Are you ready? Hey.
Thinking sweat sins.
You think you could tell us what's away? You think that you're better? Mm hmm.
Well, you better get ready about to the Masters, Frank.
I love it, Mike.
Starting to show off, right? A little degeneration.
And there's a reason for that.
Not only is it Friday, and we're feeling a little a little bit mawr excitable today because it is Friday and we always get to talk a lot of football today.
Uh, it is the Friday before w w e survivor, Siri's and one of yeah, of the big five paper views.
Maybe not my my favorite might be at the bottom of the list, but it also has created some pretty memorable, uh, matchups.
Uh, we're gonna We're gonna give our top five here in a minute.
Um, I will mention, um I was perfectly wrong yesterday.
So in a way, in a way, I've maintained my, uh, perfection.
I was wrong about who won.
I was wrong on the spread, and I was wrong on the over under.
So, Mike does that count as being perfectly in perfect absolutely accounts is being perfectly in perfect.
I think you should give the song one more Plato honor.
How imperfectly perfect.
That's all I needed.
Uh, somewhere out there, our listeners, they're going.
Why you encouraging us? I think in the back of your mind you're asking yourself the same question, To be honest with you.
You know, I always love to hear the perfect team, you know, that's it.
And who knows, You know, maybe maybe the great Curt Henning might find his way onto the perfect survivor Siri's team that we're gonna go through in just a minute.
It's perhaps it could Could be.
It might not be.
You know, you never know.
Because this doesn't necessarily mean that you're going with the five best wrestlers or the five favorite wrestlers of all time.
Has the late great Herb Brooks once said, I'm not looking for the best players, Charlie.
I'm looking for the right ones.
Yeah, and that's right.
And that's right.
And we're gonna put together are our top five. Of course.
Obviously, we're gonna run through our picks later today.
And hey, Yeah, Good for Seattle.
That that was a big one.
for them last week against a what you may call a surgeon Carol, uh, Cardinals team.
Uh, again, I picked the Cardinals to win that game.
I I thought the Seahawks weren't gonna be able to slow down that offense enough.
And And given how Russell Wilson's play head, I'm not gonna say tailed off, it's kind of come back to normal.
And he's played.
He's still played really well.
It's just, you know, those 1st 34 weeks.
He was just godly.
Essentially, Um, yeah.
No, hey, good for Seattle.
They needed that win because they lose that game.
All of a sudden there, uh, lead in the NFC West is gnome, or they would be in second place.
And look, you know that the Cardinals, that's a that's a that's a huge wins.
Huge would have been a huge win for them, but the Seahawks defense came through.
They got you know, it ended the game on a big sack there, thio Kinda kill it.
Carlos Dunlap, Of course, I spent E spent weeks or weeks, uh, days talking about how Carlos Dunlap and, uh, wasn't really a big deal.
And of course, he comes through like I said.
I was perfectly in perfect yesterday.
I couldn't have been more wrong.
So in a way, it was still perfection.
Absolutely, it really was.
And I think you hit the nail on the head When it comes to the Seahawks.
They needed to know that in crunch time, when they absolutely needed it, that their defense could step up and make a play.
They did that last night.
And regardless of what whatever type of cir***stances that you wanna attach around it, any caveats give Carlos Dunlap and the Seattle Seahawks defense credit for coming up.
Making that play.
I had my doubts about whether or not they could do it.
And seeing that last night, definitely.
If you're Seahawks fan, it fills you with a little bit more optimism.
But it also does give you some concern as well.
Because of the defensive effort that you're seeing right along, you need to know that that could be done on a consistent basis, so continue to keep your sharp eye on the Seattle defense if they show signs of life and they can show signs of improvement down the stretch.
This will be a very tough team to face in the playoffs.
But if they revert back to some of their defensive woes, then you know, you know that this is a moment where they just, you know, perfect timing.
They were able to get the play, make the play and get the wind.
But they're gonna have to sustain it over the course of the last few games in order to be taken seriously as a contender in the NFC.
And look, you know, Greg Olsen, Uh, big injury that that could. You know.
Obviously, he's not Greg Olsen of 2015 or, you know, when he was really tearing things up with Carolina.
But he's a really good player on that team and a veteran player and, uh, forget about this season, the injury that he suffered could potentially be career ending, given where he is in his career.
Um, tearing the fashion, I believe it's the It was the fashion attendant in his mom and his foot, which any time you get into that realm of, you know, we we hear it in other sports, just just different foot injuries that could really derail a career just because, especially at the age that he's at it.
It's gonna take a while to rehab, and I'm not sure he's, you know, a guy who was I can't remember.
But I think he was either a actually retired, had made the decision to retire and then decided to come back or be he was leaning towards it.
So, um, yeah, so you we may have seen the last of Greg Olsen, Unfortunately, because that again, that's a That's a pretty tough injury Thio sustained.
