Why is everyone still afraid of the Seahawks? Are dolphins just big fish? Is there any position J.J. Watt can’t play? All these big issues and more are tackled as we run through our week 12 predictions.
It was a far better Sunday in my household last weekend. The Bears won and I finally got my stride back in the Spread world as I hit a decent 8-6. I came third as the winner hit a 10-4, but I have taken my game forward. I now sit at 81-80 for the season. The leader is 13 in front and my Dad and best mate are neck and neck at 89-72. I also (just) won my Fantasy Football so things are certainly looking up.
We are nearly 3/4 of the way through the Season & we have shown no signs of improvement. Last week’s winner was Duncan, with an excellent 10 out of 13. This week we’re back up to a full club house with 6 of us in total, with Alex taking her seat next to the fireplace & the tailgate knight sitting in full armour reading his paper, with the occasional tut being the only thing that breaks the sound of the fire & the grandfather clock. Anyway, let’s get into this week’s games.
I return after a bit of a weeks break, sorry for not posting anything last week I was away and I think would have been told off if I spent time writing instead of spending time with my other half. Anyway, how was last week for you? I won all three of my match ups! Which has been a very rare thing this season. Has not improved my league standings by much but does mean in a few leagues I am starting to catch up with a chance of making the post season. This week the Panthers and Steelers are on bye weeks but we also had a few additional injuries to concern us (well me at least) with Ahmad Bradshaw and Brandon Cooks ruled out of the season. Once again it is time to deliver my strategy for this week.
As we enter week 12 the last of our International Series teams, the Jaguars and Cowboys will be both be playing away, so their cheerleading squads will just go along as part of the PR entourage. During the final International Series pre-game week Play 60 events I took the opportunity to talk to a few of the Roar of the Jaguars and a couple of the Cowboys Cheerleaders to find out exactly what they did, their backgrounds and er why linebackers seem to do well at Dancing with the Stars, the US version of Strictly Come Dancing. This is all about the interview and the interviews themselves. Or if you want, an Englishman stumbling over his words like a schoolboy.
It feels hard to believe we’re in week 11 already, where did the Season go? Anyway Alex narrowly beat out me to take the win thanks to a stupid ‘heart over head’ call on the Bears game (stupid Dan). This week we’ve got a more streamlined affair with just Russ, Dylan, Adam, Duncan & I, also we’ve got a pretty darn good line-up. So let’s take a look.
Bit later than intended but here is the Tailgate Knight’s spread tips for week 11.
Last Sunday was a disaster! Let’s call it Black Sunday. I had the worst ever spread results since I started playing it back in 08. I hit a 3-9. That is disgusting! The weekly winner in my group got whopping 12-1! I have dropped down to the middle of the table at .500 with a 74-74 record. I am 14 points behind the leader, nine points behind my best friend and eight points behind my Dad.
To make matters worse, I lost my Fantasy Football game, I went to the Wembley game and that was a blowout as the Cowboys crushed the Jaguars. But the worst thing was how badly my Bears got beat by the Packers! 14-55! I was sick to my stomach.
In recent weeks I’ve ‘gone on a bit’, in this section. So now I intend to set myself a challenge. Look at the big issues that arose from this week’s games in less than 1000 words. I think I may struggle. If you do want full reviews of the games, check out our podcast.
I advised in an article late last week that I was finding it very difficult to envision anything other than a comprehensive Cowboys victory under the Wembley lights, with the Jaguars simply unable to mount the kind of pressure needed to unsettle Tony Romo, and totally ill-equipped to stop the power rushing of DeMarco Murray. It took no more than 2 plays for my assumption to be verified as Murray sliced open the Jags defence for a 23 yard rush on the opening play of the game, before Romo fired to the same man for a gain of 17 on the second. It was an ominous start for Jacksonville, but after the Dallas drive stalled and was held to only 3 points via a long Dan Bailey field goal, Blake Bortles took the field and begun as well as anyone could realistically have hoped.