By Anthony McClean, Editor In Chief Emeritus NEW HAVEN (BASN) —...
BASN’s NFL Picks: Week Fourteen
NEW HAVEN, Ct. — Over the last few weeks since Thursday night football began, we’ve tried to make picks on those games including last week’s Thanksgiving triple header.
However, with the match up between the Silver and Bleak against the San Diego Dolts as this week’s “extravaganza”, I drew the line. Until further notice (or either a better game!!!), we’ll go back to our regular days.
As for action on the field, five clubs can earn playoff berths this week. Then again, some teams could have clinched two weeks ago and didn’t. Now that we’re in the month of December and it’s cold weather, we can expect even more of the unexpected.
FACTOID OF THE WEEK
The New York Giants have won seven consecutive games, with their last six coming against teams with winning records. With a victory over Philadelphia on Sunday, the Giants can tie the 1970 Minnesota Vikings for the all-time record of most consecutive wins in a season against teams with winning records.
What player holds the Green Bay Packers’ record for most consecutive games with at least one reception?
A. Donald Driver B. James Lofton C. Sterling Sharpe D. Robert Brooks
(Answer comes at the end of the story).
LAST WEEK: 11-5 (114-76-1 overall)
After a decent Turkey Day (2-1), I had a feel that we’d be able to have a good week. While the Redskins and Gang Green let us down big time, we did let you know about the Panthers winning at Lambeau, the Dirty Birds dismissing San Diego, and the Bucs winning out at home. Let’s hope we can keep rallying down the stretch.
EAGLES at GIANTS
While the whole Plaxico Burress incident has dominated the headlines all week, what’s been lost is that Big Blue can clinch the NFC East title and a first-round bye in the playoffs with a win Sunday. While last week’s Turkey Day win against the Cards was big, Philly needs to win out and get lots of help to try and hope for a playoff berth. I’m willing to give them this victory, but I’m not promising anything after that. And for the record, I’d be picking the Iggles even if No. 17 played or not.
FALCONS at SAINTS
The improbable playoff run by the Falcons now reaches a major turning point at the Superdome Sunday. It’s been three years since the Dirty Birds have won three straight games. However, they’ve have won six of their last eight and are tied with Dallas for the NFC’s final playoff spot. They also hold the tiebreaker over the Cowboys with the better conference record. The Saints last gasp at a playoff berth likely died last week at Tampa. While they’ll probably keep this close because of the history of this rivalry, I think Atlanta’s on a great roll.
COWBOYS at STEELERS
Since winning their last playoff game during the 1996 season, the Cowboys are 17-28 in December games; 18-31 when regular-season games played in January are added. They now must travel to the Ketchup place to take on a Steeler squad that’s a week removed from making Team Tivo chew on their DVD’s. While this match up has all the bells and whistles that the NFL likes, to me it comes down to defense. Right now, the Black and Gold have the better one overall and that will make the entire difference.
REDSKINS at RAVENS
Did the emotion of last week’s tribute to Sean Taylor take too much out of the Redskins? To me, that’s the only way I can understand why the Giants absolutely punked them. Now they face a Ravens team that’s even harder to figure out. They’re 6-0 against teams with losing records, including a combined 4-0 against division rivals Cleveland and Cincinnati. But Baltimore is just 2-4 against teams with winning records. That includes major ass whippings at the hands of the Colts and the aforementioned Giants. So who wins the Battle of the Beltway? I’ll lean towards the home team.
BUCS at PANTHERS
After last week’s yawner in Houston, the boys from Bristol actually have a decent game to watch this Monday night. When they met back in October, Tampa’s Jeff Garcia completed 15 of 20 passes for 173 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions in a 27-3 home win. Carolina has seeming been playing under the radar all season, but last week’s stunner at Green Bay opened some eyes. This has the makings of a 10-7 or 13-6 kinda struggle. If that’s the case, we’ll again lean with the home team.
Lions over Vikings: My upset special because I wanna to throw even more craziness into the NFC North.
Dolphins over Bills: Sorry, Buffalo. Those 50 points from last week won’t be allowed to cross the Canadian border.
Colts over Bengals: Oh, the humanity!!!!!!!!!
Titans over Browns: Kenny Dorsey is starting only because Brian Sipe isn’t available.
Cardinals over Rams: Yo, Cards!! Clinch the division already will ya???
Bears over Jags: Chicago is still hoping for a miracle playoff run.
Packers over Texans: It’s too bad Aaron Rodgers can’t play defense as well.
Patriots over Seahawks: You can stop ducking now, Matt. The big bad men in black can’t hurt you in Seattle.
Broncos over Chiefs: If Denver loses, the league should revoke the AFC West’s playoff privileges and make them all stay home for the holidays.
Jets over 49ers: Frisco will keep this closer than you think.
A. The three-time Pro Bowler from Alcorn State, Donald Driver has caught a pass in a team-record 107 straight games entering Sunday’s action.