But, uh, we will save the, uh, the M V p discussion the where they stand yada, yada, yada all that stuff for for after this weekend Because we're certainly not ones that are gonna live by the moment and say Okay, well, Russell Wilson all of a sudden took over No.
Well, because, well, if these other quarterbacks that are ahead of them coming into this weekend have another great weekend, well, we're at the same exact spot where we're heading into the weekend.
So we'll we'll kind of see where that is on Monday and Tuesday when, well, actually Tuesday because one of those quarterbacks, Mr Tom Brady, plays on Monday.
So, yeah, before we get to our picks.
Like I said, it is a survivor.
Siri's this weekend if you're a wrestling fan and, uh, you know, even if you're casual wrestling fan, you probably have heard, um, of Survivor Siri's.
It's one of the five, you know, big pay per views.
Or at least you know, that's that's what I was always billed at back in the day, you know, obviously had WrestleMania, summerslam survivor, Siri's Royal Rumble and, for a time, king of the ring.
Um, that was one of my favorites, to be honest with you, but no longer is the case.
They don't really, Or as far as I know, they don't do it in the traditional manner anymore.
But survivor Siris was always and could be pretty fun.
Uh, eso What we're gonna do is I I say we alternate.
We're gonna give one.
You give one so on and so forth.
Maybe get you give a little reason why if you want to, um, mhm about your perfect survivor Siri's team on I'll start, and I'm gonna the first guy I'm gonna pick.
You see, this might be cheating a little bit, but it's OK, because if you ain't cheating.
You ain't trying.
I come from the Eddie Guerrero school of wrestling.
Um, **** Foley and I. Okay.
And my reasoning is this.
When I choose **** Foley, I get three, perhaps personalities, perhaps four, all in one.
Not only do I get, of course, mankind that the wacky mankind I get cactus Jack, if I need a little, you know, a little craziness, maybe a little barbed wire, some tax, um, going through a hell in a cell.
I also get, dude love, Of course.
The good old doula I d for gotten dude love.
And first off, first off, I'm dropping the ball here.
Mike, I'm dropping the ball here, Mike, because here I am talking about **** Foley.
I'm talking about cactus Jack, and I didn't do this.
I mean, come on, one of just a great intro.
I mean, we might have to steal this, you know.
Um, yeah, I think we might.
Yeah, it's good.
You know, mix seems like a cool enough guy where I think he probably let us do it.
You know, you wanna get Hey, look, if he's happy about that, but, uh, anyway, uh, of course of course he is.
I mean, I think the whole crowd over, uh, world wrestling entertainment is especially Vince.
Um, but of course, like I said, you get not only cactus Jack.
You also get dude love.
Yeah, I had this one too.
He didn't think I did.
And we really we really should to a company that you really should find The video footage of Vince dancing on the the the the raw, the raw ramp When Do Love was victorious against stone cold Steve Austin and he broke out the disco moves that was That's almost as good to stand back.
But that is stand back that that's Hall of Fame worthy.
That is all of fame worthy. Yeah, absolutely.
Hulk Hogan on the bass guitar coming up from the different It's great folks.
If you haven't seen it, you've got to check it out. Vince McMahon.
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But yeah, like it's I do love Cactus Jack, mankind and of course, **** Foley so can't get much better than that.
And you and look, you know, you know how wrestling works, too, just because he has four different personalities some way.
Somehow he'll have four different entries into the survivor.
Siri's matchup just on his own.
Because it's happened before.
If you remember the Royal Rumble where he came out three different times as three different characters.
So long story short.
My first competitors would be **** Foley, Dude, Love cactus jack slash.
You know it's versatile, its's smart.
I give you a lot of credit for it.
But if we're talking about cheating, to win, if we're talking about doing anything you need to do toe win, you go to the dirtiest player in the game.
You go to the kiss, stealing the wheel and dealing the Rolex wearing, diamond ring wearing limousine rod jet flying son of a gun That's right on time and I love it.
Great nature boy.
It's my team captain.
Yeah, nice, because simply there's just nobody better.
And I want to clarify to that I am not naming **** Foley, my team captain.
I should I should have been clear on that.
But I like Ric Flair.
That's a That's a fantastic choice.
And and, of course, it goes without saying we're gonna try Thio.
Uh uh, not do any double ups here.
I think we have a vast we'll do draft.
Well, you know what? Let's do draft style.
You draft the player in these off the boards? Yeah, I think we're naturally going to go this way.
And our vast wrestling knowledge has certainly certainly will allow us to do that because there's certainly a lot of people we can take out.
So my next My next competitors, of course, is probably my favorite wrestler of all time.
He was the one who so famously, famously through Marty Geneti through a plate glass window.
He's actually if we're being technical.
Well, that's right. That's true.
Thank you, Bobby.
That I you know, I forget.
Sometimes he was the act of cowardice.
Um, right. Exactly.
He was He was present.
He was present When, um when Bret screwed himself, I just knew he was gonna be Oh, because of course you knew You knew I was gonna go there.
Hey, was also the first Triple Crown champion.
