My scores weren't so great, but that really isn't the important part. I totally missed the Cincinnati-Houston game, and the Giants did a good job blowing out of the Falcons, but I got three of the four winners, including the big upset of the weekend.
Look, don't take this as being a Tebow fan. I'm definitely not. Although, I have to admit, maybe he's a better quarterback than I realized, because he made some very good throws in that game. The bigger point is we've seen this story before. I said this on Friday, but I'll say it again. Or write it, more accurately. Yes, the Steelers were, for the last 16 games, the better team. On paper, even with Big Ben's ankle not 100%, they were a better team. But it was wild card weekend, and they were playing a team that got hot playing in a lesser division. This happened when the Colts went out to San Diego a couple years ago, this happened to the Saints when they went to Seattle last year. We've seen this movie before. I don't know why, but these teams just tend to win.
Now, if only I can parley these picks to some sort of fame and fortune, I'd be very happy.
I think I'm going to go ahead and do next round's picks now. I'll change them on Friday if I feel it's appropriate, but barring major injury, I don't think it will be a problem.
The first game of the weekend is one I've been looking forward to. We get to see just how legit San Francisco is. The Saints will take their show on the road to face the 49ers. Now, I like this 49ers team. Is Alex Smith a great quarterback? No, but he's more than serviceable. They have a good defense and a very good running game. The problem is the Saints are very good. If the Packers aren't the ones to win the Super Bowl, I'd have to put money on the Saints being the team. I'll bet this is a good game, but I'm going to go with the Saints on this one. 21-17, Saints.
Next up on the slate is Denver and New England. I think this will be a pretty good game, actually. The Broncos already pushed the Patriots in New England once. But, the Tebow Magic can't last forever. The Patriots might be a shaky number one, but they're still the top dog for a reason. 28-17, Patriots.
On Sunday, we get to start the day with Houston travelling to Baltimore. Houston looked as good as I've seen them since Schaub went down against Cincinnati. Of course, Cincinnati probably wasn't really that good of a team, as it turned out. They didn't beat a team with a winning record the entire year. Baltimore has really put out some awful games this year, but generally speaking, they're still a very good team. I'll pick them here in a relatively easy one. 27-17, Ravens.
Hmm, just noticed I picked 17 for all the losing teams so far. Oh well, like I said earlier, the score isn't really the important thing. I'm definitely not trying to set any sort of line. Anyway, we get to wrap up the weekend with the Giants taking another crack at the Packers in Green Bay. That was an awfully tight game that the Giants probably should have won, but I've got a feeling this one will be different. Maybe not a blow out, but I think the Packers will, to quote Nuke LaLoosh, "announce [their] presence with authority." Besides, the Giants are due for a clunker, given their season. 28-10, Packers.
I think there's a field trip in order for tomorrow. See you then, folks.