Remember when NFL featured good teams on Thursday nights? We had the Packers, the Colts, the Patriots, and the Broncos over a four-week stretch and people were getting mildly excited about Thursday Night Football. Two weeks after the Broncos played, the games moved to the NFL Network. The teams playing in the remaining games are Cleveland, Cincinnati, Buffalo, Miami, Kansas City, Oakland, Dallas, Chicago, Arizona, St. Louis, Tennessee, and Jacksonville. Talk about going out with a whimper. I know you’re as excited as me for that the Tennessee- Jacksonville game that ends the Thursday night NFL schedule. Yikes!
It’s possible that none of the teams in the remaining games make the playoffs. Dallas, Arizona, and Kansas City have the best chance, but obviously nothing’s a given. Best of luck to the rest of them.
Survivor Pick of the Week:
Denver over ST. LOUIS
This could be an extremely rough week for you on survivor if you’ve already used San Diego and Denver. Those are the two best picks of the week and then after that the choices truly fall off a cliff. I hate using a road team as my choice, but I feel confident in the way Denver does business against lower-level teams with Peyton Manning at the helm. The Broncos’ losses under Manning are to Indianapolis, New England (twice), San Diego, and Seattle. It’s pretty clear those are good teams.
The Rams are a three-win team and they’ll be a three-win team after this weekend. Going back to Shaun Hill from Austin Davis doesn’t change the fact that they don’t have any receivers with Brian Quick injured. The defense puts up a valiant effort from time to time, but this is Peyton Manning and the Broncos’ offense. I don’t see them having problems with the 30th-ranked pass defense in the country. Let’s move on.
San Diego is a great choice coming off the bye at home against Oakland, but it is a divisional game and San Diego has been spiraling down. The Steelers should be focused after losing to the Jets, which makes their win at Tennessee look more than likely. The Saints do well at home and should rebound after last week’s home loss to score at will against Cincinnati. Riskier people will take Washington against Tampa Bay, but just remember how queasy you feel when choosing bad teams to win games. There’s a reason Washington has three wins this year.
Teams already used: Philadelphia, Green Bay, New England, San Diego, New Orleans, Seattle, Baltimore, Dallas, Cincinnati, and Arizona
Thursday Night Pick:
Buffalo +4.5 over MIAMI
This game would’ve been nice had it happened a couple weeks ago or maybe if it was happening on a Sunday. Now both teams are hurting and the quality of offensive football tonight could be brutal. Miami is missing their starting left tackle, Branden Albert, and their starting running back, Lamar Miller, will be severely limited. Buffalo lost C.J. Spiller for the season recently, while one of their two other offensive stars, Sammy Watkins, is gutting out a groin injury and the second, Fred Jackson, looks unlikely to play. That all sounds like great offensive football to me.
So what’s left? Well,the Bills have the most sacks of any team in football, so that doesn’t bode well at all for a depleted Dolphins’ offensive line, which doesn’t grade out nearly as well without Albert. Miami’s got the best defense against the pass of any team in the league, so an already mediocre Bills’ passing offense gets to look worse. God help us with what we’ll see in this game. Take the points and take the under of 41.
Kyle’s Pick: Miami
Last Week: 9-4