We all know what that is that that was the European Championship Intercontinental Championship and, of course, the WWF championship at the time.
And, of course, hey, has been the member of many, many famous matches on, of course, a member original member of Degeneration X.
He is the heartbreak kid himself, Mr Sean Michael's.
And I didn't delay enough to find the intro music, cause I know I have it here.
But yes, anyways, he would be Hey, would be the top dog of my team.
Um I mean, what can you say it? Zits? Shawn Michaels? That's right.
Wakes up to the song every day.
Well, you know it.
Zai looking in the mirror and he sings it in the mirror for an hour.
Which is why, which is why we no longer go on the air at eight o'clock, we're on the air, and nine, he's gonna do his ritual every morning.
I gotta get myself focused in the mood.
But no, of course.
I mean, all kidding aside, one of the greatest wrestlers of all time, you know, between his charisma, the mic on of course in the ring.
I mean, it's hard to get top Sean Michael.
So the combination of the four **** Foley's and Shawn Michaels make up the first two spots on my team.
What say you, Mike? I'll tell you that's impressive so far.
I mean, you know, you got fully.
You've got Michael's arguably the greatest in ring performers of all time.
But if I'm going with the dirtiest player in the game, is my team captain Got a balance that out so far? And who better to balance it out than the toughest S O B in a WWF the brink? Stoneleigh.
Hey, I like it that you got the defense defense scowl there.
I I like it. I like it.
That's good. That's good.
Um, that stuff because I I was considering him as a part of my team, and I actually thought and there's still there's still a chance you're going to go with this guy.
I thought you were going to counter act my Shawn Michaels with one, um, particular wrestler, but we'll see if that if that comes to pass here in a little bit.
So my next guy, my next guy, he's, uh He's a colorful character.
He's been a part of some very famous, very famous matches early WrestleMania, early summer slams and, of course, um, survivor series himself.
He is the late, great out of his mind, legally known as the warrior.
But we all know him as the ultimate warrior in the W w asked.
How can you not get amped up with Theo all time? Great.
Height music's Yeah, a piece of my childhood just came back.
Well, if I had, if I had ropes in the recording studio, they'd be shaken, right? Got really You gotta You gotta be going with that.
That's an impressive pick.
I will say I always I always think of his entrance, uh, summer slamming Houston wherever it was, where the entrance was like, it was like, six miles to get to the ring.
And he just shot out of a cannon and just bolted the entire length of the entrance ramp.
And he came firing into the ring was just I mean, the guy.
I mean, you know, in reality, I'm sure there were a lot of extras.
Uh, that went into the the energy that he had.
But from from, you know, kind of putting that aside, you know, that's the member you have of him.
Ultimate warrior, Always a peak competitive.
And we all know, unfortunately, the story of when he passed away the day after his appearance on Raw So but anyways, keeping it in a positive manner.
**** Foley, you know in company.
Shawn Michaels, Ultimate warrior.
Who's your number three? Well, the number three, and I think it might surprise you a little bit, but not a lot of wrestling fans.
If there's one thing that we've got, we've got the toughness and stone cold.
Steve Austin We've got the savvy, the ring savvy of the great nature boy Ric Flair.
But one thing my team's lacking a little bit of size, you know, I got a little bit size advantage.
You know, you need, uh, need a little bit of height.
Need a little bit of extra bulk.
And who better to fill that slot? In the very man that made his debut with the survivor Siri's way back 30 years ago.
1990 Hartford, Connecticut.
Taker is my number three horse er on team Mike.
Here on Survivor Siri's Friday or whatever the hell we're calling just e team survivors areas.
We literally through this together 30 seconds before you went on that zio groceries.
Yeah, sure, it's fine.
That's that's exactly how we're gonna do it.
And of course, we all remember that day. Also.
Hey was joining Team Way had entrance music themes.
I mean, come on, this.
I mean, it's a great man.
Onda and the taker debuted against the Dream Team against dusty roads.
And Dusty Rose was the captain of the team.
Joined it against the great million dollar Man who knows he may show up on my list. You never know.
I only got two slots.
Let's so you know, I gotta choose these very carefully.
But taker taker is my number three. Now.
I could not and and And this is going to it's gonna make up a It's gonna be an odd combination of of folks.
This is this isn't gonna be the most.
Uh, let's say if you were going into this match up, you're not gonna think of all these guys as friends and best buds.
You know, uh, some are, um but of course I could sit here and say Shawn Michaels, it's probably my favorite Ruseler just in general.
I mean, just like I mentioned before everything that goes along with it.
But, um, there's there's not a e think just a person in general that I like more than my next guy.
And of course, it is the great The Rock.
I thought I had his music and I don't apparently because I was I was delaying long enough so I could find it.
But of course, Um, when we say we threw this together at the last second, it is literally the last second.
So you're gonna have to bear with us here.
But it's the rock.
I mean, why not? I mean, the guy, the guy, was not only a great competitors on the mic, he was clutching the ring big time champion, all that stuff.
