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PFT’s Week 14 picks

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After 13 hard-fought weeks of pigskin prognostication, Rosenthal and yours truly remain in a dead heat.

Out of 192 games, we’ve each gotten 125 right and 67 wrong.  Last week, we both finished with records of 11-5.

We need to come up with a good tiebreaker, in the event we finish Week 17 in a deadlock.  Feel free to offer up your ideas for settling this one.

Then again, if Rosenthal continues to make picks like the picks he made this week, it won’t be necessary.

Colts at Titans

Florio’s take:  Both teams are free falling.  Only one of them has Peyton Manning.  Though most non-Colts fans can’t seem to decide whether they want to see Manning not make it to the playoffs or lose when he gets there, the Colts will keep all of us in suspense for another week.

Florio’s pick:  Colts 27, Titans 10.

Rosenthal’s take: You know the end of days are near in Naptown when the Colts radio broadcaster starts calling for Curtis Painter to replace Peyton Manning.  (I don’t care if it was off air and he’s an emotional homer.  That’s a fireable offense for sheer idiocy.)  Colts fans will realize how good they have it when Manning still leads this banged-up team to the playoffs.

Rosenthal’s pick: Colts 27, Titans 23.

Browns at Bills

Florio’s take:  The Bills became complacent once they knocked Brett Favre out of Sunday’s game against the Vikings and then returned a Tarvaris Jackson interception for a touchdown.  And it’ll be hard for the Bills to snap out of their funk against a motivated Cleveland team that, even if it has no shot at making the playoffs, could still finish at .500 or better, which would almost certainly secure another season for coach Eric Mangini.

Florio’s pick:  Browns 26, Bills 17.

Rosenthal’s take:  The Browns are the best team with a losing record in football.  They can win with a rookie quarterback or a veteran quarterback that makes rookie decisions.  Despite a lack of stars, the defense is greater than the sum of its parts.  Peyton Hillis is practically an MVP candidate.  With a few more wins, Eric Mangini will make it impossible for Mike Holmgren to hire Mike Holmgren as the next Browns coach.

Rosenthal’s pick: Browns 19, Bills 16.

Packers at Lions

Florio’s take:  If NFL games lasted only 30 minutes, the Lions would be in contention for a playoff berth.  But this team isn’t ready to play 60 full minutes, and the Packers know that they can’t afford to stumble down the stretch, or they won’t make it to the playoffs.

Florio’s pick:  Packers 35, Lions 17.

Rosenthal’s take:  Packers fans have made case that this week’s game is no gimme.  They said the same thing before the second Vikings game.  The Packers specialize on brutalizing bad cornerbacks and the Lions’ group is awful.  Detroit’s entire season can be summed up in Drew Stanton’s attempt at the “Dougie.”  You admire the effort, but the kid came up short.

Rosenthal’s pick: Packers 34, Lions 21.

Giants at Vikings

Florio’s take:  The Giants and Vikings continue their poor-man’s version of the Colts-Pats rivalry, meeting for the 11th time in 12 seasons.  They’ve played in every year since 1999, with the exception of 2006.  Minnesota has a four-game winning streak over the Giants, and they’re playing with the kind of confidence and looseness that previously was impossible under the weight of crippling expectations for 2010.  Look for that to continue on Sunday, with or without Brett Favre under center.

Florio’s pick:  Vikings 28, Giants 24.

Rosenthal’s take:  The Vikings have beaten the Giants three years in a row.  That includes a 41-17 win with Tarvaris Jackson at the helm in ’07 and a 44-7 beatdown in the season finale last year.  I don’t know if it’s a matchup thing or a fluke.  I do know the Giants pass rush could force Tarvaris back on the field in this game.

Rosenthal’s pick: Giants 30, Vikings 24.

Bengals at Steelers

Florio’s take:  A week after a season-defining win, the Steelers face the ultimate trap game against a mediocre team desperate for relevance.  What better way to obtain it than to go to Pittsburgh and knock the odds-on favorite to win the AFC North back into a tie with the Ravens?  But a year after coach Mike Tomlin vowed to “unleash hell” in December, the Steelers are in the midst of doing it, and they didn’t scratch and claw against the Ravens in Baltimore only to fail to hold serve at home against a significantly inferior foe.

