(Long sigh) Well, I guess that dream of having a perfect week is done. Way too many surprises this week and with all of those surprises, some folks got left out of the playoffs. Let's take a look.
St. Louis @ Atlanta - Not much else to say. This Falcons team has done it, they made the playoffs and they have an opportunity to win their first playoff game in a long time. This has been a tough year for them with the loss (by his own stupidity) of Mike Vick and the skipping town of Bobby Petrino. They get a top flight QB in Matt Ryan and he goes out (with a great running game from Michael Turner) and leads them to an 11-5 record. I will have to say that the Rams played well throughout this game and almost pulled it out at the end. Inquisitive Mind 1 - 0 for the week.
New England @ Buffalo - Can I take this one back? The Bills are officially off my list of picks until the middle of next year. Yes, it was windy during this game, but the lack of desire showed the most. Dick Jauron, you have one year to turn this around or you are gone. Inquisitive Mind 1 - 1 for the week.
Kansas City @ Cincinnati - I did flip a coin on this one. If Cedric Benson would have played like this in Chicago, he'd still be there. I think both of these teams are glad the season is over. Inquisitive Mind 1 - 2 for the week.
Detroit @ Green Bay - Well Aaron Rodgers didn't let his team lose to the Lions. They tried, but they didn't. The Lions are the only team to go 0-16 in the NFL, EVER!!!! Just take that in for a little bit. Rod Marinelli was given his walking papers shortly there after. I can say this, the Lions didn't quit, they just got beat by a better team. Inquisitive Mind 2 - 2 for the week.
Tennessee @ Indianapolis - Well, the Colts did what they were supposed to do and beat the Titans. People better not forget that this team just won the Super Bowl a few years back and they are hitting their stride right now. Very dangerous. Inquisitive Mind 3 - 2 for the week.
New York Giants @ Minnesota - This game came down to the last second and the Vikings won on a field goal. Peterson had a good game and should garner at least some MVP votes. He carried this team figuratively. This win, coupled with the stinker the Bears showed, put the Vikings in the playoffs. Brad Childress, your job is safe for at least another year. Inquisitive Mind 3 - 3 for the week.
Carolina @ New Orleans - The Panthers put their foot on the Saints early but they ended up letting off a little and had there been about 20 seconds left on the clock, they could have lost by a field goal. Nevertheless, the Panthers won, and take their spot in the playoffs. Inquisitive Mind 4 - 3 for the week.
Cleveland @ Pittsburgh - Bye bye Phil Savage and Romeo Crennel, hello Scott Pioli (maybe). Inquisitive Mind 5 - 3 for the week.
Oakland @ Tampa Bay - The Bucs don't deserve to go to the playoffs. They lost to the Raiders. I mean THE sorriest team in the NFL (well the Lions get a nod over them). If you would have told me that the Bucs would lose their last 3 games due to bad tackling, I would have told you that you are crazy. The Bucs tackle, that's what they hang their hats on. Chuckie has to go. Inquisitive Mind 5 - 4 for the week.
Chicago @ Houston - All you have to do is win this game and you are most likely in (the Vikings game was at the same time). These bamas from the Bears were checking their blackberries on the sideline to check the Vikings/Giants score instead of actually going out and winning a game. That's all I have to say. Lovie has to go, Ron Turner has to go, and some of these over the hill defensive players (yes Brian Urlacher, that's you) have to go too. Inquisitive Mind 6 - 4 for the week.
Jacksonville @ Baltimore - The Ravens beat the team in front of them and surprise, the Ravens get to play next weekend. Joe Flacco has played pretty well for a rookie and that team is led by their defense. They have a chance against any team in the AFC. Dangerous!!! Inquisitive Mind 7 - 4 for the week.
Washington @ San Francisco - I flipped a coin on this one too. (That was a bad luck coin) Finally the Redskins season is over and I for one am glad. They peaked way too early (like week 5) and they have been all downhill since then. I actually expect some off season change for the Redskins. Inquisitive Mind 7 - 5 for the week.
Miami @ New York Jets - Talk about a dish served cold. Chad Pennington had to enjoy this win. He beats the guy that they brought in to take his job and he beats the organization that gave up on him. A little added bonus is that he knocked the Jets out of the playoffs while taking his team TO the playoffs. Irony is all over the place. Mangini gets fired and life is what it is in New York these days. Inquisitive Mind 7 - 6 for the week.
Dallas @ Philadelphia - (hahahahahahahahahahaha) I needed that one. Talk about the biggest collapse of a team over a season. The Cowboys knew coming in to this game that if they win, they are in. What do they do? They come in and get their a$$ handed to them. I'm talking about it was served up to them on nice white tablecloths, with fine china. The Eagles dominated this game from the 2nd quarter on. The Cowboys got beat 44 - 6 in a game where they had to win to make the playoffs. Expect some changes in Dallas. Inquisitive Mind 8 - 6 for the week.
Seattle @ Arizona - Finally a win since clinching the playoffs. The Cardinals haven't looked good over the last week, but they did beat the Seahawks. For all of that hard work, they get the Eagles next week. Congrats!!!! Inquisitive Mind 9 - 6 for the week.
San Diego @ Denver - Cutler was real quiet at the end of this game. Doesn't feel good to get blasted 52 - 21, huh? Well, the Chargers make the playoffs. That's the hardest sentence that I have put together today. The Chargers have sucked all year long and then they win this game and win the AFC West. Life isn't fair. Inquisitive Mind 10 - 6 for the week.