TENNESSEE TITANS (-8) at KANSAS CITY CHIEFS. Trap game for the NFL's last undefeated? Maybe. But something tells me that last week's spate of upsets tilted the mood of the football gods, who may just let the better team win. Might be closer than the spread indicates.Actual score: Titans 34, Chiefs 10.
Finny's ridiculous prognostification: Titans 24, Chiefs 17.
Begs the question of how the Chiefs ever beat the Broncos. My God, they are bad. Wasn't even as close as the score indicates.
Actual score: Bills 23, Chargers 14.
SAN DIEGO CHARGERS (-1) at BUFFALO BILLS. Still not sold on that SD defense. Bills got bushwhacked in the desert and have spent a week licking their wounds. Chargers take the early trip east to play the 7:00 a.m. game. Bills seem to have lost some of their early headiness, and need to show more zip. Balance is great, but you got juice?
Finny's ridiculous prognostification: Bills 23, Chargers 21.
Pretty damned close to how I thought it would go down. A late pick by the Bills ensured I didn't get it exactly right.
PITTSBURGH STEELERS (-10) at CINCINNATI BENGALS.[/b] Well, speaking of trap games. Lord, I hate games like this. Division game. Injury issues. Bengals playing better lately. Steelers looking ahead. Oh, and then I realize that the Bengals won't have Palmer, have a RB who leads the league in fumbles, and a defense that couldn't stop a zombie from Night of the Living Dead from stumbling through it. I just don't see us letting the Bengals stay too close.Actual score: Steelers 38, Bengals 10.
Finny's ridiculous prognostification: Steelers 31, Bengals 10.
Interesting choice of words in I just don't see us letting the Bengals stay too close.
As in, they'd be close, but then not so.
DALLAS COWBOYS (-7) at ST. LOUIS RAMS.[/b] Dallas's main problem isn't TO's mouth, or Pacman's misadventures, or Romo's pinkie. It's a defense that can't shut teams down. The Rams, on the other hand, just won their Super Bowl and won't be able to play catch up here.
Finny's ridiculous prognostification: Cowboys 34, Rams 17
Actual score: Rams 34, Cowboys 14. Well, sure enough the Cowboys D' is in the weeds, but had this score flipped. Man, you lose this big against the Rams??? That's what we refer to as "free fall." Oh, and apparently the Cowboys' vaunted offense is now shit, too.
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (+3) at CAROLINA PANTHERS.[/b] Good news is the Saints have Colston and Shockey coming back. Bad news is, the offense isn't the problem. Same old story for the Saints. Panthers just got clobbered by the Bucs, and will be looking for a little payback in a defense-vs.-offense showcase.
Finny's ridiculous prognostification: Panthers 24, Saints 20.
Actual score: Panthers 30, Saints 7.
Did the Saints even show up? Knew the Panthers would, figured the Saints' O would keep it closer.
SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (+11) at N.Y. GIANTS.[/b] Here's a theme: teams that got upset last week, badly upset, coming back all pissed off and taking shit out on their opponents. See where I'm going with this? Niners' OC Martz had some shimmer on the offense early, but O'Sullivan is back to being a pumpkin again. Actual score: Giants 29, Niners 17.
Finny's ridiculous prognostification: Giants 38, Niners 13.
Yeah, 'bout right. We're still beating the Giants, though.
N.Y. JETS (-3) at OAKLAND RAIDERS.[/b] I just traded Coles to Penso for depth at RB, so that should mean Laveraneus hauls in 125 yards plus and three scores.Actual score: Raiders 16, Jets 13 (OT).
Finny's ridiculous prognostification: Jets 27, Raiders 20.
I just knew the Jets were bullshit. Funny that Alchemy predicted that the Raiders' D was borderline playoff-capable, and they shut down Favre in OT.
SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (+11) at TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS.[/b] Bucs D is playing pretty well, even if their O is not consistent. The Seahawks blow bloody fucking chunks and will be downstroyed.Actual score: Buccaneers 20, Seahawks 10.
Finny's ridiculous prognostification: Bucs 28, Seahawks 10.
Didn't see the second half, but by the way these teams played early the Bucs should have won 38-3.
DENVER BRONCOS (-3) at NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS.[/b] Coupla frauds. Cutler's been less than stellar of late, both teams have shitty D, the Patriots don't have a running game. I don't know and I don't care. Rather see the Pats lose.Finny's ridiculous prognostification: Broncos 27, Patriots 17.