And of course, it's the rock.
So, um, and of course, there is some familiarity.
The rock and saw connection.
That could that could help.
You know, him and Shawn Michaels.
Who knows if they get along? Um, but yeah, there we go.
I mean, How can you go wrong with rock? You can't go wrong with rock.
The most electrifying man in sports entertainment.
Well, sits rocks Baby left him.
They found a new place to dwell.
It's done a thing.
End of Jobrani Drive that Smackdown hotel! All right, folks, I won't sing anymore.
You gotta go with my gotta go with my number four And, uh, you know, we've got the all around all around greatness of Ric Flair.
We've got the toughness of stone cold.
We've got the size of intimidating factor of the undertaker.
What are we lacking? Were like in a little excellence on this team, aren't we? And you knew I was going here.
You knew I was going to get it.
The man who did not screw himself, he was screwed by Vince McMahon in Montreal.
I will go to my dying day, The hit man The best there is the best.
There was the best there ever will be technical savvy on the mat.
No, you know the reason I like this.
Not only does it counter out Shawn Michaels, but it's gonna help counter act my number five, which is gonna be a huge curveball.
I don't think you're gonna expect this one or had expect this one, because look, we're not talking about the five best wrestlers of all time.
We're talking strategically.
How are you going to set up your team? I started this discussion off by picking a guy that could potentially be four and one.
And I like that.
That gives me an advantage.
You know what else gives me an advantage picking this guy? That's right.
The boss himself.
Mr Nick Man, cause no, that's right.
You have Mr McMahon on your team.
And I'll tell you what.
That team will go and put out all the stops, the wind.
We've seen them win.
We've seen him come up in big performances at one more time.
He can prove to the world that Bret screwed Bret.
So I'm glad you picked Brett when you did.
I'm glad you picked him in general because my big, big number one, Vince McMahon and hey, go back 20 years.
And Vince McMahon, he, you know, he was He was He was a fairly large individuals.
So you know what he could. He could do some.
He could do some damage.
And, you know, Hey, it's always good to have the boss on your side.
It's truly is having the boss on your side.
But my number five is a sentimental favorite.
He's a sentimental favorite, is someone that is extremely versatile.
Unfortunately, no longer with us, but one of the more versatile competitors in WWF history.
Like the cream of the crop.
I write these to the top.
Oh, yeah, the late, great macho man Randy Sa***e ties up the versatility of this team, and he is the anchor at number five.
He joins my squad.
Sticking to it flare Austin taker.
Sa***e, inbred. Unbelievable.
And, of course, the excellence of execution.
You almost good back there.
What? And I did it because, you know what is Brett competes better with a little fire under him.
You know what? He'll he'll take that as a slight.
You know, he's already tweeting out the Michael Jordan mean that, you know, I took that personally.
Yeah, Yeah, I'm sure. I'm sure. I'm sure he is.
I'm sure he cares.
Yes, sure. He's listening.
No, actually, you know, what, like I said, for throwing that together literally at the last second, I thought that went pretty well.
And as I was thinking through all this, there's so many possibilities.
So many, so many.
We could add it in there.
Um, I mean again there.
You know, we every serious team.
I think this was more strategic.
Like I said, the picks that we made, they were they were both, you know, intelligent picks and also strategic picks, you know, like I said.
So, uh, I think I will win, though I have Mr McMahon.
So you know with that.
Yeah, well, you know, when you got the Boston on your side, it's It's tough.
It zits really, really tough to compete with that type of.
But, you know, I'm proud of the team that actually, you know, it was very, very tough.
I mean, there were some who were the honorable mentions.
If you were gonna throw in some honorable mentions before we get to our picks here.
Um is there something that is the honorable mentions on your team like guys that you would have gone with? I noticed neither one of us went with Hogan? Yeah, e think Hogan's persona.
Really? I mean, if you're talking, like in ring ability, you're talking, like, you know, toughness, brute strength and stuff like that.
I mean, yeah, I mean, I'm confident in the guys that I got.
I mean, I didn't really He wouldn't be an honorable mention.
To tell you the truth, he really didn't come into my consciousness in terms of picking a, um Um um actually, Survivor Series team.
So yeah, right there should tell you something.
And you know what? I think we actually we did a pretty good job of hitting some of the key.
I'm sure we're just blanking out some, but if you think about it, well, we're going really old.
Most of them are going really well.
Definitely we left off.
I mean, even starting with Sena eras, you know, seen right through a J styles.
And all through the great wrestlers that you have right now, we don't really touch upon any of them at all.
This is mostly going old school because that's what we grew up with.
This this is the wrestling that we you know, you know, pay attention to I will I will say, though, before we actually start getting into NFL on our picks because it's our favorite time of the frame of type of the week.
Way did have some very complimentary picks, though, if you think about it, because I did pick Mr McMahon.
But you also picked two people that very much despised Mr McMahon and had two very, uh, different types of feuds with him.
