadelphia Eagles at Seattle Seahawks
Straight Up: Seattle
Against the Spread: Seattle +2.5 (as of Tuesday night, Vick’s status is still uncertain)
Over/Under: Hold onto your hat—it’s supposed to be clear on Thursday night. Wow. Of course, as of this writing, there is no line because of the Vick situation. I’m guessing under 40.
As a reward for completely tanking against the New England Patriots on Sunday, the ‘Iggles get to fly to the Pacific Northwest and face the disorganized but dangerous Seattle Seahawks.
Not to mention costing you at least one trip to the Super Bowl and probably the big game itself. Give me a break. At least fans weren’t blaming Juan Castillo this week.
I don’t even quibble with going deep twice in a row on the Pats’ secondary. It wasn’t a bad idea and it worked. But three times? On a Bill Belichick defense? I don’t care if the players are in diapers—Belichick isn’t.
But I digress. Philadelphia actually played very well—for about six minutes. Vince Young played well throughout the game: 26-of-48 for 400 yards, a TD and an INT. It would have been 500 yards if not for all of those dropped passes. Ugh.
It certainly wasn’t his fault that Reid abandoned the run. Did Andy forget that he has one of the very best Faulk/Westbrook-type runners in the NFL? Even if LeSean McCoy wasn’t totally healthy, Ronnie Brown can still tote the rock. Unless there’s something about Brown that we don’t know.
I’m not even going to get into the general lack of discipline. If I were one of the grown-ups on the Eagles’ squad (and I do believe that there are some), I’d be absolutely furious with all concerned.
Last week I wrote that I might be being hasty, but it looked like perhaps Tarvaris Jackson was becoming a real NFL QB. It turns out that, yes, I was being hasty. He may have thrown for two TDs, but he was less than 50 percent in completion percentage.
I’d campaign for Marshawn Lynch to make a trip to Hawaii after yet another dominating performance on the ground for Seattle. But, he needs another year or two of production before I can forget what he did to the Buffalo Bills. I’m not even a Bills fan, but I’m a grudge-holding girl when it comes to off-field arrests and on-field complacency.
As much of a you-know-what as the Eagles are, I’d pick them in a heartbeat if the game were in the Eastern Time Zone. As it is, I have to go with Marshawn Lynch and a bunch of really big safeties and cornerbacks for Seattle.
I’d try, probably in vain, to encourage Andy Reid to remember that LeSean McCoy is wearing the green and white. But the Seahawks are 11th in the League in run D, so that probably won’t even work.