Red was 2-2 in the Semis last week. He would have been 3-1 if he had the courage of his convictions and stuck with the Eagles. As we head to the final 3 games of the NFL season, Red reflects back a bit on what looked like a promising season for several teams.
First, the Texans – who had a brief flash of brilliance and the highest single game point total of the year with Deshaun Watson under center and then after he went down – well Red will fall back on one of his favorite quotes from Homer Simpson – “I’ve seen teams suck before, but they were the suckiest bunch of sucks who ever sucked.” And yet Texans fans are still stuck with the Bill O’ the Clown show.
Next, the Cowboys – Red had a feeling deep down inside that Dak Prescott would suffer from sophmoritis and a steadily declining offensive line. The Cowboys had a 6 week stretch early on in the season where they actually remembered that you have to score points in reasonable numbers to win an NFL game. From Weeks 3-9, the Boys actually averaged almost 32 points per game – going 4-2 with losses to the hot hands of the Packers and Rams. Then they remembered they were the Cowboys and managed score a total of 22 points in a 3 game losing streak that put the shoulder pads up against the wall. And then they rallied against the lowlifes of the league until the Seahawks put them out of their misery with a 21-12 drubbing in Arlington. It seems every move that Genius Jerry made this season was rather bone-headed. Other than Ryan Switzer being established as a credible return man – nothing much seemed to work out for Jerry.
And the Packers – who once again proved that A-Rodg is year in and year out one of the MVPs of the league.
Finally, the soon-to-be Las Vegas Raiders who might have been the biggest disappointment in the league and also proved that Jack Del Rio is an excellent defensive coordinator and in over his head as head coach. Also, it seems the Beast is done for barring an amazing revival. They had Red believing – but turned out to be a novelty act of the worst kind.
Your AFC Championship Pick of the Week – Jaguars over Patriots. Red has a little bit of that stuff he was smoking last week left over from picking the Titans to knock off the Superb Owl champs. It must be powerful because he is riding it uphill again this week in taking the Jags to upset the Pats on the road. The only possible reason for this pick is that Tom Coughlin seems to somehow have the Pats number having whipped them twice for the NFL Championship – with Eli Manning to boot. The Jags have a helluva defense – no doubt and a credible offense despite the specter of Blake Bortles hanging about. To win this one, the Jags must get to Brady early and often. Anything less than 4 sacks, 8 quarterback hits and multiple pressures just won’t cut it. Either that or a concussion protocol – not that Red is rooting for that to happen. Meanwhile, the Pats defense has carried the team. After a shaky first 4 weeks, the Pats gave up more than 20 points just twice the rest of the way – losing to the Dolphins and eking out a Zebra assisted win against the Stealers. But it’s not like the Pats offense are a bunch of slouches either. If Jags can keep it close and low-scoring , they just might win this thing. Jacksonville 27 New England 20.
Your NFC Championship Pick of the Week – Vikings over Eagles. Well sports fans, that was the most incredible finish to an NFL game since either the Music City Miracle or the Immaculate Reception depending on your point of view. The Vikings probably deserved to win that game anyway, but really? So can the Vikings come back down to earth in time to beat the Eagles Sunday night? Well, Timmy (Red’s been waiting all year for this), that there Case Keenum fellow seems to have put the black magic fuckery in a Gatorade bottle and has the ability to break it out when needed. But Uncle Red, “don’t the Eagles have a chance,” Danny asks. Of course they do, Billy. But you see there was this tall guy named Carson Wentz who old Papa Red picked out as the best in class a couple of years ago and well he got slobber-knockered a few weeks back and well, Jimmy, that was probably it for the Eagles. Still, Willy, they have a slim chance if CK somehow decides he can still keep throwing up balls for grabs and not be punished like a repeat felon. It’s called “ball control” and if the Vikings can hold on to the rock for say – 35 minutes Sammy, they can win this thing and be the first team ever to play on home turf in the Superb Owl era. The odds were it had to happen some day Ricky, and Sunday is the day. Minnesota 28 Philadelphia 24.