By Anthony McClean, Editor In Chief Emeritus NEW HAVEN (BASN) —...
BASN NFL Picks: Week 14
By Tony McClean
Updated: December 8, 2005
NEW HAVEN, Ct. — Three of the AFC’s four divisions could possibly be clinched this weekend. The Bengals can clinch the AFC North Division with a win and a Pittsburgh loss.
The unbeaten Colts, who have already clinched at least a playoff berth, can clinch the AFC South Division with a win or tie. Indy can also clinch a first-round bye with a win, or a tie and a Cincinnati loss or tie, or a tie and a Denver loss or tie.
They can also earn homefield advantage with a win, or a tie and a Cincinnati loss or tie and a Denver loss or tie.
Did you get all that?
There’s more. The Patriots can clinch the AFC East Division with a win and a Miami loss. No, there won’t be a pop quiz to remember all the scenarios. At least not until next week.
FACTOID OF THE WEEK
Entering Sunday’s games, there are seven teams with records of .750 or better (Carolina, Chicago, Cincinnati, Denver, Indianapolis, Jacksonville and Seattle) which matches last year for the most in history as the final quarter of the season begins.
With 87 receiving yards Sunday, Randy Moss would become the fourth fastest player to reach the 10,000 career plateau in NFL history. Who was the fastest player to reach the mark?
A. Lance Alworth
B. Jerry Rice
C. Homer Jones
D. Marvin Harrison
Hall of Famer Leroy Kelly was the last Cleveland Brown to lead in the NFL in rushing. The Morgan State standout rushed for 1,205 in 1967, two seasons after the retirement of Jim Brown.
LAST WEEK: 13-3 (115-70 overall)
Another double-digit win performance (No applause please). Maybe after over a dozen or so weeks, we’re finally getting a slight handle on the teams. See, now I’ve gone and jinxed myself.
When Indy won 10-3 against the Jags way back in Week Two, it marked the fifth time in the past three years that games between the two were decided by no more than 10 points. Sunday shouldn’t be an exception. We mentioned earlier what this game means to the Horseshoes, however it’s vital for the Jags to win this game to remain in the playoff hunt. While they may have been looking past the Brownies last week, me thinks they’ll have their tunnel vision mojo back enough to pull off the upset.
Fans of the Black and Gold are still reeling from last Sunday’s dismal home loss against the Lewis Gang. Despite Da Bears entering with an eight-game winning streak, their are some Chicago media brethren calling for Lovie Smith to sit rookie QB Kyle Orton. Yes, Chicago’s offense has been uglier than Shabba Ranks. But, overall results are the key. These are the same media folk that were ready to hang the Chisox during late swoon. We all know how that ended don’t we?
Last month, Carolina came into Raymond James Stadium and dismissed the Bucs 34-14. Both defenses are hitting their stride down the stretch: The Panthers have held their past six opponents to under 300 yards a game and have registered 28 sacks in their last seven. The Bucs have allowed one TD in the past two weeks (and that a one-yard drive after a turnover). Who’s gonna win? I’ll take the home team.
Two teams fighting for a playoff berth meet in an interesting battle at the Dome with a big ol’ hole in it. The Tuna Helpers were just inept in an NFC East showdown at Jersey last week while the Chiefs got by the division-leading Broncos at Arrowhead. The big question: Can Dallas’ D stop the league’s hottest running back, Larry Johnson? Most importantly, will the Pokes’ offense show up? My gut says no.
The cousins, Aaron Brooks and Michael Vick, meet for the second time this season in a game that the Dirty Birds need to have to stay in the playoff hunt. Atlanta pulled out a 34-31 squeaker back in October following a questionable defensive holding call. Saint fans may want to get a good look at this team because you get the feeling that Mr. Haslett and others may not be with them in 2006. My hunch says New Orleans keeps it close, but falls in the end.
Eagles over Giants: Just a hunch that Philly’s pride will return about 4 p.m. Sunday afternoon.
Patriots over Bills: Buffalo fans won’t have to wait for the final minutes this week.
Bengals over Browns: Romeo’s boys will make it close, but they’ll just be getting in the way of Cincy’s road to a division crown.
Vikings over Cardinals: The saving of Mike Tice’s job continues.
Raiders over Jets: Maybe Reverend Herm should suit up.
Titans over Texans: Wouldn’t Vince Young look good as Air McNair’s heir apparent? Just a thought.
Cardinals over Redskins: Just to be different.
Seahawks over 49ers: 42 to frickin’ nothing. Now do you believe in Seattle??
Broncos over Ravens: Denver bounces back with avengance.
Chargers over Dolphins: Plain and simple, the Bolts need this more than the Fish.
Packers over Lions: Maybe Detroit can borrow Aaron Rodgers for a quarter or so.