Sunday, December 28, 2014

PIGSKIN 2014; Football Sunday - Week Seventeen


Football Sunday
Week Seventeen

On Vacation 
Week Sixteen

Week Sixteen Record:  3-8
Overall Record:  100-92-4
Schmear of the Week:  7-8
BAGELS in the Basket:  +2

Coin Toss:
  • Chargers vs. Chiefs - Chargers in the playoffs with a win.  Chiefs need a win and losses by the Ravens or Texans to make playoffs.
1st and 10:
  • With a combined 12-17-1 record, the winner of today's Falcons/Panthers game wins the NFC South.
2nd and Long:
  • Ravens, Texans, Chiefs, Chargers = win or else!
  • Dolphins and Bills get this year's nice try award.
No Gain:
  • Saints/Falcons/Panthers - the NFC South - Good Grief!
  • 49ers - biggest surprise non-playoff contender.
  • Texans season - huge disappointment despite a chance to make playoffs.
  • The Browns and Johnny Football... Could he be the next Ryan Leaf?
  • The Eagles started the season with a 9-3 record, then failed to qualify for the playoffs!

Week Seventeen:
Friday Line ~ NYDN

GIANTS -2 1/2 (Eagles)
Because winning today would only add to the Giants false sense of hope.  A loss would make the off-season much easier to digest.
Loss; 34-26 Eagles

Jets +5 1/2 (DOLPHINS)
I'm giving the Jets the benefit of the doubt in Rex Ryan's potential last game as head coach.  Do I actually like them to win?  Despite not qualifying for the post-season, the Dolphins play the Jets extremely tough.  Bet with caution.
Win; 37-24 Jets

PACKERS -7 1/2 (Lions)
No harm here, so go with the Packers in cold Green Bay.
Win; 30-20 Lions

TEXANS -9 1/2 (Jaguars)
As one of the more desperate teams playing today, the Texans have no choice but to win.
Loss; 23-17 Texans

Colts -7 (TITANS)
The Titans are motivated to get a high draft pick, if not the top pick of next year's draft.  Just lose baby!
Win; 27-10 Colts

RAVENS -10 (Browns)
I called Captain Obvious, but he didn't answer the phone.  Guess he was out partying with Johnny Football.
Push; 20-10 Ravens

PATRIOTS -4 1/2 (Bills)
Tricky game...  Bill Belechick doesn't usually pull starters from the field.  Look for a full Patriots squad today.
Loss; 17-9 Bills

FALCONS -4 (Panthers)
The Panthers should be embarrassed of themselves.  The Falcons have lost when they could least afford to, but won the games they had to.
Loss; 34-3 Panthers

VIKINGS -6 (Bears)
When the ineffective Jay Cutler is the biggest story of this match-up, the smart money goes on the opposition.
Loss; 13-9 Vikings

Chargers +3 (CHIEFS)
It's no easy task heading into K.C. and winning.  Three points to the home team means this game is a toss-up.  I'll go with Phillip Rivers.
Loss; 19-7 Chiefs

Cowboys -6 (D.C. Hogs)
Captain Obvious finally called me back.  He said the D.C. Hogs should offer no contest.  But, does Tony Romo play?
Win; 44-17 Cowboys

Saints -4 (BUCS)
It would serve the Saints right to lose today.  But this is the Bucs we're talking about.
Loss; 23-20 Saints

Rams +12 1/2 (SEAHAWKS)
The Rams played tough all season.  They won't let up now.  I like them to cover.
Loss; 20-6 Seahawks

Cardinals +6 (49ERS)
Their coach is being pushed out the door, the team is generally dejected after being eliminated from playoff contention, and they're starting to rethink Colin Kaepernick.  A loss would actually lend clarity in San Fran.  And, I'm sure the Cards want to rub it in, even if they start their 3rd string QB.  Defense!
Win; 20-17 49ers

BRONCOS -14 (Raiders)
Peyton and the Broncos need to get back on track.  They will want to execute as best they can today.
Win; 47-14 Broncos

STEELERS -4 (Bengals)
I'm thinking Big Ben magic here.  The Bengals won't get enough pressure on him, which means that big gooch is gonna rumble and stumble, and win this game late.
Win; 27-17 Steelers

Schmear of the Week:
Cowboys -6

This concludes the regular season.  Thanks to all of you who rode the Sunday Football Trolley.  I hope your BAGELS were hot, soft, and plentiful.

Good luck, and have a Happy Football Sunday!

Week Seventeen Record:  7-8-1
Final Regular Season Record:  107-100-5
Schmear of the Week:  8-8
BAGELS in the Basket:  +3


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