And and one obviously, um, you know, that that took up a large portion of the attitude era, and that was Stone Cold. And Mr McMahon.
So, you know, in a way, we we actually put together quite a interesting matchup, you know, assuming all these.
Yeah, there was some pretty good.
There was some pretty good story lines.
I mean, you could even like a flare McMahon into that, you know, flair and Michael's, you know, back and forth.
You know, the one that ended his career.
And, yeah, I think you got you got some interesting, you know, mankind.
And who could forget mankind in the undertaker and the hell in the cell? I mean, that's probably one of them, or indelible moments of the attitude era.
Yeah, I think we complemented itself.
Well, if I had an honorable mention that I would say that we're really guys that were really tough to leave off this list, uh, got to begin and end with Curt Hennig.
I really, really considered putting him on.
Actually considered putting him on over Sa***e at one point.
But, you know, Sa***e was just He was He was sa***ed just the, you know, the personality, the the the and and the technical aspect of it was kind of balanced off by Bret Hart.
So I went with Brett over perfect in that one.
But that was a tough one for me to leave off to me, he'd be like the ultimate perfect survivor series team partner.
This'll give us a good chance.
Thio seg e Like it segued into the segment in which I was perfect last week and I've started out perfectly in perfect this week, so I'm not quite sure what I want.
I don't know if I want to go 12 and oh the rest of the week or go Oh, and 12 and finished perfectly in Perfect.
So I could somehow play this out.
The bizarro perfect the interest That's right.
Where up is down. Left is right.
All right, Mike, how did you do that? What was your final tally here? You see what I did there? I didn't even mean to do that.
But courtesy of our friends over a tally site, we were able to put these pics together.
So what was your final record last weekend? I was so consumed with my own excellence that I just didn't care to look.
Well, if you were perfecto, then I was even Steven.
I went seven and seven because I did pick 14 games last week.
So I went seven and seven.
Yeah, 50%. Not good.
That's just any way you slice it.
That's just not good. Not my football I Q down.
It was well, over 60%.
Now I'm down under 40.
It's just that, you know, it's bad thing. Well, not under 40.
I'm down into the into the high forties.
We just we completely flip flops.
So it its's time for me to get back on the horse, get back and and get back into the swing of things and, uh, get back to some of my my good picks that had any ranked at one point number three in the straight up victims in the tally site ranking.
So I really I need to need to get back into the last couple weeks Have not been good.
Sample size matters.
E was going to say very subtly.
We each had a little Seinfeld reference in there, actually, outside of the bizarre world one.
So it was kind of nice.
I like that. It was good.
We're even Steven Wright e 20.
Um, so anyways, anyways, we're gonna jump into it because there are a lot of really good games this weekend.
Um, you know, because again, you get ready for a very And I saw the line up and I knew it, obviously heading into it.
But to get a refresher, what are actual Thursday night? Our Thanksgiving Day football lineup is That's a, uh uh I don't even wanna It's gonna be bad until sun until the late game between Pittsburgh and Baltimore.
I think it's just gonna be very underwhelming.
So, folks, uh, this will be plenty of time for you to reevaluate your holiday food choices when you realize that the first two games on Thursday, we're gonna be the equivalent of eating turkey, just bland and boring.
And so Hey, I'm gonna mention it every single time.
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But they put a picture Christopher walking on the walk in closet or walk in closet walking cooler.
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Yeah, boy, Anyways, Anyways, let's let's get to our picks for the week Because like I said, it's gonna be a fun weekend.
We got some pretty big games.
A tlams in New Orleans, I think is an intriguingly interesting Or intriguingly does that make sense? Intriguingly, intriguingly interesting.
Yeah, it's a little redundant, but I like it.
It's a little e that intriguingly interesting. I liked the alliteration.
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Anyways Oh, man.
We're losing it, buddy.
We're losing it.
That's very true.
Atlanta at New Orleans Obviously no Drew Brees.
Alvin Kamara has been a bit of bagged up.
He should be out there, though.
You haven't Atlanta Falcons team who is won a few games.
They've won three out of last four.
I think the only one they lost was the one where Todd Gurley didn't fall down before the end zone or whatever, and they could have won.
And obviously it's the Falcons.
So they lost and whatever.
But they've been playing some pretty good football, and we've talked about it before.
Jamis Winston coming into the situation.
How is he gonna perform? Is he gonna be able to keep pace with a high scoring Falcons offense without turning the ball over? And I don't know eso That's gonna be an interest in the game.
Pittsburgh at Jacksonville.
That's really not that interesting.
I don't even know why I brought it up.
Vegas at Chiefs, I think, became a little less interesting.
We'll find out Mawr whether or not Vegas is goingto be a full strength.
And, of course, we have the Rams at Tampa on Monday Night Football.
And, of course, how could I forget Green Bay at Indianapolis? So, Mike, let's jump right into it.
First game on the list.
Tennessee at Baltimore Excuse May.