Florio’s pick:  Steelers 27, Bengals 13.

Rosenthal’s take: Charlie Batch was the Steelers quarterback the last time Pittsburgh put together back-to-back impressive games.  Even coach Mike Tomlin admits the team relies on emotion and energy — perhaps too much.  Carson Palmer is quietly coming off an impressive performance.  Based on the Bengals’ track record, they’ll make the Steelers sweat and then blow it late.  (Translation: take the points.)

Rosenthal’s pick: Steelers 24, Bengals 20.

Raiders at Jaguars

Florio’s take:  Two unlikely playoff contenders face in, in essence, an elimination game.  The Raiders are simply too inconsistent to be trusted to put together another good game, and the Jaguars have become surprisingly consistent.

Florio’s pick:  Jaguars 24, Raiders 10.

Rosenthal’s take:  There is no figuring out the Raiders.  Here’s my best theory — they are frontrunners.  Give them an early break (like the Darren Sproles fumble) and they play terrific with the lead.  The running game and pass rush take over.  If they fall behind early, quarterback shortcomings and old habits pop up.  In the end, the Jaguars are a more consistent team.  They are peaking at the right time.

Rosenthal’s pick: Jaguars 21, Raiders 20.

Falcons at Panthers

Florio’s take:  This game has “trap” tattooed on its forehead.  If the Falcons weren’t scrambling to hold off the Saints, the NFC South leaders could indeed fall right into it.  But the Falcons are too good and the Panthers are too bad and the stakes are too high for the most overlooked of the elite NFL teams in 2010.   

Florio’s pick:  Falcons 31, Panthers 7.

Rosenthal’s take: Asked about his team’s second half meltdown in Seattle last week, Panthers coach John Fox said, “I don’t think our team’s results have been related to effort at all.”  Translation:  Our players stink.  He’s right.

Rosenthal’s pick: Falcons 24, Panthers 13.

Buccaneers at Redskins

Florio’s take:  The Bucs win the games they’re supposed to win, and they lose the games they’re supposed to lose.  The Bucs are supposed to win this game.  Therefore, under the complex logic that has defined their season, they will.

Florio’s pick:  Buccaneers 24, Redskins 17.

Rosenthal’s take:  This looks like the swing game in Tampa’s season.  Win one cold weather game, and they get tasty home matchups against the Seahawks and Lions.  It’s very easy to see the Bucs head to the Superdome in Week 17 at 10-5.  Washington, meanwhile, continues to play like it’s perpetually hung over.

Rosenthal’s pick: Bucs 20, Redskins 17.

Rams at Saints

Florio’s take:  Though the Saints aren’t nearly as dominant as they were in 2009 (indeed, they’re not dominant at all), they know how to find a way to score points when they need to score points.  And they’ll need to score points against the Rams, a former NFC West rival that is trying to find their way back to the postseason.  Look for the Saints to continue to press the Falcons, even if the Saints need a late score to do it.

Florio’s pick:  Saints 31, Rams 27.

Rosenthal’s take: Chris Ivory gives the Saints offense an a dimension they haven’t had since Deuce McAllister was in his prime.  Ivory’s quick feet and amazing power for his size should help solve the Saints’ red zone woes, which will come in handy against a solid Rams defense.  This week will show whether that defense is underrated or partly the product of an easy schedule.

Rosenthal’s pick: Saints 27, Rams 17.

Seahawks at 49ers

Florio’s take:  The Niners are done and the Seahawks are trying to win the division and Alex Smith is back at quarterback and assistant head coach Johnnie Lynn has abruptly resigned and the Niners are poised to collapse down the stretch and next year at this time Mike Singletary could be dropping his pants in the locker room of a college campus near you.

Florio’s pick:  Seahawks 27, 49ers 10.

Rosenthal’s take: I’m oddly excited for this game. There’s something to be said for Mike Singletary and Alex Smith making one final stand or going down with the ship together.  The 49ers’ playoffs start now.  Win their three remaining division games and San Francisco has a legitimate shot to get in at 7-9.  They’ll stay alive another week, if only to make the ending more painful later.

