Simon, James, Dan and Duncan take a look at Week 13’s matchups
Week 13. Unlucky for some. End of season for others as they see their dreams of a Play Off berth vanish in to thin air like a puff of smoke from a 1956 Ford Anglia.
The Oakland Raiders are enjoying their greatest season in recent memory. Sitting atop the ultra-competitive AFC West with a 9-2 record, the Silver and Black have arguably the best young roster in the league and are proving to be one of the NFL’s most entertaining teams.
The Pro Bowl has become a bit like one of those colds you get every winter, you know it’s going to happen, there’s nothing you can do about it. The best you can do is hope to get through it with as much dignity as possible and hope you don’t sneeze on too many people. Every year you try a different remedy, a different concoction of tablets and powders take on more vitamin C in a New Year’s resolution and still it hits you.
So it is Thanksgiving week. What am I thankful for? Being able to pick teams that almost entirely shutdown opposing offences for three quarters (OR 56 MINUTES! I’M LOOKING AT YOU JEFF!) before blowing a lead.
Anyway, on to this week’s picks.
Thanksgiving already?! Where on earth is the season going people? It seems like just last week we were being wildly optimistic and incredibly inaccurate with some of our pre-season predictions.
Actually, speaking of inaccurate predictions…
We’ve made sure we’ve got our predictions in for the wonderful Thursday night games, so sit back eat some turkey and listen to us fumble our way through this week’s predictions… or listen to us as your pushing people out of the way to get that cheap telly! (actually don’t do that).
Happy Thanksgiving and enjoy!
The NFL is sadly predictable when it comes to critical acclaim. Far too often, players are recognised because of their reputation or persona rather than just their on-field performances.
Marquee names such as JJ Watt and Odell Beckham Jr obviously deserve praise. After all, they’re great players. The issue is that their marketability often helps them become the media’s favourite pupils in a class where several others deserve more attention and, this season, David Johnson is top of that class.
It’s already got to the time of year when we start to look at next year, particularly because a few teams have very little to look forward to. So, as we start on the road to next season we look at which coaches are likely to get stuck in traffic and left behind at the traffic lights.