Baltimore's coming off a pretty, pretty, poor performance against the Patriots, and I'm going to give the Patriots a lot of credit for this and some of the wind and the rain.
Um, do the Baltimore Ravens rebound against Tennessee? I think they dio I think Baltimore is a better team than they showed on Saturday on Sunday night.
Look, bottom line.
The Patriots took it to them, and they deserve a lot of credit for that win.
Yeah, Baltimore faulted a little bit, but Tennessee's defense has looked very suspect over the course of the last couple of games.
They're clearly not the same team.
Can they dial it up and get it back? I think they can, but it's not gonna be against this Baltimore team.
I like Baltimore on this one, and I like them by at least 4 to 5 points.
I got Baltimore on this one, too, for a lot of the same reasons.
I think Tennessee has been playing some pretty good football, but this is a game where I think Baltimore rebounds.
You're not going to see them play again.
I don't want to say they played poorly against the Patriots.
A times they did, Um, but I think they rebound.
So I got Baltimore as well.
Philadelphia at Cleveland.
Uh, I got Cleveland in this, you know, they they've you know, they haven't convinced me quite yet that they're gonna be, uh, this, you know, Powerhouse heading into the playoffs.
And I believe we just saw that Myles Garrett when on the Cove in 19 list.
So I would imagine that puts his status for Sunday very much in doubt.
He has obviously been a huge part off.
This thing's Brown's resurgence of sorts.
It doesn't matter to me whether he plays or not.
Philadelphia is not gonna win this game.
I got Cleveland winning.
Yeah, I have Cleveland on this one of those.
Well, look, Philly has been getting healthier over the course of the last couple of weeks, but that's still a poor football team.
And I know a lot of people think that there's still the best football, you know that they have is still inside them.
Eventually, it's gonna come out.
I just don't see it right now.
I just I'm not really a fan of the way this team is constituted.
Cleveland, on the other hand, I think does have the advantage both on the offensive and the defensive side of the ball.
Not by much, but I do like Cleveland in this one, probably by a field goal.
Next, we have the Bangles against the football team.
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Uh, I got the Bangles winning this game.
Look, I think we all see Cincinnati as a team that you know, they're not great, but way Don't expect him to be.
We expect them to show signs of of, of flashy offense.
And they have a times.
Joe Burrow has played really well at times.
I think this is a case where they're going to come through, and I think they beat Washington in this one.
I have a feeling you're going to disagree with me on this one.
No, I'm actually going to agree with you on this one.
I have the Bengals winning this, so we're being very boring so far and agreeing basically on every turn.
But now I like Joe Burrows ability to be able to go into Washington.
I think he's gonna be able to find, um, you know, some offensive magic in a way to kind of pull this one out.
I think it's gonna be a close one.
A lot of people are calling this the dog matchup of the weekend, but I think there's more to watch their than, uh than people are giving a credit for.
But I do like Cincinnati in a close one in this one, pulling out the road, win.
Next, we have Miami at Denver.
This Miami is just a better team in my opinion.
I don't you know, I think you know Drew lock.
He's he's young quarterback learning how to play the game.
I'm not willing.
Thio say he's gonna be able to pull off an upset against a really good Dolphins team.
So I got the Dolphins in this one.
Well, drew lock.
Right now, we're still from conflicting reports as to whether or not he's gonna be able to go in this reaggravated the injury.
But regardless of who's quarterback, whether it's true or whether they do go with, you know they're back up in this situation.
Miami has a better team.
I just think they're playing better on the offensive side of the ball.
I trust to ah, going into Denver And Miami's defense has been playing very well the last couple of weeks.
So I like Miami and this one, and I like them by at least a touchdown.
Yeah, I think this is gonna be a pretty easy Dolphins win.
Um, this game was really hard to pick because I think both teams were playing really well right now.
Green Bay and Indianapolis.
Ultimately, I did go with Green Bay in this one, but this certainly was the one that took me the longest to decide, because I think India is certainly capable of winning this game.
And if they do win this game, I wouldn't be surprised.
Andi, I think the Spread is really neither team is favored by much so or whatever it ultimately is.
I don't have it in front of me.
But, yeah, I have Green Bay and this one beating Philip Rivers in the Indianapolis Colts.
I have Green Bay winning this one by a field goal.
Listen, I did go back and forth on this one myself.
I think Philip Rivers is capable of putting up points on three Green Bay defense the way it's constituted.
I think Indianapolis's defense is playing very well.
They're in first place in that division for a reason, folks, because they deserve to be there.
But I think greenback, they realizes what's on the line.
I think they smell a little bit of blood in the water now, knowing that the New Orleans Saints might end up being compromised as a result of Drew Brees injury, that they realize they have to pile up the winds, get them quickly.
And I think Aaron Rodgers carries this team to a victory.
But it's not gonna be an easy one.
And he's gonna get all they can handle.
And next on the list, Obviously.
Sunday Night Football.
Kansas City, Las Vegas.
