Week 14 Picks

Posted: December 11, 2011 by mzyohai in NFL, Picks
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When we set out the rules for this section of the blog, I always figured that I’d be happy whenever it was my turn to write the introduction. As my Jewish grandmother would say, “What’s not to like?” But this week, I’ve discovered how bittersweet a victory can be: victory by draw. Nick and I tied this week. And I am only in the position of ‘victor,’ because Nick’s past performance (or inability to perform) has left me still in the overall lead.

Did Nick pop a Viagra, get a 4-hour woody, and manage to eke out an above .500 performance? Maybe not.

You either raised your competency level enough to meet mine, or you simply used enough voodoo on me to stifle my God-given (Tebow-given?) NFL predicting abilities for one week. So, I don’t think I actually have any right to shit on you this week, Nick.

You may have even extended the hex to this Thursday, when you clearly put another voodoo charm on the Steelers so that Big Ben would come out of the game and we both lost that bet. Why you did this? Who would use dark magic to undermine their own interests? I don’t know. Was spite your motivation? To spite me and the loser side of you? Perhaps you hate losing so much that you’ve started to hate any portion or yourself that can’t win. I get it. Except, I don’t lose. So I guess there’s a part of you that I’ll never understand.

Here’s hoping that this weekend returns us back to our normal: a star-studded beating of Nick’s feeble attempt to pick games, brought to you by yours truly.

Without further ado, Week 14’s picks:

Cleveland Browns at Pittsburgh Steelers

Mike: Steelers (-14)

Nick: Steelers (-14)

Indianapolis Colts at Baltimore Ravens

Mike: Colts (+16.5)

Nick: Ravens (-16.5)

Houston Texans at Cincinnati Bengals

Mike: Texans (+2.5)

Nick: Texans (+2.5)

Kansas City Chiefs at New York Jets

Mike: Jets (-10.5)

Nick: Jets (-10.5)

Minnesota Vikings at Detroit Lions

Mike: Vikings (+10)

Nick: Vikings (+10)

New Orleans Saints at Tennessee Titans

Mike: Saints (-3.5)

Nick: Titans (+3.5)

Philadelphia Eagles at Miami Dolphins

Mike: Eagles (+3)

Nick: Dolphins (-3)

New England Patriots at Washington Redskins

Mike: Patriots (-7.5)

Nick: Patriots (-7.5)

Atlanta Falcons at Carolina Panthers

Mike: Falcons (-3)

Nick: Falcons (-3)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Jacksonville Jaguars

Mike: Buccaneers (-3)

Nick: Jaguars (+3)

San Francisco 49ers at Arizona Cardinals

Mike: 49ers (-3.5)

Nick: 49ers (-3.5)

Chicago Bears at Denver Broncos

Mike: Broncos (-3)

Nick: Broncos (-3)

Oakland Raiders at Green Bay Packers

Mike: Packers (-11.5)

Nick: Packers (-11.5)

Buffalo Bills at San Diego Chargers

Mike: Bills (+7)

Nick: Chargers (-7)

New York Giants at Dallas Cowboys

Mike: Giants (+4.5)

Nick: Giants (+4.5)

St. Louis Rams at Seattle Seahawks

Mike: Rams (+10)

Nick: Seattle (-10)

Last Week’s Results (Overall Record)

Mike: 8-7 (43-32-1)

Nick: 8-7 (38-37-1)

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