Ladies and gentleman, I have an announcement to make...THE ATLANTA FALCONS ARE NOT, I REPEAT, NOT TRADING TONY GONZALEZ, NOR DOES MR. GONZALEZ WISH TO BE TRADED, which makes him a far better person than me, because if the opportunity presented itself to jump this sinking ship (Kroy Biermann, done, Julio Jones, done, Roddy White, out at least this week, Steven Jackson, out yet again this week), I would have to take my leave.
You're a good guy, Tony Gonzalez, and I really, really, really, hope that the Falcons get their season turned around to at least get you a shot at a ring this season. Speaking of Tony Gonzalez, he made an appearance on A Football Life: Michael Strahan this past week. Michael Strahan, by the way, had probably the most uplifting of these A Football Life stories, and his family was so open, honest, and funny.
Did you see the Tom Brady comeback against the Saints? Yeah, I didn't. I watched the game up until the Saints' last snap. I like many of the Saints' fans thought the game was over, so I stepped out of the room to get something, and when I returned...Tom Brady and his boys were celebrating victory, and Rob Ryan and the Saints defense looked like they had just taken the last of the Prime rib off the bar at Golden Corral.
I can't figure out the San Diego Chargers and the New York Jets. They are the most flip-flop teams in the NFL. You pick them to win, and they lose. Pick them to lose, and they win. I hate picking both of these teams. You know what, add Minnesota and Cleveland to that list as well. Ah, well.
Peyton Manning is returning to the house that he built at Lucas Oil Stadium Sunday Night. Jim Irsay, the owner of the Colts, has spent the better part of the week giving Peyton Manning back-handed compliments. Whereas, Peyton continues to be the "better person" and allow his play on the field and his Broncos average of 44 points per game to do the talking this weekend. Fans are going to get a heck of a show regardless as the ageless Manning takes on the young upstart Andrew Luck. I have a feeling Pey-Pey will walk away the winner.
Fantasy Fans: New Orleans and Oakland have a bye this week. Last week saw a slight bump in the ole record as I was 10-5 with my picks bringing my total this season to 51-40. Let's hope I can stay on the positive side of .500 this week...
Sunday, October 20
Cincinnati Bengals at Detroit Lions: Detroit
San Diego Chargers at Jacksonville Jaguars: San Diego
Buffalo Bills at Miami Dolphins: Miami
New England Patriots at New York Jets: New England
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Atlanta Falcons: Atlanta (Do it for Tony, guys!!)
St. Louis Rams at Carolina Panthers: St. Louis
Dallas Cowboys at Philadelphia Eagles: Dallas
Chicago Bears at Washington Redskins: Chicago
San Francisco 49ers at Tennessee Titans: San Francisco
Cleveland Browns at Green Bay Packers: Green Bay
Houston Texans at Kansas City Chiefs: Kansas City
Baltimore Ravens at Pittsburgh Steelers: Pittsburgh
Denver Broncos at Indianapolis Colts: Denver
Monday, October 21
Minnesota Vikings at New York Giants: New York (I don't really think they will win; I'm just so tired of Eli's struggle face, that I need them to win.)
Thursday, October 24
Carolina Panthers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Carolina
Until next week: "How do you win? By getting average players to play good and good players to play great. That's how you win."-Bum Phillips...RIP to Bum Phillips who the football world lost this weekend. See you, next week!!!