I was Look, I was tempted to take Vegas in this game.
But considering the just, you know, the uncer*****y with a lot of their players with cove it and all that right now heading into this game, Uh, considering I have to pick it right now and I have to put it on there, I'm gonna have to go with Kansas City on this one.
And I'm assuming you agree with me on this one as well.
Yeah, I'm going with Kansas City on this one as well.
Look, bottom line, I think this would have been ah, more intriguing game if Las Vegas was at full strength.
Thes two teams match up well against each other.
Las Vegas gave, you know, fits to the Kansas City Chiefs earlier this season, But the way things are trending and especially the way Kansas City's been playing lately, they're coming on there a little bit better, I think, this time around than they were when they face Las Vegas earlier in the season.
I like Casey and this one, and I think it's gonna be pretty comfortable for them.
Um, I just saw Ian Rapoport tweeted that the Saints have been giving Taysom Hill start our reps in practice this week.
So they're kind of keeping who's going to start closer.
You know, close to the fast.
So close to the vest close to the chest, Remember, we're talking about this Yesterday was close to the vest.
Okay, that's that's what I said.
I almost said chest first. Then I said, Vest first.
See that? That was just an example of what we talked about yesterday.
So, um, next New England a Houston, I think.
You know, we obviously talked a lot about the Patriots this past week.
You know, the big one against Baltimore, I think they pick up another one here.
I think Houston is just not a good team, um, evident by their record.
And I think New England wins this one, and I'm gonna say you probably agreed to you know, after you bailed on picking them last week, might I add, Yes, I betrayed my steam.
And you wanna be You wanna be the locked on Patriots host? That's it. I know.
It does it, Really? It hurts.
It hurts every time I gotta pick against them.
But you know what? Whenever I do, I'm wrong about them.
And I'm glad they always prove me wrong.
But I don't think they're gonna have to prove me wrong this time.
Patriots take this one.
And look, Houston's run defense is terrible.
I'm sorry, Thio.
You know, not sugarcoated, but they're last in rushing yards.
They're last in rushing yards per play.
Those two steps together offer a recipe for disaster.
For any run defense.
Patriots are very effective.
But running the football, whether it be Cam Newton taking the ball himself, whether it be Damian Harris, Rex Burkhead.
Look for James White to have a big game in this one.
I like the patriots, and I think they're probably going to take this one by at least a field goal.
Yeah, this is, uh this is not math.
You know, two negatives don't make a positive in this situation.
Don't be surprised to see yeah, don't be a bit surprised, folks to see Houston put up points, though the Patriots run defense has been a little suspect.
They've got some players banged up, and they've got some inexperience in the middle of that interior of the defensive line.
If Houston can find a way to run the ball and open up play action to Shawn Watson is very capable of hitting some of those speedsters.
So I think this one could be a track meet.
But in the end, the Patriots are gonna be able to put up Mawr than the Houston Texans will.
Another team that has question marks at quarterback Carolina hosts the Detroit Lions? I got the lines in this one again.
I think Carolina is a team that that is, you know, next you know, shouldn't be expected to to compete.
I think that they are better than what I expected coming into the season.
But without Teddy Bridgewater or even a Ted Teddy Bridgewater that isn't quite 100% and without Christian McCaffrey, I just don't see them being able to keep pace with the Lions.
I think the Lions, despite all their efforts, I'm sure to to lose this game.
They will win this game.
Well, we actually believe it or not disagree.
For the first time today, I actually have the Carolina Panthers and full know full well, knowing that Teddy Bridgewater might not be able to go in this game even if they end up going.
Yeah, even if they go with Walker, I still think defensively and offensively.
I still think this team matches up well with the line.
And simply because Matt Stafford is banged up right now as well listed as being questionable, we're not sure if he's gonna be able to go.
I will assume that he's going, but he's gonna be compromised.
I just like the way Carolina matches up in this one.
So this is kind of my upset special of the week.
Not much of an upset.
I know, you know, going back and forth.
But Detroit is favored.
So I am gonna go with Carolina in this game.
Yeah, why don't you pick Jacksonville over Pittsburgh? Then we'll talk. Next.
We have Atlanta at New Orleans.
We just brought that Jason Hill is taking starter reps um, I've been kind of alluding to it all week.
I think Atlanta wins this game, and maybe that's an upset.
Um, I I think like I said, Atlanta's won three out of four.
Uh, that that one game they did lose.
They had that game, but in a very Falcons fashion, they screwed it up and lost it.
But to their credit, they have been playing some pretty good football in the last few weeks.
And you're you're facing a team who will either start Jamis Winston or Taysom Hill.
Either way, I don't think it's it's great.
I mean, Taysom Hill's great in like these little gim**** gadget plates, but I don't What a my thio, Uh, bill confidence on based on you know what I mean? How am I supposed to assume he's gonna be ableto be a starter? Uh, you know, downs one through four.
And from quarters one through four.
