I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and Santa brought them what they wanted. Before we get to the final week of the NFL regular season, I wanted to throw something out there. Do you think NFL coaches play fantasy football? And if they do, do they make the same questionable moves in the fantasy world as they do on the actually playing field?
For instance, would The Chocolate Dumpling play Edgerrin James over Chris Johnson because he didn’t want to play a rookie? Would a Herm Edwards run league count near win’s as wins? Would Mike Shanahan have a roster full of running backs?
What about if GM’s played? Would Al Davis draft OJ Simpson and Terry Bradsaw? Would Kevin McHale trade Drew Brees, Adrian Peterson and Andre Johnson for Kerry Collins, Mewelde Moore and next year’s fourth-round pick?
Sorry but that was something on my mind and I wanted to share it. Now for Week 17 NFL picks. Last week I had my first under .500 week going on 7-8. That brings the year record to 132-92-1.
ATLANTA vs St. Louis – Atlanta is playing for the fifth seed, St. Louis is playing for Jim Haslett’s job. What’s that? Haslett isn’t coming back regardless because he is an awful coach who can only beat the Redskins? OK, then I’ll take Atlanta.
NEW ENGLAND at Buffalo – The Patriots need to win and Baltimore needs to lose. New England deserves to be in the playoffs.
KANSAS CITY at Cincinnati – Come on Herm, you can build on this for next year.
GREEN BAY vs Detroit – Aaron Rodgers, don’t pull a Favre and piss everyone in America off and lose this game. 0-16!!! Together we can!!!
INDIANAPOLIS vs Tennessee – Neither team has anything to play for. But this game brings up horrible Jim Sorgi memories. That god-awful excuse of a quarterback cost the Browns a playoff spot last year.
NY GIANTS at Minnesota – No team with the quarterback tandem of Gus Frerotte and Tarvaris Jackson should make the playoffs and when they blow this game and Chicago beats Houston, that will be proven.
CAROLINA at New Orleans – Even with nothing to play for and back-ups getting some time, the Saints defense can’t stop the Panthers.
PITTSBURGH vs Cleveland – The Chocolate Dumpling is 0-7 against Pittsburgh. This could be his best chance to get the win. It could be his last chance, too. Pittsburgh has nothing to play for and may take the time to get some second string players in and give Ben Rotherhilseburger a chance to rest his sore shoulder. The Steelers may take this game lightly, since it will have a preseason feel to it, and that gives the Browns a chance. Of course by chance I mean a chance not to be shut out, not actually win the game.
OAKLAND at Tampa Bay – No team with the quarterback tandem of Jeff Garcia and Brian Griese should make the playoffs. Even if the elimination comes against a team like Oakland.
CHICAGO at Houston – No team with the quarterback tandem of Kyle Orton and Rex Groomsman should make the playoffs. So what do you do? You don’t play Grossman and you go to the playoffs.
JACKSONVILLE at Baltimore – Jax can salvage their season (not really but in my eyes they will) by beating the Ravens and keeping them out of the playoffs.
SAN FRANCISCO vs Washington – Two teams with nothing to play for, you go with coaching. I’ll take the coach who isn’t afraid to drop his pants in front of his players over the coach who proclaimed himself (rightfully so) “the worst coach.”
MIAMI at New York Jets – Not only will this win give Chad Pennington some redemption in after being released by the Jets, but it will give Beanie some redemption for picking the Dolphins to make the playoffs.
PHILADELPHIA vs Dallas – Let the “what is going to happen with the Cowboys?” and “Why can’t Romo win a big game?” and “What is Jerry Jones going to do?” talk begin. It may even be such a big story, ESPN will simply refuse to cover the playoff games and focus solely on Dallas.
SEATTLE at Arizona – Worst division champs ever?
DENVER at San Diego – Worst division champs ever?