Rosenthal’s pick: 49ers 27, Seahawks 24.

Patriots at Bears

Florio’s take:  Several weeks ago, the Bears cooled off the red-hot Eagles in a game at Soldier Field.  This time around, the opponent is much more formidable, with a quick-strike passing game that gladly will take what the Cover Two defense gives it.  New England has rediscovered its 2007 vibe, without the pressure of having to remain unblemished.

Florio’s pick:  Patriots 28, Bears 20.

Rosenthal’s take: On PFT Daily, I made the case this is a dangerous matchup for the Patriots.   It’s a road game on a short week and the Bears’ defense is the rare group that can slow Tom Brady down.  The Patriots don’t have the pass rush to truly expose Chicago’s offensive line.  Then Florio put me on the spot to ask if I’d actually pick the Bears and I said no way.  So there you go.

Rosenthal’s pick: Patriots 28, Bears 21.

Dolphins at Jets

Florio’s take:  This game would have been one of the biggest of the weekend, if the Dolphins hadn’t bungled their game against the Browns in Week 13.  The Fins could have been 7-5, playing for a chance to narrow the gap for the No. 6 seed with the Jets to one game with three to play.  As it stands, it’s still a very important game, with the Jets needing to shrug off a 45-3 debacle on a short week.  If the Pats game exposed the Jets, look for the Dolphins to take advantage of it — especially with California boy Mark Sanchez playing outdoors again in January.

Florio’s pick:  Dolphins 15, Jets 10.

Rosenthal’s take: Take all the emotion and psychology out of the mix.  Just look at the Jets team over the last two months.  Their defense is solid, but not nearly as good as last year.  Their offense looks more like their ’09 attack by the week, with an inferior running game and a slightly better passing attack.  This game will be a nail-biter, and the Jets are overdue to gag a close one.

Rosenthal’s pick: Dolphins 24, Jets 23.

Broncos at Cardinals

Florio’s take:  The Eric Studesville era begins in Denver, as the John Skelton era begins in Arizona.  (If you hope to witness the full extent of both, we recommend against blinking.)  Peter King’s theory regarding interim coaches continues to be validated, thanks to the quality of the latest interim coach’s first opponent.

Florio’s pick:  Broncos 20, Cardinals 13.

Rosenthal’s take:  The cruelest part of firing Josh McDaniels was doing it before the team faced John Skelton.  Denver’s defense is awful, but it’s coming off its best game of the year.  It should be able to handle a sixth-round rookie quarterback from Vince Lombardi’s alma mater.  Fans will want to hit themselves with Seven Blocks of Granite after watching this one.

Rosenthal’s pick:  Broncos 30, Cardinals 26.

Chiefs at Chargers

Florio’s take:  With Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel recovering from an appendectomy, the Chargers suddenly have a much better shot at making the same kind of late kick they did in 2008, when they erased a three-game deficit with three games to play.

Florio’s pick:  Chargers 21, Chiefs 13.

Rosenthal’s take: Brodie Croyle is a quality backup, but he’s scaring me from picking an upset.  Still, Oakland gave Kansas City a template last week for beating the Chargers by manhandling their defensive front seven.  Philip Rivers needs to bounce back after an oddly terrible performance last week filled with misfires.

Rosenthal’s pick: Chargers 31, Chiefs 26.

Eagles at Cowboys

Florio’s take:  The Cowboys are playing like they should have been playing all year, and they seem to take delight in throwing a wrench into the playoff fortunes of their foes.  What better team to mess with than the Eagles, whose high hopes were dashed by Dallas in back-to-back weekends last year?  Sure, the Eagles have a different (and better) quarterback this year, but he ‘Boys know a thing or two about taking the best that Mike Vick has to offer and still beating him.  Look for the same thing to happen on Sunday night.

Florio’s pick:  Cowboys 27, Eagles 24.

