Crunch Time: Let the Jockeying Begin
Time Running Out for Some Teams
No more byes, but now we have flex scheduling starting today and Thursday games starting this upcoming week. Bye weeks are different for writers than they are for players and coaches. I didn't really get any time off. In fact, I wrote more than usual, and I didn't write as much as I had planned.
With no game preview to write last week, I spent more time looking at the other games and making predictions. I knew it could only lead to disaster. At least I was right about something.
In a nonsensical, superstitious attempt to reverse that trend, I'll spend almost no time -- it's all been gobbled up anyway -- analyzing this week's games and just wing it. (That's a little pre-Thanksgiving humor.) Enjoy the short week.
Here are the picks:
Sunday, Nov. 18
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-4) at Atlanta Falcons (3-6), 1 p.m.
Despite playing poorly on the road, Tampa plays well within the division and Atlanta doesn't.
Prediction: Buccaneers, 21-17.
St. Louis Rams (1-8) at San Francisco 49ers (2-7), 4:15 p.m.
New England's first-round pick could enter coin-flip territory with continued futility. By the way, including the first meeting between these two, a 17-16 win, San Fran's two wins are against division opponents. Some division.
Prediction: 49ers, 9-8.
Open Date: None.
Last week: 4 - 10 (28.6 percent).
It had to happen sooner or later. I picked 11 home teams last week. Only three of them came through. And two of the three road teams failed me as well.
Season: 98 - 54 (64.5 percent).
Last season: 86-58 (59.7 percent).