And the agony that is the Philadelphia Eagles 2012 season continues. Who will they lose to this week? Only the Cowboys in Dallas.
Now none of us enjoys it when our team loses, but I hate losing to the Cowboys more than I hate ugly shoes and cheap booze. So a lot.
Will that matter a bit?
At least it’s our annual pre-big association technology conference football party, so I’ll have lots of friends and colleagues around to distract me from Teh Suck that will go down starting around 8:21 pm Sunday night.
Losing divisional games is a special kind of hell, and that’s exactly what the Eagles face over three of the next five weeks.
I should’ve known that winning all four pre-season games this year was a sign of impending doom.
In the rest of the matchups:
Saints at Falcons: Grudge match on Thursday Night Football! If you’re not a Falcons or Saints fan, you might not realize, but this is a HUGE rivalry. Like Any NFC East Team Who’s Not the Cowboys – Cowboys level rivalry. And both teams are hot right now. In other words, if you mostly haven’t been bothering to watch Thursday Night Football, this is the week to take the plunge. Also, Falcons. Game should be close, but I gotta go with homefield here.
Jaguars at Bills: Bills. The Jags are Eagles-level bad this year.
Seahawks at Bears: The Bears hold a one game lead in the NFC North. The Seahawks are clinging to a current sixth seed. The Seahakws need the win big-time, but Cutler’s back, the Bears are at home, and I just don’t see it happening. Bears.
Colts at Lions: They’re playing in Detroit, and the Lions have to be pissed after last week’s “this time it REALLY IS entirely the fault of the head coach” loss. It’s a little nuts, but I’m going with the 4-7 Lions over the 7-4 Colts as my upset pick.
Vikings at Packers: Packers. They don’t lose at home in December to a dome team.
Panthers at Chiefs: Ugh. Worst Game of the Week. Other, of course, than Eagles at Cowboys. I’ve got the Chiefs by a nose because, again, homefield.
Patriots at Dolphins: Dolphins. SIKE! That was a nice win over the Seahawks last week, but come on! Pats.
Cardinals at Jets: Even records. Statistically, the Cards are a better team. But they haven’t won since Kevin Kolb went down. Then again, when’s the last time Ryan Lindley basically tackled himself and gave up a pick 6? I’m going Cards on the strength of their D and the Jets complete lack of a competent QB.
49ers at Rams: 49ers, and put me down as totally on the Kaepernick bandwagon!
Texans at Titans: Texans.
Buccaneers at Broncos: The Bucs are coming into this game hot, but Peyton Manning’s hotter. Well, at least his arm. Peyton himself is pretty goofy looking. Broncos.
Steelers at Ravens: If Big Ben doesn’t play, the Steelers are toast, and dropping to 6-6 won’t help their playoff chances any, either. If he does play, I think they take the Ravens. So my conditional pick is the Steelers (since right now, it looks like Ben will play Sunday), but I reserve the right to change my mind.
Browns at Raiders: I’ve got the Raiders. Both teams, of course, are terrible. But the Raiders are (say it with me, folks) at home.
Bengals at Chargers: I’m going Bengals, who are in the thick of fighting for a playoff spot, while the Chargers, like the Eagles are basically done for the year. In other news, Norv Turner will be one of the other casualties of Black Monday, mark my words.
Giants at Redskins: The Giants should win this one. But I’m an RG3 believer. Redskins. Also, much better way to end week 13 than week 12, NFL honchos.
Oh, and if you haven’t been following the hilarious fake NFL Quarterback Facebook Smackdowns, what are you waiting for?