Time once again for the ongoing saga of JOHNNY B'S FEARLESS NFL PIGSKIN PROGNOSTICATIONS!
Not trying to rub it in on you Seahawks fans out there (and I know there are at least two of you)...but in the freebie Yahoo fantasy football league, I had been searching for a 2nd RB to go with Shaun Alexander all season long until Julius Jones' emergence in Dallas. I was able to pick him up from the free agent pool after his Thanksgiving game, and my playoff prospects look a shade rosier now. So I honor him by spotlighting is picture. I still can't stand the Cowboys, but I can root for Jones a little, I suppose!
ATLANTA over Oakland- Three weeks ago, this would have been a lead-pipe lock, now the Raiders' offense has come to life, and Atlanta's is like the Cheshire Cat- disappearing when you least expect it. IF they can score, they should win, and I give them a shaky nod at home.
BALTIMORE over the NY Giants- What has happened to the Ravens' defense! Ugh!
BUFFALO over Cleveland- Somebody throw some water on the red-hot Bills.
DALLAS over New Orleans- Go, Julius Jones!
INDIANAPOLIS over Houston- Will Manning set the record? He just might.
JACKSONVILLE over Chicago- I like the Bears, who play tough, but I take the Jag-wires at home.
MINNESOTA over Seattle- Even in the best of times, the 'Hawks don't play well on the road. The disappointment continues for the Seahawk faithful.
NEW ENGLAND over Cincinnati- The Bengals have become an offensive juggernaut, but I think Belichick can slow them down without too much difficulty
DENVER over Miami- Denver needs this worse than the Dolphins do.
PITTSBURGH over the NY Jets- I give the Steelers the nod at home in the best game of the week.
GREEN BAY over Detroit- The Pack will bounce back from last week's embarrassment.
ARIZONA over San Fransisco- I like the Cards at home against a Niners team that's playing out the string.
CAROLINA over St. Louis- Just like Buffalo, Carolina is smokin', and they shouldn't have too much trouble with the underacheiving Rams with Chrystal Chandelier at QB (That's Chris Chandler, for you non-Falcon fans)
SAN DIEGO over Tampa Bay- The Chargers have a chance to help my Falcons out, and while it will be tough, I think they can pull out a close one.
PHILADELPHIA over Washington- The Eagles shouldn't have too much trouble here, even though the Skinnies finally found their offense last Sunday.
TENNESSEE over Kansas City- Pee-yew, what an ugly Monday night game!
Last week: 12-4. Season: 117-75, .609.
Fantasy: Cutthroat Money League: lost 65-14 (ouch). Record- 5-8, tied for 4th in a four team division. Looking good for a high draft pick next year, though!
Yahoo: Won 78-70, record: 7-6, tied for 4th in a 12-team league and clinched a playoff berth.