So close but yet so far. Let's see how we did this week.
Cincinnati @ Pittsburgh - Well this was an easy one to pick and yes it was one of my GUARANTEED Winners but basically the Steelers' defense dominated the Bengals and this wasn't even much of a game to watch. Inquisitive Mind 1 - 0 for the week.
Tampa Bay @ Detroit - This almost put a damper on my picks again this week. The Lions jumped out to a 17 point lead and I was really getting a little nervous. At the end of the 2nd it was 21-17 Bucs and from there, it got out of hand. The same thing each week, good defense along with timely offense and the Bucs won this game. The Lions can say this, they are getting better or at least they are playing better. They have a quick turnaround this week because of Thanksgiving, but the Lions are going to get a win this year. Inquisitive Mind 2 - 0 for the week.
New York Jets @ Tennessee - The Jets played their best game of the year. They held the ball for 40 plus minutes and they were able to run the ball against the run stopping Titans defense. I told you guys that I trust Brett Favre a lot more than I trust Kerry Collins and Favre made one mistake (1 INT), but for the rest of the game he played great. This puts the Jets as the team to beat. Inquisitive Mind 3 - 0 for the week.
Buffalo @ Kansas City - Talk about a break out game. Trent Edwards combined for 4 TDs (2 run, 2 pass) and the Bills won in a shootout in Kansas City. The Chiefs were still able to put up 31 points which was a feat within itself. Is this a wake up call for the Bills or just an anomaly? Inquisitive Mind 4 - 0 for the week.
Chicago @ St. Louis - This is the game that the Bears needed for comfort. The Bears were able to get a semi-home game this week and their defense stopped the Rams cold. Kyle Orton looked good and Matt Forte showed us the same things that he did in the Bears game against the Colts. He ended the game with 132 yards and 2 TDs. The Bears have to know that this performance was great, but it was the Rams. This is like beating your nephew in Madden or something. It's a win, but consider the opponent. Inquisitive Mind 5 - 0 for the week.
New England @ Miami - Wow. This one shocked me. A shootout in Miami. Maybe more shocking was the fact that the Dolphins actually singled up Randy Moss for most of the day with a 'I dare you to throw to him' attitude. That's different when you are hitting Matt Cassel, but when he has a pretty clean jersey, you get 3 TDs to Moss. Inquisitive Mind 6 - 0 for the week.
Minnesota @ Jacksonville - Talk about being disappointed. When are these Jaguars going to wake up? Maybe next year is my guess. They turned the ball over and just played horribly and let the Vikings run all over them. I really don't know what else to say. Inquisitive Min 6 - 1 for the week.
Philadelphia @ Baltimore - Can you bench your coach? I understand that McNabb wasn't playing that well, but even with that, the Eagles were still in the game. For Andy Reid to bench McNabb and not even have the nuts to tell him personally, this just pisses me off. That Eagles line couldn't stop the Ravens yesterday, not at all. This wasn't a simple change like McNabb is immobile so you put in a mobile QB, this was a slap in the face. McNabb finished with a lost fumble, 8 of 18 for 59 yards and 2 INTs. You put Kolb in there and he goes 10 of 23 for 73 yards, and 2 INTs (one of them on a 2nd and goal that led to the longest INT return in the history of the game). Congrats to Baltimore, but Andy Reid just made my sh@# list. Inquisitive Mind 7 - 1 for the week.
Houston @ Cleveland - After a decent first outing as the Browns QB, Brady Quinn has gone from sugar to nothing in 3 weeks. Yes, he has a fractured finger on his throwing hand, but he seems to already have been figured out. Two very uninspiring teams (both 4-7) and the outcome said about the same. Inquisitive Mind 8 - 1 for the week.
San Francisco @ Dallas - It's good to see TO catch some balls, because at least we know we won't hear him itchin' and moaning for the rest of the week. I still think this team will live and die by Marion Barber, but for some reason the offensive coordinator has other ideas. This was a good tune up for the Cowboys as they continue to hold out hopes of making the playoffs and redeeming their terrible play that we've seen over the past 5 weeks. Inquisitive Mind 9 - 1 for the week.
Oakland @ Denver - I'm sorry for picking on the Raiders. Well, not really. They finally put together a good game against a rival that dates back for years. Even Al Davis smiled (no that wasn't a wrinkle you saw). The Raider's ground game led the way while JaMarcus Russell was 10 of 11 for 152 yards and 1 TD. With this many athletes, you gotta be able to stretch the field. Nnamdi Asomugha is that good ladies and gentlemen, yes he is. Inquisitive Mind 9 - 2 for the week.
Washington @ Seattle - They almost lost this game. Can't believe that they did, but they almost lost it. Jason Campbell played his normal, nothing past 10 yards passing game, and the ground game led the way to this win. The final play with former Seahawk, Shawn Springs (send me pics of the new little one, he should be a lot bigger now), pulling down the INT to end the game just had to be icing on the cake. Inquisitive Mind 10 - 2 for the week.
New York Giants @ Arizona - This was hyped as an opportunity for the Cardinals to finally show up and shock the world. Brandon Jacobs was out and Plaxico Burress was out after the first quarter, but they still couldn't do anything against that Giants' front four. Eli Manning had a great day with 3 TDs and the Giants win again in the desert. Inquisitive Mind 11 - 2 for the week.
Carolina @ Atlanta - For ever step taken forward, the Panthers seem to take two steps back. How could they lose this game? This would have been the difference maker for their season. This would have put them on the map. Well, it did,....they got thumped by the Atlanta Falcons. Michael Turner had 4 TDs as the Panthers were totally dominated from the jump. Inquisitive Mind 11 - 3 for the week.
Indianapolis @ San Diego - I told you that the Chargers are just missing something. I can't put my finger on it. I know they don't have Merriman, but it's something else on the offensive side of the ball. There's no swagger, no confidence, no nothing. They lost this game on a last second kick by Adam Vinatieri as the Colts showed everyone that they still have that killer instinct. Can someone from the Charger cover Antohony Gonzalez? He's still running free. Inquisitive Mind 12 - 3 for the week.
Green Bay @ New Orleans - This was a blowout but the team that I expected to blown out was wrong. This game was all offense and there was nothing that the Packers defense could do stop the bleeding. I think everyone on the Saints team scored, but the most important was Deuce McAllister who may have scored his last TD in the dome. Deuce has come back from 3 knee surgeries, still has this whole StarCaps thing to deal with, and he isn't a spring chicken anymore. Let's hope that he's cleared (along with all the other NFL players) for taking StarCaps and we'll hope to see him playing somewhere next year. Inquisitive Mind 12 - 4 for the week.