Saturday, December 5, 2015

NFL Week 13: Raider Week

Welcome back, everybody! I'm still recovering for a couple of reasons this week. Number One: that train-wreck of a mid-season finale for The Walking Dead. I was really unimpressed with that. No Daryl, Sasha, or Abraham, Morgan's stupidity, and Sam...ugh...Sam, but I digress. The other is the surge that has taken place in Kansas City. My Chiefs began the year with a 1-5 record, and then proceeded to lose Jamaal Charles and all hope of the playoffs. Yet, here they are--the Chiefs are on a 5 game win streak, and they have jumped over San Diego and Oakland and are now in second place in the AFC West, and potentially a wild card spot. I have been eating crow for a while now, because you guys will recall that I picked the Packers and the Chiefs for Super Bowl 50. I know, I know that people laugh, but you know what it is still a possibility. The Chiefs end the season with one of the softest schedules having to face the Raiders twice, the Chargers, Cleveland, and Baltimore.

The Raiders scare me the most. Why? Because that team is so freaking unpredictable. They looked really good at the beginning of the year, and now...who knows. I always know that this will be a knock down drag out dog fight regardless, because the Chiefs and the Raiders hate each other. HATE EACH other, and they play each other hard even when there is nothing is on the line. Now, each is an obstacle in the other's playoff chances. I expect nothing short of insanity and no less than 100 penalties during the course of the games--most of which will probably be against Oakland.

The Patriots' were finally defeated by Denver in overtime by Pey-Pey's back-up. So, Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers are the last team standing.  Who saw that back on week 1? Aaron Rodgers threw a hail Mary pass to defeat the Lions in the last seconds of the game Thursday night. Atlanta continued its freefall, as did the New Orleans Saints. This season may be the last we see of Sean Payton and Drew Brees in the Quarter.  Speaking of losing, Just Gonzo, my fantasy team, lost last week for the first time in 5 weeks by a mere 1.74 points. My feelings are still hurt, much like Deanna after that bite.

Last week, I was a better than average with a 9-5 record, bringing my total to 99-63. I have high hopes for both my picks and my fantasy team as the fantasy season heads into its playoffs.

Sunday, December 6, 2015
Houston Texans at Buffalo Bills: Buffalo
San Francisco 49ers at Chicago Bears: Chicago
Cincinnati Bengals at Cleveland Browns: Cincinnati
Jacksonville Jaguars at Tennessee Titans: Tennessee
Arizona Cardinals at St. Louis Rams: Arizona
Baltimore Ravens at Miami Dolphins: Miami
Seattle Seahawks at Minnesota Vikings: Seattle
New York Jets at New York Giants: Giants
Atlanta Falcons at Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Atlanta
Kansas City Chiefs at Oakland Raiders: Kansas City
Denver Broncos at San Diego Chargers: San Diego
Philadelphia Eagles at New England Patriots: New England
Carolina Panthers at New Orleans Saints: Carolina
Indianapolis Colts at Pittsburgh Steelers: Pittsburgh

Monday, December 7, 2015
Dallas Cowboys at Washington Redskins: Washington

Thursday, December 10, 2015
Minnesota Vikings at Arizona Cardinals: Arizona

Shout out to blog favorite Tony Gonzalez who was named to the Pac-12 All-Century Team! Just another honor for the future Hall of Famer. FYI, Doug Gottlieb pointed out that the Chiefs have been winning ever since Gonzalez was honored as the featured drummer at the Chiefs home game on October 25. Let's hope the streak continues in Oakland!

Until next week, "Life is like a game of cards. The hand you are dealt is determinism; the way you play it is free will." ~Jawaharlal Nehru

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