I say Merry Christmas, fuck happy holidays
Was thinking about this the other day. What is your favorite sneaky xmas movie. Like a movie that could be on any time of the year, but it also has a christmas theme, but not necessarily obvious. Like Christmas vacation is great, but it's obvious it's a christmas movie, same with a christmas story...etc. Cmblue's favorite in this category is "love actually". That's the example. A movie that isn't necessarily about christmas, but takes place during christmas maybe. My example, is die hard. Anytime cmblue makes me watch love actually, we chase it with Die Hard. Anyway, thought I'd kick that one out there to see if there are any other great ones i can't remember.
On to the picks: Last week I went 11-4-1 it's a christmas miracle. I am now all the way up to 112-90-5. (.554). That's a good enough week. EP struggled along at 7-7-1 (not including his miss on thursday night). Gets his season total up to 97-89-5 (.521). Hopefully he'll break the 100 win mark this week. Maybe?
Raiders -6 vs Chargers
Christmas Eve game. Both teams are hoping santa brings them a new home next year. The Chargers blew their load last week. Can't believe I missed the "last game in San Diego" undertones coming from that game, and should have known they'd come out fired up. Rookie mistake. Raiders played the Packers pretty tough. Raiders are the better team, and here is to two teams that next year could be sharing a stadium. Speaking of which, how shitty would it be if the NFL only allowed the chargers and rams to move, and the raiders were stuck in Oakland. I'll take the raiders to win outright 36-24.
Redskins +3 vs Eagles
muy importante game for the nfc least. skins win and it all but locks up a playoff spot for them. or maybe it does lock up a playoff spot, i don't know. Skins have been playing well the last few weeks and have figured it out a little bit on the road. Desean Jackson always likes to play in Philly, and maybe kirk cousins is the new santa claus. I'm riding the skins here because I haven't picked them right pretty much all season (you're welcome eagles fans) Skins win 31-28.
Pats -3 vs Jets
These games are usually close. I wouldn't put it past belichek (i can never spell his name right), to throw this game just so the JETS can stay alive in the playoff hunt. JETS have to win out to get in, and hope the Broncos, chiefs, Steelers, lose one more. And since the chiefs and steelers aren't losing again, it would only be the Broncos that would get left out. So do I think that Belichek knows this? of course I do. Do I think he'd create some shenanigans to keep the broncos out of the playoffs, you bet he would. All that being said, consipiracy theories abound, i'm still taking the pats 31-24.
Texans (off) vs Titans
I'm guessing it's not on the books because nobody is sure if Hoyer will play. Who do you hate more, Brandon Weeden or Zach Mettenberger. I'm going with the team here that has something left to play for. Also, I think Hoyer will play. And the texans have a stout defense. So that's my pick, who do you have? Texans win 31-10
Chiefs -13 vs Browns
Never thought i'd lay 13 points with the chiefs. Does Johnny Football have a miracle left in him? Chiefs control their own playoff destiny. Pretty sad that the wildcard teams in the AFC, even though on the road, will be favored no matter who their opponent will be. Chiefs have opened up the offense, and all of a sudden Alex Smith thinks he's back at Utah. Gary Barnidge rented out a theater for his teammates to watch Star Wars tonight (christmas eve) at 7:30. Apparently, he invited anyone else who wants to come, on twitter, to join him and his teammates. I'm sure this will go well. This game won't be close, i'll take the chefs to win big 38-10.
