BASN NFL Picks: Week 12

By Tony McClean
Updated: November 25, 2005
NEW HAVEN, Ct. — Some brief observations on last week’s action as we ponder the early playoff picture:
— I guess I should take back all the nasty things I said about the Bears, huh? It just shows you what a tight defense can do for a team. That whole Miller-Kreutz “controversy” really hurt them didn’t it? (NOT!!!!)
— In that same vein, I may have to eat my words about the Broncos as well. While we knew that interception thing with Plummer would end eventually, who the hell thought that Shananan would win behind Ron Dayne. Yeah, that Ron Dayne. Hey, at least he finally helped out the Giants.
— Did Coach Vermeil say he was retiring? No! Did Reverend Herm say he going to the Chiefs? No! With no attributable quotes, this story sounds like something out of the National Enquirer. Unfortnately, it was a New York tabloid writer that knows he has nothing exciting to write about concerning the fortunes of Gang Green. So he does the next best thing. Welcome to “Make Up A Story” starring the Big Apple media and friends.
With a win against the Giants Sunday and a St. Louis loss to Houston, the Seahawks would clinch their second straight NFC West crown. They would also become the fourth team since 1978 (when the NFL first adopted the present 16-game schedule) to clinch a division crown after 11 games. The previous three were: the 1985 Bears, 1997 49ers, and 2004 Eagles.
Who is the only tight end in NFL history to have a 100-catch season?
A. Ben Coates
B. Tony Gonzalez
C. Shannon Sharpe
D. Kellen Winslow
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The San Francisco 49ers, from 1989-90, set an NFL record with 18 straight road wins.
LAST WEEK: 7-9 (91-62 overall)
I stuck my neck out on a lot of teams last week (Bengals, Packers, Steelers, Falcons) and got whupped. Not to mention getting bit in the ass by Upset, The Wonder Dog. How else can you explain the Lambs falling to the Cardinals, the Fish getting squished by the Browns, and the Ravens nipping the Black and Gold in OT? Oh well, at least we went 1-1 on Thanksgiving Day. Thanks for missing the chip shot, Mr. Cundiff (NOT!!!!)
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While New England has finally won two straight for the first time this year, they’ve also allowed two straight 300-yard passers (Ferrotte and Brooks) as well. That could play right into KC’s hands. Add to that the emergence of Larry Johnson since Priest Holmes was lost for the season and the Chiefs are still in the playoff hunt. When these teams last met, the Pats won at Arrowhead. Just a hunch, I don’t think that happens again.
Pick: Chiefs.
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In what could be a playoff preview, both teams are coming off impressive wins. We already mentioned Chicago’s manhandling of the Panthers, while the Bucs went into the Dome and outlast the Dirty Birds. Mr. Smith has a history with the Bucs, serving as their linebacker coach from 1996-2000. This looks like another low scoring contest. In this one, I stick with the home team.
Pick: Bucs.
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Minnesota kept their slim playoff hopes alive with a last second win at Lambeau Monday night while Cleveland shutout the Dolphins. A Cleveland win would match their 2004 total. But here’s something else to ponder: The Vikes have won their last five straight home games against AFC opponents. This looks like a no-brainer for Minnesota, right? Sniff, Sniff. I know they’re lousy on the road, but I smell an upset.
Pick: Browns.
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Another possible playoff preview matches two division leaders in Seattle. If the playoffs today (Yeah, I hate that phrase too….But I need it to prove a point), the NFC road to the Super Bowl would come through the Emerald City. As we said a few weeks back, the Birds are doing it without a lot of fanfare. Given the nature of the NFC race this year, it just may be what Holmgren’s Heroes need.
Pick: Seahawks.
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Another mini test for the undefeated Colts. But to their advantage, they get to play this one at Home Sweet Dome. Without Big Ben, the Steelers struggled and lost on the road to Baltimore. It appears that he’ll be back, but you know he’ll be rusty. However, what the Black and Gold need to win this game in a ball controlled, time consuming, running game. As much as I’d like to see the upset, I don’t think it’ll happen.
Pick: Colts.
Bengals over Ravens: Cincy bounces back, but not without a fight from Baltimore.
Chargers over Redskins: Hey, Mr. Snyder! You’re about to lose to another ex-employee.
Jags over Cardinals: No! No! No! Arizona will not do this to me again……I hope…..
Packers over Eagles: Philly’s D will keep it close, but I think No. 4 (No, not Mike McMahon) will get a hard-fought road win.
Raiders over Dolphins: Another learning lesson for Saban’s Soldiers.
Panthers over Bills: Mr. Losman meet Mr. Peppers. Mr. Peppers meet Mr. Losman. Welcome to Sunday Afternoon Smackdown.
Rams over Texans: Watch this game only if you have to…..Just between you and me, I DON’T HAVE TO!!!!
Titans over 49ers: Welcome to the Vince Young Bowl.
Saints over Jets: New Orleans finally gets that “home” win at the Meadowlands.