And what the heck were the 49ers doing in Minnesota? You're supposed be this all-powerful unstoppable Super Bowl train and then you lay an egg like that?
Indeed, the NFL is a fickle mistress and I'm certainly glad I don't bet on these picks because I'd certainly be living in a shelter right now (and the wife would be none too happy) because my picking percentage is pretty close to Josh Freeman's completion percentage.
It was a winning week, 9-7, but Stevie Wonder could throw darts at a dart board with teams names on it and go 9-7. Hey....there's an idea. Blind fold and throw darts. I like it!
One thing I will trump...after a three week losing streak - I finally got a couple upset specials right. What's the old saying, "Even a blind squirrel finds a nut or two?"
Let's get to it!
Season: 25-23 (52%) Upset Specials: 2-4 (33%)
Last Week: 9-7 (56%) Upset Specials: 2 for 3
Ravens 23, Browns 13 - Hooray - the real refs are back! Of course, that means that we can yell at them for blown calls instead of yelling at the scab refs. With that said, the "False Start on the defense, 17 yard penalty, 7th down" administration of the game was getting a bit annoying. Yes, I'm talking about the refs instead of Baltimore-Cleveland because frankly, that's more interesting than this game. Dart Board says....RAVENS!
Patriots 30, Bills 24 - It's just like the Bills to discover an unbelievable talent like CJ Spiller hiding on their roster (for the record, I've always liked Spiller and thought Buffalo was wasting his talent) and then he gets hurt. With Spiller out and Belicheat beginning to film his opponents walks from the team bus to pull his team out of a slow start, the dart board agrees...Patriots!
Upset Special: Jets 20, 49ers 10 - I don't know if I agree with the dart board on this one but I will not challenge the fates. Plus, the Niners have to go across the country to play the J-E-T-S Tebow! Tebow! Tebow's!
Seahawks 16, Rams 13 - Okay, count me a believer in the Seahags. Two huge home victories against top notch opponents have me drinking the 12th man kool-aid. With that said, the Hags go on the road to face a pesky Scams team that likes to hang around. It wouldn't surprise me to see the Scams catch the Hags on a post Inaccurate Reception let down. But the dart board says....Seattle!
Falcons 30, Panthers 17 - As much as it pains me to say it, the Flukins aren't a fluke. They're a pretty damn good team. After three weeks of picking against them, the dart board prevents me from picking what I HOPE will happen. Besides, Cam is definitely in the sophomore slump I predicted at the start of the season (see - at least I got one right). In this instance, the Dartboard says....The ATL!
Upset Special #2 - Vikings 23, Lions 17 - The Dart board rolls the dice again. However this one I kind of agree with. The Norsemen are playing some strong football and Mr. Glass Matthew Stafford may not even play.
Chargers 30, Chiefs 13 - I'm not sure what exactly happened to San Diego against Atlanta (the less than 200 yds, two interception no touchdown performance by Phillip Rivers might have had something to do with it). The dartboard says the SAN DI-EGO SUPER CHARGERS will restore their power against the Chiefs.
Broncos 26, Raiders 16 - The return of Peyton hasn't gone as well as some in Denver hoped. Makes you wonder if this team would be 2-1 or 3-0 with Tebow time. The grass isn't always greener, folks. Dartboard says the Donkeys get off the snide this week against hated Raiders.
Cardinals 26, Dolphins 16 - This game is a little dangerous for the Cards, as they're riding high right now with an impressive 3-0 start. But the Dolphins are just terrible. I can't see them going into Arizona and pulling out a victory. The Dartboard agrees.
Buccaneers 27, Redskins 20 - I originally had the score of this game 20-16, but the Redskins fans convinced me that the Skins defense is bad enough even Josh Freeman might have a big day. Might. Truth: I'm not really down on Freeman, he's just a good punching bag this week. The Dartboard goes with the home team, the Flying Schianos. Bully for the Bucs!
Packers 38, Saints 26 - Aaron Rodgers was my first overall pick in the fantasy draft. He's very close to being benched. Thankfully - he's playing the Saints defense this week. Meanwhile, where are all the Who Dats that kept telling me losing head coach Sean Payton for the season would have absolutely no impact? Dartboard sends the Saints to 0-4.
Cowboys 27, Bears 20 - The Cowboys are 2-1 by the skin of their teeth thanks to a physically demanding victory over the Flying Schianos. The Bears are still in fighting even when they're beating the snot out of the Scams. Dartboard says the Cowboys bring it on national television.