I’ll start this post with my thoughts on tomorrow’s selection of the 4 college football playoff team. As I’m writing this, we know Alabama and Oregon are in, as they should be. Florida State, TCU, Ohio State, and Baylor are fighting for the final 2 spots. My thoughts are simple. I know they haven’t dominated anyone, but if FSU wins tonight and finishes the regular season undefeated for a 2nd straight year, they should be in. I cannot believe the committee has dropped them the last 2 weeks, making this a question. However, FSU beating Georgia Tech tonight is no sure thing. Also, if OSU beats a good Wisconsin team tonight while starting their 3rd string QB, I don’t care how good TCU is, the Buckeyes should get in.
There are many huge games in the NFL this week. I was 4 for 4 picking games on the blog last week. Let’s keep the good mojo going.
Steelers (7-5) at Bengals (8-3-1)-I probably gave away a few of my picks in Wednesday’s post, this being one of them. The Bengals squeaked by in Tampa last week, thanks to Marvin Lewis and his eagle eye. However, the offense is sagging right now, and the defense can be had, particularly against the run. Steelers RB Le’veon Ball is 2nd in the league in rushing, enough said. Despite a head scratching loss last week, I’ll keep riding with the Steelers and their high powered offense. I see no way that Andy Dalton and company score enough points to keep this one close. Sorry to my Cincy friends and family. Pit 34 Cin 17
Seahawks (8-4) at Eagles (9-3)-This is the most interesting game of the weekend for me. The Eagles fast paced offense and opportunistic defense are coming off an impressive holiday showing in Dallas. The world champs shelled division rival San Francisco on Thanksgiving night holding them to just a field goal. However, Seattle is nothing short of bad when throwing the ball on offense, ranking 29th in the league. That will keep them from winning here, and ultimately repeating as champions. Phi 27 Sea 19
Chiefs (7-5) at Cardinals (9-3)-If you read Wednesday’s post, you know where I think the Cards are headed. To make matters worse for them, starting RB Andre Ellington is out with a hip pointer. KC was ripped for 200+ rush yards by Denver last week. Arizona will be unable to exploit that. KC grinds out an ugly win to keep pace in the wacky AFC playoff race. KC 17 Ari 9
Ravens (7-5) at Dolphins (7-5)-As I said Wednesday, this is an elimination game as far as the playoffs are concerned. I’ve liked Baltimore better than Miami all year, but not here. The biggest story in sports that no one talked about this week was the Ravens losing run stuffing nose tackle Haloti Ngata for the rest of the regular season to a suspension. It takes two guys to block him, thus opening up opportunities for others. Without Ngata, Miami’s above average run game will prosper. Mia 16 Bal 10.
Lastly, I’ll take massive underdog Atlanta to go into Green Bay and shock the world Monday. I think people are over the top on Green Bay right now and Atlanta is looking like the team that is taking control of the NFC South. They’ve played as well as anyone the last two weeks. The hardest part of a football Sunday that has this many good games is figuring out which game to watch when.