Rosenthal’s take: If not for the Cowboys, Donovan McNabb might still be Philadelphia’s quarterback.  The real issue Dallas exposed last year was Philly’s offensive line, which can still occasionally look shaky.  Dallas no longer has the pass rush to make a difference, though, and Michael Vick is a massive upgrade from McNabb.  This is the type of cutting edge analysis you can only get at PFT.

Rosenthal’s pick: Eagles 34, Cowboys 27.

Ravens at Texans

Florio’s take:  The Ravens go from facing one of the best defenses in the league to one of the worst in the league’s history.  It’ll feel sort of like running in bare feet after shedding a pair of cement shoes.  In the end, the Texans’ playoff hopes will be sleeping with the fishes.

Florio’s pick:  Ravens 34, Texans 20.

Rosenthal’s take:  The Texans are quietly playing better of late.  They stormed back against the Jets, handled the Titans easily, and showed an improved effort on both sides of the ball in Philly despite the final score.  Houston has the offense to give Baltimore’s secondary problems, which will just set up the Texans defense to make fourth quarter mistakes in a barn-burner.

Rosenthal’s pick: Ravens 30, Texans 28.

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59 Responses to “PFT’s Week 14 picks”
  1. raythestabber says: Dec 9, 2010 12:30 PM

    Ray lewis killed two people allegedly

  2. raythestabber says: Dec 9, 2010 12:34 PM

    “The Browns are the best team with a losing record in football. They can win with a rookie quarterback or a veteran quarterback that makes rookie decisions. Despite a lack of stars, the defense is greater than the sum of its parts”

    Very true statement about the Browns. The part about Delhomme’s decision making mad me spit coffee all over my computer.

  3. citizenstrange says: Dec 9, 2010 12:36 PM

    Use “Confidence Points” for your tiebreaker.

    Give a 1-16 value to each of your picks using each number only once.

    The team you are most certain will win would get 16 and your most iffy who knows what will happen would get 1.

    Of course you could still end up in a tie but its is very unlikely.

    The best football pool I was ever in was:
    - 10 total games. The two biggest college games on Saturday and seven pro games on Sunday plus the Monday Night game.
    - Each game played with/against a reputable Vegas book spread.
    - You assigned confidence points of 1-10 using each number only once.

    It really made you put your money where your mouth was so to speak.

  4. kenhawk says: Dec 9, 2010 12:37 PM

    “We need to come up with a good tiebreaker, in the event we finish Week 17 in a deadlock. Feel free to offer up your ideas for settling this one.”

    Dance-off.

    Mikey: 125-67
    kenhawk: 130-62

    Indy Cle Atl GB Jax Minny Pitt TB NO San Fran Den Chi NYJ SD Philly Balt

  5. damaddhatter29 says: Dec 9, 2010 12:41 PM

    So if the Bears pull off the upset against New England, they would be #1 in the new rankings right? I mean, everyone treats the Patriots like gods again, even after a pathetic team like the Browns beat them.

  6. camprobot says: Dec 9, 2010 12:43 PM

    Newsflash: The Cowboys are a 4-8 team for a reason.
    I’ve never seen another 4-8 team so frickin hyped up. THEY ARE DONE.

  7. steelersfan5569 says: Dec 9, 2010 12:50 PM

    Add up to the total points for each of your winning picks final scores (what you thought the score was going to be)….then add up the actual final score of each game…who ever is close without going over wins…if you are both over then who ever is not the highest…or have the monday night game be your tie breaker who ever is close to the actual final score without going over its the way we do it at our restaurants weekly football pool XOXO :-)

  8. AlanSaysYo says: Dec 9, 2010 12:51 PM

    Continue the picks into the playoffs if there’s a tie.

    Also, the real trap game this week is Bengals @ Steelers. Rosenthal seems to agree but backed off from committing to it. This season has been full of nonsensical results and this will be one of them.

  9. 8man says: Dec 9, 2010 12:52 PM

    Every week we’ve had the team du jour. This week it’s the Patriots. Careful people. They had a great performance in a pivotal game. But they haven’t clinched anything yet.

    It’s in their house and the Bears can win. Worse, they can put a physical hurting on those small, but quick skill players. My fear is a loss AND injuries.

