Joe-Pinions: Sports

21 Nov 2010 – NFL Pick ’em, Week 11

Posted in Football (NFL) by txtmstrjoe on 21/11/2010

Yet again, life has happened when you’re busy making other plans.

My apologies again for the ridiculously tardy picks for this week’s NFL games (and completely forgetting to post about last week’s results!), but I’ve been fully immersed in computer-related issues (none bad, to be sure; they are just time consuming to the extreme) the past week and a half.

Like last week, then, I’ll just go select four games and select my picks without any attempt at writing any analysis.

Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Oakland Raiders

Raiders are hot and are on a three-game winning streak.  But they’re flying cross-country and playing an early game.

Steelers got embarrassed against New England.  They’re back home.

STEELERS win at home in one of the week’s more interesting games.

Dallas Cowboys vs. Detroit Lions

Dallas is in disarray, having had a mid-season coaching change.  Wade Phillips is out; Jason Garrett is in as the interim head coach.

Detroit has a similarly rancid record as Dallas, but in their defense they are (still) in rebuilding mode.  Their roster is not as loaded as the Cowboys’.

Which white-silver-blue-clad team wins?  In a toss-up, I’d go with the LIONS.

New England Patriots vs. Indianapolis Colts

Patriots are at home.  They’re the hotter team.  They’ve got the better coach.

PATRIOTS, then, for the win.

San Francisco 49ers vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The 49ers are hosting the Bucs at what will likely be a very wet, sloppy, muddy Candlestick Park.

San Francisco is also in the midst of their first winning streak of the year (currently at two games).  They seem to have found the panacea to their offensive woes in Troy Smith, who has replaced Alex Smith as the starting quarterback.

While I’m enjoying the 49ers’ winning streak (such as it is), I’m not completely convinced about whether or not Troy Smith is indeed this team’s permanent quarterback for this year (and, more importantly, beyond).  But that’s a discussion for another time.

Niners stay at home, while the Bucs have had to travel all the way across the country.  I see the 49ers taking full advantage of being at home and extending their winning streak to three.


20-16 after thirty six games (after week 9), then 22-18 after forty.  (Last week’s picks: 2-2, correct in Jets @ Browns and 49ers vs. Rams; wrong in Titans @ Miami and Steelers vs. Patriots.)

The optimist in me thinks I’ll go 4-0 this week.

We’ll see by Sunday evening how daft I am for writing that!




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