Chicago @ Detroit
It’s that time of year again, when young men and
women from across Michigan return home to hear their uncles’ thoughts on
how lousy the Lions are. Poking fun at the Lions’ lackluster history
may be easy pickings, but it really is astonishing when you take a closer look.
If you consider 12-4 an elite record, which for the sake of argument I do, Detroit hasn’t reached that mark since 1991. Every other team in
the NFC has managed to get to 12-4 at least once in that span. Every
team that is, except
for Washington, who happened to be the Lions
opponent in the NFC Championship game after that ‘91 season after going 14-2. Perhaps
after the game the two teams split a turkey and wished upon the
wishbone. But, of course, each team wished to go 12-4 for the rest of
time, and their wishes canceled each other out, leaving both franchises
in these lowly states. Yep, that’s probably what happened.
Washington @ Dallas
of Washington being lousy, it suddenly seems that despite leading the
NFC East they now have have little to no chance to make the playoffs.
Whereas the Cowboys suddenly seem to be in prime position to host a
playoff game this January. Of course, we’re dealing with the Cowboys
here, so it’s best not to attempt prognostication more than two weeks
out. You know what people say in every region of the U.S. thinking they’re
the only ones who say it, “If you don’t like the weather, just wait
five minutes.” Well if you don’t like the Cowboys' season, just wait a
week. Come December we’ll probably be talking about how Jason Garrett
has accidentally forfeited his remaining time outs for the entire season and
Jerry Jones has traded a 2019 draft pick to Canada for Johnny Manziel.
So yeah, I expect Dallas to win this
game, but I hesitate to go beyond
Atlanta @ New Orleans
The Falcons have had a season full
of ups and downs, much like their avian namesake. They split their
first two games, lost three in a row, then won three in a row, and have
now lost their last two. That kind of inconsistency is not conducive to
postseason appearances. In fact, did you know that probably no team in
NFL history has had two 3 game losing streaks in a season and made
the playoffs? So if Atlanta drops this one they can basically call it a
season. And this week they’re playing probably the best team in football
... on a short week ... on the road.
But chin up Falcons,
there’s always next year! Probably. This climate change situation
doesn’t look promising, but we should be able to squeeze a couple more spins out of this. Anyway, happy Thanksgiving!
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