  10. jvillenole says: Dec 9, 2010 12:53 PM

    It is kind of a stretch to call the Jaguars/Raiders game an elimination game for both teams, isn’t it? After all, win or lose, the Jaguars will still be in first place on Monday.

  11. stinger9 says: Dec 9, 2010 12:53 PM

    Tie-Breaker:

    Select your playoff seeding right now.

    You earn one point for selecting a team that makes the playoffs. You earn two points if you seed that team correctly.

  12. canadianvikingfaniii says: Dec 9, 2010 12:55 PM

    Eli Manning for some reason has played extremely bad against the Vikings. I believe back he has been picked off 8 or 9 times in 3 games against them.

  13. raythestabber says: Dec 9, 2010 1:00 PM

    HEY DAMADDHATTER29 maybe you should watch the Browns play before opening you fat dumb mouth. We have played to hardest schedule and dominated the best teams in the league. So before spewing stupidity check your facts

  14. andrewculotta says: Dec 9, 2010 1:00 PM

    Just play Roshambo…

    kick each other in the balls,

    last one standing wins…

  15. Omar Comin says: Dec 9, 2010 1:02 PM

    @raythestabber

    “Allegedly” is the key word…

    “If the glove don’t fit, you must acquit”… wait that was OJ, and he did actually kill two people and get away with it.

  16. awawego says: Dec 9, 2010 1:02 PM

    Tiebreaker:
    The most correct upsets selected.

  17. cowboylover says: Dec 9, 2010 1:05 PM

    That’s because they’re a good team who were working in a very bad system. Eagles have the fire-power; we’ll see who wants it the most.

  18. kevo126 says: Dec 9, 2010 1:06 PM

    @raythestabber rapistberger allegedly raped at least 2 chicks…which is far worse then allegedly killing two criminals.

  19. wilsonphillipsgroupie says: Dec 9, 2010 1:06 PM

    kenhawk says:
    Dec 9, 2010 12:37 PM
    “We need to come up with a good tiebreaker, in the event we finish Week 17 in a deadlock. Feel free to offer up your ideas for settling this one.”

    Dance-off.

    Mikey: 125-67
    kenhawk: 130-62

    ———————————————–
    Still pretending that Florio and 3G are playing with you? Very sad.

  20. JeffreyAuburnDixon says: Dec 9, 2010 1:12 PM

    It’s like you guys go out of your way to present these posts in the most unreadable manner possible.

  21. kisstherings says: Dec 9, 2010 1:16 PM

    In regards to thoughts on the Tiebreaker:

    How bout the two of you both go to a secluded Island and see who can last the longest without contact from the outside world…….. a minimum of 2 years required.

    We’ll send someone to check up on you in a couple of years…..

    I’ll even help you pack your bags.

  22. breeshasabush says: Dec 9, 2010 1:18 PM

    panthers upset the falcons…. falcons cant be luck every single game

  23. jkay123 says: Dec 9, 2010 1:23 PM

    LOL! how do you have the best team in the NFL the eagles losing to the 4-8 cowgirls?

  24. dvdman123 says: Dec 9, 2010 1:29 PM

    The Saints are not dominant? Who in the NFL is this season is Florio? Are you actually watching the games buddy? The Falcons for example have been winning by the skin of their teeth this season yet you got them in Super Bowl already. The Sainst may not be dominant but I bet they got the best chance of winning the Super Bowl right now then anyone in the NFC.

  25. hokiez says: Dec 9, 2010 1:29 PM

    camprobot says:
    Dec 9, 2010 12:43 PM
    Newsflash: The Cowboys are a 4-8 team for a reason.
    I’ve never seen another 4-8 team so frickin hyped up. THEY ARE DONE.

    Short term memory. Bolts in 08 were 4-8 and they beat the Colts in the playoffs.

  26. footballrulz says: Dec 9, 2010 1:31 PM

    Tie breaker

    pistols @ 10 paces

  27. raythestabber says: Dec 9, 2010 1:37 PM

    #
    kevo126 says: Dec 9, 2010 1:06 PM

    @raythestabber rapistberger allegedly raped at least 2 chicks…which is far worse then allegedly killing two criminals.

