Vince Wilfork was asked by Bob Costas last week what he has to say to the people who left the Patriots bandwagon early in the season. The big defensive tackle calmly said, “There’s no more room for them.”
That’s how we feel right now. The wins are piling up, but the views and comments are few and far between. It’s shocking really, as our team looks more and more like the Seattle Seahawks currently do, peaking at the right time for the closing furlong of the season.
If it weren’t for Green Bay’s prevent defense in the second half against Atlanta we would have truly cleaned up and swept the primetime games. Nonetheless, we finished the week 10-5-1 and upped our season record to 107-97-3.
Week 15 is here. Let’s stay warm while the weather keeps cold.
Arizona at St. Louis (-4.5)
Not many teams are playing better than the 6-7 St. Louis Rams are right now, winning their last two contests by a total score of 76-0. That’s not a typo, that’s a zero for the opposition. Now, the two shutouts came against Oakland and Washington, the two teams in the league battling it out for most dysfunctional. Still, a shutout is a shutout in today’s NFL. They are probably out of the playoff race, but are playing for pride and their jobs. Arizona’s offense has taken a nosedive the last few weeks and are feeling the wrath of Seattle in the NFC West division race. The pressure is on Drew Stanton and Arizona in this game, St. Louis will play loose and with nothing to lose, making them a very, very dangerous team.
THE PICK: Rams (-4.5)
Oakland at Kansas City (-10)
Revenge is a dish best served cold. It’ll probably be cold in Kansas City on Sunday and they need this game. Oakland followed up their first win of the season three weeks ago against Kansas City on a Thursday night with a 52-0 loss to St. Louis and then beat their cross-bay rival San Francisco this past week. Kansas City is a tough place to play and the Chiefs need a “get right” game. They avenge their loss to Oakland with a win this Sunday.
THE PICK: Chiefs (-10)
Jacksonville at Baltimore (-13.5)
Baltimore looks poised for another January run after smacking Miami in South Beach Sunday, 28-13. Joe Flacco may be playing his best football this year. His play, coupled with the pass rush of Terrell Suggs and Elvis Dumervil, makes for a dangerous Ravens team. They won’t look past the Jags in this one as they need every win from here on out to capture the AFC North crown and hold off the Steelers and Bengals.
THE PICK: Ravens (-13.5)
Pittsburgh (-2.5) at Atlanta
No one can seem to figure out this Steelers team. They are 8-5, but are just 1-2 against the NFC South with home losses to Tampa Bay and New Orleans. Both teams are desperate to keep pace in their respective divisions and we can’t imagine the Steelers going 1-3 against the NFC South. Julio Jones may not play after injuring his hip Monday night in his record setting performance.