Colts +2.5 vs Dolphins
No idea who is playing QB for the colts, doesn't matter. Dolphins packed their season in a long time ago. Pagano will be playing with his grandkids back in Idaho, this time next year. I will take the colts in a rout. 17-10
49ers +10.5 vs Lions
Lions have been playing a lot better here in the second half of the season. makes jim caldwell look all that much worse of a coach in the first half though. 49ers are what they are. They're tough enough though that they keep games relatively close. I'll give Tomsula credit for that, they haven't quit on the season yet. I had this game picked the other way, then decided I can't lay that many points, so while I think the Lions win, it's only by a TD. Lions 24-17
Cowboys +7 vs Bills
This is one of those games that neither team has anything to play for but pride. Bills seem to be in a little bit of turmoil here down the stretch, whereas the Cowboys are just trying to keep it together. Shady McCoy is out for the Bills. I give the advantage to the cowboys. Kellen Moore will make his first NFL start, which shouldn't scare anyone, but he's gotta be better than Matt Cassell. Cowboys win in a shocker 21-17
Bucs -3 vs Bears
Lovie will have his team fired up to beat his old team. Bucs still playing to get to .500 which would be a great accomplishment. I actually think the Bears are the better team, but for some reason they just can't figure it out. I'll take Winston and his boys 24-20
Panthers -7 vs Falcons
I could see the panthers losing this game, but I can't see the falcons winning it. i'm gonna ride the Cam Newton wagon until I fall off I guess. My aunt has season tickets to the panthers so it's been insufferable to hear about how great they are. Nobody has season tickets to the falcons, maybe they should move to LA. Rumor started. I think Cam and the boys get it done early and don't fall apart late like they did with the giants. Panthers 38-21.
Steelers -11.5 vs Ravens
Lots of home dawgs this week. or maybe just two in a row, I don't know. That's a lot of points for two divisional rivals who usually play tight close games. But the Steelers are just that much better right now. Ravens don't even have a QB. Maybe Mallet, maybe Flacco, maybe schaub. who knows. Steelers were impressive last week against the broncos. Honestly broncos should have won that game, can't seem to figure out how to move the ball in the 2nd half of games though. Steelers passing game is pretty frisky, but really it's just AB. the other two are jokers. I'll take the steelers 38-10
Jags (off) vs Saints
I'm guessing brees doesn't play. Why would he. If you're hurt, just heal up man. I'll take the young upstarts in Jacksonville. And the end of an era in New Orleans. I'm betting no Payton and either no Brees, or a really reduced priced Brees, next year. Jags win 28-17
Rams +14.5 vs Seahawks
Seahawks have been red hot, like fire. But don't have a running back. and play against a division opponent with a good enough defense. I still like the Seahawks to win the game, but the rams and headCase Keenum keep it close enough. Seahawks 31-17.
Cardinals -4.5 vs Packers
How is this not the SNF game of the week? I'm guessing this was a game that Fox protected or something. I'm not believing in the Pack. While I almost took the packers because of the veteran experience in games like this, and usually a let down when a young team clinches a playoff spot (cards), i'm still believing that the packers really suck, and have been staying afloat with smoke and mirrors for the last 3 weeks. In the end, where there's smoke, there isn't fire, just mirrors, so i'll take the Cards 31-24
Vikings -5 vs Giants
I guess everyone figured out, you can get into OBJ's head. What a fucking douche man. Totally a horrible representation out there last week. Guess what, now that you've taken him away, the Giants literally have no offense. Giants can't stop the run, can't stop the pass. It was a hell of a comeback last week, but the vikings are playing for their playoff lives. (or have they already clinched, i don't know). Maybe they'll have already clinched by the time they play though. I do think they're trying to play up and get to that 5 seed though, so they have to keep winning. I'd rather play the skins in DC than the Packers again in Lambeau. Although that would make next week interesting considering it would be a preview of the following week. or it would make it awful to watch. Anyway. I'm taking the vikings 31-17.
Broncos -3 vs Bengals
Broncos might need to be ahead by 40 points at halftime. Fuck, not sure what happens to them in the second half. I guess that's a sign of piss poor coaching if you can't make adjustments in the 2nd half, or don't expect the other team to adjust. Frustrating part is that their defense is rock steady (except for covering Antonio Brown), and all they need from their offense is some continuity in the second half. Just quit going 3 and out. Fuck. Vernon Davis has a huge drop in the last two games that would have kept big drives alive. Osweiler can't throw the ball 45-50 times and expect to win, not at this stage in his career, so they've got to pound the rock. Miraculously, they've still got a shot at the #1 seed in the AFC. All they need to do, is win out, and hope that Belichek is playing possum and throws the game against the jets, and then pats get upset in week 17 against the dolphins....so you're saying there's a chance. Most likely, this game is for the 2 seed in the AFC. Although if the broncos lose, they could be in trouble making the playoffs, as discussed earlier. So in conclusion, AJ McCarron sucks donkey dick. I'll take the broncos 42-7. Merry Christmas