    VERY MUCH AGREE SIR

  28. hockeygoalie29 says: Dec 9, 2010 1:40 PM

    TIEBREAKER

    Step 1: Order the teams alphabetically.
    Step 2: Pick the team at the top of the list.
    Step 2: Compare records for the season when picking games involving that team. The best record wins.
    Step 4: If the records are the same, pick the next team in the list and repeat.

    For example, the first team in alphabetical order is the Arizona Cardi….ah crap. Sorry G-man.

  29. Rhode Island Patriots Fan says: Dec 9, 2010 1:40 PM

    Set aside Monday night’s “Foxboro Massacre” of the Jets. This contest will be a tough test for the Patriots, given the short week to prep for an away game. I hope the players don’t underestimate the Bears, because if they do they’ll get eaten alive. Given the Bears excellent defense and the expected wind and snow showers with temps in the upper teens, I think it’ll be rough sledding for New England to produce a come-from-behind win, so they’ll need to get out to a quick lead in customary fashion. While I think Green Bay is a more formidable opponent on paper, my guess is that the Pats are more likely to lose to the Bears than to the Packers.

    I’ll state the obvious because it’s worth repeating: Keep the ball away from Devin Hester! In my opinion, Shayne Graham is not Stephen Gostkowski. That could spell the difference in a close game, which is what I’m expecting.

  30. tyelee says: Dec 9, 2010 1:42 PM

    My concern for the Bucs are that throughout their history they have been known to struggle in cold weather games and that is while playing with many veterans on the team who have years of experience at playing in games at The NFL speed and level in the cold……

    This young team has so very little experience that I feel they will struggle and likely lose do to the cold December atmospher in Washington…..
    Hopefully the game will somehow play out to their favor as this season has so far!

  31. hobartbaker says: Dec 9, 2010 1:43 PM

    Root for Florio, so he can recover some portion of his house back from Rosenthal. It’s been two years now, and Gregg’s rent rates border on usery.

  32. halasfan says: Dec 9, 2010 1:47 PM

    I would go with the creater and ower of the site trumps a contributing writer. Just a thought.

    Though I must say I have been using 3G’s advise to help me with my fantasy team.

  33. zoxitic says: Dec 9, 2010 1:52 PM

    “Colts fans will realize how good they have it when Manning still leads this banged-up team to the playoffs.”

    Some people are just thick.

  34. zoxitic says: Dec 9, 2010 1:56 PM

    My guaranteed lock of the year.

    Bears beat the Pats.

    (I’m not a fan of either)

  35. zoxitic says: Dec 9, 2010 1:58 PM

    jvillenole says:

    It is kind of a stretch to call the Jaguars/Raiders game an elimination game for both teams, isn’t it? After all, win or lose, the Jaguars will still be in first place on Monday.
    _________________________________

    Sometimes, Michael says things that make him sound so uninformed.

  36. avrus says: Dec 9, 2010 2:06 PM

    I think your assessment (as usual) is way off for the Miami vs Jets game.

    If you’ve watched how both teams have been playing, especially with the Jets coming off an annihilating loss it’s going to be a one sided game.

    Either Miami 24 – Jets 7 or Jets 27 Miami 13.

  37. rhythmfish says: Dec 9, 2010 2:13 PM

    For the tiebreaker just add up which one of you has the fewest typos in their posts for the season. If you can count that high.

  38. dzor22 says: Dec 9, 2010 2:18 PM

    With all the comments, hype and genius comments from bloggers and experts making all the judgments…the Falcons are 10-2. Suck it!

  39. nationalmediacansuckit says: Dec 9, 2010 2:24 PM

    Raiders at Jaguars
    Florio’s take: Two unlikely playoff contenders face in, in essence, an elimination game.
    ————————————————
    Wow, eliimination game Florio? The Jaguars are in 1st place at 7-5. Even if the Colts win tonight and the Jags lose Sunday, they are still in 1st place at 7-6. I’ll give you an A for effort though.

