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Just as it looks like the New England Patriots become serious Super
Bowl contenders, they suffer yet another offensive injury that could
prove to be more devastating than the last. Julian Edelman, once a back
up wide receiver, became a more prominent member of the offensive unit
as injuries and free agency took their toll. He also became a very
good, though occasional reckless, punt returner. Edelman fractured his
foot in last Sunday's game, and is lost for the season. His absence now
leaves the Patriots with three wide receivers, including the newly
signed Donte Stallworth. Sure, they have Aaron Hernandez, but it is
clear that the receiving corps is very thin. The offensive line is also
saddled with injuries. Many times the Patriots have faced a situation
like this, but possibly not as severe.
Tom Brady is good, really good. But one has to
wonder if he can continue to perform at a high level with his team
crumbling around him. He has before, but this time it could be
different. His offensive line faces injuries all the time, and they
plug in others to perform like new. They will really need that because
Brady is like most quarterbacks as where he struggles if pressured. The
Patriots face a very daunting task with Houston Monday Night, and they
come with a very good defense. This will be a very big test for New
England, not only because the Texans are very good, but because the
Patriots injuries might simply be too tall of a task to overcome.
As always, home team in CAPS.
Denver 10 OAKLAND
The Broncos continue to cruise through the AFC West. I can't think of a
more insignificant team than the Raiders this year. I don't see much of
a fight here.
Atlanta 3 1/2 CAROLINA
The Falcons are getting ready for the post season, while the Panthers
are already looking forward to next season. The Panthers will be game
but the Falcons will have too much in the end.
TAMPA BAY 7 Philadelphia
Many thought the Buccaneers were going to make a big move this year,
but I guess they were talking about next year. The Eagles
dreadful season can't end soon enough. Nick Foles has been named the
starter for the rest of the year, so we might not see Michael Vick for
a long time.
PITTSBURGH 5 1/2 San Diego
It is still not sure who will be starting under center for the
Steelers, but it really doesn't matter. Charlie Batch is a capable
backup, and the opponent is the Chargers. If Norv Turner is still the
Head Coach next year, there needs to be an investigation.
WASHINGTON 2 1/2 Baltimore
Somehow, the Redskins are alive for a playoff berth, but they will fall
short in the end. The Ravens really need to win here, as their first
round bye hopes in the playoffs are fading away. I think they will win
here. I believe in Robert Griffin III, but not his teammates.
CINCINNATI 3 Dallas
The Bengals have been very decent this year, and they have an outside
shot at the playoffs. The Cowboys need some help, this year and in the
offseason. They are going nowhere fast. The Bengals are at home, so I
will take them here.
INDIANAPOLIS 5 Tennessee
Andrew Luck might be the best rookie quarterback ever, especially after
last week's comeback win. The Colts dream season continues, and I don't
think the Titans will put an end to it.
SAN FRANCISCO 10 Miami
It looks like Jim Harbaugh is sticking with Colin Kaepernick at
quarterback. He certainly didn't do much last week. I have a feeling
the 49ers will be one and done in the playoffs. They can't really be
trusted. They badly need to beat Miami, who is playing hard but really
isn't very good.
CLEVELAND 6 1/2 Kansas City
Another tough game for the Chiefs after last week's awful tragedy.
Their season has just been a terrible disappointment. The Browns have
actually played hard all year. They should win this game as I just
don't see the Chiefs being able to bring much to the table.
NEW YORK GIANTS 4 1/2 New Orleans
The Giants lead in the NFC West has suddenly disappeared, so they
really need to win. The Saints playoff chances are gone, but I think we
knew that when they started 0-4. The Giants badly need a win, and I
still think they will be a very tough out in the postseason.
New York Jets 2 1/2 JACKSONVILLE
The Jets can still make the playoffs, if one can believe. Whether they
deserve to is another story. Mark Sanchez is back at quarterback. The
Jaguars might make him look pretty good. Jacksonville to their credit
really hasn't lied down to anybody this year. I'll take the New
Yorkers. Perhaps they will make things interesting down the stretch.
SEATTLE 9 1/2 Arizona
The Seahawks ride continues, and right now Seattle would be in the
playoffs. Amazing. The Cardinals have totally fallen apart. If they
only had an offense.
Chicago 3 MINNESOTA
The Bears have really hit the skids, though they are still in position
to make the postseason. I don't think they will be doing any damage
though if they do in fact make it. The Vikings are an nafterthought
after a good start. The Bears desperately need a win. I'll take them
GREEN BAY 6 1/2 Detroit
The Packers are fighting for their playoff lives, and I have decided
that Lions Head Coach Jim Schwartz is one of the worst coaches in
football. I will be very surprised if he is back next year. The Lions
have been a terrible disappointment. The Packers need this game more
than the Lions. They should be able to take care of business.
Game of the Week
NEW ENGLAND 3 1/2 Houston
This pick was pretty obvious. The Patriots are devastated with
injuries, but they usually are great at adjusting. This week might be
different though. Houston is very talented, and the AFC's top seed
could be on the line here. The Patriots are usually really good at
home, but Houston has not lost on the road this year. I am picking the
Texans in a mild upset.
Stinker of the Week
BUFFALO 3 St. Louis
This is a Stinker all right.
Record For Week 13: 7-8-1 ( 10-6 without the spread )
Record Through Week 13: 82-95-4 ( 103-78 without
Game of Week Record: 6-7
Stinker of Week Record: 5-8
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