NFL Office Pool Picks Week 13
The NFL can't get their act together off the field long enough for us to only talk about the game on the field. The latest farce, as we will discuss in detail down the page, is the truly shameful treatment of a star veteran who has tried to captain a terminally sinking ship this season. Looking at the schedule this week, there aren't a whole lot of games on the schedule that are going to distract us from other issues. This is not set to be a classic week of football action. But office pools don't require excellent football. Here's my straight up office pool picks for Week 13 of the NFL season.
Washington at Dallas: Ugly game. Neither team has much to play for. Washington has struggled on the road. Dallas has struggled at home. I'd say take the Redskins, though - the Cowboys played like they no longer cared about anything last week.
Minnesota at Atlanta: Atlanta has settled into their stride offensively after many early struggles. I have to pick against them here, though. Minnesota is playing with tremendous confidence and is capable of disrupting the home team. Take the Vikings.
New England at Buffalo: Take New England . Obviously. That would be true in any case, but they are really playing well after a rough start, and the Bills can't find their way.
San Francisco at Chicago: It seems like the Jimmy Garoppolo era is going to start in earnest for the Niners this week. It also seems that it is happening sooner than Kyle Shanahan would ideally like. I think he should be okay, but Chicago still gets the small edge despite their QB woes right now. They can run the ball and will likely have a weather edge. Take the Bears.
Tampa Bay at Green Bay: Which uninspiring backup am I more likely to trust here? That may or may not be the question, because there are stories arising that Jameis Winston could return this week. No matter what happens, though, I can't trust Brett Hundley - even though he was solid last week. Take the Bucs.
Houston at Tennessee: The Titans have a much better record than Houston, but both teams are frauds. Houston has Tom Savage at QB, though, and that is too much for any team to overcome. Take the Titans.
Denver at Miami: The revolving door at QB spins again as Trevor Siemian appears to be the next man up for Denver. What a mess. Firing Mike McCoy was a clear sign of how stupid things are up there in the thin air right now. Miami has a world of issues, but they look like the Patriots next to the mess in Denver. Take the Dolphins.
Kansas City at New York Jets: The Chiefs are self-destructing, but a game against the Jets could prove to be a remedy for that. The Jets got out of the gate surprisingly well this year, but they now remember who they are. Another ugly game. Take the Chiefs.
Indianapolis at Jacksonville: The Colts are a mess. The Jaguars have a strong defense. This isn't must-see TV, but Jacksonville has no excuses - besides the always-present fact that they are Jacksonville. Take the Jaguars.
Detroit at Baltimore: I really don't trust either team. Matthew Stafford looked like a robot with dead batteries on Thanksgiving. Baltimore could be one of the least-inspiring playoff teams in history. Hard to care. Take the Lions. I guess - and only because the NFC is generally much stronger than the AFC right now.
Cleveland at L.A. Chargers: Is Cleveland playing? Yes. Then take their opponent. It's the most perfect algorithm in sports. It doesn't hurt that L.A. is playing great right now, but that doesn't really matter. Take the Chargers.
New York Giants at Oakland: Geno freaking Smith?!? I've spent his entire career doubting and downplaying Eli Manning, and even I can see that the move to bench him here is total and utter garbage. They want to evaluate what they have? It's Geno Smith - they have nothing. You don't treat a guy like this like the Giants are when the many problems of the team are not his fault. Disgusting. I'd have taken the Raiders anyway, but now I want to go buy one of their jerseys to cheer them on to a massacre. Disgusting. Take Oakland.
Carolina at New Orleans: The Saints were exposed to an extent last week, and my disbelief about what they have accomplished will be justified again this week. The Panthers are playing well and are more well-rounded and dangerous. Take Carolina.
L.A. Rams at Arizona: The coaching staff in Arizona is already talking about next year and who their QB might be. That is never, ever a good sign. And L.A. is completely and shockingly legitimate. This one could get ugly. Take the Rams.
Philadelphia at Seattle: It's hard to believe that, even though Seattle is a decent enough team, their home-field advantage is no longer scary like it used to be. In past years you picked them if they were at home then you looked at who they were playing. Now, though, they can lose at home, and they will here against a team that is quite significantly better than them. Take the Eagles.
Pittsburgh at Cincinnati: Pittsburgh has a bad habit of playing down to their opponents. That means that they could play really poorly here because Cincinnati is terrible - and really flattered by a 5-6 record. Pittsburgh could play well below their potential and be fine here, though. Take the Steelers.
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