  40. sammyvee says: Dec 9, 2010 2:25 PM

    U2 are getting a bit lazy and negligent with your expert advice, in my opinion. Neither of you even considered that Dallas’ star rookie receiver is out. Worse, you are both in a vacuum related to the weather in December. Perhaps you should take a look at the Sunday forecast for Chicago before expressing the opinions on the Bears-Pats game? 48 and 49 pts being scored, respectively? Good luck with that.

  41. 82goboys says: Dec 9, 2010 2:39 PM

    jkay123 says:
    Dec 9, 2010 1:23 PM
    LOL! how do you have the best team in the NFL the eagles losing to the 4-8 cowgirls?

    LMFAO you must be on something to call the eagles the best team in the NFL after they got it handed to them by the Bears. Only an eagles fan would call them the best in the NFL… or even the best in the NFC. But if “cowgirls” is the best insult you can come up with, it’s time to come up with something new kid. Watch a game or 2, i’m sure you might be able to think of something a little more creative. Hey, you might even learn a little about football while youre at it.

  42. songbre says: Dec 9, 2010 2:55 PM

    Cowboys 27 Eagles 24 ????

    That’s commical … keep believing that one ….

  43. apopnj says: Dec 9, 2010 3:29 PM

    Yo Florio – do the cowboys play a cover 2? u must of heard that from some of nbc cronies. Cowboys beat Eagles? gimme s break

  44. masteel says: Dec 9, 2010 3:46 PM

    Steelers 26 to Bengals 24 ….and that is after the Steelers have a 20 to 7 lead by the middle of the 3rd Quarter.

    Than the refs and conservatism takes over. The refs will give the Bengals a new set of downs if not the ‘ball’ at the Steelers 10 or 15 yard line on some ridiculous pass interference. And than a weird but untimely turnover will set up the Bengals again to score another TD to bring them closer to compete.

    But in the end the Steelers new kicker will hit a field goal to put it out of reach !! It’s never easy when it’s suppose to be easy for Steelers. They somehow let the ‘other’ team – along with the refs think they can win ….??? Please prove me wrong and bang it out Steelers 28 to Bengals 17

  45. ontboltfan says: Dec 9, 2010 4:43 PM

    “We need to come up with a good tiebreaker, in the event we finish Week 17 in a deadlock. Feel free to offer up your ideas for settling this one.”

    Maybe a swimsuit or evening gown competition.

  46. kimcon22000 says: Dec 9, 2010 4:49 PM

    82goboys says:
    Dec 9, 2010 2:39 PM
    jkay123 says:
    Dec 9, 2010 1:23 PM
    LOL! how do you have the best team in the NFL the eagles losing to the 4-8 cowgirls?

    LMFAO you must be on something to call the eagles the best team in the NFL after they got it handed to them by the Bears. Only an eagles fan would call them the best in the NFL… or even the best in the NFC. But if “cowgirls” is the best insult you can come up with, it’s time to come up with something new kid. Watch a game or 2, i’m sure you might be able to think of something a little more creative. Hey, you might even learn a little about football while youre at it.

    ————————————————-

    I’ll make this easy on you rookie-turd.
    Both the Cowpies and the Beagles suck (as does their “fan” base.
    You unique blend of homerism alongside your hermorphodactic lifestyle have burned out the grey stuff between your ears …………………..

  47. chicagojoed says: Dec 9, 2010 4:56 PM

    You know all year the bears have been looked down upon. Or been told, well if you can beat this team then maybe. Their a solid football team, playing great Defense, Decent running attack and not turning over the ball. That formula can win games. Championships? IDK. This week vs patriots, do i think they win? Maybe. It’ll be alot better game than jets vs patriots.

  48. sdw2001 says: Dec 9, 2010 6:21 PM

    Florio’s take: The Cowboys are playing like they should have been playing all year, and they seem to take delight in throwing a wrench into the playoff fortunes of their foes. What better team to mess with than the Eagles, whose high hopes were dashed by Dallas in back-to-back weekends last year? Sure, the Eagles have a different (and better) quarterback this year, but he ‘Boys know a thing or two about taking the best that Mike Vick has to offer and still beating him. Look for the same thing to happen on Sunday night.

