The byes slip in with six teams sitting out the competition this weekend. The following teams do not play:
With one quarter of the 2011 season complete, all four division leaders are 3-1, North – Baltimore; South – Houston, Tennessee; East: New England, Buffalo; West – San Diego. Of the 2-2 teams,
and the New York Jets are the ones that most likely have the talent to compete for playoff spots. Pittsburgh Oakland, Cleveland, and are more likely to fall. Cincinnati Jacksonville, Denver, and Kansas City at 1-3 must show huge improvement to have any hopes for this season, It’s already #1 draft pick sweepstakes for Indianapolis and . Miami
The Detroit Lions are 4-0. That’s right; the Lions are 4-0 while their baseball buddies eliminated the Yankees as the Tigers soldier on. The Green Bay Packers, the defending champs, likewise are 4-0 and their big city neighbors to the south,
, the cheesiest baseball team moves on in the MLB playoffs. The south and east are both led by two 3-1 teams with New Orleans and the upstart Tampa Bay Bucs leading the south while in what would seem upside down to some, Washington and the New York Giants lead the east. Jim Harbaugh has Milwaukee 3-1 in the West. The Chicago Bears, Atlanta Falcons, and the Dallas Cowboys, all in the playoffs last year are 2-2 with San Francisco being the most embarrassing of the field coughing up leads grabbing defeat from the jaws of victory. Why do the national media barkers still make excuses for Dallas and consider Tony Romo a great quarterback. They suck! The biggest disappointment in the NFL this year could well be the Philadelphia Eagles, last in the east sharing that mark with Dallas Carolina, Arizona and . St. Louis might be making Mike Shannahan’s decision to bench Donovan McNabb late last season not look so brash since the Vikings stand at 0-4 and look terrible on all counts. Seattle, who snuck into the playoffs with a miserable 7-9 rccord then blew up their roster, are also 0-4. Minnesota
Would it be unreasonable to think the AFC Championship could be
Baltimore versus Buffalo and the NFC Detroit versus ? The Harbaugh brothers will have something to say about their brother’s fate going head to head in San Francisco on Thanksgiving night. Baltimore
Panthers QB will take another bold step in his maturation facing the tough division rivals, New Orleans Saints. Considering where things stand with the Panthers, it’s okay to speak of moral victories. That’s the best they can achieve.
We’ll go against the odd makers ad pick
. There’s something about the Vikings that seems especially blighted this year. Arizona
This game should be
’s all the way. It is worth noting the maverick owner, Al Davis, who has led Houston since its early days died yesterday. The character of the team will never be the same – for better or worse. Oakland
The Eagles should play better than they’ve shown so far this year, and
isn’t likely as good as the 3-0 team they started with. This game is really in the hands of the Eagles’ defense. If the can stifle Buffalo ’s offense, they’ll win. Buffalo
This game should be the Giants, no contest.
This is a tough pick.
didn’t post. Let’s give the win to Las Vegas , slight home field advantage. Those empty seats can make a lot of noise. Jacksonville
The Colts have played close against the Steelers so perhaps here’s their first win unless they’re sandbagging already for draft pick considerations.
Playing at home and feeling a sense of urgency, the Steelers are well motivated to beat
Tennessee, but the Titans have beaten Baltimore making this a tough game for . The howling about the Steelers officially being in decline will become very loud if they lose this one and there’s a good chance they will. Pittsburgh
This game features two teams hot on proving themselves. Harbaugh inherited an undisciplined chaotic club house but appears to be getting them focused. Give the Niners the slight edge here.
For the Jets and their verbose coach, Rex Ryan, yes it really is that serious. If they lose, as expected to
New England, they’d be two games behind their division rivals with a three game losing streak after being mauled on national television by the Baltimore Ravens last week. While the Belehick boys might not be the most potent team New England has ever fielded and their defense I soft compared to Baltimore’s, Tom Brady, Wes Welker and crew are good bets to ground the Jets.
supposed o be a contender this year? Tomorrow’s menu – peaches smothered in cheese. Atlanta
This is a great game for
to show they’re for real and go 5-0. The Bears have only been inconsistent this year. A likely loss puts them two games behind Detroit Detroit and probably too. Green Bay
It’s a tough sport, ain’t it?