Um and like I said before Jamison there, I think you're going to get pretty much what you've always got from Jamis.
Winston, you're gonna see a lot of great plays, and you're gonna see a lot of very poor plays, and I kind of balances out to pretty mediocre play in general.
And I don't think that's gonna be good enough for the for the Falcon or for the Saints this week.
So call it an upset special if you want, but I got the Falcons went in this one.
Yeah, I'm actually I'm going the other way.
I do have the Saints winning this one.
Look, I think the Falcons can definitely do it.
They're playing much better than they have early beyond this season.
They're coming on as a late.
They're playing solid on offense and they're actually making plays on defense.
But I think New Orleans has been listening to the chatter throughout the week.
I really and truly dio.
I think they're looking at this as an opportunity to show that they can be successful and win without Drew Brees.
Now, is that gonna be sustainable? That's where I think New Orleans is questionable heading down the line.
But I think for this game against the Falcons against an Inter divisional opponent, I think they can definitely muster together a good enough performance on defense and a strong enough performance on offense to be able to win and tweet this morning about Taysom Hill Getting, uh, starting reps to me absolutely reeks of head games.
You know, just trying to put a bud in the air of the Atlanta Falcons.
See, we might go with Hill. You don't know.
I think you're going to see a lot of James Winston.
And I think he performs well early on, I think in this case, New Orleans squeaks out of victory, but it's not gonna be an easy one.
If they do it, it's not gonna be by more than three.
Uh, next we have Pittsburgh Pittsburgh at Jacksonville.
Um, we won't get into it too much.
I'd like to see where this game goes.
I did find it interesting, and I'm not one toe seo.
They've only played this.
They've only played that.
But you know, Pittsburgh's had a fairly easier schedule, and again, they've won the game.
So I'm not discrediting what they dio.
I do think they will win this game, but I am curious to see who this Pittsburgh team really is, because I do want to see what how they do against some of these better teams coming up.
But in this case, Jacksonville is just not gonna win this.
Um, I don't think so.
I got Pittsburgh over Jacksonville.
I mean, historically, Jacksonville has gone in and given Pittsburgh fits over the course of their lifetime.
So this'll is never a slam dunk.
This is one of those games where you always have that, like little twinge of worry in the back of your mind.
It's kind of like the Patriots in the Broncos, you know, throughout the years.
Or maybe the Patriots and the Dolphins.
You know, no matter how many times thes two teams play one another, it's always interesting when these two teams hook up.
But look, bottom line, I like the ability for Pittsburgh's pass rush to be able to get after Jake plot, and I think that it's such a mismatch that it doesn't offer any opportunity for Jacksonville this week.
This one went out.
I like Pittsburgh, and I think it's gonna be a comfortable win for them.
Jets of Chargers.
I take chargers.
Yeah, I'm taking the charge.
You taking the charges? Justin Herbert finally gets his chance to feast charges.
Yeah, the jets are just the jets now.
Just the way it is. This is Yeah.
I mean, what else is there that? Yeah.
Dallas at Minnesota.
Perhaps heading into the year, this would have been a marquee matchup.
Um, not so much this year.
I believe Andy Dalton will be back under center this week.
Uh, it doesn't matter, though.
At the end of day, I think Minnesota wins this one.
They've been playing the better football, so, yeah, just too much topsy turvy for Dallas right now.
They're just they're in disarray, even with Andy Dalton starting Minnesota playing better on both sides of the ball there, looking like a playoff team.
Whether they make it or not is another story.
But they're looking like a playoff team.
I think Minnesota takes this one easily.
And finally, Monday Night football.
Really good matchup.
You have the Rams first, the Buccaneers.
I do think the Bucks win this game.
I think they again.
They've been playing some really good football.
That 38 to 3 wild thing at the hands of the Saints on Look, the Rams have played better football as well, and I just don't think at the end of the day I just don't think they're They're gonna be able to keep up with Brady in this offense.
I think they've The offensive line for the Bucks has played well enough.
They do have their moments where it seems like they can't block for anything.
But I think there if the bucks, they're smart, they're gonna put a lot of attention on Air Donald slowing down this past Russian.
If you do, I think Brady will have a a good day throwing the ball to all these guys.
So I got the books and this one at home.
Yeah, Donald will get free a couple of times, make Brady a little uncomfortable, But don't think that Tom didn't absorb Ah lot of the game plan from Super Bowl 53 to stop Jared Goff.
Ah, lot of that is in his mental roll of decks.
This guy never forgets that stuff.
He'll be working with the Buccaneers.
Coach is very closely this week.
Toe employ some of that.
Because of that, I like Tampa Bay in a close one closer one than people than a lot of people might believe.
But Tampa will take this over the Rams and there we have it Our picks for the way We only disagreed on a couple.
So it'll be interesting when I'm perfect and you're not.
But so, you know, just know that you're gonna be wrong, like probably twice, probably twice.
But it's a good It's a good thing that you kind of hitch your wagon to my picks There, Mike.
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