    ——So we’re going to lose because we lost 3 last year? We’re going to lose because the Cowboys knew how to play the old Mike Vick? The Cowboys might win, but it won’t be because of those reasons. Try actually thinking before you write, Florio. It all comes down to the Eagles defense. We’ll likely have Samuel back and the Cowgirls are missing Dez “The Ankle” Bryant.” And Dallas’s running attack is not what it was.

  49. helodrone says: Dec 9, 2010 7:36 PM

    As far as Browns at Bills – you forgot to mention that God hates Buffalo and Steve Johnson (“why you gotta play me like that!)

  50. deweyaxewound says: Dec 9, 2010 8:58 PM

    Sweet, both of you Bear-bashing dolts picked the Patriots.

    That’s better than having a dead Leprechaun’s foot in your pocket.

    (And it stinks a bit less than your picks, too).

    I just don’t see how any team will be able to beat the Bears at home–with their Land of Mordor-like field surface cheating so many other teams out of their “rightful” victories, with all the refs making those horrible, imagined calls in their favor, and all that “luck” that seems to be working in their favor.

  51. bigbear12 says: Dec 9, 2010 9:10 PM

    All ties should be settled by Rock, Paper, Scissors.

    I think the pistol duel would be funner to watch though.

  52. shiv1623 says: Dec 10, 2010 12:28 AM

    The Lions – ROFL,,

    what a pathetic joke – lay off the old “oh they’re trying” sentiments…

    They still can’t win a game to save their sorry lives.

    All those high draft picks and you got nothing to show for it..

    Remember when ATL picked Ryan they were in the dumps too – but with good coaching and shizz they are now serious winners..

    Boo Detroit, you don’t deserve to be in league…

  53. brintfarvruhsux says: Dec 10, 2010 7:57 AM

    raythestabber says: Dec 9, 2010 1:00 PM

    HEY DAMADDHATTER29 maybe you should watch the Browns play before opening you fat dumb mouth. We have played to hardest schedule and dominated the best teams in the league. So before spewing stupidity check your facts

    —————————-

    Well since you like facts, do two things:

    1. Stop accusing RayRay, who was acquitted. It’s not what you know there dolt boy, it’s what you can prove…

    2. Check the Strength of Schedule; your Cleveland Brownturds are tied for 10th… http://espn.go.com/blog/nflnation/post/_/id/21479/2010-strength-of-schedule

  54. brintfarvruhsux says: Dec 10, 2010 8:08 AM

    Correction: RayRay was never even charged…

    My mistake but that’s the facts! ha ha ha

  55. vegasbearfan says: Dec 10, 2010 8:14 AM

    Hey 8 man- your fear is my hope; that Florio and Rosenthal are as right about Bears/Pats game as they were about Bears/Eagles—Go Bears

  56. bucsballer says: Dec 10, 2010 12:32 PM

    MOJO=MVP

  57. sdw2001 says: Dec 10, 2010 5:19 PM

    deweyaxewound says……

    “I just don’t see how any team will be able to beat the Bears at home–with their Land of Mordor-like field surface cheating so many other teams out of their “rightful” victories, with all the refs making those horrible, imagined calls in their favor, and all that “luck” that seems to be working in their favor.”

    Man, you guys are true believers. You’re partying like it’s 1985. You’re likely to be a wild card team that loses in the first round. You’re the 2009 Eagles. Root for your team and hope for the best. But don’t fool yourself into thinking that you’re an elite team.

  58. aafpcommish says: Dec 12, 2010 10:19 PM

    Mike,

    With your 125 wins you would be in second place in our league The AAFP (American Association of Football Prognosticators). You should join us next year. One of the first tie-breakers for us are the picks from week 1 and week 17 (two of the hardest weeks to pick). We have five tie-breaker rules and if tied after that you go into picking the play-offs until there is a champion. You can see all the tie-breakers at http://www.AAFP.us/rules09d.htm. Then check rules 10 and 14.

  59. aafpcommish says: Dec 12, 2010 10:22 PM

    Mike,

    Sorry. http://www.aafp.us/AAFPrules09d.htm

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